God of War: Ascension News for PS3

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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
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

VideoGamer.com Analysis

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.

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tvr77@ FantasyMeister

"although I'll probably make an exception for 'V'."

Haha, Agreed.

Sequels do get a bit tiresome, with a lot of them these days its just more of the same with a fresh lick of paint. Assassins Creed felt a lot like that this time around.
Posted 15:47 on 18 March 2013
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FantasyMeister

I don't think generation fatigue is the issue, more like "how many games in a franchise can you play before you get bored of the gameplay?" I tend to burn out after 2. I call it sequelitis.

Most gamers know that the best gaming experiences tend to hit just at the end of a console's lifecycle, so the best is probably yet to come, personally I'm waiting for one that doesn't have a '3' or higher number in the title, although I'll probably make an exception for 'V'.
Posted 13:52 on 18 March 2013

Game Stats

Release Date: 15/03/2013
Developer: Sony Santa Monica
Publisher: Sony Computer Entertainment
Genre: Action
Rating: PEGI 18+
Site Rank: 233 135
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