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Capcom: New DMC Needs A Fresh "Western Touch"

Right about now, most all fans of the franchise are covering their ears going, "no, no, no, no, no, nononono!!!"

In the latest attempt by a Japanese developer to give Western gamers what they "want," Capcom boss Keiji Inafune has said the next Devil May Cry will have a distinct "western touch" so it'll be more appealing to North American and European gamers. Rumored to be in development at Ninja Theory (Heavenly Sword, Enslaved: Odyssey to the West), the mystery DMC5 project has remained under wraps for quite some time. But this first bit of news may not go over well with series followers; Inafune apparently made the following statement to Spanish source 3DJuegos:

"Devil May Cry 5 is a game that, when started development, this will change a lot in relation to the above. The reason is that, despite the franchise has some very loyal followers, their sales are not particularly high, especially overseas.  For this reason, it is likely that in the fifth chapter will incorporate certain 'Western touch' to make it more attractive to American and European players."

Great. Here we go again. The new DMC should be announced in a few weeks time at this year's Tokyo Game Show but if it's significantly different from previous entries, those loyal fans might freak right out...Capcom seems to think what a lot of Japanese developers think these days: instead of expanding the formula to appeal to a larger audience, they'll ditch the original fans because there aren't enough of them, and then try to attain more new fans. We can't figure the logic in this (it's only math), but hey, we're not business executives.

Now we wait with a touch of anxiety. 'cringes'

Tags: devil may cry 5, dmc5, capcom

9/2/2010 12:10:45 PM Ben Dutka

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Comments (98 posts)

Highlander
Thursday, September 02, 2010 @ 12:25:02 PM
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Oh good god! What the hell is wrong with these people?

DMC games have been popular in the west precisely because they were *not* specifically westernized.

They'll go ahead and 'westernize' this one, and it will sell on the basis of the name and they'll mistakenly think that it sold because it was westernized. It will simply reinforce this stupid belief that Japanese developers have to pander to western culture.

This kind of thing is really beginning to get on my nerves.

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Temjin001
Thursday, September 02, 2010 @ 12:28:54 PM

Yes, this bothers me. One of Sony's strengths in the past has been their heavy eastern support. If the Japanese games conform to western stylization then where am I going to get my ninja, fighters, and jrpg's from?



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WorldEndsWithMe
Thursday, September 02, 2010 @ 2:13:18 PM

You'll get your ninjas and fighting games and JRPGs, but they will be filled with hulking horrors in powersuits that do nothing but curse and take on predictable Hollywood plot lines.

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Highlander
Thursday, September 02, 2010 @ 2:43:01 PM

@Worlds,

You forgot to mention the semi-misogynistic way such power suited characters view women...

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ace_boon_coon
Thursday, September 02, 2010 @ 2:50:59 PM

looks like they're catering to xbots, nothing more nothing less.

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McClane
Thursday, September 02, 2010 @ 2:53:19 PM

"Capcom boss Keiji Inafune has said the next Devil May Cry will have a distinct "western touch" so it'll be more appealing to North American and European gamers."

I got it, another Gears of Wars wannabe...

To me, DMC was always "western"...Trish looked like a pornstar, Lady a stripper and Dante was always represented like the typical "american bad ass"...

I don't see what else they could "westernize"...

Oh, that's right, gameplay... A watered down version of previous DMC to appeal to "younger crowds"...namely ADD...

Sh*t, I hate these companies..

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Victor321
Thursday, September 02, 2010 @ 3:13:55 PM

The reason they're striving to make their games more western is because they want their franchises, which are so well known to hardcore gamers, to reach sales on par or above MW2's level, which proved that many, many western gamers like the game.

As a result, Jap developers believe that by making their games more western on a concept and design level (you're not going to see an FPS DMC for example, that's just not what the series is), they believe they'll get more sales (in DMC's case, DMC4 sold 2.5 Mil, around half of the number for each console; that's good to me, in my view; however, Capcom doesn't think so, yet many gamers such as myself think the opposite).

This isn't cold hard fact from a published source, this is merely my view on this situation, because let's face it; not many Jap games have sold 6MIL+ units, either much lower, or very close to that number (MGS4, FFXIII, and DMC4 are examples).

