MGSV: The Phantom Pain is the best selling PS4 game in Japan, over 425000 copies sold

In an article that celebrates the upcoming two year anniversary of the PlayStation 4 in Japan, magazine Famitsu has published a list with the 20 best selling games on the system. At the very top is Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, with an impressive 425,971 copies sold. Ground Zeroes sits at number 10 with 155,598 copies sold. Keep in mind that these numbers are only for the PS4 versions (the PS3 version of The Phantom Pain also sold close to a quarter million).

  1. Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain – 425,971
  2. Knack – 400,888
  3. Dragon Quest Heroes – 327,019
  4. Call of Duty: Black Ops III – 310,238
  5. Bloodborne – 209,985
  6. Fallout 4 – 206,712
  7. Grand Theft Auto V – 196,795
  8. Star Wars: Battlefront – 187,434
  9. Dragon Quest Builders – 170,168
  10. Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes – 155,598
  11. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt – 149,337
  12. Yakuza 0 – 146,510
  13. Final Fantasy Type-0 HD – 140,048
  14. Yakuza Ishin! – 134,010
  15. Yakuza Kiwami – 131,205
  16. Destiny – 125,900
  17. Battlefield 4 – 113,928
  18. Battlefield Hardline – 113,061
  19. Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare – 102,716
  20. Watch_Dogs – 99,323

According to Famitsu, the Playstation 4 itself has sold 2,356,098 units as of February 7th (same date goes for the games in the list).

The magazine also posted a timeline of the console’s sales, with some of the most important moments along the way. Not surprisingly, the release of MGSV: The Phantom Pain is one of them.

Japan-PS4-Monthly-Sales

Source: Famitsu, via DualShockers

  • CR7HarisSnake

    What if the game had Chapter 3… What if… Cant imagine what hype this game would have.

    • RevolverRoden

      People are still acting like chapter 3 is a thing? If anything it’s probably just the “chapter” after disarmament is reached.
      The game is finished. The only thing that wasn’t was mission 51 which was supposed to be DLC. Thats it

      • No Place For Hayter

        >Thinks TPP is a complete experience and a finished game

        You just made my day, hahahaha. Even Kojima doesn’t think the game was finished, lol. Some people…. more like most people, lol.

        • RevolverRoden

          ok
          When we have real proof that the game is actually unfinished I’ll gladly change my mind.

          • “Facts do not exist, there are only interpretations.”

            Could be finished or not, we’ll never know I guess

          • No Place For Hayter

            I hate this quote…. lol. Why? Because TPP presents it in such a simple out of context manor that the actually meaning and understanding of the quote itself and the person behind it is lost and it is simply presented WRONGLY that “facts do not exist”. That is a quote which cannot stand alone without exploration or explanation, and it is used very poorly in TPP.

            Though I agree with your mentality “We don’t know anything, So WHO KNOWS??” see that makes sense, lol.

          • scarecrow

            That quote it’s just an excuse for the lack of plot/context/content/explanations/etc

          • SaladinSilver

            Your way of thinking is basically putting your fingers in your ears and pretty much ignoring the facts while stroking your own fan-fictions.

            The quote placement is very very true the MGS games overall war themes.

          • No Place For Hayter

            Let’s be honest you’d chalk anything that’s proves it isn’t finished as simply “cut-content” which was not supposed to be in the game. The game obviously not complete, but for you to believe or see that the entire KP would have to come along with a list and say “SAY IT WASN’T FINISHED HERE’S WHY!”. Of course I understand your point of view and I’m not trying to change it, but absurdity has its limit, and well instead of sighing when reading your reply I laughed, and figured I’d share my breaking point of tardedness of people, lol. Of course my responses are not nice in anyway and I acknowledge I’m simply being rude here, but I’m done respecting or catering to absurd people, and honestly different people hold different views, so yes there will always be people whom STILL DO THE WHOLE 3RD CHAPTER THING, is it so wrong for someone to think differently than you? Sure I’m not the nicest guy in the world but was your half blind comment really necessary? Or were you simply trying to provoke people whom think TPP isn’t finished simply because you believe otherwise? Either way though, honestly, don’t mind me.

