ChartSpot: Anarchy in the UK, 4/2-4/8

Lara Croft unseats the Godfather; FIFA Street 2 kicks down Elder Scrolls IV, and GRAW snipes Animal Crossing.

Though it didn't go on sale until Tuesday in the US, it was only fitting that Tomb Raider: Legend was released in the UK four days earlier. Not only is the game's heroine, Lara Croft, blue-blooded English aristocracy, its publisher, Eidos, also happens to hail from the country formerly referred to as Old Blighty.

British consumers took to their virtual countrywoman, propelling the decently reviewed Legend to the top-selling game of last week in the UK. According to rankings released by Chart-Track, the retail-tracking service of the UK game lobby Entertainment and Leisure Software Publishers Association (ELSPA), combined sales of Lara Croft's latest adventure across all platforms exceeded those of any other title from April 2 to April 8. The game is currently available for the PC, Xbox, PlayStation 2, and Xbox 360 in both the UK and the US.

Last week's champ, Electronic Arts' The Godfather (PS2, Xbox, PC) slipped a notch to second place. It was followed by FIFA Street 2, further proof of Britons' undying enthusiasm for all things footie. Another soccer-centric title, Championship Manager 2006 (PC, PS2, Xbox), also made the top 10.

Slightly surprising was the sharp decline taken by The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion. Despite enjoying gangbuster sales in the US, the PC/Xbox 360 title dropped five slots across the Atlantic, from second to seventh place.

A complete list of the best-selling games from April 2 to April 8, based on combined sales on all platforms, is below.

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49 comments
RavensFall
RavensFall

....FIFA street is still in there?! can i just point out that not all us brits have such bad taste....

bobreturns
bobreturns

oblivion rules come on fellow britons can't you see lara is stupid get oblivion and chop some scamps head off

Gigagamer2
Gigagamer2

lara is pure british and we like that over here. she sure is popular amongst us men

Ronin_87
Ronin_87

Yeh I got Obvlivion and I love it. Any footy game released is gonna get high in the charts over here so that's not surprising and also considering the amount of publicity Lara's getting it's not surprising either. Also the crappiness of the last game makes this a greatly appealing choice for Lara fans. Oblivion on PC FTW tbh :P

godovivel
godovivel

football (soccer) roooocks . american football suuuuucks

e10mgs
e10mgs

Firstly fifa is so high up because we Brits love football so it was inevitable that it would get in the top 10. Despite what somebody said earlier, where i live 360's are flying off the shelves. Lara has always been popular in the UK. Plus Brits support there own products alot thats why GTA and RARE games do so well.

skyds
skyds

no one knows what oblivion or graw is here i dont, the uk doesn't have so many hardcore gamers, another thing is apart from oblivion all the titles have been advertised so often here!! i've seen an advertisement on tv for each of those games twice over

k-diddy66
k-diddy66

im surprised games are usually out in america before there out over here in bitain

TheRealMantera
TheRealMantera

Wow! Tomb Raider is beating Oblivion. PPPPPaaaaalllllllease!!! For the sake of the Queen, please go buy oblivion and burn your copies of Tomb Raider. You are making a mockery of western civilization.

Satanmar
Satanmar

A lot of younger children play a part in the UK charts, here they buy games like Narnia! that's why It's in the top charts. I work in GAME in the uk and can tell you that I have been surprised how children can get there parents to buy a game for them lol...... Great to hear Lara is top :)

Starseed
Starseed

In our defence, Narnia did just come out on Gamecube this week I think, so maybe little kids with a Gamecube wanted to play it. Ice Age 2 is because its Multi-format, meaning it can rack up more combined sales than GRAW or ESIV. And Yes unfortunately EA does seem to control most people here in the UK, they just get all the sales. And I think anyone who really wanted Animal Crossing imported it months ago, i know alot of people who got an imported version. The wait is too much.

ApHoTiK
ApHoTiK

Lara: TV advertising in UK Godfather: as above Buzz! The Big Quiz : as above Football games: Chav population plays these (like US with madden i guess) ;) Ice Age: Film recently came out, kids want to play it Narnia: DVD recently came out, kids want to play it

aramitz
aramitz

The major difference in sales patterns is that the majority of the 'mid/late teen' age bracket don't follow video games in the UK /except/ for when a title is hugely advertised with a recognisable brand such as FIFA or GTA. PC games are an extreme niche market, hence why Oblivion did so badly. Also as other people have noted, parents buying for children is still the dominant trend with PS2 hence the terrible purchase of generic movie license platformers. Animal Crossing according to the trade magazine MCV had over

Maquis_UK
Maquis_UK

and chavs. to hell with them and their stupid fifa. some of em are cute though ( sorry to be off-topic )

jake21
jake21

ghsacidman the reason fifa is high in the charts is we r really passionate about footbal (u gus call it soccer) its a bit like war games sell well in the US and RPGs usually top the charts in japan

MedevilDragon
MedevilDragon

I can't understand why two EA (load of crap) games are overtaking grate games like 2K's Oblivion, It makes me fell embarassing to be British.