From our perspective, these games have sold really really well, but in most cases, the publishers of those games think otherwise (excluding Konami and MGS4, they believed its sales were phenomenal, and they are right!).

A sad, sad case, and TheHighlander, you're right in what you said, I completely agree.

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Highlander
Thursday, September 02, 2010 @ 3:31:31 PM

I understand your argument. However, not many games of *any* kind even sell 6 million copies.

I hate the way that the hyper successful sales of a few games in a particular genre are distorting the perceptions of publishers and developers alike as to what constitutes success. Making a good profit is a success, you don't have to sell 6 million copies to make a profit unless you spent over $100 million developing your game. You know? Obviously developers want to make money, but it's just not reasonable for anyone to expect all games to sell like MW2. But, it appears that some developers, both Western and Japanese, have been blinded by it.

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godsman
Thursday, September 02, 2010 @ 6:54:33 PM

I think the current DMC4 game is pretty good already. What's giving it bad reviews are probably because of their lame dialogs. Just fire the writers, no need to "westernize" further.

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Akuma07
Thursday, September 02, 2010 @ 9:14:38 PM

This is going to be Gears with swords.

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Akuma07
Thursday, September 02, 2010 @ 9:20:18 PM

@World.

Leave Vanquish alone XD

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Temjin001
Thursday, September 02, 2010 @ 12:25:54 PM
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Yeah, I didn't take the news positively. Images of Dante and Nero are running through my mind where they're toting around guns and heavy armor pulling out a sword only for a quick one-hit melee kill....

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Underdog15
Thursday, September 02, 2010 @ 12:39:14 PM

DMC5 multiplayer includes noob tubes and rockets.

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ace_boon_coon
Thursday, September 02, 2010 @ 2:51:46 PM

i bet they give this game multiplayer. ugh not everygame needs multiplayer.

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Underdog15
Thursday, September 02, 2010 @ 12:27:26 PM
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I still don't understand wtf a "western touch" means. Everyone who says that either turns to water the experience down, button mashing, or run-n-gunning.

Why should that be the recipe that makes it "Western"? Are people in the west so ADD that every game they like needs to be either easy or familiar in a way that is like EVERY game?

I guess the sales will tell-all in the end. Perhaps making it "Western" will increase sales. In that sense, it might be a "good" move. It's too bad people can't branch out to experience new experiences. It seems the "Western" comfort zone is becoming more like a prison in this industry.

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Alienange
Thursday, September 02, 2010 @ 12:37:33 PM
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What exactly is it, in the eyes of Japanese developers, that makes a game "western?"

There's either a pre-conception there or some kind of profiling. Either way I don't like it.

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Jawknee
Thursday, September 02, 2010 @ 12:39:18 PM

More shooting and more gore?

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Highlander
Thursday, September 02, 2010 @ 2:45:31 PM

And according to Neir, much, much more swearing.

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ace_boon_coon
Thursday, September 02, 2010 @ 2:56:39 PM

i don't like how they're puttin us all into this bubble. we all own a ps3 for a reason, and that's diversity. these japanese companies need to grow some cajones. the only japanese company that's stayin true is atlus. man i love those guys.

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Alienange
Thursday, September 02, 2010 @ 5:02:37 PM

You hear the news about Atlus?

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ace_boon_coon
Friday, September 03, 2010 @ 7:58:35 AM

what happened with atlus?

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sonic1899
Friday, September 03, 2010 @ 11:26:44 AM

@cochise313
They are Atlus no more :'(

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Jawknee
Thursday, September 02, 2010 @ 12:38:52 PM
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Out.Of.Touch.

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Milonakis
Thursday, September 02, 2010 @ 12:41:28 PM
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It's probably gonna be a FPS where you kill zombies, because that would make it truly western. The lead female will probably be wearing sexy jeans and have lot's of cleavage hanging out just because that is the western way.

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Highlander
Thursday, September 02, 2010 @ 12:48:43 PM

Why is that exactly?

Am I the only one who thinks that a pretty face, quirky personality, a short mini skirt and heels are preferable to sexy jeans and cleavage?

