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UK Charts: Tomb Raider top for a second week

Monday, 18th March 2013 09:23 GMT By Dave Cook

Tomb Raider has stood firm at the top of the UK charts for a second week running, fending off competition for newcomer God of War: Ascension.

Tomb Raider fared well at review, and you can see the scores in our round-up here. You can also check out my appraisal of the game here.

We also posted all of the God of War: Ascension scores here, as well as my full appraisal of the game here.

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

Does any of the above grab your eye? Let us know below.

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  1. Samoan Spider

    Yeah, what stands out is the need for a big budget yet brand new IP. Although I’ve no complaints at Tomb Raider being at the top. Playing that this weekend I can firmly say its a fantastic game.

    #1 1 year ago
  2. salarta

    Revengeance should be much, much higher, at number one or close. It’s a shame a good game like that is that far down while worse games are higher up. But I guess that could just be another sign of how society is these days about quality.

    The rest is pretty much what I expected, games that have been hyped to hell and back at top spots and games that have been around for a while showing lower on the list.

    #2 1 year ago
  3. DSB

    It’s just embarrassing that shit like Ghost Warrior can actually sell a million plus.

    #3 1 year ago
  4. Samoan Spider

    @3 A prime example of the problem with the games industry nowadays. Those that have supported it for a long time don’t even register on their scale of important opinions. The well publicised/hyped games sell a metric fuck-tonne and everything else gets lost in the noise.

    #4 1 year ago
  5. zinc

    I remember the good old days when publishers listened to gamers, nothing was hyped & games got to the top spot by sheer quality!

    Oh wait, those days never existed. Silly me :-)

    #5 1 year ago
  6. DSB

    @4 Maybe it was at the top of Al Qaedas christmas list?

    To get that, you have to watch the intro here.

    #6 1 year ago
  7. Samoan Spider

    @5 Well Pubs listening to gamers would be newsworthy but Devs listening to gamers used to happen quite frequently.

    @6 I’ve still yet to play it as I’m finishing TR, I will definitely give it a go. However, yeah, that video doesn’t paint a great picture.

    #7 1 year ago
  8. zinc

    @7, Personally I believe Dev’s are listening to gamers too much :-/

    #8 1 year ago
  9. salarta

    @5: Companies listened to video game consumers a lot more in the past compared to today. Games were hyped, but they were not hyped to the level they are today (e.g. commercials all over the place on TV and the game slapped on every visible space on every website on the internet), and consumers were less likely to buy something solely because of hype (e.g. Virtual Boy) like they do today. And we had people back then that bought games and cared about the franchises involved; today, people really don’t give a damn about the franchises themselves, just the individual title. If a new game in a franchise is the exact opposite of everything it was meant to be, consumers will still eat it up regardless of quality so long as it’s been hyped up like crazy. Meanwhile, masterpiece games with little hyping sell next to nothing; in the past, games of high quality would sell because of that quality, earning its sales by quality first and foremost rather than advertising.

    #9 1 year ago
  10. SameeR_Fisher

    I am glad Tomb Raider is still claiming the lead, I hope it can still crush God of War & Gears of War.

    Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 3 is way down though.

    I am also happy to see games like Far Cry 3, Assassin’s Creed III, and Hitman Absolution still around, I wonder how many unites did Hitman Absolution sell.

    #10 1 year ago
  11. Gheritt White

    @ 9: Prince of Persia 2008.

    Hyped to fuck.

    Was “exact opposite of everything [the franchise] was meant to be”.

    Didn’t sell.

    So, um… yeah.

    #11 1 year ago
  12. zinc

    @9, People no longer care about franchise’s? Forgive me for laughing in your face, are you new to the internet? :-D

    Gamers are just as passionate/irrational as they always have been, raging over changes to hairstyle, trophy names & endings, to name but a few.

    It seems to me, that your a little put out that you cannot find enough people to share your particular grievance, therefore they must have no taste.

    Standard internet logic :-P

    #12 1 year ago
  13. salarta

    @13: People care about franchises in terms of their names, but not their content, as we’ve clearly seen with certain recent games. The behavior you refer to is the behavior of fans, not of general consumers. General consumers blatantly don’t care about the history and established intentions of a franchise. And now that you mention it, I notice it with not only video games, but all forms of media. We’re just talking about video games here because this is a video game site, and the video game industry used to be something other than an interactive imitation of Hollywood.

