The Last of Us becomes biggest new IP launch since L.A. Noire

Backed by a string of 10/10 review scores, The Last of Us has unsurprisingly become the new UK number one. The last time Sony took the top spot was with Uncharted: Golden Abyss over a year ago.

Moreover, it’s the third fastest selling game of the year so far and also takes the accolade for being the biggest new IP launch since 2011’s L.A. Noire. Crikey.

The ever inquisitive Eurogamer did some digging in to how well The Last of Us has sold compared to Naughty Dog’s own Uncharted series. They report that the opening tally was five times greater than the original Uncharted and that it had stronger launch week sales than Uncharted 2. It didn’t, however, outperform Uncharted 3.

Nintendo must be content with Animal Crossing: New Leaf taking #2. That makes it the best 3DS launch since Mario Kart 7 and the biggest 3DS launch ever for a non-Mario title.

To make way for the new arrivals Grid 2 drops to #3. Codemasters’ racer is then followed by Tomb Raider – which is up from #7 to #4 – and FIFA 13 at #5. Last week’s new top 10 arrival Remember Me has already departed, dropping from #3 to #20.

Rugby Challenge 2: Lions Tour Edition is the only other new entry in the UK chart this week, taking #12.

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