:D

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Temjin001
Thursday, September 02, 2010 @ 12:57:18 PM

I don't know about that. It seems western devs are more down to earth with female portrayal.

Look to Half Life 2, Assassin's Creed 2, Mass Effect as a few examples of top-rated games that feature women that aren't too immodest.

Ninja Gaiden, DMC4, Tekken, Soul Calibur etc bost some of the most voluptuous women this side of gaming.

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Jawknee
Thursday, September 02, 2010 @ 12:58:39 PM

You are not alone Highlander.

:P

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Temjin001
Thursday, September 02, 2010 @ 1:29:33 PM

And how could I forget Bayonetta.

For western devs, I guess there's Lara Croft. But I don't question what Lara does in her private life...

Bayonetta, on the other hand, I don't wanna know.

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Highlander
Thursday, September 02, 2010 @ 2:04:12 PM

@Temjin,

I think that there is a totally different aesthetic for female characters in western games as compared to Japanese games. Even when a character is not Japanese, Japanese games maintain a certain aesthetic.

I'm not sure how to pin it down exactly. Voluptuous or not, the majority of female leads in Japanese games seem to tend more towards pretty than sexy. Even the the more revealing costumes somehow convey that pretty, and even cute, aesthetic without being downright sexy.

Chloe in Uncharted 2 is a more typical Western female lead, and she is clearly going for that more sexy than pretty aesthetic.

I'm not quite sure how to quantify it, but there is definitely a big difference between the two. It's not the physical build of the characters, or how much skin they do, or do not, reveal.

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Temjin001
Thursday, September 02, 2010 @ 2:58:18 PM

Highlander, I'm not educated on how to categorize fashion or sensuality concerning feminine characterization, but I do see a difference in the portrayal between hemispheres.

Perhaps it has more to do with the context of the story telling.
Any of the western games I mentioned are trying to tell a believable story instead of a hyper-stylized reality.
The Japanese games I mentioned typically present archetypes for a particular role. After all, fighting and action games aren't renowned for their stories.

Whereas many of the western games I mentioned contain women that are present a realistic role in a believable storyline. Having only played the demo of Heavy Rain, I can still tell that a stereotypical archetype from a eastern game would be totally out of place in a game like Heavy Rain.



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Underdog15
Thursday, September 02, 2010 @ 3:14:54 PM

Even JRPG's are inconsistent! Rinoa was pretty; Tifa was sexy.

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Highlander
Thursday, September 02, 2010 @ 3:23:54 PM

@Temjin,

That's an interesting way to look at it, and it definitely has some merit. I'm not sure that it's he whole story though. My take on Japanese culture compared to Western culture is that women have a completely different place in culture.

But I also think that a lot of this has to do with the whole approach and style of games. Western games have (for whatever reason) always preferred this gritty realism, where I find that Japanese games do not - typically. I find that Japanese games tend to present a more stylized and less gritty reality in game.

Isn't that something that is at least partly true in Japanese popular culture?

@Underdog, so that's why I prefer Rinoa to Tifa...

;)

Even so, Tifa would never be mistaken for a character in a western developed game.

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Underdog15
Thursday, September 02, 2010 @ 3:35:33 PM

The main reason I liked Rinoa better is because she says what's on her mind. Tifa is too cryptic! She's a scaredy pants when it comes to speaking her mind. Rinoa won't leave a man guessing!!

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Highlander
Thursday, September 02, 2010 @ 3:56:24 PM

That, and she has a pretty smile...

LOL! This reminds me of a scene in a British comedy where two friends are discussing the various merits of Wilma Flintstone and Betty Rubble. Needless to say, they prefer Wilma, and hilarity ensues(it's in an episode of Red Dwarf).

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Orvisman
Friday, September 03, 2010 @ 7:41:09 AM

I love Red Dwarf. Blackadder too!

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Highlander
Friday, September 03, 2010 @ 8:57:21 AM

Oh, I adore BlackAdder. One of my all time favorites. But I still need to get them on something other than tape. Hopefully I can get a BluRay version sometime...

