FIFA 13 starts the new year by returning to the top of the UK Chart following continued sales in December. EA’s football hit traded places with Far Cry 3 (a 65% drop in sales over last week) to snag the first top spot of 2013.
Call of Duty: Black Ops II (-66%), Hitman Absolution (-66%) and Need for Speed Most Wanted (-60%) stayed in their places in the top five.
Halo 4 and Just Dance 4 swap places to sixth and seventh respectively. Forza Horizon is up two places to eighth, LEGO The Lord of the Rings remains at ninth, and the Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim is also up another two places to tenth.
Sales allow Batman: Arkham City – Game of the Year (+6%) to claim twenty-fifth and Saints Row: the Third – The Full Package to manage fortieth.
Far Cry 3 is the story of Jason Brody, a thrill seeking rich kid, who parachutes with his friends into the unknown Rook Islands. While this adventure may have seemed like a good idea, the tides quickly turn as the group are split up with Jason and his brother captured by the maniacal pirate Vaas.
Vaas’ aim is to ransom the brothers for an extortionate amount, however the pair attempt to escape which cleverly forms the games tutorial section. Without spoiling all too much things don’t go to plan. Jason is rescued from the brink of death by local tribe the Rakyat who give him the tools to get his friends back.
This is easily one of the best narrative journeys in recent memory, helped by a superb cast, with Michael Mando being a particular stand-out with his performance as main antagonist Vaas. There are plenty of twists and turns, notably the distinctive strong use of drugs which lead to highly visual and mind-bending sequences, similar to the Scarecrow sections of Batman: Arkham Asylum.