But why? Why do they still call me a warlord? And mad? All I want to do is to create the perfect genetic soldier. Not for power, not for evil, but for good. Sandy and Martha shall be the first of many who shall march out of my laboratory and crush every adversary, every creed, every nation! Until the world is in the loving grip of the Pax Bisonica. And peace will reign and all humanity shall bow to me in humble gratitude. And then we’ll all play Street Fighter V. I call dibs on M Bison!
For a long time, Capcom’s been one of my favourite development houses and publishers. Even before they gave me my beloved Street Fighter 2, they entertained me with Final Fight, 1942, Knights of the Round - and after Street Fighter 2? Gems like Resident Evil, Breath of Fire, Aliens vs. Predator, Cadillacs and Dinosaurs, Dino Crisis and Devil May Cry. They have an incredible library of great games, like a giant sack of Christmas toys. And they’ll be dipping their hands in to that sack, polishing up whatever they haul out, and give it to you again. Yes, Capcom’s making HD remasters a big part of its business.
Deep breath. Get ready, and shout it out loud with me: I NEED MORE POWER! POOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOWER!
I NEED MORE BONUS CHARACTERS! Devil May Cry 4: Special Edition is going to be a hard sell for Capcom. As good as the game is, it’s also a bit long in the tooth. It’s one of the very first big games to have hit the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 era when it was in its infancy, and its visuals have long since been overclocked to hell and back by the PC crowd. So it’s going to need something more than just extra frames per second. Like extra playable characters, which people like myself will easily pay plenty for. Look, she’s got a new hat!
Nintendo might be making money, but another Japanese publisher that formed an integral part of my boyhood isn’t doing too well (though technically, they’re bringing in more revenue than Nintendo is). Once one of my favourite development houses, Capcom seems to be suffering a little, with year-on-year revenue dropping by 37 per cent. The house that makes Resident Evil and Street Fighter has now since its lowest annual revenue figure since 2004. Ouch.
But only in Japan. I NEED MORE PIZZA!
Mega Man is dead. Capcom’s blue bomber is still a fan-favourite, but for whatever reasons, Capcom’s slowly killed him off over the past few years. Just about every game that would have featured the robotic lemon-slinger has been cancelled – leaving it up to other companies, like Nintendo, to keep his memory alive. There’s still hope. Mega-Man creator successfully kick-started Mighty No 9, a game that Mega Man in everything but name. It’s getting a retail release.
Look at this Ghostbusters franchise! It’s a nimble little minx, isn’t it? You’ve got Ghostbusters Lego, Ghostbusters prop replicas, Ghostbusters underwear, Ghostbuster Vigo child care services! Cha-ching baby! Of course, that franchise has churned out plenty of video games. Some were downright awful (NES and SNES era) and some were just freakin’ awesome (Xbox 360 and PS3 Ghostbusters game, I loves ya). Ghostbusters is primarily a mobile game franchise these days, which explains the next game that’s on the way from Capcom.
I NEED MORE POWER! For you, the day that I began spouting off yet again about my favourite and obviously the best Devil May Cry game in the entire franchise was a momentous and significant event. But for me, it was merely…Tuesday.
While Mortal Kombat X is the fighting game that’s on everybody’s lips and in everybody’s heart and mind, Street Fighter V is coming next year. It’s apparently being funded in part by Sony, meaning it’ll be exclusive - on consoles at least - to the PlayStation 4. 2016 is still a long way away though – but those aching for a bit of Street Fighter IV will get to play what should be the very, very last release of the game on PlayStation 4 in May.
STREET FIGHTER V BRO! With Mortal Kombat X out this week, I can finally stop waxing lyrical about that game and start annoying people senseless with non-stop coverage on another fighting game instead. But this ain’t no ordinary numbered fisticuffs sequel. When Street Fighter adds a number, you know it’s a special event. Hell, it’s the Haley’s Comet of gaming events, and a game that I’m looking forward to having my ass kicked in by Geoff once he understands the core mechanics. And that’s passion baby, through and through.
…But for mobile devices, if you ain’t afraid of no ghosts.
Back when Resident Evil 5 was originally released for PC, it was a blasted Games for Windows game. It’s now been updated and re-released, adding the extra content available to console players in Resident Evil 5: Gold. Games for Windows has been ripped, replaced with Steam as its primary DRM. It’s not the only thing that’s been ripped out though.
The definitive edition of DmC: Devil May Cry is out, and it’s good! Damn good in fact, and a tremendous upgrade of the original game. It is of course, only one half of the Devil May Cry content that is coming out this year as the best Devil May Cry game is also getting remastered. Still, even though I have way too much mad love for Devil May Cry 4, I have to admit that the game is going to need a little something extra to get me truly invested in it. And maybe that extra hook, could be some brotherly love.
Did you like Remember Me? I liked Remember Me, too, which is why I'd like to see Remember Me 2. Oh, you see what I did there? Dontnod's Remember Me was a flawed game, but it had some excellent aspects that could be expanded in a future game. That game is actually written, but it's up to Capcom if it ever sees the light of day.