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TEG3SH
Thursday, September 02, 2010 @ 12:55:09 PM
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I think there will be some kind of cover mechanics. not that I care anyways this series has been going downhill after the first one.

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spiderboi
Thursday, September 02, 2010 @ 1:00:27 PM
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My, my, aren't some people waaay deaf to the voice of the consumers. The reason why DMC4 didn't sell as much because it didn't bring much to the table or improved on its formula.

What are they, dense? Are they retarded or something? Who the hell do you think we are? We're the goddamn gamers.

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WolfCrimson
Friday, September 03, 2010 @ 8:24:42 AM

Didn't bring much to the table? Nero was completely new, and I don't mean as a character. The sword-engine mechanic was awesome.

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Nlayer
Thursday, September 02, 2010 @ 1:02:07 PM
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I think that developers should just keep their mouths shut when saying what direction they are going to go in. I know a few people who, now, won't even bother picking up DMC5 at all because of this recent statement, they won't even try it out. If they simply said, "We are making it, hope you like it." then no one would complain about it as much. When they picked the game up on release, they would see a difference, but maybe not as much. (On personal experience I felt that FFXIII was different only because everyone told me it was, otherwise I would've liked it more).

I wonder what people would think if a Japanese developer said, "We're going to make this game more Japanese and not even release it in the Western area".

If the game is good, I'll play it. If the game is bad, I won't. I don't much care if it is a Western-style or Japanese-style game. I'm sure Capcom won't take it as far as Square though.

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Lawless SXE
Thursday, September 02, 2010 @ 1:02:48 PM
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I'm imagining an over the shoulder third person shooter with corridors. Dante will ditch Rebellion in favour of a cigarette and Nero will turn into an annoying sixteen year old who wants to be just like 'Uncs'. Lady and Trish will be covered up and the game will focus on Dante fighting through the Nazi hordes in hell.

CAPCOM!!!! DMC4 was a bit of a disappointment and now you're going to do THIS?! You make-a me crazy!
Peace.

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Karosso
Thursday, September 02, 2010 @ 1:11:35 PM
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"Great. Here we go again."
Sorry, I had to quote from the article, those were the exact words going through my head when I read the title :(
Why don't they also start to have plastic surgery on their eyes so they could look more western? Maybe some d!ck extension while they're at it.. I'm getting sick of this stupidity :(

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Underdog15
Thursday, September 02, 2010 @ 1:13:36 PM
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Guess who has two thumbs and won't be buying any game that a dev describes as "Westernized"?

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Lawless SXE
Thursday, September 02, 2010 @ 1:23:09 PM

Bob Kelso.

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Underdog15
Thursday, September 02, 2010 @ 3:23:10 PM

probably him too

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shadowscorpio
Thursday, September 02, 2010 @ 1:15:09 PM
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*rant*

Utter nonsense.

This is pissing me off. Are these Japanese developers conducting surveys to back up their decisions? Because if they are, I haven't seen a damn single one.

Its always, "The sales are good enough in the 'west' so we have to 'westernize' our new titles". Total B.S.!

Have they considered that the U.S. has been in a gradual recession for 7 plus years? Maybe people are forced to tighten their spending when it comes to buying games. In turn game sales aren't what they used to be granted that isn't the only factor. Alot of it falls on these devs changing their formulas for games when they didn't need to.

Announce a survey for fans to take and ask them what types of their games that they loved from you in the past and why. Every Japanese dev who thinks they need to westernized will find out quite swiftly that its not that they have to westernize, its that they have to go back to their original formula that brought them success in the first place! Dammit! Enough is f*****g enough!

Sorry had to get it out.

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Highlander
Thursday, September 02, 2010 @ 2:05:55 PM

OMG! Put it away!

