Insomniac Games have really hit a home run with PlayStation 4 exclusive Spider-Man and the game has managed to hold onto the first spot in UK for the third week running, with Shadow of the Tomb Raider coming in not-so-close second.
To be fair, Spidey's success was widely expected but it seems to have overshot analysts' expectations by a fair margin. Even though most of them guaranteed Spider-Man a spot in top 10 games of 2018, most of them placed it behind God of War in the pecking order, which has since turned out to be false.
In the end, Spider-Man sold 3.3 million copies in the first three days, compared to God of War's measly 3.1 million. Our editor kept saying that the world deserves a proper Spidey game and it sure seems like Insomniac Games heard him.
Shadow of the Tomb Raider retained its second place in spite of the 52 per cent drop in sales, which is a decent result when it comes to physical sales. Spider-Man's performance guaranteed that the latest instalment in Lara Croft's saga doesn't hit first place, but it seems to be doing well all things considered.
Third and fourth spot saw Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy and NBA 2K19 exchange places, with Crash climbing up one spot compared to the week before. Activision have every reason to be ecstatic over Crash's performance, having notched up eight winning weeks on the trot after it launched and seemingly becoming a mainstay among the UK's top ten.
The Elder Scrolls Online's discount-induced popularity has died down and it dropped out of the top 10, along with Lego The Incredibles. They were replaced by PUBG and Sonic Mania Plus, which came in at number 9 and 10. Mario Kart 8: Deluxe, Grand Theft Auto V and F1 2019 didn't change positions from last week.
Note that the chart is reserved only for boxed releases so do take that into account before you make any drinking bets or anything of the sort. The remainder of the top 10 chart is as follows:
- Shadow of the Tomb Raider
- Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy
- NBA 2K19
- Mario Kart 8: Deluxe
- Grand Theft Auto V
- Super Mario Odyssey
- F1 2019
- PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds
- Sonic Mania Plus