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Resident Evil 6 May Be Facing A Tragic Lose-Lose Situation

For the record, I haven't played the Resident Evil 6 demo so I won't be making any judgments based on that offering.

But right now, the evidence is starting to mount: Capcom may be facing a lose-lose situation when they launch Resident Evil 6 in October. I hate to say this considering the iconic nature of the franchise, but a great many are sensing something...well, just shy of disaster.

Thing is, it may have enough flash and style to appeal to a wide demographic, including younger gamers who don't really know anything about what RE used to be (and furthermore, don't care). In other words, the switch to "action/drama" is probably a good idea as it will undoubtedly lure new players to the series. On the other hand, yet another Japanese company is in imminent danger of alienating the fans that helped build the franchise to begin with. The complaints concerning the demo make it obvious that despite Capcom's claims of "returning to RE's roots," it doesn't really seem to be happening.

But here's the fun part- The majority of significant critics are older and absolutely do remember those Resident Evil roots, and it appears - at first glance - that a great many won't reward RE6 for moving away from the franchise's horror origin. And if it gets lower-than-expected scores, sales could suffer - regardless of the new fans to whom RE6 might appeal - and oh yeah, it's hitting in October. At that time, gamers everywhere are looking at the fall lineup and deciding which of the many available titles deserve their hard-earned cash. Could this be an epic lose-lose scenario...?

Well, maybe not. The awfully mediocre Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City still sold pretty damn well. Then again, it was also another nail in the coffin as far as the veteran followers are concerned...

Related Game(s): Resident Evil 6

Tags: resident evil 6, re6, resident evil games, resident evil fans

7/8/2012 8:42:57 PM Ben Dutka

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Comments (33 posts)

YashaZz
Sunday, July 08, 2012 @ 9:31:31 PM
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It's either going to be good enough for the old fans, or horribly bad. Nevertheless I bet it will sell as good as ORC, maybe better.

I didn't like RE5 for it's action but I LOVED RE4 back in the day. I'm also into drama. So I think I won't pass on this, I'll even like it.

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Bonampak
Monday, July 09, 2012 @ 10:24:17 AM

It certainly would be bad for long time fans, considering that the demo has a health regeneration system in place. And having such a system, basically kills any chance that RE6 will ever be a survival-horror game.

It's obvious that the health regeneration system is based on what you have in CoD games. Where the necessity of being on the go at all times & shooting things is king. And considering that Resident Evil is trying to cater to the same casuals that adore CoD, that regeneration system is just another way to throw those type of gamers a bone (while flipping the bird to old fans).

It's funny that those that hated on the RE live-action movies used to say that at least the games where still true to the series roots. Well, presently the games have become like the movies. Just mindless and constant action. So no one can say that anymore.

Just so people understand what's the difference between old Resident Evil games and current versions, the old games where "Avoid-Them ups" (so little ammo forced you to avoid confrontations when possible) while present games are just "Shoot-em ups" (you pretty much have to shoot every enemy - in RE4 you were rewarded after every kill).

But yeah, RE6 will be incredibly successful despite not being survival-horror and despite looking like a 2 year old game. Because technically speaking the graphics are underwhelming and the camera just blows chunks. But if Operation Raccoon City was a success despite it's many flaws, certainly RE6 will be just as big if not bigger.

RE6 is just a sign of the times.

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YashaZz
Tuesday, July 10, 2012 @ 6:51:28 AM

I wasn't aware of the health regeneration system. What a let down.

Well, even though I will never get a new old-style RE game, I have the old ones to play. I still replay Dino Crisis 2 and Metal Gear Solid to this day, as frequent as once every couple of months. :)

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Veitsknight
Sunday, July 08, 2012 @ 9:41:54 PM
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I want to try it but October is typically the Christmas of Game Releases. So I might have to pass this for something better.

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Knightzane
Sunday, July 08, 2012 @ 9:42:03 PM
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Honestly after not getting the damned demo im kind of tempted on not buying it. Ive been a RE fan since 1997, i was 5 and it was the first game to scare the crap out of me. Ive been looking foward to RE6 since RE5 but it seems they don't give a shit about ps3 players. We get the demo in october? Cmon! Anyway to the topic at hand, i honestly think some devs dont care about the original fans and just want the next gen of gamers. They got our money, and now they want new money. Its sad but what can i do start a petition?

