Dragon's Dogma: Dark Arisen makes strong debut in Japan

Re-release of 2012 RPG sells 125,363 units on the week of April 22.

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Capcom's re-release of Dragon's Dogma, subtitled Dark Arisen, has made a good first impression in Japan.

Japanese gamers are down with dragons, with some dogmas on the side.

According to a recent update of the Media Creates sales chart for the week of April 22, the PS3 version of the game was at second place with 125,363 units sold. The Xbox 360 version was at 13th place with 9,483 units sold. The title that beat Capcom's RPG for the first place spot was Friend Collection: New Life for the 3DS, which sold 144,903 units.

Also worth noting is the debut of two Western titles in the region. The PS3 version of Tomb Raider was at fourth place with 35,250 units sold, while the PS3 version of BioShock Infinite was at the 10th spot with 15,747 units sold.

The top 10 list for the week of April 22 is below:

Rank / Title / Publisher / System / Sales Units
1. Friend Collection: New Life / Nintendo / 3DS / 144,903
2. Dragon's Dogma: Dark Arisen / Capcom / PS3 / 125,363
3. Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon / Nintendo / 3DS / 38,884
4. Tomb Raider / Square Enix / PS3 / 35,250
5. Steins;Gate: Senkei Kousoku no Phonogram / 5pb. / PS3 / 34,292
6. Animal Crossing: New Leaf / Nintendo / 3DS / 31,711
7. PhotoKano Kiss / Kadokawa Games / PS Vita / 30,172
8. Kyoukai Senjou no Horizon Portable / Kadokawa Games / PSP / 26,030
9. Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 3 / Namco Bandai / PS3 / 17,836
10. BioShock Infinite / Take-Two Interactive Japan / PS3 / 15,747

Discussion

145 comments
PacoTaco
PacoTaco

Well...despite the muddy graphics and unfortunate title name, it's a pretty good game.  Glad I picked it up :)

TohouAsura
TohouAsura

> Article on Dragon's Dogma DLC

> Linked to BioShock infinite.


Dear god, Jonathan. Dear god.

Pieter101
Pieter101

Played this and the old DD so to often. It's sad that my folks here sold the console :P
Anyways the lvl 50 recommend i would not say that at least be lvl 100 with Post-Dragon unlocked so u can get loads of wakestones from everfall after that it's more fun knowing that even if u die u still can be ressed. If u want to kill death, witch i kinda hard. Be a Ranger unlock the 10 arrow skills and get LOADS of explo arrows ( then try your luck)Sometimes he goes away just like ur-dragon xD. Have fun with this awesome game! I sure did :)

tightwad34
tightwad34

Dragon's Dogma(still makes me LOL when I read or hear it) was definitely a good game, but it just felt very unpolished to me. I will definitely check out the sequel they said was coming, but I hope they shore up some of the flaws from the first starting of course with polish. If you want a reason why I think this, it was that the combat was not fluid, very choppy and sort of buggy. Maybe it was just me, but that's what I took from it.

TheKemosabe
TheKemosabe

Dragons Dogma is easily one of the most underrated games of this generation.

Pikdum
Pikdum

I bought it on PSN last week and have been playing it nonstop. I wasn't really expecting much but I'm pretty impressed.

luiske007
luiske007

I thought people were trolling when they said Dragons Dogma's gameplay was better than Skyrim.


jtthegame316
jtthegame316

dragons dogma is awesome gonna get dark arisen sometime

epicgameresearc
epicgameresearc

Lvl 142 in DD NG+ and DA NG+...  and finding that there are a lot of places I missed the first go 'round (contrary to some reviewers claiming no reason to explore DA a second time, ridiculous).  Also, finding the last 2 battles of the DA NG+ almost impossible (spent 3 1/2 hours killing the two drakes and friends!).  DRAGON'S DOGMA: DARK ARISEN is brilliant.  The re-release finally elevated a game with a amazing battles and a great concept to a GREAT RPG!      

spammehardo
spammehardo

Excellent game just sunk my whole weekend into it. Better than i expected really.

plaintomato
plaintomato

I don't understand. Why isn't the headline "Friend Collection Big in Japan"? Who cares about #2?

