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

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Fatcat3788
Fatcat3788
11 years ago

I am now getting excited about Demon's Soul! ūüėČ

rell
rell
11 years ago

I hope for the best for these games, I want the ps3 to succeed.

mk ultra
mk ultra
11 years ago

Demon's Souls is a dungeon crawler type RPG, correct?

NightHawk17
NightHawk17
11 years ago

Did anyone see the Demon's Souls live feed? It was great imo, i've got the Asian version pre-ordered now:)

http://ja.justin.tv/esegk

cegmp
cegmp
11 years ago

I'm from the east, not Japan though. Southeast Asia specifically. I don't play FPS games but Killzone 2 has got me interested. I'm not so excited about Demon's Soul though. I'll just wait and see.

dlte
dlte
11 years ago

lol more Amazon news

NightHawk17
NightHawk17
11 years ago

Alright, seriously the complaining about Amazon is tired. Just stop. But it's funny that Killzone is #8 on the list meanwhile Star Ocean is #11..Should've been on the PS3 also

chicko1983
chicko1983
11 years ago

this is good news considering Killzone wont be released in Japan until April sometime.

Banky A
Banky A
11 years ago

I enjoy collecting souls.
Demon's? Sounds great.

ps92117
ps92117
11 years ago

I think kz2 will reach 6 million by years end. If it manages a million in japan I will be happy, as for Demon's soul I am not so excited by american rpgs unless they are mmos.

somethingrandom
somethingrandom
11 years ago

I won't be getting anywhere near RE5. The camera angle sucks, you cant move while shooting, and I don't remember being able to strafe. I hate having to run up to an enemy (when you are out of ammo), wait for buddy to pull out the knife then slash, put away the knife (in most cases), move forward, wait to pull out the knife, slash again… …etc. etc. etc. You cant pull out your knife and move at the same time? who the hell thought of that? That's even worse than the gun thing.

ps92117
ps92117
11 years ago

yeah tank control suck, re5 is the only game I don't want to have as it would waste space.

LegendaryWolfeh
LegendaryWolfeh
11 years ago

Didn't they already say in the real game their will be an 'action control' option, letting you run and gun, while the stop and shoot option will remain…for "elite" players as they put it…or maybe it was "veteran" lol but none-the-less, same thing

fundando
fundando
11 years ago

No action-control wont be in the final game. https://temp.psxextreme.com/ps3-news/4545.html

Yeah well I guess it never needed it before, it's not a fps after all.

Scarecrow
Scarecrow
11 years ago

Woooooooooow!
OMFG I'm so hyped 'bout Demon's Soul now!

Release that here Sony! get on it!
Wow and I'm super amazed that the Japanese are embracing FPSs….

Well great news for us all!

Fabi
Fabi
11 years ago

@Ben – I hope you see this, I wanna get your opinion on KZ2's graphics.

I'm confused…

Some reviews claim that KZ2 is the: best looking game for the PS3, best looking game this generation, or the best looking game ever made.

While some have no doubt it's the best looking game to date on any console, some others claim that it's up there with games like Gears 2, Uncharted and MGS4.

What's your verdict?

OriginalSin
OriginalSin
11 years ago

@Fabi:I would say KZ2 is way better looking than Gears 2 and the 1st Uncharted, I would say comparing it to MGS4 is a better choice. But just wait for the launch day then you can make that decision for yourself…

I'm also getting pretty amp'd about Demon's Soul.And to the ones complaining about the RE5 controls obviously hasn't played the previous ones as it's ALWAYS been that way and it adds to the game in it's own way, more strategy than just run and gun….And it's gonna be a great title…

noshownogo
noshownogo
11 years ago

Where are the Killzone2 commercials?

rell
rell
11 years ago

I know, kz2 commercial ads probably won't get advertise until a week before launch day.

Orvisman
Orvisman
11 years ago

Already have Demon's Souls ordered with NCSX.

AS for Japan's game tastes these days, who here thought LBP would sell like bento boxes in Japan because of its quirky, cute factor?

Yep, so did I! Instead it is met with middling sales in Japan.


Last edited by Orvisman on 2/5/2009 10:39:13 AM

Scarecrow
Scarecrow
11 years ago

Weird I know…
I thin the Japanese are confused…..

I blame Nintendo!

SwiftAssassin
SwiftAssassin
11 years ago

SWEET!!!!!!!!!!!!!

SwiftAssassin
SwiftAssassin
11 years ago

Star Ocean 4 is doing pretty good for xbox 360 game in JAPAN