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Demon's Souls Manages To Sell 250,000 In US

Demon's Souls was a blessing for every hardcore role-playing fan out there and the critics loved it. But that doesn't always translate to financial success.

And it all depends on your perspective. You shouldn't expect such a game to rake in the huge sales totals of a massive multiplatform title, nor could it even compete with a giant exclusive like Uncharted 2: Among Thieves. After all, we're talking about a pure, demanding RPG. But even so, the numbers for the US aren't terrible: according to a 1Up report, Atlus has managed to sell around 250,000 copies of Demon's Souls in this region. That's a damn good number, especially considering that initial shipments only numbered 15,000; good word of mouth and high critical acclaim really helped to push that stat higher over time. Evidently, Atlus is satisfied with these results as they partly attribute their 8% year-over-year rise to sales of Demon's Souls in the US. We assume From Software is working on a sequel right now and fans are hoping it won't take as long to reach North American shores. Perhaps these strong sales will result in a faster localization process the second time around; there's little doubt that a sequel will be very appreciated by RPG lovers.

Essentially, though, this represents the power of super high review scores. Had the scores been lower, you probably would be looking at a huge bomb of a game. Well, that didn't happen 'cuz Demon's Souls is great.

3/16/2010 9:19:42 PM Ben Dutka

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Comments (49 posts)

ryandon69
Tuesday, March 16, 2010 @ 9:59:40 PM
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every time i read about this game i feel more and more like buying it... but i'm not so sure...
loving the numbers though!!!

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hellish_devil
Tuesday, March 16, 2010 @ 10:05:11 PM

You should, no, wait, you MUST

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WorldEndsWithMe
Tuesday, March 16, 2010 @ 10:10:50 PM

Be wary, if you are reading this Demon's Souls is too hard for you.

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Scarecrow
Tuesday, March 16, 2010 @ 10:17:44 PM

But why would difficulty hold anyone back?
Aren't we all hardcore gamers?

Did Devil May Cry 3's difficulty prevent people from enjoying the crap out of it?

Or how 'bout classics like Metal Slug and many of the great Arcade/Super Nintendo/Nintendo games?

Difficulty's a great thing, it makes the experience much more rewarding.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Tuesday, March 16, 2010 @ 10:29:30 PM

YES, I quit DMC 3 too. Not worth the anger. I already have anger issues. It was okay on 2bit - 32 bit systems, now I'm too old and impatient for all that dying.

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kraygen
Tuesday, March 16, 2010 @ 10:33:24 PM

I can tell you from experience you will never feel more rewarded from a game than you do when you defeat demon's souls. It's so hard, but so fair. It all boils down to you learning how to play the game. Once you get it, you can become unstoppable.

Demon Soul's is awesome! Pure and simple.

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MyWorstNightmar
Tuesday, March 16, 2010 @ 11:01:30 PM

Kraygen, I must be mentally stunted, as I have yet to learn how to play the game so to speak. I didnt' have the time to commit to figuring it out, and I moved on. It is definately a game I want to get into, but I have so many other games begging to be played.

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___________
Wednesday, March 17, 2010 @ 2:02:10 AM

DMC is a really bad example because if its too hard you can put it on easy.
if its too hard on easy, well than theres something seriously wrong with you!
deamon souls on the other hand is hard on easy, not exactly a forgiving game either.
it eases off on you till your down for the count, than it grabs you by the balls and never lets go.
what i like to call dirty fighting, but as the saying goes everythings fair in love and war.
but what if you cant tell the difference?
than my friend your in real trouble!
ahhh, gotta love sully!

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kraygen
Wednesday, March 17, 2010 @ 7:40:45 AM

@ myworstnightmar

It definitely takes some practice to get the timing right and to figure out what class is right for you. Most people tend to start as a knight which for demon's souls is kinda a bad idea. They are slow, slow, and slow. Others have less armor but move quickly and can avoid being hit altogether.

I highly recommend you give it some practice. Heck I played the tutorial with every starting class. It was probably my 6th time through before I beat the tutorial boss.

For all you awesome people, feel free to laugh, some of us take longer than others.

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FullmetalX10
Wednesday, March 17, 2010 @ 9:12:17 AM

Everytime something is too hard for me, I just keep playing, long enough until I memorized every single thing and do every move flawless. In the end, when it all works out and you get past the point you needed to go, just the feeling that you get is an award good enough on its self.

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JofaMang
Wednesday, March 17, 2010 @ 6:11:24 PM

As a fairly dedicated gamer, I hold my Demon's Souls platinum trophy with great pride. It is hard as hell, and I slight no person who chooses to give up on it. But I also try to persuade anyone who has given up on it to give it another shot. I haven't had as satisfying of a game experience in I don't even know how long (Endgame EQ1 maybe?) and crossing the threshold from dying repeatedly to progressing at a steady pace is simply exhilerating from a gamer perspective.

Once you get in the swing of things, you can run through the entire game in a couple hours (but once you know how much there is to do, a single run through is only a small part of the whole game, heh.

