Recently, Capcom had stated that Resident Evil’s primary fanbase is getting too old, perhaps using this as an excuse for poor sales, and the like. They claim their primary fanbase for the Resident Evil series is 30-40 years old, which is by far a rough estimate. Despite that, gamers in their 30’s and 40’s are generally some of the biggest consumers of gaming media, so Capcom claiming that their fans are going to quit gaming and other such nonsense is really contrived.
According to Capcom, one of their biggest ‘selling points’ as of late for their resident evil franchise, is the attractive characters they put into them. Yes, their biggest selling point isn’t gameplay, or storyline or even y’know, a horror-based environment, no, it’s all about polygonal butts and chiseled jawlines. Perhaps this explains why they dropped their Devil May Cry franchise into Ninja Theory’s lap, a company that without shame utilizes sex appeal to sell various titles in their collection.
Resident Evil 6, as well Revelations were Capcom’s most recent entries into the series. Unfortunately, due to mixed reviews and sales to which were not satisfying enough for Capcom, they apparently plan on taking Resident Evil (7?) into new waters. They want it to appeal to a world-wide audience, which could mean that the game is going to be astounding, and everyone will want to get their hands on it. Or, they’re going to target the casual market fully, and rake in the sales Call of Duty and Battlefield have found themselves getting without breaking so much as a sweat. Worldwide appeal might very well bring Capcom out of near bankruptcy, but it’s also going to water down Resident Evil more than it is now. Imagine a world, were Resident Evil 5 is considered terrifying and full of depth and character compared to Resident Evil 7 and onwards.
Most gamers these days, know of Capcom, it’s rare that they don’t. Those who played games in the golden age have fond memories of the company, these memories turning bitter gradually. Capcom has had a lot of negative press in recent years, as well negative feedback from their fans. Capcom is one of the only companies that actually had, HAD a strong fanbase that were generally interested in their titles. But one after another, be it an abandoned franchise, or a tarnished one, they’ve seemingly intentionally worked to break their stability, the stability of having solid sales from a loyal fanbase.
Capcom still makes games people enjoy, the more prominent franchises seeming to get the worst treatment.
Ace attorney has remained mostly unharmed, and remains a strong series. Strider got a recent installment, as well Monster Hunter still throws out releases left and right, albeit they’ve started to become a bit stagnate over the years due to a lack of change, and minor improvements.
Then, of course. We have the titles Capcom has torn apart.
I don’t exactly think people were pissed because they changed Dante, so much as they were pissed they changed Dante into a retard. His personality changed, appearance, build. Really, I don’t see why they couldn’t have just marketed this game as a ‘Spiritual Successor’ to the Devil May Cry franchise as well, changed the title, renamed the characters, and wow, look, it’s a whole different game. Realistically, DmC only resembles Devil may cry in its name, and the character’s names. Just like with Silent Hill 4, this game would have benefited from separating itself from the source material. DmC WAS solid game, the gameplay, though, was some of the worst in Devil May Cry history, many complained about Devil May Cry 2 being too easy, well, DmC suffers the same fate. At the very least, DmC has pretty environments, so that’s something.
Now, of course Capcom is known these days for its fighting games… I mean, game. You know, I find it personally odd, that Capcom seems reluctant to focus on any of their other fighting titles. I have nothing against Street Fighter, it’s a very solid fighting game, one of the most fine-tuned and balanced monsters out there. But I was always a Cyberbots fan, personally. Cyberbots, Darkstalkers, Star Gladiator, Power Stone, Rival Schools, perhaps Cyberbots, Darkstalkers and Rival Schools don’t have a place in the gaming spectrum these days, Street Fight is arguably the best 2D fighter out there, there’s little point in making more 2D fighters.
Star Gladiator and Power Stone, on the other hand, they’re both games that could compete with other franchises that simply have no competition, and Capcom sure as hell knows how to make a fighting game. Star Gladiator, a 3D weapons-based fighter, could compete with Soul Calibur, and considering how shoddy Soul Calibur has been lately, it wouldn’t be hard to overtake it. Power Stone would be competing with Smash Bro’s, a party-based fighting game, be it Power Stone wasn’t exactly 2D-based, the competition would still be there.
Competition is good for gaming, if Capcom were to focus on these two titles again, then at the very least Soul Calibur would have to stop being so damn lazy in their approach. It would benefit gaming, as well, could prove to tap into some markets Capcom didn’t even know were out there.
What, what the? A JRPG? Capcom? What madness is this?
Yes, Breath of Fire, which is basically Capcom’s only JRPG. I personally wasn’t the biggest fan of Breath of Fire, but back when it was in its prime, there was just too much competition in the JRPG market, there were simply superior titles at the time. But in this gen, and even the next gen, JRPG’s are so rare it’s infuriating. Breath of Fire would have been an amazing title to try and revamp for the PS3/360 era. There wasn’t much competition when it came to JRPG’s, Final Fantasy 13 would have stood little chance against a next-gen Breath of Fire, the JRPG crowds exist, and honestly, if they’d gone for a traditional RPG approach, they could have cut corners in order to make it a cheap experiment of sorts.
The reason we’ve not seen many JRPG’s, is because companies are absolutely terrified to take a risk in one of the most profitable genre’s that gaming has ever fell witness to. As I said, I wasn’t the biggest fan of Breath of Fire, but I am a huge fan of JRPG’s, due to a complete lack of said genre this generation, I’d have no doubt grabbed up a copy of Breath of Fire, if Capcom had taken the risk.
Oh yeah! What ever happened to Dino Crisis anyways? Or, Dinosaur games in general. Yet another market that has no competition. They wanted to make Resident Evil an action title, which is weird, considering Dino Crisis essentially seems like it’s just begging to be an action game. Logically, would not one utilize Resident Evil for a horror experience, while taking Dino Crisis into an action-packed direction? Dinosaurs are big, fast and intimidating, zombies are slow, gradual and looming. Which I suppose is why they just completely tossed out the idea of Zombies for their flagship title, in exchange for infested mexicans, infested africans and now elmers glue monsters.
Speaking of action-based survival horror. Onimusha has also simply sunk into obscurity. Again, if Capcom really wanted to make an Action heavy survival horror game, why didn’t they simply choose to use Onimusha or Dino Crisis? Both of which would actually BENEFIT from said direction. Unlike Dino Crisis, which I wasn’t a major fan of, Onimusha was certainly a series I enjoyed quite heavily. I suppose it makes little sense to me, Capcom wants to take away the slow, creeping feeling of horror from Resident Evil, because they want to make an action game. Yet they’ve two strong candidates right here, that would benefit from it, rather than how Resident Evil is detracting from it.
Oh, look. It’s Capcom’s mascot, the one who made them what they are. The Blue Bomber fought for Capcom, pushing them to the top, taking them to what they’d inevitably become, and Capcom cast the Blue Bomber aside, here and there poking jokes at the Blue Bomber, insulting his fans, blaming his fans, claiming that there is simply not a fanbase for Megaman anymore, yet unwilling to actually take the risk to find out. Capcom wants to turn Resident Evil into a pure action game. Well, lookie here, a third candidate that would certainly benefit from this attention, but no, Megaman has no fans, right?
Capcom is making a lot of poor decisions, sure, Lost Planet and Dead Rising are certainly average titles, Resident Evil and Street Fighter are safe, reliable ways to make a buck. But the Capcom we all knew and loved weren’t like this, they are no longer the one we’ve come to know.
The only hope now for the Blue Bomber, is that Nintendo will take the shunned child and give him the attention he certainly has earned and deserves. But, that is merely hopeful thinking, but sometimes hope is all we have.