Survey Indicates Japan's Acceptence Of Western Games

By Patrick Molloy on December 5, 2011, 3:46PM EDT
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As Western titles gain momentum in Japan, gamers there have voted Uncharted: Golden Abyss at their most anticipated game for PS Vita, according to an online survey recently conducted by Famitsu.

The SCE Bend Studio-developed game is one of the biggest titles that will launch with the system in Japan on December 17 and in the West on February 22. This first portable version of Naughty Dog's action-shooter PS3 series received 361 votes from Famitsu.com's readers.

SCE's Hot Shots Golf 6 (315 votes), Atlus' Persona 4: The Golden (192 votes), Namco Bandai's Ridge Racer (146 votes), and Spike Chunsoft's Shin Kamaitachi no Yoru (129 votes) -- all PS Vita launch titles with the exception of Persona 4 -- received plenty of votes, too, according to a report from Andriasang.

While Uncharted: Golden Abyss is the only Western-developed title in the top 20 results of the poll, which asked participants to select the PS Vita games they intend to buy (multiple entries allowed), its presence at the top appears to be part of an emerging trend for gamers in Japan.

In recent months, games developed in the West have seen increasing acceptance at retail from Japanese consumers, who typically favor titles created by Japanese companies.

The growing popularity of Western games has extend beyond just sales and to critical acclaim too: Bethesda Softworks's The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim received a coveted perfect 40/40 review score from Famitsu -- a first for a Western-developed game. That title releases there for PS3 and Xbox 360 on Friday.

Source: Andriasang

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