UK Chart: Tomb Raider first, God of War: Ascension sells half of predecessor

Tomb Raider tops chart for second week running, while StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm launches in third place and SimCity drops down to fifth.

Tomb Raider has topped the UK chart for the second week in a row, with a 72 percent drop in sales from last week still enough to force Sony's God of War: Ascension into a second place finish.

God of War: Ascension managed less than half of the week one sales than its predecessor God of War III did in 2010, though it's the second-biggest opening for a title in God of War series so far.

Blizzard's StarCraft II expansion Heart of the Swarm finished third, ahead of Namco Bandai's Sniper: Ghost Warrior 2 in fourth. The original Sniper never managed a chart finish above eighth.

SimCity dropped to fifth place, ahead of FIFA 13 in sixth.

Far Cry 3 charted seventh, Crysis 3 eighth, Call of Duty: Black Ops II ninth, and The Sims 3: University Life in tenth.

The Top 20 UK charts for the week ending March 16:

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

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shadow580
shadow580

My interest for this game is pretty limited simply because it's a prequel. Maybe I'll get it someday. It's just that in God of War 3, Kratos was at his peak in power. Once you've seen super Saiyan 3 it's kinda hard going back to just a regular Saiyan, just sayin (lol). Or does it really have as many epic moments? Anyone finished it yet?

x-2tha-z
x-2tha-z

GoW:A is really disappointing. I love this series. I'd rate all the other GoW games 9.5 or above but I'm not enjoying Ascension. It just feels completely soulless. I don't even feel like finishing it. I think I'm about half way through, I'll probably return it before I get near the end. How did they let this happen?

vivalatour
vivalatour

TR does deserve it ! I look at TR as the beginning of the gaming generation and after all this time they actually got better ! and I thought years ago that they were already there ! TR has captured a place in my heart forever ( even if this sounds corny ) ? .....

adnanshaikh
adnanshaikh

i hope lara hold its position for a year too , lara deserve ...

jsmoke03
jsmoke03

well at least its the 2nd highest launch for the series. hope it does good. still dont get why they would still keep doing prequals. i hope thats the end of the series really. kratos deserves that.

OHGFawx
OHGFawx

The GoW demo convinced me to wait until it drops to $30. I just wasn't that excited to play the full version. Not at $60 anyway.

uglypinkmoose
uglypinkmoose

Not surprised with the GOW sales...the series has been somewhat milked without a successful online mode like Halo and COD....you almost have to have a successful online community for a game to keep selling ridiculous amounts with so many titles and it seems the only genre that manages to do that is FPS....and RTS but that's less common on consoles...GOW is great fun but it is more of the same with little else to convince gamers of a purchase....still sold a buttload just not for the series

Mortos13
Mortos13

Tomb Raider for the win!! Favorite game this past year so far. Maybe this past few years actually :)

Codester_41
Codester_41

Wait... they are still selling GTAIV? and it's #18? Wow, impressive. ...wait until 5 comes out! O.O

Hellhound30x
Hellhound30x

The problem with God of war Acension is that it had too much of that, "been there done that" feeling. In the first half of the game I was actually bored. I still think GOW3 is the best in the series.

I didn't know that the creative director for God of war 2, Cory Barlog was actually the creative director for the first 8 months of development for GOW3. Which begs the question, how much of GOW3 was actually him? I mean Gow 2 is considered the best by many gamers, and so is Gow3...

Also who is Tom Pappy? Thanks for making the most boring gow game in the franchise.

hadlee73
hadlee73

Good on you, Tomb Raider. Old license/new gameplay trumps old license/old gameplay :P

Martyr77
Martyr77

I guess it depends on what game. COD yes. Batman Arkham Asylum vs City were different enough to hold my attention.

Rishabh1995209
Rishabh1995209

WTF gta4 after 5 years .... i wanna know what will happen if gta 5 comes out

Tkacz
Tkacz

Love kratos to death, but after the 2 vita releases that hit on the backstory of Kratos, GOW Ascension is more of the same mix of backstory. Its good game but  Obvious gamers are done with copy paste games like call of duty series, crysis, I think gears of war judgement is gonna be in trouble with this, now add GOW series. Check out new tomb raider, let me emphasive the NEW in that, crystal dynamics flipped the switch and GOW should do the same

ZERGIOSS
ZERGIOSS

GOD OF WAR  ASENCION  IS  THE  BEST  OF  PS3,  NOW ONLY  WANT  GOD  OF WAR 4 FOR PS4   OR  VITA,  THIS  GOD OFWAR ASENCION  IS  AN EXCELLENT  GAME.....THE BEST

Simplythebest12
Simplythebest12

God of War has been milked way too much...
Time for something new

2bitSmOkEy
2bitSmOkEy

The God of War devs are clearly very talented, but maybe it's time to make a new ip?  Game fatigue definitely exists.

