With fellow bookie Paddy Power having already paid out on what it believes is Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2’s victory in this year’s battle for the Christmas number one crown, Ladbrokes has now added that Activision’s shooter is almost certain to win the battle.
“Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 is the standout game and it is the shortest odds we have ever offered for a festive number one contender,” Ladbrokes spokesperson Nick Weinberg stated. “Assassin’s Creed II is probably the best of the rest, but it will take a monumental effort to topple Modern Warfare 2 this close to Christmas.”
Here are the latest Ladbrokes odds:
1/10 – Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 (Activision) 5/1 – Assassin’s Creed II (Ubisoft) 10/1 – Wii Sports Resort (Nintendo) 10/1 – FIFA 10 (EA) 10/1 – New Super Mario Bros Wii (Nintendo) 14/1 – Mario & Sonic At Olympic Winter Games (Sega) 16/1 – Just Dance (Ubisoft) 16/1 – Wii Fit Plus (Nintendo) 20/1 – Forza Motorsport 3 (Microsoft)
ELSPA director general Michael Rawlinson added: “Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 has been a phenomenal success since its launch in November; and will certainly be a popular gift for adult audiences this Christmas as it is rated 18.
“But as Christmas is a big family occasion, we are witnessing a rise in social gaming with more families than ever playing videogames together this holiday season. There are plenty of family games in the charts and therefore number one could just go to an outsider like Wii Sports Resort or perhaps even Mario & Sonic’s popular Winter Olympics outing.”
The UK Christmas number one video game will be confirmed on Monday.