Square Enix's Tomb Raider holds on for a second week at No.1, fending off Sony's big budget PS3 exclusive God of War: Ascension.
Lara's reboot dropped 72 per cent over its blockbuter first week, but sales remained strong enough to prevent God of War: Ascension from taking the top spot. The action prequel recorded the second biggest opening of all five God of War titles, but sold under half the first week total of God of War 3 three years ago.
Activision Blizzard's StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm claims third place, but is likely to have seen its retail sales hampered by the popularity of buying digitally.
Next up is City Interactive's Sniper: Ghost Warrior 2 at No.4, bettering the chart performance of its successful predecessor which never climbed above No.8.
Elsewhere SimCity is pushed down to No.5, FIFA 13 is at No.6, Far Cry 3 climbs to No.7, Crysis 3 slides to No.8, Black Ops 2 is at No.9 and The Sims 3: University Life drops six places to No.10.
Further down the chart you'll find Metal Gears Rising: Revengeance, which fell ten places to No.19, followed by Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 3 which bombs down the chart from No.3 to No.20.
UKIE Games Charts, compiled by GfK Chart-Track, (All Prices) Week 11, 2013
1. TOMB RAIDER
2. GOD OF WAR: ASCENSION
3. STARCRAFT II: HEART OF THE SWARM
4. SNIPER: GHOST WARRIOR 2
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
God of War: Ascension selling fewer than half the week one total of God of War 3 is yet another indicator that the industry is ready for new platforms. Sony still has at least two major releases to come, in The Last of Us and Beyond, but will these new IPs also suffer from current generation fatigue? There's also the possibility of The Last Guardian and Gran Turismo 6 arriving on the PS3 late in its life.
Gears of War: Judgment is the major new release this week, but is likely to struggle to live up to Gears of War 3 sales, coming much earlier in the year and with heads already turned to the next generation. Also hitting stores are Monster Hunter Ultimate 3, The Walking Dead, and NFS Most Wanted on Wii U.