Activision’s mighty behemoth Call of Duty has sold just three quarters as well at retail during November as last year’s installment in the United States.

Sales information from The National Purchase Diary leaked by the analyst firm Piper Jiffray has shown that sales of Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare were down 27 percent in November as compared to sales of Ghosts the year before.

This is the third sales decline to hit the series in as many years. Ghosts lost 19% of the sales figures for 2012’s Call of Duty: Black Ops 2, which had itself dropped 17% from 2011’s Modern Warfare 3. All in all, Advanced Warfare’s November retail sales in the US are 49% of Modern Warfare 3’s.

Nevertheless, Advanced Warfare was still November’s biggest selling videogame, as COD entries have been every November since Modern Warfare 2 in 2009. According to Activision it is also the biggest selling game of the year, alongside Destiny.

Does this mean we’re buying less games than last year, and if so, why is that? A number of greatly anticipated games have been pushed back to next year, which is shaping up to be a terrific year for gaming. Are you saving up for next year? What are you looking forward to the most?

It’s also worth noting that the figures don’t account for international sales, or digital copies of the games - are we going off discs in favour of downloads?

Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare earned itself a weighty 8/10 here at Game-Debate, despite not being as different from previous entries as it might like. Pop along to our game page to check you can run it.