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WorldEndsWithMe
Sunday, July 08, 2012 @ 10:06:54 PM

Don't start a petition, it'll piss off Jawknee :)

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WorldEndsWithMe
Sunday, July 08, 2012 @ 10:09:33 PM
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I think most critics are fairly good at not letting nostalgia skew their scores, but I surely know the pain these departures cause so it's not outside the realm of possibility. Plus when Japanese devs try to go mainstream western they tend to screw everything up, so there's that as a minus.

I'm happy to let it be until it is at an inconsequential price. I'm betting my money on Dishonored.

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Jawknee
Sunday, July 08, 2012 @ 10:31:59 PM
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According to IGN the demo is a complete mess. Screen tearing galore, loading takes forever, and the game sounds meh. Definitely picking this up used.

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LimitedVertigo
Sunday, July 08, 2012 @ 11:15:48 PM

To be fair it is a demo.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Monday, July 09, 2012 @ 12:58:28 AM

Still, demos lately are pretty close to the real product in technical stuff. Unless this one is special.

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___________
Monday, July 09, 2012 @ 5:54:42 AM

loading?
screen tearing?
demo seemed fine to me!
i was actually surprised how good the game looks, especially this far from release!

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Oxvial
Monday, July 09, 2012 @ 9:44:04 AM

I have the feeling MS pay them to release a demo asap, and the result is a damn mesh, sucks because we probably gonna get the same demo.

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Kall555
Tuesday, July 10, 2012 @ 1:11:24 AM

People listen to IGN?

Wow.

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Geobaldi
Sunday, July 08, 2012 @ 10:39:14 PM
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After the letdowns that were RE4 and 5, I've given up on this series. Raccoon City was sorta fun with friends, but for the most part, I'm done with RE. Maybe if they bring back the Outbreak series, then I might return to it.

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main_event05
Sunday, July 08, 2012 @ 11:23:58 PM

I'd love that. So much of Racoon city was left unexplored.

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DIsmael85
Sunday, July 08, 2012 @ 10:54:44 PM
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All this for a demo, that is most probably an early build. While I'm not going to sit here and try to defend Capcom for it's changes I'll just add that since when do gamers or people in general really know what they want. I think it's probably a logical choice for Capcom to move the series in a new direction. I can't imagine playing RE6 and having the controls still be like RE5 or going back to RE1,2, and 3. I think people are overreacting because it's something "new". This same argument can be directed at Devil May Cry, at least RE6 is being built in house by Capcom. You can never satisfy people with anything so why should it happen here.

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Remo Williams
Sunday, July 08, 2012 @ 10:58:30 PM
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I'm still waiting for "Resident Evil: The Barry Chronicles," or perhaps "Resident Evil: Barry's Revenge."

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Metal Head
Sunday, July 08, 2012 @ 11:17:28 PM
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I was the biggest Resident Evil fan, so much that I was lure into buying the Dreamcast just for Code Veronica. Residen Evil and Silent Hill are the worst franchise this generation. Even worst Resident Evil is not release on the Psp or Vita.

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LimitedVertigo
Sunday, July 08, 2012 @ 11:19:16 PM

I loved Veronica on the Dreamcast.

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LimitedVertigo
Sunday, July 08, 2012 @ 11:18:12 PM
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This game will sell more than RE5 (come on people, it's inevitable) but will continue the trend of sucking huge loads.

I guess if I worked at Capcom I'd be rolling in the dough and laughing at how easy it is to do whatever you want for a while as long as you have an established brand.



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DIsmael85
Sunday, July 08, 2012 @ 11:24:46 PM

Exactly. It's how easy it is for Call of Duty as well. Also every other established franchise. Final Fantasy etc etc. I don't think it'd change unless they rebooted the series entirely. Tomb Raider rings the loudest bell here.

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FxTales
Monday, July 09, 2012 @ 3:13:52 AM
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I will say this: I think the idea of the 3 different campaigns is very clever (even if they're not as incredibly varied as most are hoping for) and the co-op will be fun as that was something RE5 did right.

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___________
Monday, July 09, 2012 @ 6:01:53 AM

they are completely varied, chris campaign for instance is totally different to what leons.
im not a real fan of chris mode.
it feels so much like a gears game, it has totally lost the strategic suspenseful feel of RE5.
leons was really good actually, it felt allot like RE4.
EXACTLY what it should be!
all it needs is the exploration and real survival horror themes like RE revelations, such a awesome game!
it needs the jumps and scares too.
the environments ect, ect are spot on but theres no climax.
theres eary music galore, thunder, moody lighting effects but theres never something to scare you.
a mixed bag really, leons are good but need more scares, where chris i wont even be wasting my time with that crap!

