Tomb Raider shoots to the top of UK charts as 2013’s biggest game launch

The new Tomb Raider title from Crystal Dynamics has shot to the top of the UK games chart, becoming the UK’s biggest release of the year so far in very little time.

According to Chart-Track the game has “comfortably” beat out competition from the likes of Sega’s Aliens: Colonial Marines, doubling the first week sales figures. EA’s shambolically launched Sim City made it to second place. The new Lara Croft title currently sits pretty atop the UK games sales charts, and looks set to stay there for weeks to come.

The reboot, which garnered some bad press ahead of its release for using rape themes in the storyline, has quickly become the fastest selling Tomb Raider title in the franchise’s history. It has doubled the sales of the previous best seller Tomb Raider: Legends, which given that it is currently available on three platforms to Legends’ nine, is even more impressive.

Tomb Raider is available on PC, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, although only physical PC sales are counted. The title is also available as a digital download through Valve’s Steam platform and some others, and so total sales are likely to be even higher.

The game follows famed heroine Lara Croft in her latest adventures, which are the toughest yet. Voiced by British actress Camilla Luddington, Lara looks more realistic than ever on the latest generation of consoles. Whether the title will make the jump to the next generation of home consoles remains to be seen, but with a history of Tomb Raider being a launch game for new Sony consoles, we can see an exclusive landing on the PS4.


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