Demon’s Souls gets Japanese Best

Monday, 4th January 2010 21:36 GMT By Patrick Garratt


Amazon’s listing Demon’s Souls for a Best release in Japan on February 25.

The new SKU’s to cost ¥3,230, discounted down from ¥3,800.

Nothing official, obviously, but a nice nod to an apparently excellent game. We say “apparently” because our US copy still hasn’t arrived. Not good, yo.

Thanks, JPS.



  1. onlineatron

    Now we just need a European release Atlus/FromSoftware/Sony!

    I could easily import the game but the price tag is quite hefty and I’m worried that if the game was announced for the UK there would be some special content.

    #1 5 years ago
  2. Len

    Started playing this the other day after finally taking the plunge and have sunk a serious amount of time into it already.

    It is utterly, utterly terrifying in a brilliant way.

    Also, do not do what he’s doing in the picture unless you want to totally ruin your game.

    #2 5 years ago
  3. Dannybuoy

    The special content should be a friggin pause option. Oh and to make the game not so ridiculously hard. Sure sure simmer down, some people think it rewards you for your constant grind. But I just couldn’t stand it. I imported it. Played it for a whole morning to plonked back at the beginning of the level again with nothing more than the piddly ring I found. I tried again and then my wifi connection dropped off for a second and the game rebooted. I swear I have never wanted to smash a game as much as this. I was aware of the difficulty before buying it. But I was kidding myself I could stomach it. Flogged it (for a profit mind) days after. I’m sure, if I had time, like shit loads of time, then I’d probably make it my life’s work to get past level 1-1. But I don’t. Tedium isn’t what I look for in a game. Fun is. This game isn’t fun, it’s a grind. If you like grind then you’ll find it fun. If they were to release this in the uk with some sort of check point system then I might reconsider buying again. But as that is never going to happen I’ll just stick to games I can derrive some pleasure from…

    #3 5 years ago
  4. The Hindle

    Onlineatron, bad news about the Uk release aint happening im afraid, where is the best to import this people?

    #4 5 years ago
  5. Len

    I went with vg+ myself:

    #5 5 years ago
  6. HardSync

    Ah, come on Dannybuoy. Lighten up. It’s SUPPOSED to be a challenge. You are supposed to lose everything and start again if you die. That’s the challenge. But it’s not for you, and it’s not for a lot of people. Fair enough. Good thing you made a profit on it.

    I imported the game. I had someone in the States buy it for me and send it to me and I paid them for it. Much, much cheaper than trying to import it through import retailer. So if you have friends, family, or someone you can really trust, just get someone to buy it for you.

    I love this game. Yes, it’s hard.

    Patrick, if you need a copy to borrow, let me know. Be glad to help. So long as you promise to return it — or give me a deposit. Are you trustworthy? (Apparently, the game has become incredibly difficult to find in the U.S. — let’s give it a few weeks, and it’ll turn up in all the second hand shops.)

    #6 5 years ago
  7. Psychotext

    The lack of a pause button is pretty damn retarded though. They could easily disable it whenever there was online activity going on.

    #7 5 years ago
  8. Michael O’Connor

    “The lack of a pause button is pretty damn retarded though.”

    The lack of a pause button separates the dedicated from the entitled casuals. It really is not that hard to find a safe place if you really need to.

    “This game isn’t fun.”

    About a million people would like to argue otherwise.

    #8 5 years ago
  9. Psychotext

    No, it separates the people that can spend continuous time in front of a game from those with lives that sometimes have interruptions.

    #9 5 years ago
  10. Hunam

    You can quit the game at any time and it will save exactly where you are and what you’d done for the next time you come back on.

    #10 5 years ago
  11. Psychotext

    Yeah, it autosaves fairly frequently, but that’s not going to help you when the phone rings and you’re half way through a boss fight. It’s really aside from the point anyway… you’d be hard pressed to argue that a pause button is too difficult or too much to ask for in a game that spends 99% of its time in PVE mode.

    (and yes, I really like the game)

    #11 5 years ago
  12. No_PUDding

    Psychotext, I’d say thats hyperbole.

    And yet I can’t decide if I agree or not. Is it an intrusive design, or does it aid tension?

    I mean I love mechanics being artistic, rather than practical. So I guess I do, but I never see a pause button as part of that.

    #12 5 years ago
  13. No_PUDding

    You are playing it? Where did you order it from? Was it worth it?

    #13 5 years ago
  14. No_PUDding

    I want it to fucking come here…


    #14 5 years ago
  15. Hunam

    The game isn’t a traditional styled game in terms of multiplayer, it has wondering ghost of other plays, tips, tricks and blood splats all the time, if someone rates your message you get a little health boost for the pleasure of it, there is always something happening in the wider wold of Demon’s Souls.

    Just let the phone ring, it’s probably some tosser you don’t like.