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berserk
Monday, July 09, 2012 @ 9:28:26 AM

What about Jake/sherry , a mix of the two i guess

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___________
Monday, July 09, 2012 @ 10:35:22 AM

no, that was a QTE feast!
its one of those chase scenes crapcom seems to think we want from RE5.

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___________
Monday, July 09, 2012 @ 6:10:43 AM
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the biggest problem with RE6 is FAR too many chefs in the kitchen!
its GT5, its tried to cram in so much crap, the action of RE5, the set pieces and chases of RE5, and the survival horror of RE of old.
problem is its trying to do so much crap everything gets done half!
its like you have 1 hour to cook dinner, you either devote your time to 1 dish and make it perfect or split it up into 4, now each dish only has 15 minutes no where near enough!

RE5 was bareable because it felt like resident evil crossed with gears.
at least it felt a little bit like a traditional RE game!
its roots were there, they may of been hard to find but they were there!
this however for chris campaign is certainly not there!
its all gears, NO RE!

for leon its classic old RE, i really seriously got sucked into the environment!
come on creepy old dark dusty cluttered mansion?
you cant get any more RE than that!
the environments were perfect, the setting was perfect, the lighting was perfect, the music was perfect!
but wheres the BOO!?
come on crapcom this is 2012, a freaking pot falling off a roof is not going to scare people!
wheres the zombie busting down the door as you go to open it and leaping onto your neck?
i was really hoping leons campaign would be exactly like RE revelations.
exactly how a RE game should be!
it kinda is, it has the tension, the music and the atmosphere, environments of a RE.
but the survival horror aspect IE the constant spawning enemies, puzzles, finding items, backtracking to find a key to a locked door, all that true traditional old school game design is gone!
it just feels like they REALLY want to turn it into a old school RE, but managment wont let them because little timmy might get bored or too scared.

come on crapcom, if your going to do it at least do it properly!
to be honest i would rather crapcom just gave us chris campaign and scrapped leons!
at least that way there not teasing us.
they put the carrot right in front of your face, just out of reach.
there a massive tease, they KNOW we want old school RE back so they deliberately go half way just to tease us.
crapcom, do it properly, or dont do it at all!

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berserk
Monday, July 09, 2012 @ 9:38:34 AM

Maybe they are trying to gauge us , see what our favorite character will be and make the next one based on the Favorited campaign .

Hopefully Leon will be the one and they will also get into account the popularity of Resident Evil: Revelations and give us a proper Resident Evil game based on both .

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___________
Monday, July 09, 2012 @ 10:38:15 AM

that would be common sense, so crapcom wont do it just for that reason.
there doing the 3 campaign thing because there in the mindset that it will make everyone happy.
when all its doing is pissing everyone off!
the .1% who want another gears game get 2 short campaigns, and the 99.9% who want a proper RE game, IE survival horror get a mild atmospheric tense shooter.
its not going to please anyone!
as the saying goes you cant please everyone, so pick a side and stick to it!
crapcoms tried to please everyone, and thus resulting in pissing everyone off!

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TheOldOne
Monday, July 09, 2012 @ 9:21:11 AM
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I still don't understand all the RE5 bashing since the game was a lot of fun and very good in its way. Sure it wasn't like the old ones but I really enjoyed it (I have played all since RE Director's Cut). Never played RE:ORC so I will not go there. I will wait and see when the game releases to decide whether I get RE6.

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berserk
Monday, July 09, 2012 @ 9:30:14 AM
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The real question is how good will Mercenary be , that mode alone in coop could be worth the full price for me .

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Gamer46
Monday, July 09, 2012 @ 9:06:59 PM
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I didn't believe Capcom's claims from the beginning and unfortunately it appears that my fears were well founded. I don't think I even have to play the demo to know how the full game will turn out, the E3 stage demo was enough to show us that they're going all Gears of Evil.

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jagstatboy
Thursday, July 12, 2012 @ 11:30:09 AM
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I won't buy another RE game until it really becomes survival horror. I'll keep RE4, but I recently got rid of RE5.

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Gravelight
Thursday, July 12, 2012 @ 4:56:41 PM
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Got today's Game Informer magazine and it says that the combining of herbs is back, so they took out the health regen crap. It also says something about being able to use the d-pad for quick weapons change and quick herb usage, which I thought was better. There are suppose to be 3 different campaigns, one per character as well as 4 player co-op. Hope it turns out well because it's already pre-ordered on this end.

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