UK Charts: Tomb Raider climbs to the top spot, SimCity second

Monday, 11th March 2013 09:11 GMT By Dave Cook

Tomb Raider has entered the UK charts at first place, beating off all comers with a bloody climbing axe and a barrage of firearms.

Crystal Dynamics’ reboot launched last week to rave reviews and strong sales, making it the biggest UK launch of the year so far. You can check out all of the scores here. The game saw double the launch sales of Aliens: Colonial Marines, which was number one a few weeks ago.

Dave and Brenna have both written appraisals of the game, you can find them here:

Tomb Raider: a worthy reboot?
Tomb Raider is tops, but multiplayer feels unnecessary.

Here’s the top five chart. We’ll update once we have the rest.

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 2
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. GTA IV
19. Dead Space 3
20. Forza Motorsport 4

What do you make of the above positions?

Meanwhile, Dave has written a summary of the SimCity launch woes, which saw servers crippled, hearts broken and the games press changing scores all over the shop. It was an odd week.

Get the full story here:

SimCity hits Europe, America still in peril.



  1. Malmer

    Yet still they say there is no money in having a female lead…

    #1 2 years ago
  2. anik_lc

    The game is amazing. Deserved to stay at the top for a month+.

    #2 2 years ago
  3. manamana

    Now that I’ve played through this awesome game, I went back to read Dave’s story and I think he really got it represented precisely. Good to know for future articles, at least for me.

    #3 2 years ago
  4. silkvg247

    I’m waiting for them to patch it for Nvidia users, it looks great but it’s too glitchy and I want a solid experience.

    @1 Yes, this is the point I keep trying to make on “sexism” threads. It isn’t about physical strength – it’s about strength of mind, heart and will. Lara is a believable and strong woman.

    #4 2 years ago
  5. YoungZer0

    Well, she’s believable to a point. I gotta be honest, the moment she starts to go on a rampage and kill thousands of dudes (And ONLY DUDES, so sexist!) is the moment where the believability takes a nosedive.

    FarCry 3 had the same problem. The very same problem. Rewarding the player for killing was a huge mistake. The game shouldn’t have done this. Should’ve been taken the Arkham City approach.

    They messed up the narrative with this element. Why wouldn’t I run around and kill the wildlife? I get REWARDED for it!

    It’s a missed opportunity. The game could’ve really stand on it’s own, if the combat would take a step back and the raiding of tombs would be front and center. Now, it’s ‘just’ a gritty Uncharted with multiple paths and a sandbox approach to gameplay.

    I like this Lara more than the old one, but I still think they should’ve tried to give her more depth. There were a lot of moments where she would run around on her own, why not have more monologues? Something that would also go a little bit into details about her past? There was not enough of that. I was especially interested about her relationship to her father.

    As someone who never really cared about the previous game, this Tomb Raider had me scratching my head more than once. Who are the Croft’s? What’s so great about them? What was her father doing? What about her mother? Not mentioned once. Where are they now?

    #5 2 years ago
  6. salarta

    @5: The game as a whole is indeed sexist (though seemingly not intended that way by the team), it’s just the kind of sexist that people overlook and don’t call sexist because they want it to be true. Same way society more than a century ago considered women only allowed to be housewives to not be sexist.

    Feel free to complain, I’m not going to argue with you, just stating the obvious since you felt the need to mock it.

    #6 2 years ago
  7. YoungZer0

    I think you’re confused.

    #7 2 years ago
  8. PEYJ

    @ 5 and 7

    I totally agree.

    #8 2 years ago
  9. Gnosis

    @5: That’s basically the same things I’ve been wondering about through the whole series. It’s kinda frustrating, that they’ve managed to completely ignore some of the most interesting parts about Lara and her origin. I really hope, that there’ll be more information about it in the future games.

    #9 2 years ago
  10. manamana

    Gone are the days, where one would play a game because it’s entertaining, I reckon.

    #10 2 years ago
  11. Dragon246

    This is on my list, will be playing sometime a next few months, but I liked the great puzzles previous TRs had. I bit saddened that this one has gone the cinematic route. But still looking forward to a great game.

    #11 2 years ago
  12. YoungZer0

    @11: Then be prepared to be disappointed. The Tombs are the most disappointing aspect of the game. There are only 7 of them and each has one puzzle max.

    Still a fantastic game.

    #12 2 years ago
  13. Dragon246


    I still remember how much fun I had completing TR-Anniversary without any guides. I played it on and off and finished it in one year, but was really happy with the game.

    #13 2 years ago
  14. YoungZer0

    @9: Wait, so they didn’t go into details in the previous games as well? How stupid is that?