Apastron
Apastron

I'm a little bit surprised by this as God of War has actually been pretty heavily advertised.  I don't watch a lot of TV but I've seen the ad three or four times (during various football matches on ITV/ITV4 and I think on Five during The Mentalist) but not one for Tomb Raider.  Admittedly, the ads didn't really say a lot about the game but that didn't stop people buying utter drivel for the Wii and DS.

aryanbrar
aryanbrar

i love god of war series, but ascension is so sub par compared to old series. 

eyerok
eyerok

The time of GoW is over, its time to make something else in its place.

Badgamewontsell
Badgamewontsell

After 5 games, I just don't give a damn about Kraty pants any more.  The series needs a new main character, different setting and new mythos.  I'd really dig a GoW using norse mythology with Thor as the main baddie.

chocolate1325
chocolate1325

Lara holds on to top spot again well done girl.

abnergoinbig
abnergoinbig

Everyone saw this coming. We rather have developers focus on new titles for next gen than release more of something we don't need at the moment.

nini200
nini200

Finally people are starting to see how big of a crybaby Kratos is.  "I got my tail kicked in battle.  I'm dying, please give me the strength that I don't have so I can actually fight well this time, Wahhh wahh waahhh".


Meanwhile "The Last of Us girl (The new Lara Croft)" and the great awesome Starcraft 2: HOTS are in the top 3.

extraexcited
extraexcited

gamespot, why don't you point out that it's the ONLY EXCLUSIVE TITLE ON THE LIST. regardless of how much it under sold. to come in at #2 over games that are still relevant like far cry 3 and black ops 2....but of course, the underlining is the fact that it under sold GoW 3....i hate this site.

mtait01
mtait01

why are people surprised by this? Tomb Raider is a multiplatform game and one of the biggest franchises of all time, that and it has been marketed to hell! - God of War is a console exclusive with little marketing behind it - honestly when I got told 'hey the new GOW is out next week', I looked at them bemused' - ''really??''

Frimmel
Frimmel

Wish I'd known about the Shaky Cam during gameplay in Tomb Raider. I want to play it some more but I had to quit because it gave me a headache and I'm reticent to go back. The game seems terrific otherwise though.

therealgamer_jr
therealgamer_jr

i said a year back that tomb raider will be game of the year

Arsyad00
Arsyad00

TOMB RAIDER IZ SRS FUN, BUT IT KINDA LIEK UNCHARTED.... BUT STILL VERY FUN!!!!!!

EuGenie199
EuGenie199

Awesome the fact that Tomb Raider 'n' God of War moving up the chart, but COME On! How did Naruto just drop down to  20th places, Come o, show that game some Love and own it! 

SoreThumbsBill
SoreThumbsBill

I think second place is good for an exclusive. You can get Tomb Raider for XBOX, PS3 and PC so it is natural to sell more.

maddog123
maddog123

I got both Tomb Raider and GOW:A and I couldn't believe how Tomb Raider just sucks you in. I sat down Friday after I got it, and didn't put it down till I beat it on Sunday morning. That game is awesome. GOW:A feels different from previous GOW games though. I can't put my finger on it, it feels soulless.

Toadamus
Toadamus

Feels good when you hear Tomb Raider was a hit,so glad i got it :)

samueljeon
samueljeon

i am playing tomb raider and god of war ascension, but tomb raider is crazy!!!!

GSGuy321
GSGuy321

Tomb Raider deserves first. Brilliant game. SimCity got pummeled because of all the bad press no doubt. And that will continue for SimCity. Very unfortunate, could have been something great. EA really screwed that one up. Yet again because they refuse to listen to fans. Their corporate heads are shoved so way up their a*****, they can't see the light.

IndiePrower
IndiePrower

Someday, SimCity will top the list...

... among game that everyone forget ever existed, alongside with CnC4

Stebsis
Stebsis

Tomb Raider deserves the first place, it's just an awesome game, much better than what I ever expected

soheil_nassri
soheil_nassri

Is it April's fools day?!

GTA 4 is still there?!

Great game but really strange.

God of war is an exclusive game and I think they rushed the game a little bit

megadeth1117
megadeth1117

Is there even a big demand for God of War in the UK? Let's wait till we hear some US numbers before declaring it a "bomb".

Who the hell is buying Sniper 2?

vyaswanth
vyaswanth

Here it is. Skyrim in top 20

demondogx
demondogx

I hope EA,Maxis & all their shareholders get to see these charts.
A new Simcity could have easely held the #1 spot for a few weeks if done right

Their anti consumer practices with the online drm, 3 different versions of the game, day 1 dlc , A hurricane of lies & soon to be added microtransactions pissed of a huge amount of players

Adit : Good to see that that abomination called Aliens : Colonial Marines dropped of the charts, its also not even in the top 100 of steam.

Sorciere_basic
Sorciere_basic

Everyone do your part to make SimCity drop out of the top 10 by next month! 

Take gaming back from greedy non-gamer asshats.