          • RevolverRoden

            Honestly if I had a good reason to believe the game is unfinished I really would. It wouldnt affect me at all if it were so why try to deny it if it’s true?
            All people are doing though is making assumptions about things and treating them as facts. The whole internet thinks MGSV is “unfinished” and treats it like a fact, when we don’t actually know if it is or not. But “it’s obvious” right?
            And I wasn’t trying to provoke anyone. can’t say the same about you tbh.
            And you’re contradicting yourself in your comment by saying “is it so wrong for someone to think differently than you” and then calling me absurd. Nice.

          • No Place For Hayter

            I’m not contradicting myself. You think differently than I do, there isn’t anything wrong in that. I simply personal dislike your opinions on the subject, not the fact that you have a different opinion on the subject. Please don’t over simplify what I’m saying.

            And yes I’m being “hostile”, I acknowledged that so why did you say “And I wasn’t trying to provoke anyone. can’t say the same about you tbh.” are you seriously trying to say “I’m good, but your not” when I already said the same thing in my own comment? lol, dude, if you agree just agree, don’t oddly veil it, just say “Yes I agree you are being rude”, it is simply so people don’t take things harshly when there not.

          • RevolverRoden

            You said I was trying to provoke the guy I replied to and I said I wasn’t.
            And you can dislike my opinion. Thing is, I’m not making stuff up like you are by saying stuff like “Kojima is lying” like it’s a fact when it’s literally something you made up.
            You’re not saying anything of value. You’re saying Kojima lied but you’re not saying what the real reason battle gear was cut. You’re acting like you know what happened during development when you don’t know shit. You’re acting like you know for fact that the game is unfinished when you don’t.
            Your “opinion” is garbage. Just because you don’t like the game doesn’t mean you have to lie to yourself about it.

          • No Place For Hayter

            Liking or not liking the game has nothing to do with whether I believe it is finished or not. I’m not saying the real reason the battle gear was cut because I don’t know the real reason why, you would simply throw anyway any valid reason I would give anyway, just like you do with anything that you don’t like or don’t agree with. Your right I don’t know shit about the development, I’m using the game as an example not the development cycle, battle gear was cut, the reason given makes no sense when compared to actual items in the actual game.

            And thus the opinionated asshole reveals himself, haha. You see I’m fine with different opinions and opinionated things like whether TPP is a good game or not, but it is fact the game isn’t actually finished, the fact that you disagree with that shows how blind you are, thus why I started talking to you about it, if someone said “I LOVE TPP” I wouldn’t bat an eyelash because it is their opinion, but the thing about TPP not being a finished product (as in what Kojima wanted the game to be, the state in which he WANTED to realistically release the game in) is factual, not opinionated, the fact you try to turn the factual thing into an opinionated thing showed he warped your viewpoint was, why I thought it was funny and retorted back. Calling my opinion “garbage” saying I’m saying nothing of value, saying I don’t know shit, assuming I’m just as blind as you are and that my opinion of the game clouds my judgement about whether or not the game is finished, lol. You know I have been rude, but I have not been blind about this, nor have I made assumptions of you or your opinion (If I did, sorry, I do tend to go on and on), FYI nobodies opinion is garbage, because it is simply that an opinion is doesn’t hold any value at all, whether it be positive or negative, but it is clear you either don’t understand this basic concept, or you are to angry to see that. Assuming makes an ass out of you and me. I do know for a fact the game isn’t finished, you disagree? go right ahead, I laugh at the thought, but no one is stopping you, if you want to argue about something that holds no value to you go ahead please. You see someone who understands the concept of an opinion would not say “your opinion is garbage”, they say “Your opinion isn’t backed by anything other than your personal feelings, hence it holds no weight” and you know what? your opinion carries no weight, why? because it isn’t backed by anything, you believe the game is finished? really why? how?, you people don’t give reasons, just pointless fighting and moronic “debate”, but you know what? at least some people have enough self respect to have reasons behind their opinion, why do I think the game is unfinished? Well I wrote a hell of a lot of reasons why of the course of a few months after the games release, so I can respect myself and my opinion and know why I hold that opinion, unlike people like you whom don’t form on opinion on your own and simply borrow what you are told. I’m obviously not reposting my reasons as to why I believe the game is unfinished because you wouldn’t read and understand them you would read them already biased and thinking I’m blind because I didn’t like the game, and instead of seeing the merit in what my reasons are you would only think of reasons to disagree. Don’t forget people can be blinded by hating something just as much as liking something, I’m seen my fair share of retards whom love and hate TPP for things from no reason at all to absurd reasons which are clearly contradicted by obvious things, in other words you get absurd people on both sides battling it out, none of which actually hold a weighty opinion of merit, very rarely do you see someone whom holds an opinion for actual reasons they have formed and tested, and when you do see one they are drowned out by the brainless mass whom don’t have any reason and simply disagree, I can talk for hours about why I hate things like TPP or MGS4 and I can talk for hours about why I like things like MGS1/2/3/PW, but people whom love such things are not willing to give actual explanations or well thought out reasons as to why.