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hellish_devil
Tuesday, March 16, 2010 @ 10:04:42 PM
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Good, now time to get the platinum!

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rell
Tuesday, March 16, 2010 @ 10:05:34 PM
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Awesome game From Software, hopefully a sequel is in the works. Off Topic: Gow3 is awesome.

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I_defenestrate
Wednesday, March 17, 2010 @ 1:14:49 AM

God of War 3 is always on topic.

It's that good.

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Scarecrow
Tuesday, March 16, 2010 @ 10:06:10 PM
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Really dark, evil, and intriguing game...
Truly a rare gem

It's definitely a good number, specially when combined with the Japanese sales numbers which are around 500K. So a total of about 700K+ (almost 1 million sales).

So glad it's been appreciated
This guarantees a sequel (I hear it's From Software's best selling game in a LONG time. Since the great Armored Core days)

Umbasa!

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FullmetalX10
Wednesday, March 17, 2010 @ 9:13:44 AM

And it wasn't even released in the EU region, though I hope it someday will, else I might just get it online someday.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Tuesday, March 16, 2010 @ 10:12:56 PM
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Good for Atlus, and kudos for succeeding while breaking the mold. You wanna make another one? Sure why not? People loved it.

But really, get a team on Persona 5, PS3 exclusive, would ya do that for me?

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Alienange
Tuesday, March 16, 2010 @ 10:18:18 PM

I will buy Persona 5 on day one. I still have nightmares about P3.

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piratedrunk
Tuesday, March 16, 2010 @ 11:31:27 PM

Well Atlus can get on Persona 5 anytime without affecting the sequal to DS.. this is a FromSoftware game they just localized. I still need to play Persona 4 but I loved 3

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hellish_devil
Tuesday, March 16, 2010 @ 11:56:14 PM

I played Persona 3 for 30 hours, and it was boring, mostly because of the Tartarus. I loved the day activities, and hanging out with kenji (?) and jumpei made me LOL, but when it came to going every night to level up, it was boring after a while. I loved the concept of the personas and the social links, but the repetiveness of the tartarus made me quit.

Does anyone knows if this was fixed with Persona 4?

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WorldEndsWithMe
Wednesday, March 17, 2010 @ 12:18:22 AM

Tartarus WAS a drag, that's why Persona 4 was better. Yes it was fixed. The dungeons were different and varying locales that were each generated from the character's social ineptitude.

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darxed
Wednesday, March 17, 2010 @ 2:17:41 PM

God I'd love to have Persona 5... 3 and 4 were, in my opinion, easily among the top five RPGs in the PS2... and that's saying a lot considering how many great RPGs the PS2 had...

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Alienange
Tuesday, March 16, 2010 @ 10:19:14 PM
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I have every intention of getting this game one day. For some reason I didn't get to it soon enough and now I'm inundated with games in my collection that I'm dying to play or finish.

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kraygen
Tuesday, March 16, 2010 @ 10:37:16 PM
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Demon's souls is so great. Was kind of a sleeper hit for me. I didn't even hear about it until after it was released and then it really intrigued me, especially since everyone was talking about how challenging it was.

I got a better deal on Demon's souls than any game I've ever gotten. A friend bought it and after playing it for 3 hours decided he had to have the collectors edition so he sold me his 3 hour used regular copy for the gamestop buying price of $20.

Game was worth $60 and more, I just got the best gaming deal I'll probably ever get. This game can last forever due to the leveling system. I can't wait for the second one and I hope it sells like crazy.

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MyWorstNightmar
Tuesday, March 16, 2010 @ 11:04:28 PM

Hmmmm, seems I need to be your apprentice for this game. Teach me oh master.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Wednesday, March 17, 2010 @ 2:12:21 AM

Strong with the force young Nightmar is.

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kraygen
Wednesday, March 17, 2010 @ 7:42:22 AM

As I now said above, play the tutorial multiple times, until you get it. Which is to say until you can beat the giant fat tutorial boss with the wings, without a lot of trouble. Its not very easy, I'll say that much, but by the time I was done I could beat him with any starting class.

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Turbey
Wednesday, March 17, 2010 @ 9:09:19 AM

Wait, what? You can actually beat that guy? Thought you where supposed to die when fighting him...

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kraygen
Thursday, March 18, 2010 @ 2:12:27 AM

you can defeat him and get a few items. However he kills you in 2 hits for most classes and in some cases he can kill you in 1 hit.

However he can be beaten.

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Mr Bitey
Tuesday, March 16, 2010 @ 11:17:07 PM
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If Sony puts some money and marketing into the sequel, they could have a huge tipple A title on their hands.

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piratedrunk
Tuesday, March 16, 2010 @ 11:28:57 PM
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Good game.. but once I beat it on new game+ I felt completely done with it and haven't looked back since. I would at least suggest a rent from anyone who is on the fence.

