Dark Souls Claims a Million Sales in the West

Dark Souls Claims a Million Sales in the West

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Europeans and Americans are gluttons for punishment.

Demon's Souls and its far-less-annoying-to-pronounce sequel Dark Souls are games that, at their hearts, are about brutally beating the player into submission. This merciless attitude rendered Demon's Souls a surprise hit back in 2009, ensuring that a sequel, Dark Souls, would see release on Western shores. Namco Bandai has announced that Dark Souls has become a certifiable hit on its own, breaking the million-sales mark outside of its native Japan.

Specifically, that's 1.19 units sold across Europe and the United States on both the Xbox 360 and PS3 platforms. This number is likely to only go up with the upcoming PC release, given that the popularity of games like Super Meat Boy or I Wanna Be the Guy demonstrates that there is certainly a market on the PC for games that crush players' souls and spirits before grinding them beneath their feet.

These may not be Call of Duty-level numbers, but they're still impressive for a type of game that would have been charitably called "niche" at best. Nor do these numbers include sales in Japan, where the title was self-published by developer From Software and not Namco Bandai.

We may not have lifetime numbers for Dark Souls in Japan, but we do know that it was a hit there as well - it sold almost 300k copies in its first week on sale back in September. It's not particularly surprising that Japanese gamers would be all over a game like Dark Souls, though. This is the country that brought us the bullet hell genre, after all - to them, this must be the sort of game they play to relax and unwind.

Source: Eurogamer

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I love you Dark Souls, have my babies.

Here's hoping that consoles will get the new content that will be released with the PC version.

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"Excellent news, Now if you'll excuse me I need to go pay a small Chinese woman to beat me for half an hour"

Fuck yeah!

Even if Dark Souls for PC has GFWL I will still buy it. Because it's Dark Souls and I am a masochist loved it.

As Daystar posted, I hope that the new content also gets released to the console versions.

Good to see this game has done well. It would be sad if such a gem didn't succeed.

Release it on the PC and the money shall cascade.

I could have sworn that I read an article saying that it got over a million pre-orders.
Oh well. Do love me some Dark Souls, just want that extra content on my 360.

Praise the Sun!

And here I thought the popularity had died down a bit and I could finally wander around in human form for more than 5 minutes without getting my buttocks sliced off by an invading Black Phantom.

Fuuuck...

Ugh, every news article about this game has to include remarks about the difficulty. Save for a few parts, its not a really hard game. It's a skill that, like any other, you acquire through practice. I breezed through my third character onward, difficulty with the second was because I was trying a no-shield-blocking run (Not including pvp).

Casual Shinji:
And here I thought the popularity had died down a bit and I could finally wander around in human form for more than 5 minutes without getting my buttocks sliced off by an invading Black Phantom.

Fuuuck...

...Never fear! A Sun Bro is here!
Well, that is if you're 10 levels around me. Also if I'm in the same area...and if you notice me .. =(

The Mighty Stove:

Casual Shinji:
And here I thought the popularity had died down a bit and I could finally wander around in human form for more than 5 minutes without getting my buttocks sliced off by an invading Black Phantom.

Fuuuck...

...Never fear! A Sun Bro is here!
Well, that is if you're 10 levels around me. Also if I'm in the same area...and if you notice me .. =(

And if I'm on the same server.

Where Demon's Souls was hosted on one server, Dark Souls is hosted on multiple ones, which makes getting together with friends very frustrating and practically impossible.

Let's hope the PC gamers won't have to deal with this.

I was surprised by Dark Souls. I usually hate challenge in games, because most games I've played don't quite know how to handle it, but Dark Souls did it really well and I loved every second of it. Well, except Blighttown. I'm still stuck there. I should fix that soon. But still. I hope they make some more Souls games.
I find people really overexaggerate Dark Souls' difficulty though. It's challenging, but it's not that hard. Once you get the hang of it it's only moderately difficult. Don't know about Demon's Souls though, I haven't played that yet.
Edit: Well, not that hard when disregarding PvP. I play offline because of it, but if you play the game online, you are going to have a very bad time.