            I do apologize for being rude of course (that doesn’t make it ok obviously) and that you are solely receiving my thoughts and a general statement of absurd people, and thus it is very fair for you at all, but at this point I couldn’t care less, just poking around. On a big note I don’t know any of you personally so I there isn’t that personal bond or relationship to work with or build, so in other words all there is here is bare opinions on text, and alas that is all I know of you, and unfortunately that is the worst part of a lot of people, for example I can tell by your first few responses that you are probably a nice tolerant guy, but that has nothing to do with the format we are discussing in and it has nothing to do with the opinions we are discussing, If I knew you in real life, opinions be damned you’re a nice guy lets be buds, but again alas this is the shitty internet and not actual social interaction in real life, so please do think of me as an asshole and move on, I don’t think any greater of anyone like you. I just thought it would make for a nice heated interaction which others could see or what not as well as seeing what kind of person thinks TPP in a complete game. And boy that was a lot, and I think that’s about all I’ve got on the subject, I won’t be responding to this comment chain anymore, I have said all I have to say, and I highly doubt anything of merit will rear its ugly head worthy of a response (well other than friendly things, lol, might get a few “OMG, why are you so unreasonable, you are supposed to be the reasonable one NP4H!” lol).

          • OMG, why are you so unreasonable, you are supposed to be the reasonable one NP4H!!!!111!!!

            lol, nice read though

        • Alexa Danielle Bresee

          There’s two conspicuously missing things in TPP — battle gear, and a conclusion to the eli plotline. otherwise it’s a complete experience yeah

          • RevolverRoden

            Battle gear was unbalanced, so kojima took it out (says so in the Piggyback guide)
            And in some japanese interview i think, Kojima said that mission 51 was cut before the nuclear trailer because it didn’t fit the themes of the main story or something like that. It was supposed to be DLC until the Kojima/Konami thing happened.

          • Alexa Danielle Bresee

            yeah i know why battle gear was cut. I’m just saying that’s a clearly unfinished thing in the game — they hype it up as something you can actually use and is customizable and stuff. if they just decided it was a feature that didn’t work, they should’ve reworked the lead up to it so it wasn’t such a let down when you don’t actually get to do anything meaningful with it

          • RevolverRoden

            True. I’m sure if they had more time they’d find a way to balance it, but this type of thing happens a lot in games

          • Alexa Danielle Bresee

            it’s pretty rare for an NPC to introduce a game mechanic in a cutscene and explicitly say it’s customizable and then when you go try to actually do that you find it’s not.