    @13: I’m sorry, but it’s better that you know now.

    #14 2 years ago
  15. Dragon246

    No need to be sorry, but I am starting to feel like whatever I like gets the axe in the sequel. I liked the renewed camps in FC2 and that got the axe in FC3. And now this.
    :( indeed.

    #15 2 years ago
  16. YoungZer0

    Renewed Camps? You mean the fact that the Outposts don’t reset? They included that in the newest patch. You can reset them.

    #16 2 years ago
  17. Gnosis

    @14: In Underworld you “find” her mother, but only for, well, few minutes. Information about her father is very scarce, mostly based on speculations. The games explain you just the most basic things.

    #17 2 years ago
  18. YoungZer0

    @17: Another missed opportunity, I guess.

    #18 2 years ago
  19. Dragon246

    I know that. I still have FC3 waiting on my ps3. But its not just that, FC2 just had a different feeling. Degrading guns, handheld map, the setting, everything clicked for me. Even though the ending felt forced and odd, the game was awesome imo.

    #19 2 years ago
  20. YoungZer0

    Yeah, I loved the setting, but that’s about it. Weapons degraded way too fast. The missions weren’t fun. The sidemissions were limited and not fun. Exploration wasn’t rewarded. Enemies would respawn too quickly and would suck up bullets like it was nothing. Enemies only fought you, not each other. There wasn’t a clear indicator who was who anyway and the and the overall story was boring.

    Oh and the buddy-system was pretty much useless if you play it on PC. One word: quicksave.

    #20 2 years ago
  21. salarta

    @21: But the real question, spambot, is that are you doing all of this while driving your Ferrari around your mansion? It’s no good if I’m not able to do that at that same time.

    #21 2 years ago
  22. sk4r

    Hope that SimCity gets kicked out of the top 10 by next week.

    #22 2 years ago
  23. manamana

    Hope that Lara stays on that spot by next week.

    #23 2 years ago
  24. DSB

    @10 Don’t worry, I’m pretty sure it’s a fad. Remember how in the 80′s we were all super concerned about “saving Africa”? Apparently by singing about it, and being super intimate with our headphones. Yeah, that went away in a hurry.

    This decade it seems to be all about saving the women.

    Want to take bets on what the next major first world “outrage” will be? I mean we’re all pretty comfortable, so we’re gonna need to find our misery somewhere else, or just make it up.

    #24 2 years ago
  25. manamana

    ^ Amen. :-)

    #25 2 years ago
  26. salarta

    @25: I’d say by the number of sales that there isn’t really any concern about “saving the women.” We’re actually in a backward slide on all levels, when you think about the need for “slutwalks” and women needing to fight for reproductive rights concerning abortion and contraception. We also don’t have strong female icons anymore on the level that Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Xena: Warrior Princess provided them in the 90s.

    Not that I’m “arguing” anymore. In fact, this game is very liberating, since just about nothing counts as sexism anymore; the only thing that might count as sexist to people is having rape depicted in a video game at all. I’m just pointing out that your assumption that people care about “saving the women” is false; that was the 90s, not the present day.

    #26 2 years ago
  27. DSB

    The need for slutwalks. That’s hilarious.

    You know why it’s called dressing provocatively? Because it provokes. The fact that it happens to provoke a few fools into insulting a few feminists hardly qualifies as a “need”.

    Changing human nature takes a bit more than dressing slutty and getting on the news for 5 minutes.

    The argument that women are somehow oppressed and huddled masses got defenestrated once they got the vote and started becoming world leaders.

    #27 2 years ago
  28. salarta

    @28: Actually, the “slutwalks” were done because the insults you refer to were made by someone remarking on how women that got raped were, to sum it up, “asking for it” because of what they wore. Sort of like saying Lara was asking to be strangled to death because she looked so vulnerable. But then again, I’ve been unwantingly stumbling upon more guro porn of Lara coming out of the woodworks due to this game, on sites that normally don’t show off such content, so we’ll see what the future holds.

    #28 2 years ago
  29. DSB

    @29 Right. One idiot cop. The fact that that apparently qualifies as a pressing concern for that movement only serves to further undermine it.

    Nevermind the fact that rape is illegal under any circumstance and that they’re already protected to the fullest extent of the law, just like every other person, regardless of gender.

    You can cry about human nature all you want, but it’s not going to change. There will always be idiots like that cop, and rape is sadly inherent to our species, just like murder, robbery and other forms of violence.

    #29 2 years ago
  30. YoungZer0

    You’re Schrödinger’s Rapist, DSB. Prove to us that you do not intent to rape any woman on your way to the supermarket. Leave it to feminism to make men feel like second class citizens.