Ryuuken27
Ryuuken27

It goes without saying, a game as poor in gameplay as Bioshock infinite wouldn't make the Japanese gamers interested in it. 

kid_Jump94
kid_Jump94

got it the other week and seeing as it was my first time playing it, i really like it, i seriously hope they make a sequel, im even gonna go play it now and i have homework to do, screw it :p

songoku0206
songoku0206

I love Bitterblack Isle,Bitterblack is designed to murder you. The monsters and bosses are harder (possibly even unbeatable depending on your skill) and you'll realize this as soon as you enter the first set of rooms. Almost as if to laugh at people hoping to “smooth” along, Dark Arisen throws Death at you, quite literally, right off the bat. My first encounter resulted in my entire team of four characters being instantly killed in a second.

PacoTaco
PacoTaco

How odd.  I just picked it up today.  Time to see if the good buzz was *good* buzz.

M3o5nster
M3o5nster

This game almost restores my faith in Capcom... We'll see how long that lasts.

Ismaelkf
Ismaelkf

I will hire your pawn

Add me PSN: Ismaelkf  

tu2pac
tu2pac

So wait a sec. Tomb Raider was just released in Japan ... and Square-Enix ...

No, no ... I won't go there. However, I will say that they should have waited until the game's release in Japan to crapped all over it in the press.

Mrod1212
Mrod1212

Good for Capcom. DA is amazingly addictive.

kohle36
kohle36

Anyone know if they've fixed the bug that deletes your save file? I got this last week, but don't want to start it until I know I'm not going to have my progress wiped. Between this and 1.08 on Dark Souls, it's been a pretty depressing week.

SteamyPotatoes
SteamyPotatoes

Would love to get this but I'm overburdened with games at the minute and just started Demon's Souls, seems the sort of thing I'd like, pawn system looks interesting too.

OuTLaWzGamer
OuTLaWzGamer

man Im having a blast and a hard time trying to fight that Drake south of Shadow fort. Hes standing there in the middle of hundreds of hobgoblins Im level 50 and the best I managed  to do is make him lose a full bar of HP and he has like 5 or 6. I dont feel like giving up cause sometimes he just takes off and never comes back... 

epicgameresearc
epicgameresearc

@tightwad34 Choppy?  If you're talking about the slow-down when there are multiple spells going on simultaneously, a large number of moving creatures over large spaces, and everyone is fighting...  Uh, cut 'em some slack.  These are the most epic battles you'll have this gen.  

hochstreck
hochstreck

@tightwad34 Just because you aren't able to move around like Superman - being able to conveniently run in circles around the enemy, while unleashing your weapons upon them - it doesn't mean the action is "unpolished". 

I would have oped for quite the opposite: The action in DD is quite complex and refined, seen from a tactial standpoint. You really have to adept to different topography- and enemy-types and to improvise alot. Making for quite some dramatic and ruthless action, where you have to be constantly on your toes.

OuTLaWzGamer
OuTLaWzGamer

@tightwad34 Combat is a hundred times more fluid than the one in Witcher 2/Skyrim and MUCH much more epic than any other RPGs Ive played lately  (tied in first place with Dark/Demons souls)

TohouAsura
TohouAsura

@luiske007 Why would you think that was trolling?

Fucking Surgeon Simulator has better gameplay than Skyrim.

Let's not kid ourselves, the game is full of lore and beautiful landscapes, however it is still a technical mess and battles are buggy as fuck.

hochstreck
hochstreck

@luiske007 Skyrim might have great story-telling, but the gameplay is actually quite shallow, unrefined and boring.

roganth
roganth

@luiske007 The gameplay/combat in Dragon's Dogma is miles better than skyrim or any other rpg (except maybe dark souls) .  The world and story are much blander though.  One reason I played DD to the end but not skyrim was the load times in skyrim make the game unplayable after a while IMO 30+ seconds every time you open a door.

epicgameresearc
epicgameresearc

@luiske007 SKYRIM has a lot of story (too much IMHO, but Elder Scrolls fandom demands volumes of reading material, complicated backstories, and exposition -- talking, talking, and more talking) and some beautiful landscapes, but actual gameplay is pretty methodical and bland.  I grew bored with SKYRIM.  DRAGON'S DOGMA (and DARK ARISEN) is anything but bland gameplay -- tense, violent, strategic, and "epic."  If DARK ARISEN is a taste of things to come, this series is going from good to great.  Between DD: DA and DARK SOULS, I have no plans on revisiting Skyrim.     

