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.
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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.