;)

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DjEezzy
Thursday, September 02, 2010 @ 1:15:15 PM
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I don't really see what the huge deal is. I'm just not going to jump to any conclusions, because really... It's Devil May Cry. It may just surprise a bunch of people like Metal Gear Rising did. I know a bunch of people that weren't really excited for it until the previews of actual gameplay came out. It would be awesome if this new Devil May Cry followed suit and actually suprise the hell out of everyone. Like change it up enough to make it fresh but still make it the same bad-assery with uber style. Come on Capcom, You can do it!!!
And what's so wrong with Westernized games. Some of the best games I've ever played are Westernized games. Uncharted, GOW3(all of them actually)and KZ2 and BFBC2. Everyone keeps saying that Japanese developers are losing their motivation. Well maybe this is their new motivation. Maybe their trying to take some of what Western developers are doing and incorporate that with what their doing. If done right i believe that would be one bad ass game!!! Why so negative?

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main_event05
Thursday, September 02, 2010 @ 1:28:24 PM

Who was surprised by Rising? It turned out to be exactly what I thought it would be.

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Underdog15
Thursday, September 02, 2010 @ 3:22:37 PM

No one said western games were bad. Not once was that said.

The criticism is that games are starting to stop what they're good at to pander to a western style.

In other words, instead of video game culture being one of diversity for the tastes of everyone, it's beginning to water down everything, including classics, into a big melting-pot of genres. That in and of itself doesn't sound so bad, but the fact is that in the end, in lacks complexity. The reason it lacks complexity is not because it is tweaked to incorporate western styles, but because it has become western altogether.

Western games should stay western. Because they are good, as you said. However, Japanese games should stay Japanese in style. THAT is the complaint.

As the quote Just2skillF00l provided said,

"Always be a first-rate version of yourself, instead of a second-rate version of somebody else".
-- Judy Garland

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Deathstriker
Thursday, September 02, 2010 @ 1:19:21 PM
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I thought the whole point of playing a Capcom game was to get away from annoying American games... No offense.

I think we just ALL agree we would perfer to kill EA and let SE live... yes?

Yea Battlefield is good, but if we had a choice...

FF vs BF

I pick FF, I play BF and I can't wait till BF3, but I'd give up BF3 to play some FF13V.

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Orvisman
Friday, September 03, 2010 @ 7:42:40 AM

SquareSoft and SquareEnix of the PS1/PS2 gen, yes.

SE of the 360/PS3 gen... not so sure.

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Deathstriker
Thursday, September 02, 2010 @ 1:25:27 PM
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oh btw...

"covers ears" NO!!!!!!!!! NO!!! NO NO NO!!!

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GuardianMode
Thursday, September 02, 2010 @ 1:26:19 PM
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"Loud Speaker at TGS"
Now introducing DMC5!!! Customize all your weapons,including the new "Rocket Launcher!". Create new combos with Nero for some "Awesome Combo Action!!". Lets not forget the Ladies, Trish and Lady will have all new levels. Complete them for some devious costumes that would make Dante blush! Thats right people,We Sold Out!!! Pre Order Now!!!!

>.> you all know its going to happen.

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main_event05
Thursday, September 02, 2010 @ 1:27:19 PM
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Can we, The PSX, Community pool our funds and just start buying up properties? Oh even better, since America has become the land of frivolous lawsuits, I'm sure we can sue for something.

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Deathstriker
Thursday, September 02, 2010 @ 1:29:02 PM

I got $15 xD

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Kokushi
Thursday, September 02, 2010 @ 1:32:56 PM
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My reaction = http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y9KyBdPeKHg

LOL

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just2skillf00l
Thursday, September 02, 2010 @ 1:47:51 PM
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Well...personally as someone who wasn't previously into DMC, I couldn't really care less. But I know it sucks for all those loyal fans out there that appreciate and respect the consistency of the series. Man these Japanese devs really need to understand a few things. Stereotypes don't sell games. It only pisses off knowledgeable and well-informed gamers from other countries, especially those from the west.

Why are these Japanese devs so fickle? Just because Activision makes profits to the zenith power from there COD titles doesn't mean everyone should indulge in FPS. My honest opinion is that COD is a decent franchise, they are fun games. That's a fact. With a few more tweaks, a gargantuan attention to detail, and an exclusive release for the PS3, someday a dev might be able to put out a Killzone 2 quality FPS on the PS5. It's completely possible!