    I think the slutwalk is immensely stupid. So a cop said something stupid, kind of blaming the victim of a rape and you running around in the street showing us your hanging tatas is going to change what exactly? We know the cop is an idiot, but rape is not going to get away because you dress up like a prostitute. It’s not going to change a damn thing.

    We’ve reached a point where informing women how to avoid being raped (avoid dark alleys, don’t show off too much skin (It’s called ‘dressing provocatively’ for a reason), don’t walk alone, etc. etc.) is being viewed as offensive. You have morons running around with signs saying “We live in a society that teaches how not to get raped, instead of not to rape”.

    OH REALLY?! So that’s the problem!?

    And I thought the FACT that rape is a crime is enough. But fuck all those classes that teach you self-defense and how to avoid being a victim. Yeah, fuck those misogynistic rape enablers. We need to teach (shame men) that rape is bad. That’s the problem you see, the rapists just don’t know that they are doing something bad.

    So the next time you might be the victim of rape, just inform the dude that what he’s going to do is bad. That will help ya.

    God that topic makes me so fucking sick.

    #30 2 years ago
  31. salarta

    @30: Right, but I think the point of the “slutwalk” was less “we’re trying to make rape no longer exist” which would be an impossible goal, and more “we’re trying to discourage professionals in fields that have to legally work on rape cases from making comments like that.” The comments being unprofessional, chance of making rape victims not feel like the cops will take the violation seriously, etc. That’s how I understand it, but maybe I’m completely wrong.

    @31: I haven’t seen any cases where informing women how to avoid being raped is seen as offensive, please enlighten me. I’ve only seen the “don’t show too much skin” one, and while you can have cases where people view a legitimate warning of how some men think as a sexist remark, that’s pretty rare. The rest, eh, I’ll take a page out of Squall’s book. I was concerned about these matters before, but after the new Tomb Raider, I figure it’s not something for me to worry about much. Let the women deal with it, they’re the ones that need to live with however society perceives them, my life can go on fine either way.

    #31 2 years ago
  32. DSB

    Dressing slutty and walking down the street is going to shame misogynists into shutting up?

    Really, if you’re indifferent enough to make that statement, I doubt you’re very impressed at a parade like that. I think it’s highly debatable what you would actually be achieving even if you did silence them.

    I see the entertainment value though. It’s fun to give those guys the finger, but I reacted to the notion that there was somehow a “need” for slutwalks.

    It’s like the saying there’s a “need” for another March on Washington simply because racists still exist. It’s just taking things completely out of proportion.

    #32 2 years ago
  33. OrbitMonkey

    I think the next big cause will be the protection of threatened men. This thread alone highlights the horrifying increase of guys feeling their rights are being threatened by imaginary forces outside of their understanding…

    Or y’know, getting ultra defensive over some girls giving them a little back chat.

    Quick Robin, to the masculineposturingmobile!!

    #33 2 years ago
  34. YoungZer0

    @32: I guess you never spend a second on a feminist blog/tumblr/website like Jezebel or any of that bullshit. They are completely irrational when it comes to that subject … or any subject.

    #34 2 years ago
  35. salarta

    @33: You could say the same thing about most public demonstrations nowadays, the point is that public demonstration at least shows a public face to a voice and to an extent the stakes of an issue. The Church of Scientology is still in existence, which means it was technically worthless, but the campaign could have kept at least one person out of the cult’s clutches.

    @35: I’ve seen some irrational stuff before, it’s just pretty rare that a majority believes it. I even imagined a pretty unconventionally insane and stupid one for the real Lara Croft: that the real Lara set an unhealthy precedent that women are so equally capable as men that it implies any failure to defend themselves from men means they wanted it to happen. It’s a stupid hypothetical, but one I can see some people thinking. I’ve learned people on the internet can eagerly accept a lot of idiotic things without putting any real thought into it.

    #35 2 years ago
  36. DSB

    @36 That’s fair enough, like I said I think it’s fun, but in that case it’s still a personal need on behalf of those women, rather than an actual need stemming from society as a whole.

    Which brings me back to square one, which is that it’s a fad, as opposed to a collective response to social injustice.

    #36 2 years ago
  37. nollie4545

    I couldn’t give a feck what sex the character is in a videogame, nor do I see what the cronk Lara Croft has to do with rape. Feminists are about as nuts as they come, slot in between pro-lifers and animal rights folk.

    The end.

    It’s a social injustice we don’t see more nakedness in Tomb Raider.

    #37 2 years ago
  38. Vice

    Yes yes, this game is brilliant and deserves to be a huge hit. It better stay in top spot for at least few weeks.

    #38 2 years ago

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