Is it just me or has Capcom been just total dicks this past year or two? It just seems like every other week their Dick Head Department is in full effect, giving the middle finger to the consumer all in the name of greed. I’ve finally had enough to where I need to vent this out somehow and see if others agree.
I’ll start with some personal offenders, stuff I’ve had a stake in. Resident Evil 4 came out, was awesome, and naturally spawned a sequel. Instead of getting with the times, Capcom added co-op to appeal to the masses instead of going for, creatively, what a newer Resident Evil needed. Forced in co-op, dated controls and shooting, and total lack of scares great hampered this title from its destiny of following RE4‘s classic status.
Now Resident Evil 5 wasn’t terrible, just massively disappointing.
Let’s move on to the DLC, the biggest offense. DLC implies that it the file is downloadable and not on the disc. Someone needs to relay this to Capcom, because paying $5 for what is on the disc already isn’t how it should work. Even though it was horrendous, competitive multiplayer was added via “DLC” and was just a $5 unlock code giving you access to what was already on the disc. They even lied and tried to deny it by stating that “It was using assets from the disc already.” I guess they can’t tell the truth because even they think it sounds stupid. It later backfired on them because that specific mode they were charging for ended up in the official strategy guide, meaning it was done at least before the game shipped. Trying to squeeze every last penny out of your customers is utter bullshit.
But wait, the RE5 part of this debacle isn’t over yet. Capcom loves to re-release their games (more on that later) and add of the DLC (and “DLC”) all on one disc. The Gold Edition (because you know that didn’t win any Game of the Year awards) of RE5 came out with Playstation Move support, something a friend and I wanted to try. We had already owned RE5 vanilla and just thought, naturally, that a patch would come out to support us for buying it first. Well, Capcom would rather have us just buy it again because “RE5 wasn’t able to support it from the get-go.” I believe that translates as “Fuck off, we want more money from you, loyal consumer.” I heard what they said, it just read as lies and more lies.
How does DRM sound for you? Stupid, right? Well, not to Capcom. PSN users have been getting the shaft on their arcade games, having to be signed in for the duration of the playtime of some of their downloadable titles. This isn’t a big deal to some people, but when stuff like the PSN outage happens and if people have shaky internet (like me), it just is a cheap way to keep your game on one system.
You like the Street Fighter IV right? Most people do, and I believe it is a great game, even though I don’t click with it. Capcom realized they hit a gold mine with this title and their eyes were exploding from all the potential money. As with RE5: Gold Edition, SF4 was released as Super Street Fighter IV just a year later. This isn’t inherently bad, but the most loyal consumers of regular SF4 had no option to upgrade other than to drop another $40 on a new game. Capcom should have just mailed a picture of their middle fingers to each and every SF4 owner as well. Oh wait, that would cost too much.
Back to Resident Evil, but not RE5. Resident Evil: Revelations has it pretty bad as well. This is a 3DS game, a system in need of software, but I’d hesitate to call it a “new” 3DS game. It is just a rehash of the Mercenaries modes from RE4 and RE5 and charged a full $40 for what is just an extra in other games you already have. If that wasn’t bad enough, it gets worse. Once you bought the game, it was impossible to delete your save file, killing the used game market for this specific game. I don’t mind publishers getting some money out of used games but this isn’t how to do it.
The absolute worse part of this specific disaster is that Capcom straight up lied about their motives. Their explanation via Giant Bomb:
“Secondhand game sales were not a factor in this development decision,” said the company, “so we hope that all our consumers will be able to enjoy the entirety of the survival-action experiences that the game does offer.”
“In Resident Evil: The Mercenaries 3D, all mission progress is saved directly to the Nintendo 3DS cartridge, where it cannot be reset,” said the company. “The nature of the game invites high levels of replayability in order to improve mission scores. In addition, this feature does not remove any content available for users.”