Back to you Japanese devs! Instead of assimilating Western qualities and typicality, why don't you reach out and grab different elements from Western games? Maybe not so subtle elements, gentle elements as opposed to transforming a whole culture of gaming into a broken, stereotypical half-assimilated attempt; which only serves to express that what you observed from Western games is that we value complete badasses and twitchy controls.

To conclude an extended to the point of too-much-of-a-bother-to-read rant, I'd like to offer Japanese devs a quote.

"Always be a first-rate version of yourself, instead of a second-rate version of somebody else".
-- Judy Garland


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Highlander
Thursday, September 02, 2010 @ 2:44:30 PM

That's a great quote, and perfectly fitting to this entire topic.

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just2skillf00l
Thursday, September 02, 2010 @ 7:56:10 PM

Thanks Highlander! Japanese devs need to get it together. Unsurprisingly, I enjoy their games as much if not more than most "Western styled" releases. Of course it helps that I enjoy anime and whatnot but their games are usually a breath of fresh air. The PS2 was swarming with said titles but now those titles are less prevalent on current gen game consoles. They might not have the largest fanbase but they definitely have a sizable LOYAL fanbase. But with all these western implementations lately those LOYAL fans will begin to dwindle. I just hope these devs catch wind before it's too late.

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TheUglyBassist
Thursday, September 02, 2010 @ 1:52:33 PM
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I've been looking forward to this game for a long time. After hearing this, I'm not sure if I want to hear anymore. Guess I'll just have to keep my hopes up.

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Sogi_Otsa
Thursday, September 02, 2010 @ 1:56:46 PM
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STOP CAPCOM! REAL GAMERS USUALLY WANT JAPANESE BASED GAMES! DON'T DO IT TO DMC, IT'S PERFECT JUST MAKE IT BETTER! STOP!

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___________
Friday, September 03, 2010 @ 3:23:21 AM

huh, whats that son? speak up i cant hear ya!

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sonic1899
Friday, September 03, 2010 @ 11:27:21 AM

How can you hear what he's typing? >_>

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Highlander
Friday, September 03, 2010 @ 12:13:03 PM

@Sonic,

It's because he was being ironic on account of the original poster using all CAPS which is in 'net terms the same as shouting.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Thursday, September 02, 2010 @ 2:11:21 PM
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Well they just lost another sale.

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main_event05
Thursday, September 02, 2010 @ 2:13:04 PM
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What sense does it make to introduce newcomers to a series during the 5th entry? It's like going to see a play during the 5th act. Be it movies, books, games, or whatever, anything past the 2nd or third is strictly for the hardcore fans.

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BikerSaint
Thursday, September 02, 2010 @ 2:26:03 PM
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The Residentially Evil Wada infection is spreading!

Quick, call Milla Jovovich..........

....or Godzilla!

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main_event05
Thursday, September 02, 2010 @ 8:35:47 PM

Wouldn't Milla only make it worse? God, I hate that woman.

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Jawknee
Friday, September 03, 2010 @ 11:41:28 AM

I like Mila just none of her movies.

Well...the 5th Element was good.

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Fane1024
Friday, September 03, 2010 @ 8:51:51 PM

Milla is a peach...a peach, I tell ya.

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main_event05
Friday, September 03, 2010 @ 11:44:44 PM

I think you should know that peaches go very bad very fast.

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gangan19
Thursday, September 02, 2010 @ 2:51:29 PM
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maybe they might make it Simula to god of war and those other quick action buttons that we press to do a brutal finsh

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Karosso
Thursday, September 02, 2010 @ 3:03:52 PM

You know what? QTEs on DMC would actually work pretty good in my opinion... If developers wants to make their games better, they should just read the posts on PSX :)

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BikerSaint
Thursday, September 02, 2010 @ 10:44:10 PM

main_event05,
Hell, I had the hots for her in her previous RE movies.

BUT!!!!!!!.....I'm not to thrilled with her new look in the upcoming RE movie.

She's looking more like a roughed-up $2 streetwalker on a 9 year bender!
(no offense to Bender, the robot)

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main_event05
Friday, September 03, 2010 @ 12:51:33 AM

So Biker, you can give a rat's ass about the story and plot of a movie as long as there is enough eye candy?