    #15 5 years ago
  16. Psychotext

    It would only aid tension on a boss fight, because as others have said… you can generally find a safe place to stand (even near enemies, their detection is pretty bad). But I lead a pretty busy life, so artistic or not… stuff like that just pisses me off. I can accept the practicalities of it when playing PvP, but not for PvE.

    As for where… the best place to get it was discussed here:

    I’m never happy paying £40 for a game, but yeah, I’d say over the long run it’ll be worth it (just don’t expect a game that’s technically impressive, because it’s not).

    Edit – @Hunam, yes, but none of those would be affected in the slightest by pausing the game. The only time pausing would be an issue would be if there was a demon invasion or if you were invading someone else’s world (in which case, yeah, obviously no pauses).

    #16 5 years ago
  17. MushroomStamp

    I liked the game but I couldn’t finish it. Certain things were just odd and I didn’t like. Like the joining of other peoples games or having to ask others to join your game (as a ghost or some shit)… If you don’t do this very odd mechanic of “guest appearances” then you weren’t able to get certain things… It is completely bizarre and doesn’t make sense or feel right. For me that is. I wish they would left the whole “Fake multiplayer” out of it. Other than that… I really enjoyed it because it actually forces you to learn and be good at the combat system.

    #17 5 years ago
  18. No_PUDding

    I am sure there are times when it’s frustrating. I hate it when I am playing a game and someone phones at all – so not being able to protect myself meanwhile has got to be annoying.

    And yet at the same time, in all other situations, the fact you’ve gotta be watching your own back. Finding a safe place. That’s so awesome and scary.

    I want it so bad. I just Don’t wanna pay more than £40 for it either.

    #18 5 years ago
  19. No_PUDding

    Seems like it’s out of stock everywhere.

    axelmusic, Videogamesplus

    #19 5 years ago
  20. Psychotext


    #20 5 years ago
  21. No_PUDding

    I really need my income to be higher… Or to stop saving…

    Or both would be great.

    #21 5 years ago
  22. Psychotext

    On a related note… I just read this on the subject:

    “In my defense, though: Sweetie, don’t you know not to attempt to kiss a guy goodbye IN THE MIDDLE OF A BATTLE IN A GAME WITH NO PAUSE? Yes, my girlfriend did that, and yes, I freaked out. For those of you who have not yet played Demon’s Souls, you read it right: There is no pause. What if your dog has a heart attack? No pause. What if a fire starts in your kitchen? Sorry: Defeat the broadsword-swinging skeleton first and deal with the fire second. “Well,” you might be thinking, “surely bringing up the PlayStation 3 network screen pauses the game.” Nope. “What kind of person,” you are most likely thinking now, “would design a game in which you cannot, under any circumstances, pause?” Pale, dead-eyed sadists, is my guess. Admittedly, there are numerous “safe” points in the game, in which you are more or less protected if you stand absolutely still, but this will not save you if your game is “invaded” by another, living gamer maniacally impelled to kill you. Again, yes — Demon’s Souls allows other gamers to come into your game and kill you, even if you do not want them to and are in the middle of an assault on the Shrine of Storms as intricately planned and complicated as the Normandy landing. I have been invaded approximately 200 times by now, and have tasted victory exactly three times, once against someone who inexplicably stopped fighting in the middle of the battle. (His dog, I suspect, had a heart attack.)”

    #22 5 years ago
  23. Dannybuoy

    Also being a relative noob to the whole RPG genre I was amazed at the sheer amount of stats and stuff to keep track of. Having to monitor all this info whilst your character stands there. Yes it might be a safe place, for the time being, but the threat of being invaded is off putting. This game has got under my skin even though I don’t own it anymore. I think I’ll probably buy it again one day. When I have more time. Like maybe when I’m retired in 30 years…

    #23 5 years ago
  24. Gekidami

    Why would you be messing around with your stats in any other place then the Nexus?
    I dont see what the big deal is, i beat the game without to much trouble, no pause didnt bother me in PSO and it dosnt in Demons Souls.

    #24 5 years ago
  25. Herlock

    “The special content should be a friggin pause option. Oh and to make the game not so ridiculously hard.”

    What ?!
    The game have concept and its hard, its oldschool & hardcore, its perfect like it is!!!
    Play FF if yu dont like it.

    #25 5 years ago
  26. Dannybuoy

    You say potato I say potata… lets just agree to disagree. I’m sure if I had time to play this game properly, like school boys and people with no real content to their lives will have, I’m sure I’d stick with it. But I don’t so I’ll just bow out and stick with my medium-core gaming habits

    #26 5 years ago
  27. Herlock

    Now yu need to change stuff in some game because is not alright for yu…but i think when yu buy a game, just check on the net what yu buying…

    I love this game, it play it since one year now, i have the Asia version, i hope SCEJ gone make a second like this!