If you don’t want used games sales, say it. Don’t dance around it and completely bullshit to your consumers (again). These reasons are terrible and Capcom should be ashamed.
Now the most recent “fuck you” by Capcom, Ultimate Marvel Vs. Capcom 3. Marvel Vs. Capcom 3 was only released in February of 2011. Yes, that’s right, only a mere five months ago and they’ve already announced a re-release for this year. This would be okay if it didn’t fuck over the loyal fans (again) by making this a download, right? It would, but Capcom is making this another disc-only release. As if that wasn’t bad enough, here is there complete bullshit excuse for it via Destructoid:
“After the release of Marvel vs. Capcom 3 there were plans to release DLC,” Niitsuma told Destructoid yesterday. “But, as you know, less than a month after the game was released we had the earthquake and tsunami in Japan. That had an impact on everything, and it threw off our whole development schedule.”
“We decided that instead of doing the DLC we could put it all together in one package, add some additional stuff to make it robust and deliver it as a disc,” he continued.
I don’t believe this one bit. How devious do you have to be to blame a natural disaster for your company’s greed? Capcom is trying to tug at your heart strings to mask a reason to break your piggy bank yet again. Wouldn’t a download suffice just as well? Wouldn’t everyone be happy if it was a disc and a download? Not Capcom apparently.
I didn’t even get into how the only two downloadable characters for MvC3 were on the disc as well. You were just paying $5 to unlock them. And costumes for Street Fighter? Yeah let’s put out a bunch of palette swaps and charge for them.
So Megaman Legends 3 gets cancelled because it “didn’t live up to quality standards.” That’s okay, I’m glad the company has standards a game must pass (although Lost Planet 2 must have avoided them somehow) but there’s another piece of this puzzle that irks me. Another division of Capcom had the stones to call out the fans of why this project didn’t work. Shacknews reports from the Capcom Europe Twitter feed:
“Unfortunately so few fans took part in the creation of the game,” the tweet read. “It was felt the project was not worthwhile.”
Really? It’s my fault that you canceled the game now? What happened to the quality standards? Why not just man up and take the blame as a company? Answer these questions Capcom! Games need to be shown more to get excitement. Excuse me if I didn’t do jumping jacks at the mere picture of the logo.
Now back to Resident Evil, again. The popular trend is to HD-ify old games to make them available to a new generation with new age stuff like achievements and trophies. I like this core idea, as I currently own three collections, but there’s a certain way to do it. Most of these are downloadable individually on PSN for $15 or, have three games on a disc for $40 (or less) a la Sly Collection and the Tomb Raider Trilogy. Capcom has given the HD treatment to Resident Evil: Code Veronica and, the classic, Resident Evil 4 are set to come out September 20th and September 27th, respectively. I was legitimately excited to replay RE4 in HD and with some trophies but something about it has me puzzled. That “something” is the price tag of $20 each (source), more expensive than the individual HD versions of Beyond Good & Evil, Prince of Persia, God of War, Sly Cooper, Tomb Raider, the upcoming Metal Gear Solid collection, and the upcoming Splinter Cell collection.
I know it’s just $5, but I don’t get why they feel like they are so much better than everyone else to raise the standard price. On top of that, how many platforms has Resident Evil 4 come out on? First the Gamecube, then PS2, PC, iPhone, iPad, then Wii, and now PS3 and Xbox 360? How many times do you need to resell this game and at a premium price at that? Yes, Resident Evil 4 is great, I get that, but be normal and price it accordingly.
So there you go. Capcom are dicks. I almost feel bad for them that they are this greedy to risk shitting on their own name just for a dime. There are other things I could have brought up that they have done, but I’d rather not. These actions speak for themselves, I just needed to bring some of them to light. If they keep this up, everyone will hate them and they will be out of business. That is, unless you’ve been buying all of their scams. In that case, they love you. Or your money at least.
What are you thoughts on the current Capcom? Let me know in the comments below!