Daystar Clarion:
I love you Dark Souls, have my babies.

Here's hoping that consoles will get the new content that will be released with the PC version.

agreed, this is probably the best made game i have ever played[in terms of fundamentals/ideas/execution]. it truly is innovative and fun, yet difficult. although, quelaags domain is the most bland environment ive been in since the imperial city in oblivion.

Xiado:
Ugh, every news article about this game has to include remarks about the difficulty. Save for a few parts, its not a really hard game. It's a skill that, like any other, you acquire through practice. I breezed through my third character onward, difficulty with the second was because I was trying a no-shield-blocking run (Not including pvp).

Yes, and I Wanna Be The Guy isn't that hard if you can jump accurately.

JasonKaotic:
I was surprised by Dark Souls. I usually hate challenge in games, because most games I've played don't quite know how to handle it, but Dark Souls did it really well and I loved every second of it. Well, except Blighttown. I'm still stuck there. I should fix that soon. But still. I hope they make some more Souls games.
I find people really overexaggerate Dark Souls' difficulty though. It's challenging, but it's not that hard. Once you get the hang of it it's only moderately difficult. Don't know about Demon's Souls though, I haven't played that yet.
Edit: Well, not that hard when disregarding PvP. I play offline because of it, but if you play the game online, you are going to have a very bad time.

blighttown is quite easy, just dont. get. swarmed. if you take it one encounter at a time and avoid the blowdart snipers, youll make it to quelaags domain in about 10 minutes with extra time to explore. just keep an eye out for those bonfires.

JasonKaotic:
. Once you get the hang of it it's only moderately difficult. Don't know about Demon's Souls though, I haven't played that yet.
Edit: Well, not that hard when disregarding PvP. I play offline because of it, but if you play the game online, you are going to have a very bad time.

i dont care what others say, demons souls was way harder. it wasnt as balanced [if you didnt balance magic and CQC, you were screwed], the areas sucked, and there was no bonfires. the horror!

Where Demon's Souls was hosted on one server, Dark Souls is hosted on multiple ones, which makes getting together with friends very frustrating and practically impossible.

Let's hope the PC gamers won't have to deal with this.

i think they did that so that it would be hard to be with friends. i guess they wanted you to have that sense of loneliness, and/or the mysteriousness of being around someone we didnt know.

Xiado:
Ugh, every news article about this game has to include remarks about the difficulty. Save for a few parts, its not a really hard game. It's a skill that, like any other, you acquire through practice. I breezed through my third character onward, difficulty with the second was because I was trying a no-shield-blocking run (Not including pvp).

So i assume you've forgotten how hard your first playthrough was? Yes it isn't that hard once you figure it out over about 50 hours of gameplay over multiple characters. That's like saying that getting slapped in the face continuously for 50 hours becomes less painful cuz you've gotten used to it.

Now i'm past the "arggh it's hard!" part of DS and onto the "arggh the PVP is so broken!" part of DS XD

I will never forget how hard it was on the first try though... I think some people just forget and go "LOL NOOBS! Can't even beat O&S solo!" and look like massive pricks while doing so.

I'm not directing the "prick" bit at you btw, just so you don't get the wrong idea...

Now, the real question for the PC port extra content is:

Will they add 360 no-scope crossbows into the game?

JasonKaotic:
Edit: Well, not that hard when disregarding PvP. I play offline because of it, but if you play the game online, you are going to have a very bad time.

Having made a couple of forays into PvP recently, i can tell you that all PvPers try to break the game.

Since Dark Souls is a game that encourages combat pragmatism, and because theres no word of honor stopping you, feel free to break the game even harder to beat PvPers. It worked for me, even when i utilise things that were supposedly nerfed.

Of course, you could just stay in your hollowed form, then most PvPers cant touch you.