          • RevolverRoden

            Yeah they should’ve thought of that tbh

          • No Place For Hayter

            WHOA THERE, HOLD YOUR HORSES, and pardon my french, but the “battle gear is unbalanced” is utter bullshit and a complete lie on Kojima’s part. Let me get this straight, stealth camo, infinite ammo, artillery strikes, and changing the weather, are not unbalanced, but having a useful fucking tank is? YEAHHHHH, right, it will be a cold day in hell when I believe that bullshit. You know what it’s called? AN UNLOCKABLE purely for the sake of fun, you know what THE ACTUAL game does with “unbalanced” items or abilites? it removes the ability to get an S-rank, so you know what? battle gear could have been the same, simply remove the ability for an S-rank if it isn’t balanced.

            Also what you know doesn’t = the whole story. I think “We knew so little so it appears like the game isn’t complete at all” is far more viable than “I know everything and the game is complete”

          • RevolverRoden

            “I noticed that its presence disrupted the gameplay balance during test sessions so I eventually had to remove it from the game.” These are Kojima’s exact words about battle gear.

            Why would Kojima lie about it? What good would it even do him?
            Also were you part of the dev team? Do you know how much battle gear disrupted the gameplay compared to stealth camo, infinite ammo, etc.? No. So i’m gonna take kojimas word over some random guy on the internet.

          • No Place For Hayter

            There’s a difference between “Didn’t work out very well” and “Unbalanced”. Kojima stated it was unbalanced, which is a lie because they are far more unbalanced things in the game. It could just be the translation of what Kojima said, but if he does in fact mean “gameplay balance” then it is a lie.

            P.S. yes i know his exact words, that’s why i can call it a lie, because it is contradicted by the game itself, which is a fact.

          • RevolverRoden

            Again, why would he lie?
            And how would you know there are things in the game that are more unbalanced than the battle gear if you’ve never even played the battle gear?
            You are 100% making shit up and talking out of your ass.

          • SaladinSilver

            I am sorry that you somehow think that your knowledge of game designing is better than the person who you know created one of the most influential game of all time……..

          • Full Options

            Right, technically, and if this buddy was properly stabilized / finished, nothing “unbalanced” couldn’t have been fixed with a suitable difficulty setting (e.g. simply dividing Sahel’s damage at each hit, a bit like the extreme version settings of the mission). I think BG’s gameplay / controls were not finished at all when they were forced to pack the game up, guess because of which company.

            I think Hideo was legally forced by Konami to not reveal the real reason why Battle Gear was taken out, just like he is forced to not share any word about what happened at Konami during the production.

            Again, there is no way to properly pack up a that big game in 6 months specifically if the dev was that wildly halted.
            The direct proof is that V is not Koji-Style polished like the previous opuses (e.g. multiple saves bugs at launch, etc..).

            It is clear that it was a real torture for Koji-Pro (at least their last torture at Konami).

          • SaladinSilver

            Seriously are you always this ignorant and close-minded? Might as well deny that the game was even created by Kojima because why the fuck not? Seriously the main creator of the game commented on that. You don’t know jack shit about game design so leave the stuff that you have no idea or even clue about.

          • Full Options

            If they took out Battle Gear, they also took out a whole set of awesome missions dedicated to it (i.e. yet the ones to familiarize with its controls, all that on top of related story elements and cool battles).

          • Spectralbuttplug

            GUARD DOGS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

          • SaladinSilver

            Battle gear was removed by Kojima himself due to technical difficulties as stated by himself in the guide book.

            Really guys do your research properly because it’s getting annoying to see every noobie claiming that the game isn’t finished when the main creator has confirmed in many different comments that TPP was released like how it was always meant to.

            As for episode 51, Kojima himself recently confirmed that the mission was abandoned ( as if it wasn’t obvious enough) way before the 2014 e3 trailer and is in no way important for TPP story.