ghsacidman
ghsacidman

Wow, I gave british people more credit then Ice Age 2 in third place.... And Narnia is actually on their top selling list? Whats with those limey's? Do british people have a obsession with bad games? Any list that has Oblivion below FIFA Street 2.... is just not right.

decebal
decebal

That's very interesting. Well Lara rulez...

antamania
antamania

the reason for GRAW and Oblivion sales being so low is that nobody is buying 360's i mean i have seen sooo many 360's for sale they just dont budge. Preowend 360s are like cheap but they aint moving. Fifa street 2 sucks bad i mean i love football (soccer) but i mean plz dont judge us brits by some stupid Chavs TOME RAIDER ROCKS

danmp18
danmp18

Wow. Big drop off for Oblivion. I hope this game continues to sell well. I want my expansion packs, Dammit.

slimjim877
slimjim877

Oh dear, our game charts ruined by chavs and kids again. Speaking, of chavs, why is that they appear to be a U.K only phenomena?

Renegade47
Renegade47

Way to go! Fifa Street 2 is about as good as a Hugo game. Maybe you should look past the fact that it's football on the street (Z0MG!), and look at the good games that there are. Want football? Go get Pro Evo.

chrisdojo
chrisdojo

tomb raider #1??? guess UK doesn't know what a good game is.

KamaKase
KamaKase

How does this qualify as "anarchy"? Or is it some pun that I missed.....

GaughanZero
GaughanZero

Useral suppects in the Uk chart... Ea games, movie games and a football(soccer) game. I'm just happy Animal Crossing is there.

RocK_2K_
RocK_2K_

Yea, you have to bear in mind, this week and last week is the easter holidays, lots of children off wanting to play games, and as everyone knows, kids buy movie tie-ins

SlyDarkStar
SlyDarkStar

Well I've lived in both America and England and I think the reason being that Ice Age and the other crap kiddy games are up there is because parents tend to buy alot of games for their children ages 3+ just a guess though because most of the people I see at the game store are Parents with toddlers.

PJ24
PJ24

If you think thats bad us Brits have to deal with Need for Speed being a Xmas no.1 EVERY YEAR!!

Bahamut24
Bahamut24

As a brit, I enjoy many games, except all the rubbish on that chart. The only good games on our chart is Oblivion (of course), GRAW ON 360....the others......o dear. I just hope Guild Wars Factions appears on there soon.

KiLLer_ba
KiLLer_ba

Wow very different taste UK has, Ice Age selling more than GRAW & Oblivion just wow

godovivel
godovivel

gamespot is lying . the most sale of tomb raider is from PS2 not 360 . please GS say the truth

jake21
jake21

LOL Manatassi thas the main reason alot of things made it into the charts...(crazy frog anyone??) they r truley n honostley a plauge....its terrible up nort... I go to university in Middlesbrough and i can tell u its BAD!!!

enemyvillain
enemyvillain

Wait til u see the japan list. i bet its gonna be even weirder.

drollia
drollia

Not to worried about it, most of those games that were unseated have been out for a while so of course they are not going to have as many purchased./

Manatassi
Manatassi

We are currently suffering from a plague of 12 year old Charvers hence the games in the charts. Not much else I can say about that one, oh and yes I know the american people out there arent going to understand what they are but i cant be bothered to explain.... we have a plague of them.... theyre not a good thing.... that will do.

Naruto-freak
Naruto-freak

LOL! 3 games made from movies in the top 10.

Kaizen4
Kaizen4

Awww geez, I'll hang my head in shame. It was gonna come out eventually...yup, us Brits have TERRIBLE taste in games. EA has brainwashed every retailer and consumer. We keep buying FIFA even though we know Pro Evo's better. Project Gotham 3? nah, I'll take Need for Speed thanks. And there's only one thing we love more than a terrible EA game, it's a terrible movie/rapper tie-in. "The film was good, the game must be AWESOME!" I'm all for people being free to choose, but surely, SURELY there must be something we can do to help Blighty discover some of the great games out there... Katamari! EA released that over here! ladies and gentlemen...we have a poster boy!

jake21
jake21

what make a game decent is a matter of taste,each and every one of us likes different things thats why there r so many different games :)

Adz44
Adz44

lol, FIFA Street 2...why?!...WHY?!!! ...if only more fellow Brits bought Oblivion (or any of the decent games available at the moment). In my opinion, I can only see three games worthy of being in the top 10.

Orasion_Seiz
Orasion_Seiz

thats amazing how the british loves miss croft

EK-MDi
EK-MDi

...not really StealthyBurrito. It's just that the game has probably had more exposure to gaming consumers, than over in North America.

Al_zindo
Al_zindo

Ice Age 2 in place number 4? Bloody hell!

blackIceJoe
blackIceJoe

I am surprised to see The Chronicles of Narnia up there that movie came out some time ago. The only way I could see that it is up there is becuse the Movie came out not that long ago. I for one liked the movie but the game not as much.

NeoJedi
NeoJedi

Hmmm very different tastes over there than in North America.

daveg1
daveg1

every one here has the best games now! and are buying other things too!!

Donkeljohn
Donkeljohn

Amazing how different the charts are between regions.