Casual Shinji:
And here I thought the popularity had died down a bit and I could finally wander around in human form for more than 5 minutes without getting my buttocks sliced off by an invading Black Phantom.

Fuuuck...

No... thats still fairly common.

I actually didn't understand what was so hard about this game. I did think Demon's Souls was incredibly difficult, but not so much Dark Souls.

Remember, everyone:

If a game isn't driving you absolutely insane and killing you with the slightest mistake, it isn't fun.

Good to know, this should encourage more jolly cooperation/darkmooning/invading and a sequel in the future. ^.^
I just hope that the DLC comes to the Xbox, since my gaming PC isn't the best.

Good for Dark Souls and their fans. The more diverse the RPG market, the better. I'm all for options.

Funny me saying this, since I'm the least likely ally; I wouldn't touch Dark Souls with a ten foot pole. But you guys don't need me, anyway. This article, and the future for games like this, is very encouraging.

Xiado:
Ugh, every news article about this game has to include remarks about the difficulty. Save for a few parts, its not a really hard game. It's a skill that, like any other, you acquire through practice. I breezed through my third character onward, difficulty with the second was because I was trying a no-shield-blocking run (Not including pvp).

Yeah I do find the whole hyping of the difficulty rather exasperating at times. They should be putting more emphasis on the awesome integrated online features, because that's what actually makes Dark Souls unique.

Xiado:
Ugh, every news article about this game has to include remarks about the difficulty. Save for a few parts, its not a really hard game. It's a skill that, like any other, you acquire through practice. I breezed through my third character onward, difficulty with the second was because I was trying a no-shield-blocking run (Not including pvp).

Agree x 99.

The cheap shots were few in this game, and could easily be avoided by being cautious and using your brain. Really enjoyed the challenge, and feel guilty for picking it up from the bargain bin.

Simonoly:

Yeah I do find the whole hyping of the difficulty rather exasperating at times. They should be putting more emphasis on the awesome integrated online features, because that's what actually makes Dark Souls unique.

The game's multiplayer is the only one where I've felt a real thrill in my later years. The risk of dying and the promise of great reward for winning makes every invasion count, and I've yet to come by a rpg with such balanced pvp.

Only thing I really miss is an arena (where you can queue 1v1... tiresome to always fight 1v2, although its a nice challenge), and less laggy servers. Too many good fights being ruined by lag-backstabs. Oh, and a guide at the beginning of the game explaining weapons and stat scaling. Everything else is "learn by play", but that part needs google and number crunching :D

I am still trying to get through Dark souls. Stuck in Anor Londo because of the ****ing archers. Can't find anyone in co-op to help since the few I have found just quit when they realize I am not about to fight Ornstein and Smough.

Also PvP is terrible, it is so godamn terrible. Still have yet to fight a single person who isn't "LOL I have high level equipment that can kill you in a few hits........Yes even if you block, I might actully have to try otherwise. Also the lag is annoying.
Co-op is great though =) I love the co-op especially since I am a sun bro.

Praise the sun!

The Wykydtron:

Xiado:
Ugh, every news article about this game has to include remarks about the difficulty. Save for a few parts, its not a really hard game. It's a skill that, like any other, you acquire through practice. I breezed through my third character onward, difficulty with the second was because I was trying a no-shield-blocking run (Not including pvp).

So i assume you've forgotten how hard your first playthrough was? Yes it isn't that hard once you figure it out over about 50 hours of gameplay over multiple characters. That's like saying that getting slapped in the face continuously for 50 hours becomes less painful cuz you've gotten used to it.

Now i'm past the "arggh it's hard!" part of DS and onto the "arggh the PVP is so broken!" part of DS XD

I will never forget how hard it was on the first try though... I think some people just forget and go "LOL NOOBS! Can't even beat O&S solo!" and look like massive pricks while doing so.