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OxyFenix
Thursday, September 02, 2010 @ 3:43:12 PM
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How about PSXextreme makes a survey of all it's members who are against this whole 'westernizing' fad and have it sent to Capcom and all those developers. I don't know if this will work though. Since the members who comment here don't sound the same as the comments on Kotaku, IGN, Joystiq, etc. (Sometimes those members are a$$holes, probably because they hate Sony with a blinding stubborn passion.)

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DjEezzy
Thursday, September 02, 2010 @ 5:09:49 PM
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You all have valid points except Sogi_Otsa. LOL. J/K. There are real gamers that don't want japanese games. Anyways... I can definitely see what your saying UnderDog. I guess i just see it as if Japanese developers are getting stagnant and are lacking motivation, then sometimes you have to look at things from a different perspective and dip your hands into something thats relatively unknown to you. Sometimes that means taking queues from other styles and other developers.

I don't think they are going to change everything about Devil May Cry. At least i hope not... But like someone else said, QTE might be a perfect fit for a game like DMC. I guess it's just a wait and see type of thing. I for one will keep my hopes up. I'm primarily a western type of gamer anyways. So i guess i don't see it as that big of a deal. I just like good games so if they can do that with a more westernized approach then more power to them. No one ever said that just because they are japanese, they have to make japanese games. And another thing, being true to yourself doesn't mean that you have to do the same thing the rest of your life or make the same games the rest of your career. I see that type of thinking as the reason why the developers have lost their motivation in the first place. I think them taking a more westernized approach could help alot of those teams and developers make new and fresh IP's. Doesn't mean all of them have to take this approach and that all games should go this direction. But we're talking about a 5th entry in a series now. Although DMC4 was a bit different from DMC3, it was still quite a bit the same. I think it would be nice to see some things change. i thought making games was all about expanding your horizon's anyways. Maybe i'm wrong. That's the artist speaking in me now. LOL. Oh well.

Again really good points and thanks for all of your input.

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Underdog15
Thursday, September 02, 2010 @ 10:27:42 PM

Yeah, I see what you mean.

I think what people are worried about is getting another FFXIII. I mean, in reality, it was a pretty sweet game. But it was bitter-sweet, you know? Basically, although it took Western cues and mixed it in with the old, what ended up happening is that many of the elements fans specifically play the franchise for were removed.

So yeah, I agree that they can make a great game dipping into western trends, but I think people's concern is "at what cost?" I'm not that familiar with DMC, but I am familiar with other Japanese games that turned to a western flare.

Of course, we must reserve full judgment until we actually see the end result, but given the fact that's exactly the same thing Square Enix was saying before FFXIII, it's definitely concerning. Many of us FFXIII fans enjoyed it somewhat, but I for one let out a resounding, "What the Hell, Man?!? The main elements that attracted me to the entire franchise of Final Fantasy were completely removed.

So in essence, we're both right. They could do a great job, but fans definitely have cause to worry... know what I mean?

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Sogi_Otsa
Thursday, September 02, 2010 @ 11:10:57 PM

i'd like to see QTE but kinda like KH2, in that respect DMC4 kinda had that with the devil bringer. i'd like it to be ya know counter, special action. i don't want it to be finishers to many games do that now days. GOW and darksiders in example, good games tho.

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Snaaaake
Thursday, September 02, 2010 @ 5:15:04 PM
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DMC is already quite western but my guess is that if they're gonna westernize it more, it's gonna play like Uncharted 2 or ENslaved.

L1 and R1 for aim and fire, it's the first thing that popped up when I saw this article.

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Kai200X
Thursday, September 02, 2010 @ 6:31:44 PM
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Someone probably already mentioned it, but what exactly is a "Western Touch"? Western looking character? I don't really know. Everytime they say that, make me think they don't have enough faith in their own culture or something.

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Underdog15
Friday, September 03, 2010 @ 1:21:25 PM

no one really knows... it's pretty much entirely subjective. All we know is what happened to games that claimed they were going "western". They basically moved away from their own culture, and failed at matching the quality of another.

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Wissam
Thursday, September 02, 2010 @ 6:59:10 PM
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What losers. the game will suck confirmed.

