UK Chart: Tomb Raider finishes top, SimCity enjoys strong launch

Tomb Raider reboot sets new sales record for the series and enjoys the best-selling opening weekend of the year so far.

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Square Enix's reboot of Tomb Raider has topped the UK charts this week, comfortably beating Aliens: Colonial Marines to become the best-selling launch of 2013 so far.

Tomb Raider's week one sales were over double what Aliens: Colonial Marines managed when it launched three weeks ago. Both games were released on a Tuesday and are therefore dubbed "event" titles by UK sales collator Chart-Track. Games in the UK traditionally launch on Friday.

All in all, developer Crystal Dynamics' new take on Lara Croft has set new opening-week sales records for the franchise, selling twice as many copies as Tomb Raider: Legend, the previous strongest launch for the series, managed way back in 2006.

EA's SimCity finished in second place, managing a strong launch despite a weekend of connectivity problems for its users. EA has promised anyone who tried to play SimCity over the weekend a free game, but hasn't given any more details yet.

Namco Bandai's Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 3 debuts in third place, with The Sims 3: University Life starting in fourth place. This is the first week in 2013 when four new games have occupied the top of the charts.

FIFA 13 is hanging on reliably in fifth, and Crysis 3--last week's chart topper--drops to sixth.

Call of Duty: Black Ops II is seventh, Far Cry 3 eighth, Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance ninth, and The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim is 10th.

The Top 20 UK charts for the week ending March 9:

1. Tomb Raider
2. SimCity
3. Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 3
4. The Sims 3: University Life
5. FIFA 13
6. Crysis 3
7. Call of Duty: Black Ops II
8. Far Cry 3
9. Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance
10. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
11. Assassin's Creed III
12. Need for Speed: Most Wanted
13. Skylanders Giants
14. Hitman Absolution
15. Aliens: Colonial Marines
16. Lego Batman 2: DC Super Heroes
17. Halo 4
18. Grand Theft Auto IV
19. Dead Space 3
20. Forza Horizon

Discussion

82 comments
mightEone
mightEone

bunch of suckers... I wouldn't even buy SimCity out of the bargain bin.

wookiegr
wookiegr

Tomb Raider was amazing and I hope they do more with the rebooted franchise. 

On the other hand I am disappointed with the paying public as they fully endorse and support constantly connected DRM from the likes of SimCity. Shame on consumers and their inability to be strong by supporting such horrid technology. As long as people continue to throw money at it, it will only evolve and get worse till eventually every game will be infected with it.

igorphoenix
igorphoenix

Tomb Rider definitely deserves that first place, great game. Looks good, plays good, story... well, isn't brilliant but good enough to make the game interesting.

P.S. Totally agree with attached TressFX video, in game it looks... wrong. Played through entire game on X360 and never noticed that hair aren't realistic enough, but on PC with tressFX on (aside of 20-30 fps drop) in every cutscene instead of watching what's going on on screen I watched the simulated hair behaving in completely unrealistic way, very distracting.

lpool8
lpool8

allz I did was day dream in work about getting home and playing it I enjoyed Tomb Raider that much and iv not been like that since San Andreas when I was in school.. genuinely didn't want it to end

GamespotBB
GamespotBB

When I look at Tomb Raider I see "Hunger Games" ^^... That's what I saw in that trailer, she had a bow hunting stuff etc, and that little girl, she has to save ahah, no wonder it's "top seller", they give the people what they want...

USAPATRIOT21
USAPATRIOT21

Playing Tomb Raider is a blast. It's one of those games you keep looking at how far you've progressed because you don't want it to end. I only regret not playing it on the hard difficulty instead of normal. I'm not the best gamer out there but I've only died a couple times in 14 hours of play.

vivalatour
vivalatour

TR is a great game ! never thought Lara would get involved in so much gun play action !

 the parachute bit was a bit strange ? my rare is 9.5

kohle36
kohle36

Why is the city in the thumbnail 90% road?

Daian
Daian

Great game, well deserved, hard to find a non RPG game that offers way over 10h in solid main story content alone, it's about damn time someone did.

benleslie5
benleslie5

Surprised to see Naruto at number 3 in the UK Charts, they sure must love Anime

jorge69696
jorge69696

So sad to see Sim City on second place. Fucking casuals.

Boom_Kat
Boom_Kat

Glad to see Tomb Raider doing good. Just completed it last night at 100 percent. Watch out Drake, Lara's back! :P

m4a5
m4a5

"SimCity enjoys strong launch"
Anyone else see the irony?

FlashCharge
FlashCharge

TR is a fun play with a lot to do and explore. You can't go wrong playing this game.

GamerOuTLaWz
GamerOuTLaWz

A:CM still selling...and more than DS3 which is 100x a better game...what a shame. Why do they still show these stupid brainless UK charts?

amir_g_m
amir_g_m

I love the titles of Tomb Raider, And I think all most of them were really great! (BUT THE ANGEL OF DARKNESS).

They really deserve the 1st place!

this new game seems to be promissing and breath-taking. waiting for more reviews.

I am to purchase the game soon though :) I am in love with Lara

petez34
petez34

All I see is people prefer to play games that offer little to no challenge. It's a shame my demographic is not represented more in smarter games.

megadeth1117
megadeth1117

Good to hear that Tomb Raider is doing well. It really is excellent.

Breyant
Breyant

I'm really happy to hear Tomb Raider is doing well, especially since so many were expecting it to follow in DmC's path.

petez34
petez34

wow Dead Space 3 has really fallen. 

rad8045
rad8045

How is Black Ops 2 still in the top ten ? seriously as a former fan of the series how are people still not bored of the game yet ?

DARKKNIGHTPRABZ
DARKKNIGHTPRABZ

love the game. yes it may borrow from others. but seriously so many games do . 