I remember well how difficult the game was at first, but as I played it, i realized that, save for a few parts, it's actually pretty fair and not inherently difficult. Dark Souls is the rare game these days that actually requires proficiency at the game to beat, rather than just trial and error or gaming skills in general. Skill at Dark Souls is exclusive to Dark Souls, but if I'm good at shooters, i can play almost every one and have them be easy. It's closer to a real life skill in that you need to invest a pretty significant amount of time to become good at it. Besides, beating O&S solo is a good trial by fire to get better, I recommend it, though they are so annoying that I try to look for help on my subsequent playthroughs.

Haakong:

Xiado:
Ugh, every news article about this game has to include remarks about the difficulty. Save for a few parts, its not a really hard game. It's a skill that, like any other, you acquire through practice. I breezed through my third character onward, difficulty with the second was because I was trying a no-shield-blocking run (Not including pvp).

Agree x 99.

The cheap shots were few in this game, and could easily be avoided by being cautious and using your brain. Really enjoyed the challenge, and feel guilty for picking it up from the bargain bin.

Simonoly:

Yeah I do find the whole hyping of the difficulty rather exasperating at times. They should be putting more emphasis on the awesome integrated online features, because that's what actually makes Dark Souls unique.

The game's multiplayer is the only one where I've felt a real thrill in my later years. The risk of dying and the promise of great reward for winning makes every invasion count, and I've yet to come by a rpg with such balanced pvp.

Only thing I really miss is an arena (where you can queue 1v1... tiresome to always fight 1v2, although its a nice challenge), and less laggy servers. Too many good fights being ruined by lag-backstabs. Oh, and a guide at the beginning of the game explaining weapons and stat scaling. Everything else is "learn by play", but that part needs google and number crunching :D

I think I've sunk over 400 hours into Dark Souls now purely because of the multiplayer. Every new game I start is completely different due to the pvp and co-op elements that are integrated into the single player. I'm the same, I don't know of a more balanced pvp in an rpg.

I agree, From Software definitely need to put more instructions in for understanding the levelling mechanics of the game. Stat-scaling and weapon upgrading definitely needed explaining so we don't have to sit there with a wiki trying to work out what we need to do. It's stuff like this which can unnecessarily alienate people who are new to the game.

Dandark:
I am still trying to get through Dark souls. Stuck in Anor Londo because of the ****ing archers. Can't find anyone in co-op to help since the few I have found just quit when they realize I am not about to fight Ornstein and Smough.

Also PvP is terrible, it is so godamn terrible. Still have yet to fight a single person who isn't "LOL I have high level equipment that can kill you in a few hits........Yes even if you block, I might actully have to try otherwise. Also the lag is annoying.
Co-op is great though =) I love the co-op especially since I am a sun bro.

Praise the sun!

That part is a bitch... hardest part in the whole game imo. I can give a few tips though:
-get iron flesh, grab a heavy shield and just walk through it. Those arrows just bounce off.
-run like crazy, stick to right of middle pole, after you get to the top, run right and dodge one arrow. black knight should go melee, and just kick him down.

as for "OP weapons", its all about knowing the game. It takes vast amounts of knowledge about the game world to know where to get the best weps early. But dissregarding that, Dark Souls still got the best multiplayer Ive played in my later years. As long as youre lvl 80+ with 90 humanity, you got a fair chance against even a lvl 711. Not many pvp-based rpgs that can say the same.

The lag is a bitch sometimes, agree! Would gladly pay a second LIVE subscription for dedicated servers.

bullet_sandw1ch:

Where Demon's Souls was hosted on one server, Dark Souls is hosted on multiple ones, which makes getting together with friends very frustrating and practically impossible.

Let's hope the PC gamers won't have to deal with this.

i think they did that so that it would be hard to be with friends. i guess they wanted you to have that sense of loneliness, and/or the mysteriousness of being around someone we didnt know.

Demon's Souls was significantly harder. I have found Dark Souls relatively easy because of that experience (aside from being invaded by players who are clearly on a second play through new build character).

 

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