In the past, one could easily predict the titles that would sell well in Japan. Most wouldn't dare to list FPSs are Western-style RPGs, but over the past few years, we've seen more evidence of changing preferences in the Land of the Rising Sun. Perhaps one of the best examples of this shift is the most recent Amazon Japan's Top 10 Video Game list.
As you can see, Killzone 2 is right there on the list at #8, a mere step behind the guaranteed blockbuster, Resident Evil 5 . Furthermore, we see Demon's Souls on there at #4, which is most certainly a Western-oriented RPG that may be most reminiscent of the Baldurs Gate: Dark Alliance games from the last generation. It also serves to ramp up our interest of the game, and makes us hope From Software will provide us with a North American release date soon. It launches today – that's right, today – in Japan, which is probably the reason it sits so high on the Top 10 list. But the mere fact that both these games are on there, given the history of Japan's gaming preferences, proves that Eastern gamers don't only play a certain type of production. We've already seen a good response to other titles, like Grand Theft Auto IV , and it seems we can expect more of that. Perhaps there's a darn good reason why Japanese developers are concerned that Western devs are starting to steal a major portion of the market…?
Anyway, we all know how awesome Killzone 2 is, but man, are any other RPG fans suddenly gravitating towards Demon's Souls ? Let's hope the translation process doesn't take too long…
Related Game(s): Killzone 2