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Physical game sales down 10% over 2021

The final UK boxed chart of 2022 has landed, and Sony’s God of War Ragnarok ends the year on top.

The new God of War has been a big hit over Christmas, boosted by a PS5 hardware bundle. It is actually the fourth biggest new game launch of the year (in terms of sales from physical retailers).

God of War leapt two places despite sales falling 29% week-on-week. Of course, this is for the post-Christmas week, and every game reported a sales decline during this period.

FIFA 23 drops to No.2 after a 65% sales drop week-on-week, Mario Kart 8: Deluxe rose a place to No.3 after a 40% sales fall, while Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 falls two places to No.4 due to a 64% sales tumble.

In terms of games released in December, Need for Speed Unbound is down to No.31 after a 54% sales slide, The Callisto Protocol drops to No.34 after a 61% sales slip, and Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII Reunion is one below it at No.35 due to a 58% drop.

For 2022, boxed game sales were down by over 10% compared with 2021.

Here is the GfK UK Boxed Top Ten for the week ending December 31:

Last Week This Week Title
3 1 God of War: Ragnarok
1 2 FIFA 23
4 3 Mario Kart 8: Deluxe
5 4 Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2
5 5 Pokémon Violet
6 6 Nintendo Switch Sports
8 7 Pokémon Scarlet
12 8 Animal Crossing: New Horizons
10 9 Minecraft (Switch)
7 10 Sonic Frontiers

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