Forspoken has lackluster reviews and has been under the scrutiny of the gaming community, but the new IP from Square Enix has taken the second spot in the Japanese region. The PlayStation 5 sales chart from the past month shows how it was only second to Monster Hunter Rise.
This news must surprise the gaming community after the bad reviews, bad word of mouth, and the overall general perception of the game. You can not see it in the top 5 best-selling games of the last month for the PlayStation 5 in the US/Canada region, but it sits in the top 2 in the Japanese market. This doesn’t mean it did badly there. The dynamics of both regions are different, and the sales of Forspoken are better than expected in that region.
The Story in a Nutshell
Despite lackluster reviews and negative word of mouth, Square Enix’s new IP, Forspoken, has surprisingly taken the second spot on the PlayStation 5 sales chart in the Japanese region, following only Monster Hunter Rise.
Forspoken did not make it to the top 5 best-selling games for the PlayStation 5 in the US/Canada region, but it beat games like God of War Ragnarok and sat in the 7th spot.
The game has been very controversial due to a misrepresentation of the final product in the demo, high system requirements, and low active player count on Steam. However, some fans have praised its solid story and unique fighting style.
The reason for the game’s success in the Japanese region is unclear, but positive reviews from a specific segment of the gaming community may be a contributing factor.
In the United States, the game beat games like God of War Ragnarok and sits at the 7th spot. This game has done well in the European market and occupies the 12th spot in the sales chart for January.
The game has been very controversial, and these figures are nothing but surprising. The game’s demo was a complete misrepresentation of the final game; the fans received that. The gameplay was not polished, and the game had nothing captivating about its environment, contrary to what they had shown in the demo. Forspoken had a beefy system requirement which left many PC Gamers sad. This is evident by the low active player count on steam; credits of the picture below go to SteamDB.
But there are fans out there who have praised the game. The story is considered solid, and the fighting style has substance because it is unique. The game has a similar feel to the famous Prototype series; overall, they think it is a thrilling experience.
From numbers, one can’t conclude why the game did so well, but the good reviews from a certain segment of the gaming community might be the reason for this. Tell us in the comments section below your thoughts on the game.