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Assassin's Creed 4 sails by Battlefield 4 in the UK charts


Pirates trumped modern soldiering in gaming's battle of the fours, at least going by this week's UK charts. A huge retail week saw Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag as leader of the pack, ahead of Battlefield 4, in what data gatherer Chart Track called a "fiercely contested battle."

That said, Ubisoft's naval adventure did have three more days on EA's blockbuster shooter, arriving in the country on Tuesday rather than Friday. It's also worth mentioning both games fell short of their preceding three-quels' sales, which is in line with both companies' comments about lower current-gen pre-orders in anticipation of next-gen versions. Of course, we'll know more about that in just a few weeks' time.

Lower down the order, former chart-topper Batman: Arkham Origins dropped back to fifth, now sitting behind the consistent Grand Theft Auto 5 and FIFA 14. Talking of consistency, the UK's love affair with Football Manager continues after the 2014 edition arrived in sixth, wrestling ahead of WWE 2K14 in seventh.

Top 10 UK Software Sales (All Formats); week ending November 2:

  1. Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag
  2. Battlefield 4
  3. Grand Theft Auto 5
  4. FIFA 14
  5. Batman: Arkham Origins
  6. Football Manager 2014
  7. WWE 2K14
  8. Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition
  9. Skylanders: Swap Force
  10. Pokemon X

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