Naughty Dog’s iconic The Last Of Us had its remake, The Last of Us Part I, release last week, and the headlines may seem alarming. On the UK physical sales charts the game sold about half of the critically-panned Saints Row, which released the week prior. This may seem initially concerning, but it isn’t the full story.
The Last of Us Part I released on Friday, Sept. 2, and yet the Boxed Top Ten chart only counted game sales for two full days through to Saturday, Sept. 3. Saints Row on the other hand released on Tuesday, Aug. 23, and had its sales counted for a five-day period through to Saturday, Aug. 27. It isn’t particularly surprising that a remaster of an old game sold half as much as a new game in half the time.
As for more from this week’s chart, The Last of Us Part I debuted at #1, beating out Horizon: Forbidden West at #2 and the new entry Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Cowabunga Collection debuting at #3. Saints Row meanwhile dropped from #1 to #6 after a 80% fall in sales, lagging behind another new entry of F1 Manager 2022 at #4.
A host of evergreen titles occupy the list too, such as Mario Kart 8 Deluxe at #5, Nintendo Switch Sports at #7, Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga at #8, Pokemon Legends: Arceus at #9 and Animal Crossing: New Horizons ends the list at #10.
The catchy headlines may not have been too favourable for The Last Of Us Part I today, but the truth is nothing to worry about. Did you pick up the game last week? Let us know in the comments below, and keep your eyes on GameLuster for more news.