    #27 5 years ago
  28. Eregol

    I got an Asian version off of Ebay for £36.99. It’s good, tough, but not unfair.
    In fact, all the rantings over difficulty don’t do it justice, as it’s not as hard as it’s made out to be.
    One thing though, there’s no actual pause……this is a bit of a pain at times.

    #28 5 years ago
  29. Herlock

    “there’s no actual pause”

    Yu use to it after playing long time, its not a defect!

    #29 5 years ago
  30. mington

    i bought mine from here on the 18th of dec, and it was posted on the 22nd dec from new york….still haven’t received it yet (i’m in the UK)

    i’ll probably hate it :) but i think i could easily get my 40 pounds back through ebay if i can’t stand it

    #30 5 years ago
  31. mington

    oh, how does it save?

    i’ve heard it autosaves, how often does this happen, if i’m in the middle of a fight and i switch off my console, will i be penalized for it

    #31 5 years ago
  32. Eregol

    @ Herlock
    I don’t recall saying it’s a defect.
    A game that’s perpetually online wouldn’t really be able to have a pause would it?
    It does autosave frequently, most of the time as you go between areas.

    #32 5 years ago
  33. Herlock

    Yu switch items, weapons and magics easily with the cross on the battlefield.
    When yu want other stuff yu need to go to the Nexus anyway, and online game blabla need pause for WHAT in this game, yu sure yu know what the online stand for in Demon’s Souls ? So excuse me but the pause in this game mean nothing.

    I’m sorry i finish the game 4 times i have 145 hours on it, i like it like it is, no complains from me and the fanbase!

    #33 5 years ago
  34. Eregol

    Do you hear me complaining?
    I actually have the game and like it. I’ve just warned that there’s no real pause system. That’s all.
    The fact there isn’t a pause means that if you’re in the middle of something and the phone or doorbell goes you have no respite with which to attend to those matters.

    I really like the game, and have not said otherwise. I don’t know why you’re getting your knickers in a twist.

    #34 5 years ago
  35. Herlock

    “The fact there isn’t a pause means that if you’re in the middle of something and the phone or doorbell goes you have no respite with which to attend to those matters.”

    Like old days :)
    And i dont have pause in my online game too…

    #35 5 years ago
  36. Psychotext

    I don’t really see the argument there anyway. Like I said earlier, 99% of the time Demon’s Souls isn’t an online game (by the same argument you could say you shouldn’t be able to pause in Fable 2 because of the network related functionality).

    #36 5 years ago
  37. Herlock

    Its connected online, messages, yu see players in soul form, yu have coop and PvP and the Black Phantom (one player became a Boss on 3.3) can invade your party, so again its the concept of this game.

    I play coop a lot, its a online game!

    #37 5 years ago
  38. Psychotext

    …and like I said. By the same argument, so was Fable 2 (with the exception of invasions), yet it still had a pause button.

    There’s really no rationale for not having it be context sensitive. Every other game with online functionality seems to manage it, and Demon’s Souls is certainly not an MMO. Hell, you can play Demon’s Souls in offline mode, so surely I should be allowed to pause there right?

    #38 5 years ago
  39. Herlock

    I really dont care about that, the game is good and i love it, have a good day :)

    #39 5 years ago
  40. Psychotext

    Yeah, that’s fair enough. It’s certainly a good game, it’s just obviously not without flaws.

    #40 5 years ago
  41. onlineatron


    Sorry this is late but I was looking to get it here

    They ship from within the EU with no additional tax charges, I’ve never used them before but they do look legit.

    #41 5 years ago
  42. mington

    @onlineatron see comment 30.

    mine got shipped from newyork, i think it depends on where they have stock, as they have warehouses all over the world

    #42 5 years ago
  43. mington

    but still only like 2pound postage

    #43 5 years ago
  44. No_PUDding

    It’s clearly not a technical thing, and it’s clearly intentional, so they must have had reasons.

    I’m sure it’s so you can’t dimish the excitement of a fight, becuase there’s no escape until one of the opponents is dead.

    #44 5 years ago
  45. mescalineeyes

    you guys realize that importing a game from the US/CA is cheaper than buying legit domestic product, right?
    If you know the right places, that is, and those are and

    I paid 35 quid for my demon’s souls. I paid a little more for my 2nd copy. it was worth it, and I don’t exactly light my cigarettes with euro-bills.

    #45 5 years ago
  46. Len

    Used to be m8, used to be. Factor in the shipping and my Demon’s Souls cost me 42squid. Not that I’m complaining mind, worth every penny.

    The days of 30squid delivered from those boys are long gone due to the exchange rate but hopefully it’s slowly coming back.

    Oh and vg+ seem to have stock back in if anyone is interested.

    #46 5 years ago

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