Lara Croft is back, and the reboot of Tomb Raider from Square Enix has unsurprisingly gone straight in at number one in the UK all-format game chart.
It’s the biggest launch of the year so far, with week one sales figures that blasted past Aliens: Colonial Marines, which had the previous best debut of 2013. Indeed, Tomb Raider more than doubled the sales of the Aliens title.
And the reboot has also become the best week one Tomb Raider game of all-time, as well. So it was a pretty good week for Square Enix, all in all.
There was another new entry at number two, EA’s SimCity on the PC – an impressive debut given that it’s PC only, and also given the well-documented launch problems the game has had.
Launch day was a nightmare over in the US, by the sounds of things, with a lot of folks struggling to download the game, and then to actually get onto a server. The UK launch on Friday was also more-than-troubled, but things appear to have settled down somewhat over the weekend, according to reports.
There are still issues, though, particularly for those who want to join a group of friends on the same server (it’s seemingly problematic to get everyone to access and get on the same server).
None of this seems to have massively impacted sales, though.
There are another two new entries, at number three for Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 3, followed by The Sims 3: University Life expansion pack – making the top four games all-new, a very rare sight.
Then the top ten stalwarts of late appear, with FIFA 13 at number five, and Crysis 3 at six. They were followed by Black Ops II, Far Cry 3, and Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance.
Skyrim made it back into the top ten at number ten, selling a little more this week, and pushing Assassin’s Creed III out to number eleven.