GameFan1983
GameFan1983

@luiske007 I thought it was a typo when you trying to say dragon's dogma is not better than skyrim

StonerDemon
StonerDemon

@plaintomato Because no one knows friend Collection in the west. The article points out that a western game is having good sales in Japan.

Ryuuken27
Ryuuken27

@songoku0206 You're out of your mind! That game is a turd dressed in gold, and it smells!

M3o5nster
M3o5nster

@kohle36 Mine worked just fine, but you can just backup your save file on a USB drive.

OuTLaWzGamer
OuTLaWzGamer

Just to let you all know I finally defeated it!!!!! After many many tries my mage finally cast Ice afinity on me at the beginning of the fight and I managed to kick his ass without taking too much dmg. Climbing his tail when he flies up to his heart then striking him down does ALOT of dmg while hes uncounscious. This game is simply epic.

M3o5nster
M3o5nster

@OuTLaWzGamer Use one of the nearby rocks as cover from his fire breath attacks... Took me over 30 minutes at level 40ish, but I got him down.

Oh, and "strike for the heart". ;)

Smokescreened84
Smokescreened84

@OuTLaWzGamer Lure the hobgoblins away, helps to have an archer with you or being an archer yourself, and a sorcerer with powerful spells.  You can kill them quickly if you work fast before taking on the drake.

Banefire76
Banefire76

@OuTLaWzGamer Using Ice attacks is the answer ;)

tightwad34
tightwad34

@epicgameresearc Yeah, I could see how that would be a part of it. I am cutting them slack seeing how it's a new IP and I have confidence they'll make the second better. Even if it's not the best, oh well. No biggie to me.

tightwad34
tightwad34

@hochstreck I will go back and check it out again and see if I am missing something. And thanks for the nice reply. Too many a-holes around these days.

tightwad34
tightwad34

@OuTLaWzGamer Never played the Witcher games, and Skyrim was good for a couple of weeks, but the combat is mediocre at best. Dark Souls is my favorite game in a long, long time and Demon's Souls is right there with it. Maybe I was thinking of those games and how polished they are(especially the combat) and compared them to DD. Maybe it's just me. I will have to go back and check out DD again and it might be one of  those games where it's better the second time around. If you can't tell RPGs are my favorite games by far. And thanks for the nice reply unlike some ignorant fools here.

SteamyPotatoes
SteamyPotatoes

@kohle36 @SteamyPotatoes 0 lol because I still stuck deciding character looks, can't seem to find one i like even though armour will hide it, ill still know it looks wierd xD hehe.

I've played the first hour or so to test the waters, knight is the route I'm most interested in, tank like character :)

SteamyPotatoes
SteamyPotatoes

@TohouAsura @kohle36

Well got something I liked eventually lol, I like tweaking around in character settings.

This game is infuriating ... Call me a glutton for punishment but I think I like it, onwards into Boletarian palace :)

TohouAsura
TohouAsura

@kohle36@SteamyPotatoes

"Give it up man, your character is going to look like a test tube baby no matter what you try"

PFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFTTTTTT

I'mpissingmyself/10.

Didn't know there was an Uchigatana in Demon's Souls, though.

kohle36
kohle36

@SteamyPotatoes Ah the good old FromSoft character editor. Give it up man, your character is going to look like a test tube baby no matter what you try, unless you wanna go with the boring default face. I suggest you embrace the hilarity and just hit 'random' until you find something that gives you nightmares (usually once or twice will do the trick)

Now get leveling so I can sharpen my uchigatana on your sloped foreheaded, bowl-lipped, fish eyed face.

...I mean, so I can help you friend. =) *cough cough*