Does RE: ORC's Popularity Prove Multiplayer's Dominance?
The game is really mediocre.
And yet, according to Capcom's latest financial update, Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City is pushing up towards 2 million sold worldwide. That's a mildly disturbing fact.
In an industry where the best is often rewarded with great sales, and trash tends to stumble on the charts - a trait I've always loved about video games, as it stands in stark comparison to the other entertainment industries - one should expect ORC to flounder. But wait...maybe it's further proof of multiplayer's dominance these days. Maybe Capcom knew they didn't have to make a fantastic game, provided it was multiplayer-oriented and people could log on and shoot at each other.
Now, one could argue that it's merely the "Resident Evil" name that has generated the sales, and that's perfectly viable. But I get this strange feeling that if RE6 turns out equally bad, it won't be quite so popular... I'd also be interested to see the percentage split of sales between the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 versions of ORC. With multiplayer evidently being the only reason most own a 360 (as evidenced by the 70/30 360/PS3 split for Call of Duty), I'm willing to bet the 360 iteration of ORC did much better than the PS3 version.
It was made clear in most reviews that playing solo in ORC was a complete waste of time. And even though playing with others has major flaws as well, it could be entertaining for a while, and apparently, that was enough to get some gamers to dig into their wallets. If it was the other way around; if the campaign had been worth playing and the multiplayer had been trash, would it still sell so well...? I hate to say this, but I'm thinking no.
Related Game(s): Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City
5/8/2012 9:26:06 AM Ben Dutka