    #13 1 year ago
  14. YoungZer0

    So the game with the cyborg woman that touches her vagina in some of the artworks and has a token blonde girl (the analyst, lol) with just enough buttons open to show us the color of her bra and some cleavage should be higher than Tomb Raider.

    Good to know you’re the guy who constantly complains about sexism.

    #14 1 year ago
  15. Lengendaryboss

    Nice to see Tomb Raider fending off the competition (even if my personal opinion of it is being an Uncharted Clone; which isn’t offensive). As for God Of War Ascension its in 2nd place so that must mean Sony actually advertised the Game on TV :)

    #15 1 year ago
  16. salarta

    @15: Your response is fascinating since I never said anything explicitly about Tomb Raider, but since you want to have that conversation so badly…

    I would say Revengeance was made primarily for the gameplay, little is seen of the characters you mentioned (you also excluded Sunny, and I think for a pretty obvious reason), and the game while hardly trying to be a masterpiece of storytelling does touch on military and war ethics quite strongly. It deals with emotion-supressing drugs for soldiers, a combination of organ harvesting and child soldier indoctrination, and the role of PMCs in the world. Your complaint about Mistral is overreaching since it has to rely solely on artwork and not actual game content, and even if it did deal with game content, saying something was “wrong” with the character denies the character’s unique identity. Not that the comment about Courtney (the blonde analyst) is much better, since it implies that any women that like to dress that way in real life are “bad” for it. I also fail to fathom how “she shows too much skin” is allowed to be a legitimate criticism when people lap up depictions of women that do much worse than show some skin.

    Compare this to a game people are touting as realistic that isn’t realistic at all in any of the ways people are saying, and which unintentionally implies that adult women can’t have strength or courage unless their little girl innocence is choked out of them. There are things about that I have never said and never will. It’s not like anyone is genuinely receptive, given how so many people are far more interested in acting like the game is perfection incarnate. I’m not going to argue about much more serious issues with people that would look for excuses to say the game is a godly representation of those issues. Besides, I’ve certainly seen enough of the kind of content the game inspires, and the lauding of that content, to know what I would have to say on those subjects is right.

    And that’s all you’re going to get from me on the issue of Tomb Raider here.

    #16 1 year ago
  17. YoungZer0

    Wow, so it’s fine, because the games primary focus is gameplay? Weaksauce.

    Of course I excluded Sunny, she’s underage, if she wasn’t, she’d probably be running around with a cleavage too. If you mess that up, then there’s something wrong with you.

    Although that didn’t stop Kojima in Peace Walker.

    “the game while hardly trying to be a masterpiece of storytelling does touch on military and war ethics quite strongly. It deals with emotion-supressing drugs for soldiers, a combination of organ harvesting and child soldier indoctrination, and the role of PMCs in the world.”

    Ever heard the phrase “Stay on topic”? You typed a lot of useless stuff there. Stay on topic.

    “Your complaint about Mistral is overreaching since it has to rely solely on artwork and not actual game content”

    So it doesn’t matter? The official artworks and the official main graphic of Mistral don’t matter? You can still see the graphic in the official boss footage. It matters.

    Even if it doesn’t matter, Mistral still couldn’t keep her hands of herself. Her suit had belts around her breasts, so they would stand out more. She also wore highheels and her loud moaning when the arms got attached to her back didn’t help either.

    “since it implies that any women that like to dress that way in real life are “bad” for it.”

    Yes, it is bad. Call me what you want, but you’re a stupid person when you work in an office environment and show of your underwear. Don’t act like you’re Mr. PC here. We both know that she’s just fanservice.

    “which unintentionally implies that adult women can’t have strength or courage unless their little girl innocence is choked out of them.”

    Wait, so you have a new problem with the game? So you think that a perso- oh go fuck yourself. “little girl innocence?” Are you not aware of just how stupid and sexist that is?

    Guess what:

    http://youtu.be/udS-OcNtSWo?t=25s

    No time for innocence on an island full of people who want to kill you. None.

    You seem to fail at any kind of realistic approach to that topic and you haven’t even played the game.

    You’re a misguided hypocrite and you’re doing your very best to confirm that.

    #17 1 year ago
  18. salarta

    @18: And what makes “the game is primarily about gameplay” a “weaksauce” answer? And let’s be honest: Sunny was excluded from your description because she isn’t among the “problems” you listed, so mentioning her hurts your argument. It’s the fairly basic approach of altering perspective by not including a part of it for consideration. We have all done it before, sometimes intentional and sometimes unintentional, myself included. I didn’t mention Tomb Raider’s gameplay, for example.