As a standalone adventure , its the best since uncharted 2. And i defo want sequels to this new lara.

Gomtor
Gomtor

Tomb raider is my game of the year (so far). Excellent game.

barrybarryk
barrybarryk

Fair played to Crystal Dynamics making Tomb Raider a success.  I actually don't particularly like it,  I've played about four hours of it on the PC but I think it plays way too much like the Assassins Creed and Uncharted series (which unsurprisingly are two series I don't like either).

But that's just me,  I prefer the older, much slower paced Tomb Raider games with puzzles you have to actually have a good think about.  Making a game in that style today would just be a non-starter, and even if they tried it, it definitely wouldn't have same sort of appeal (and accompanying budget) the new Tomb Raider game has.  I'll probably go back to it later in the week and give it another go, but every time I hit a quick time event I just completely lose the will to play on.  Personally I'd just prefer they scrapped the button prompts and just had them as little in engine cutscenes ferrying you from one scene to another, at least then I could have a swig of my coffee without risking death every bloody time!

But I get it, practically everyone else loves it, so they must be doing something right.  Though it is kind of weird seeing Tomb Raider, Hitman and SimCity all in the chart

Hurvl
Hurvl

It's nice that the new, more realistic Lara Croft achieved more than "realistic" (i.e. worse than it could have been) success. Even though I'm no fan of Tomb Raider, I like the concept and approach of the game. It's also fun to see that Skyrim managed to get into the top-ten again.

stev69
stev69

@jorge69696 The really sad thing is the more noise we enlightened made about it, the more we probably drove up sales. No publicity is bad publicity as they say, people probably bought it just to see what all the fuss was about......Die EA.

petez34
petez34

@FlashCharge graphics aside, is it better or worse than the last one? is it one of those wait for the price to drop games?

SirNormanislost
SirNormanislost

@GamerOuTLaWz .... i bet black Ops 2 is within the top 3 of the american charts and thats frankly all i need to say in response to the "brainless" comment

petez34
petez34

@rad8045 It's a game any mentally retarded 10 year old can play and be good at!

UncookedMoa
UncookedMoa

@barrybarryk Have you tried the various optional tombs? Some of them actually require you to think.

I don't really like certain quick time events too. (Falling down water falls, going through a small gap and you only walk forward etc.) I find them annoying. But I personally like the touch during her struggles with people/animals. (Wolves swarming Lara, humans struggling to kill her), as I feel they give some tension in the game.

XBlade1X
XBlade1X

@petez34 @FlashCharge I was a huge fan of the original TR games but did not enjoy Legend or Anniversary anywhere near as much. To me they felt like less of Survival/Adventure games and more of an Arcadey Streamlined Platformers, but they were still worth playing. I did enjoy Underworld a little more than those, but the new reboot is the most fun I have had with the series since the 90s.

I just finished it this morning on hard mode and my only real complaint is the regenerating health. If I had to use health packs or have MGS3 style wound treatment I think I would have enjoyed the game even more, but putting that aside its definitely one of my favorite TR games and it's definitely worth picking up and playing through as soon as possible.

ollirg
ollirg

@petez34 @FlashCharge I was never a big fan of TR, and played only 2, 3 and 4. This one is, by far, the best for me. 

FlashCharge
FlashCharge

@petez34 @FlashCharge @petez34 @FlashCharge @petez34 @FlashCharge if you are strapped for cash you can.always wait. I have found TR to be a blast. When ever you decide to play TR you will not be disappointed.

GriffinBalls
GriffinBalls

@Saketume @Hurvl LOL, I just passed the bit where the plane falls from the sky and chases you down a ravine. Exact same thing happened to me when I was backpacking across the coast of Thailand. So realistic.

But in all seriousness, its not all that realistic, the chick sure can jump from high up without major pain. But who cares eh, I love it. If games were like real life, why would we even need them. I want to fantasise

FeezPrime
FeezPrime

@ollirg @petez34 @FlashCharge I have never played any TR game before and not even a fan. But this game totally got me into it. This is one of the best game I've played. Have not finished yet though. 

JoiLambell
JoiLambell

@Imperiacommando @petez34 Almost every game nowadays is not even a shadow of what games used to be, of course there was some bad games too but overall back in the day we could get much much  fantastic storys, awsome challenges, when overcome would be highly rewarding for the gamer, creativity was abundant, im not saying that there isnt any creativity now, there is, but highly conditioned for the sake of sales, storys are bland nowadays, boring, insipid, as for dificulty.. well why not when purchasing a game nowadays they just give us a monkey pushing a button, everything is watered down, dumbed down made mainstream for the sake of sales, i don´t see a worthy strategy game for a long time worth buying, i´m starting to doubt if i ever see one again. Well, i like all game genres but arcade, (can´t stand it, don´t have time for it) in a year if i find 3 games that are really worthy and memorable is a miracle.

petez34
petez34

@Samparksh umm no interest in it really. that was almost funny though. 

GriffinBalls
GriffinBalls

@Hurvl Good point, she didn't kill a dinosaur in this one. Actually, I'm at 34%, she may well kill a dinosaur, although as yet, I haven't heard this reported anywhere so I can't confirm 100% there are no dinosaurs, but its looking promising.

Hurvl
Hurvl

@GriffinBalls @Saketume I was merely comparing this game with the other Tomb Raider games and I clearly said "more realistic", meaning "slightly more" or "a bit more" but you interpreted it as "much more" or "plain realistic".  It's more realistic in some ways, like her body proportions and her not-kickass-from-the-start abilities, her more vulnerable state and struggle for survival. That's far from the Lara Croft in earlier games, but it's of course not realistic in every part of the game - that wouldn't make sense or be much fun. Just as action movies aren't very realistic, it's the same with games.