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archs13
Tuesday, March 16, 2010 @ 11:55:36 PM
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i'm one of those who bought the game. i've only beaten the first boss and then i gave up because i keep dying in 1-2. i've spent too many hours on that game just to only get that far so i gave up. never selling my deluxe edition though, because of atlus's reputation in rare games. i just wrapped it with saran wrap haha.

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___________
Wednesday, March 17, 2010 @ 2:02:50 AM
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so hows about bringing it to AU?
what? yes thats right ps3s do exist outside the US.

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Vivi_Gamer
Wednesday, March 17, 2010 @ 8:10:22 AM

I agree, i haven't heard anything about a European relase of this, does anyone know why?

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Snaaaake
Wednesday, March 17, 2010 @ 2:53:28 AM
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All Demon's Souls 2 need is some hype if it needs sell.

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kraygen
Wednesday, March 17, 2010 @ 7:43:24 AM

true the first one came out of no where, and had no advertising at all.

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natho86
Wednesday, March 17, 2010 @ 3:52:11 AM
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It didnt even come out in AUS i had to get it on ebay glad i did though what a insane game!

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PAKINIPS
Wednesday, March 17, 2010 @ 4:58:38 AM
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Come to Europe! They could have sold twice that if they released worldwide or even advertised

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shaydey77
Wednesday, March 17, 2010 @ 6:13:32 AM

yeah. and i bet they have no idea how many of those US and Japanese sales went to Europe and Australia. Its a joke. But im getting my copy in two weeks!!! YAY!!! :D

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Lotusflow3r
Wednesday, March 17, 2010 @ 7:27:08 AM
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Glad my game of 09 sold well. It deserved U2 figures though.

I hope the sequel is as hard as new game+ on DS1! Thats when the true challenges began or as the catchphrase goes, "The real DS starts now".

As soon as it's announced, it will zoom to the top 3 of my most wanted.

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kraygen
Wednesday, March 17, 2010 @ 7:44:28 AM

Yeah thats exactly right. New game+ = ball buster.

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Scarecrow
Wednesday, March 17, 2010 @ 9:44:54 AM

Wish the game was always like NG+, that's when the game gets f****** hilarious! Love the challenge!

Wish they'd update the game and give us a "hard and extreme" difficulty option.

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kraygen
Thursday, March 18, 2010 @ 2:15:12 AM

technically if you want it to be harder, beat the game a few times without leveling up. The difficulty increases with every new game+, but the 3rd new game and after, their difficulty increases less than the first new game+.

So if it's getting too easy, just do what you have to to beat it and it will start getting harder.

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A2K78
Wednesday, March 17, 2010 @ 10:02:10 AM
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for the record, since Sony technically own the rights to Demon's Soul any sequel decision would have be made by them.

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maxpontiac
Wednesday, March 17, 2010 @ 12:05:02 PM
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Call me a non-hardcore gamer if you will, but if this game had a difficulty option, I would have bought it.

Life presents way to many challenges already.

Shame, because the game looks amazing.

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convergecrew
Wednesday, March 17, 2010 @ 2:11:29 PM

Really, the game is not that hard if you pick a certain character class in the beginning. I had trouble with the game at the start so I went to the wiki for some tips, and they really helped. It let me enjoy the game much more and now I dont have much trouble with any level.

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BigBoss4ever
Wednesday, March 17, 2010 @ 2:47:24 PM
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Demon's Souls is the most addictive and fun RPG on PS3, I have not played a game this addictive and unique as Demon's Souls for a good like 4-5 years. And it is the first game I platinum it.

i really look forward to the sequal or something good but different from fromsoftware soon. two thumbs wayyy up!!!

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ryandon69
Thursday, March 18, 2010 @ 9:10:27 PM
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ok so i read all that u guys said and i went on my lunch break today and got demon's souls gonna play the hell out of it this weekend... gonna have to stop on monday cuz that's when my GoW 3 arrives!!!! I can't wait!!!

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Solaris Knight
Friday, March 19, 2010 @ 9:33:07 AM
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Demon's Souls isn't really an RPG...I think this misnomer is scaring alot of people away; it is more or less a hack and slash adventure game mixed with a dash of looting and some RPG lite attributes.

As for the difficulty, it's not that bad. Once you finish off the Demon God it's all down hill from there. I think there are two things that might frighten people: 1.) If you have a large amount of souls (in game currency) and you die, those souls will be dropped at the location of your death. If you manage to get back to that location you retrieve all your souls, however if you die, those souls are lost forever. This means you will be punished for sloppy gameplay; 2.) This game is between 45-50 hours long. (it took me roughly 47 hours). I think alot of people hear this and freak out because it is such a time suck. I like to look at it this way; you can but 45-50 hours in a great game that the dev team has put their heart and soul (no pun intended) into making and is one of a kind on todays console market. OR you can put the same amount of time into a online mulitplayer shooter that is basically just a rehash and a quick cash in by a publisher who is laughing at you while taking your money! (Glares at Modern Warfare 2; Activision and 15 dollar map packs). The choice is simple really.

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