    Though saying my whole paragraph on the things Revengeance covers is somehow “off topic” made me smirk. You complained that I implied Revengeance “should be higher than Tomb Raider.” I listed things about the game’s setting that support that notion. Your reaction was to claim they don’t count, because apparently the topic of representation of women is the sole sign of a game’s quality. If you didn’t want me to mention those things, then you shouldn’t have made the issue about whether or not Revengeance should have received higher sales than Tomb Raider.

    I could go on and on about a defense of Revengeance’s female characters and how they dress, but I don’t feel like wasting time on an argument that nobody’s going to “win” anyway, so let’s just set that aside and get down to the barest of barest essentials: I find complaints about how much skin women show in games or how horny they act to be completely laughable in the face of current depictions of women. What, it’s fine that all these women need the influence or threats of men to make them act tough for a change, but heaven forbid they show a little boob? Oh noes, she’s cowering in the corner hoping for a man to save her, but as long as we don’t notice she has breasts it’s just fine and dandy!

    A few weeks ago, I would have agreed with you. Now? Forget it. I’m not going to complain about characters like Aya Brea running around in the middle of a snowy winter in bikinis and maid uniforms while recent games are inspiring people to get into guro porn. And no, I’m not going to elaborate. Feel free to spin it however you want, I know what I’ve seen.

    #18 1 year ago
  19. YoungZer0

    “And let’s be honest: Sunny was excluded from your description because she isn’t among the “problems” you listed, so mentioning her hurts your argument.”

    … yeah, no. She’s still underage, sexualising her would be insane (probably why Hideo did it). That’s the only reason they didn’t do it. Look at their past videogames if you’re looking for prove.

    “the game’s setting that support that notion.”

    Erm, no we were talking about the sexualisation of the female characters. The gameplay doesn’t effect that. You talked about the story, but mentioned things that have nothing to do with the look of the female characters. The story does not impact their look (unlike Tomb Raider), so why mention it?

    “I find complaints about how much skin women show in games or how horny they act to be completely laughable in the face of current depictions of women.”

    Yet, that doesn’t stop you from talking about things that are way, way, way further ahead of it. That makes sense.

    “What, it’s fine that all these women need the influence or threats of men to make them act tough for a change”

    Ah, so a Tomb Raider where Lara (trained by a woman) is stranded on an Island with inhabited by women who don’t want to hurt and where they talk about their “little girl innocence” is better? Hey, maybe she should also show some cleavage and play with herself while we’re at it. I think you’d like DoA Xtreme Beach Volleyball.

    “she’s cowering in the corner hoping for a man to save her”

    Yeah, that never happened, whenever Lara asked for some help (man or woman), people couldn’t help her, because they were busy surviving on their own.

    But you wouldn’t know that.

    So we can conclude, you’re okay with a half-naked woman running around, fighting in questionable poses, as long as this woman doesn’t ask for help and has been trained by a woman.

    … hypo.

    #19 1 year ago
  20. manamana

    Well deserved and well done, Crystal Dynamics! Go for the third round, Baby!

    #20 1 year ago
  21. Kuwabara

    For those who have played uncharted i give tomb raider a 6/10, those who haven’t an 8.5 max. Tomb raider could have been so much better, i can’t understand where all the 9s are coming from. The story should have focused on lara and her struggling only, not rescuing others, it should have been more grittier or had more survival elements seeing how the first gameplay footage made it seem that way. The title is TOMB RAIDER, it would have been great if there was more tomb exploration, big well designed tombs to explore and puzzles. The tombs in this game were just an afterthought. And lara going all gun crazy with ak’s and shot guns.. it’s ok for Drake to be like that because it was intentionally meant to be like that , like a blockbuster movie, or as the producer said like tin tin. However it doesn’t fit well for lara seeing how it’s supposed to have that realism feel.It would have been better if there was more stealthy options or other means of getting past enemies. Any shooting should have been reserved for boss fights or in a one off situation with limited ammo.I guess the only thing exciting was one or 2 enemy confrontations and some of the escape sequences. And the ending could have been much better. Even the story was like uncharted 1. Uncharted set the bar so high. i wish this game had come out years ago. I hope they go back to the drawing board and base the next game on TOMBS, puzzles exploration without trying to go the uncharted way.

    #21 1 year ago