Lara back on top


Lara Croft sits atop the All Formats Top 40 for the first time since July 2003 as ‘Tomb Raider: Legend’ debuts at No1 with the largest sales week across all formats for any Tomb Raider game.

This latest adventure for Eidos’ gun-toting heroine sold over 3 times as much as EA’s ‘The Godfather’ this week which drops one place to No2, declining by half after an impressive first 2 weeks of launch. ‘Tomb Raider: Legend’ benefits from being launched on more formats than ever before (PS2, XB360, PC, XB), however the PS2 version cannot overturn first week sales of previous incarnation ‘Tomb Raider: The Angel of Darkness’ which still remains the fastest selling Tomb Raider game on a single format. Eidos now has 2 games in the Top 10 with the release of the PSP version of ‘Championship Manager 2006’ although the title slips from No9 to No10. The film release of ‘Ice Age 2: The Meltdown’ propels Vivendi’s multi-format tie-in to No4 in the All Formats chart, up 10 places from No14. Ubisoft’s ‘Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon: Advanced Warfighter’ and Nintendo’s ‘Animal Crossing: Wild World’ are both non-movers at No5 and No6 respectively, while Take 2’s No1 from 2 weeks ago, ‘The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion’, falls 5 places from No2 to No7. ‘Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe’ re-enters the Top 10 at No9, shortly after its release on Xbox and Gamecube, but thanks largely to strong retailer promotions of the PS2 version. Other than Lara, there are 3 more new releases to make the Top 40 – 2K Sports/Take 2’s ‘Top Spin 2’ debuts at No13 whilst the first Tom Clancy game for PSP ‘Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell: Essentials’ enters at No25 followed by the PS2 music game with its own guitar controller - ‘Guitar Hero’ which debuts at No28 for newcomer RedOctane.

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