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Qubex
Thursday, September 02, 2010 @ 8:48:16 PM
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No, no, no, no... Crapcom... don't start this nonsense now...

Q!

"play.experience.enjoy"

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Akuma07
Thursday, September 02, 2010 @ 9:18:34 PM
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Western games are more 'realistic' and im starting to hate that.

I used to LOVE playing games because they took me to an entirely new world, with things that arent possible here.

These days realism is taking over, its hard to enjoy games as much now. its been years since i sat up till 6am playing a game.

Japanese style games were awesome, the characters were badass, the action was awesome, the whole thing was just...COOL. and it was rare to find a game that came out of japan that didnt rate 9+ with critics.

The gaming industry is on a decline my friends, in fact, most of the industries coming out of japan are.

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ryu
Thursday, September 02, 2010 @ 9:48:53 PM
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after all the bayonaise, everything else is gonna look like gutter trash

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DeathOfChaos
Thursday, September 02, 2010 @ 11:43:13 PM
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Watch after all this, the game end up good, maybe even better than it has been. Or watch them take out the swords because 'Westerners don't like swords, it's not as fast as rapid firing a game.' Screw that, give me a sword and I'll finish an enemy faster than any gun can, lol.

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just2skillf00l
Friday, September 03, 2010 @ 12:20:46 AM
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@ DJEezzy

I get what you're saying man. I actually agree. In my post before I was trying to relate the fact that although change can be good, trying to be what you're not is always less rewarding than being yourself. In my post I wanted to relay that changes can be beneficial given that they are minute yet gradually expanding the limits and boundaries of previous titles. Some games you go in expecting the core gameplay to play out a certain way; changing that core essence of a game for something quicker and more efficient isn't exactly what I would call progress...especially if it tampers with the game's traditional pacing. I like the Uncharted franchise because it is a TPS beast. If it all of a sudden became a FPS I would be thoroughly disappointed.

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aaronisbla
Friday, September 03, 2010 @ 1:04:36 AM
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Haven't Japanese devs learned to STOP trying to 'westernize' their games already? if it was a kick ass game, it will draw people in. Stop categorizing us western gamers into some category that you think works.

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___________
Friday, September 03, 2010 @ 3:25:16 AM
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"Western Touch"
see, now that is exactly what is destroying Asian developers!
there more worried about f*cking sales than they are about there bloody games!
self pride has gone down the shitter these days!
meh, who gives a flying f*ck if our game sucks donkey balls as long as it makes me that .001% richer!

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Highlander
Friday, September 03, 2010 @ 10:04:44 AM

I'd have a lot easier time agreeing with you if your post wasn't laced with obscenity.

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Underdog15
Friday, September 03, 2010 @ 1:23:48 PM

or improper grammar.

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JackC8
Friday, September 03, 2010 @ 6:46:51 AM
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Western touch - maybe a 4 hour single player campaign with the main focus being a a glitched out online multiplayer?

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Jawknee
Friday, September 03, 2010 @ 11:42:55 AM

Lol indeed sir!

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gumbi
Friday, September 03, 2010 @ 9:02:59 AM
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gah! ... *smash head on desk*

Are we the only ones complaining about this? Have our voices not been heard? Do Japanese dev's not research the western gamers opinions on the 'westernization' of their games?

This generation has blown me away with it's technology. But on the Japanese gaming front, I long for the uniquely non-western games of yesteryear...

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Underdog15
Friday, September 03, 2010 @ 1:25:31 PM

I'm still 100% pissed we didn't get Dragon Quest on PS3. I absolutely LOVED DQ8.... SO much... why can't we have another top quality DQ?

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BigBoss4ever
Saturday, September 04, 2010 @ 12:44:00 AM
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the day the entire video gaming world is fully westernized is the day I stop playing video games, period.

the fact that Japanese gaming developers lost faith and confidence in their own expertise and choose to lick the westerners, and the fact that they prefer cash over talent and perfetion has saddened the gaming world and true loyal Sony gamers.

The last two real representatives of the pure Japanese vision of beauty are Hideo Kojima for his MGS series, and Fumito Ueda for his ICO, SOTC and The Last Guardians.



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