Naughty Dog's critical darling The Last of Us has became Sony's first All Formats No.1 since Uncharted: Golden Abyss back in 2012.
The PS3 exclusive becomes the third-fastest selling game of the year, behind Tomb Raider and BioShock Infinite. The Last of Us is also the biggest launch for a new IP since LA Noire in 2011.
Nintendo's Animal Crossing: New Leaf also proved popular, charting at No.2 and becoming the biggest 3DS launch for a non-Mario title.
Grid 2 is forced down two places to No.3, Tomb Raider jumps three places to No.4, FIFA 14 takes fifth, and Injustice: Gods Among Us climbs back into the Top 10 to No.6.
The only other new entry is Rugby Challenge 2: The Lions Tour Edition which makes a respectable start at No.12.
It's bad news for Capcom's Remember Me, bombing down the chart from No.3 to No.20.
UKIE Games Charts, compiled by GfK Chart-Track, (All Prices) Week 24, 2013
1. THE LAST OF US
2. ANIMAL CROSSING: NEW LEAF
3. GRID 2
4. TOMB RAIDER
5. FIFA 13
6. INJUSTICE: GODS AMONG US
7. FAR CRY 3
8. THE ELDER SCROLLS V: SKYRIM - LEGENDARY
9. LUIGI'S MANSION 2
10. ASSASSIN'S CREED III
11. DEAD ISLAND: RIPTIDE
12. RUGBY CHALLENGE 2: LIONS TOUR EDITION
13. LEGO BATMAN 2: DC SUPER HEROES
14. CALL OF DUTY: BLACK OPS II
15. DONKEY KONG COUNTRY RETURNS
16. BIOSHOCK INFINITE
17. THE WALKING DEAD
18. GRAND THEFT AUTO IV
19. LEGO THE LORD OF THE RINGS
20. REMEMBER ME
The Last of Us has performed amazingly well for a single platform exclusive, only outsold during the launch week by multi-format titles BioShock Infinite and Tomb Raider.
Expect the PS3 exclusive to hold at the top for a second week with nothing hitting stores on Friday (Ashes Cricket and MotoGP 13) likely to challenge at the top.