          • Alexa Danielle Bresee

            I’m not complaining that battle gear wasn’t included. While i would like to actually play around with it, i trust that wasn’t a feature that could work for release.

            As I have said before, my complaint is that they didn’t then go back and alter the build up to it. It’s a huge let down and makes the game feel unfinished when you realize the NPCs lied to you and you can’t actually customize it or do anything interesting with it

          • SaladinSilver

            I didn’t feel anything by it. It would have been cool but not needed, and while the build up was there, the game never came out and told you you can ride it or give you an tutorial for it only to not let you play it.

          • Alexa Danielle Bresee

            the game literally says you can customize it and you can’t

          • Alexa Danielle Bresee

            then they should’ve taken out the stuff leading up to mission 51, or put in something else that concluded the eli storyline. The game has a hanging story thread as is.

          • SaladinSilver

            Who says Eli’s story wasn’t concluded? Eli’s character arc was completed with this game. It showed us everything that was relevant to his CHARACTERIZATION. His story-arc wasn’t the focus of the game nor did it intent on telling you where he was and where he is going.

          • Alexa Danielle Bresee

            i say it! the game builds up sahelanthropus’ threat to world safety, the vocal chord parasite’s threat to world safety, and eli’s uprising, and it all comes to a head in a scene where he hijacks it and goes off and does whatever with it!

            Snake doesn’t care enough to go track him down? after all that shit with trying to stop skullface, snake is just letting eli get away with the super weapons?

        • SaladinSilver

          https://twitter.com/HIDEO_KOJIMA_EN/status/638273028313317377

          Oops there goes that crappy theory outta the window……..

      • XOF
        • SaladinSilver

          I love how that line = TPP unfinished story-wise. Even though Kojima could just be referring to his perfectionist gameplay habits.

          • XOF

            Lol, hence why i said we don’t know how much of tpp is incomplete. It could be some story elements, gameplay elements, or both. Yes it could be only gamplay elements, but you can’t rule out some story elements could be missing or altered. All i’m saying, we don’t know, based on Kojima saying that his upcoming game will be a complete one.

            Although i know some people are exaggerating that a large chunk of story was missing which i disagree on.

    • VenomSnake421

      What hype? when didn’t even know how many chapters this game had before its release.

  • Full Options

    THYX, if the rest of the world could understand why… They would understand why Hideo Kojima love them too.

  • Alexa Danielle Bresee

    *facepalm* THEY USED A SPOILER IMAGE TO REPRESENT THE GAME

    • RevolverRoden

      ikr what the hell

    • No Place For Hayter

      They figured, “ahhhh, what the hell why not”, lol.

    • hahaha, didn’t notice till you mentioned it

  • Punished Fox

    “Knack”?!?!? HA HA HA HA HA

    • No Place For Hayter

      That is the most surprising thing on the list, lol, It blew my mind actually, but I do remember something about it selling well in Japan, now that I think about it, lol.

      • It was bundled with the PS4 in Japan.

      • Tong Ninja

        Not sure if you know this, but the number of copies sold for each of these games on that list were based from how much it sold in the Japan PS4 life cycle (which is 2 years).

        Hence why Knack is so high on the list. They counted the copies sold from February 2014 to February 2016 in Japan.

  • This is true patriotism, Zero.

    • angelique devive

      More like “Meanwhile in Finland”

  • SNKtheStampede

    I read on italian site that konami will implement an expiration date for MB coins. They will just disappear six months since you either earned it or purchased it. They will start doing that in Japan and only on steam but still… I don’t like it a little…

    • Mr.Pony

      Laws in the EU and US prevent Konami from doing it in those continents, for what I’ve read this is normal practice in Japan and the fact that its only on PC makes me think that both Microsoft and Sony have similar laws regarding games on those platforms

      • SNKtheStampede

        Didn’t know that. Thanks for the info.

  • VenomSnake421

    Not for that long though, FFXV is coming soon.

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