Historically, FPSs simply don't fare well in Japan but recent evidence has hinted at a definite shift in Eastern gaming tastes. Take Guerilla's Killzone 2 , for example.

According to PS3Center, the stellar shooter sold about 20,000 copies on its first day of availability in the Land of the Rising Sun, which means it's currently on track to outsell the last big FPS, Resistance 2 . That number may not be all that impressive, but it's significant for Japan and furthermore, some retailers are apparently reporting they're already sold out of the game. Of course, Killzone 2 didn't top the charts as Monster Hunter G for the Wii sold 92,000 copies, but the PlayStation is enjoying a very big week. After outstripping the Wii yet again – due in part to the release of "Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children" – more and more Japanese gamers are definitely starting to notice the PS3. The question is whether or not something like KZ2 will be an extended success throughout 2009; based on what we've seen in the past year, there's a darn good chance the title should do relatively well. Japanese developers have been saying for quite some time now they need to expand Westward, so it should stand to reason that gaming tastes amongst the public will alter a bit.

Thus far, we say Killzone 2 is the best game of 2009 so it would behoove our fellow gamers across the Pacific to partake of this shooter's awesome quality. It's for everyone to enjoy!

Related Game(s): Killzone 2

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Hexen
Hexen
11 years ago

I didn't think KZ2 would be release in Japan at all.I don't know if those numbers are impressive or not but at least some of them knew of it's existence which is always good.

Oyashiro
Oyashiro
11 years ago

What is the average amount that FPS sell in Japan?

Jalex
Jalex
11 years ago

I don't know much in the way of specifics, but I'm pretty sure that even the best/most popular first-person shooters this generation haven't broken past 200k in Japan (maybe 'Modern Warfare'…maybe), most of them selling a little below 100k or WELL below 100k.

Scarecrow
Scarecrow
11 years ago

Awesome stuff

Killzone is the right kind of FPS(tactical and more life-like in terms of speed and such).

Go Japan!

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
11 years ago

What if there was a Japanese FPS?

Hexen
Hexen
11 years ago

I tried imagining it but I just get silly images maybe if Squeenix made a Final Fantasy FPS just maybe.

Alienange
Alienange
11 years ago

There'd be gunblades everywhere.

Banky A
Banky A
11 years ago

Damn right.

And kill streak bonuses & Berserks would be like Thundaga or Flare.

=D

Zemus101
Zemus101
11 years ago

Final Fantasy FPS? Hmmm… nope, can't imagine it no matter how hard I try

The Stig
The Stig
11 years ago

I have noticed quite a few Japanese players online the last couple of days, and not just on the Japanese servers.

Snaaaake
Snaaaake
11 years ago

No wonder Japs suck when it comes to the WCG.
All they do is play RPG at home even though Japs are the best when it comes to developing games.
But then again, there's no denying they are the best.
But they really should play other genre, they're like sleeping under a rock for centuries.

Fane1024
Fane1024
11 years ago

Speaking of sleeping under a rock…

"Japs" isn't really a respectful way to refer to the Japanese; it makes you sound like a WWII G.I.

You should really use "Nips" (JUST KIDDING).

I'm no believer in political correctness (see preceding joke), but there's no point in being offensive unless that's your intent.

Jizmack
Jizmack
11 years ago

they made Dirge of Cirberous, and i believe it had some first person shooting, so that'd be what its like, enjoyable but very bad level up and upgrade systems.

Snaaaake
Snaaaake
11 years ago

Is that so?
Please forgive me, I didn't know.

booze925
booze925
11 years ago

killzone 2= overrated in my opinion. will not b a GOTY winner. MW2 will b.