Capcom must think they are playing NBA Jam because they are on fire. Is Capcom making a comeback? Can they keep the streak going? These are some of the questions I ask myself and plenty of others ask themselves as well. And I surely hope Capcom keeps doing what they are doing because they have been very hit and miss in recent years. Let me give you a quick and brief history of Capcom’s accomplishments and downfall.
Rise of Capcom
Capcom was the hot company in the ’80s dropping many beloved side-scrolling games including Bionic Commando, Final Fight, Ghouls N Ghosts, and household name: Mega Man. Capcom has also developed many games for Disney during the late ’80s to early ’90s.
In 1991, Capcom struck gold with the release of Street Fighter 2. One of the biggest fighting games in the world. It saw success in the arcade as well as on the SNES. They would go on to make many more sequels and spin-offs, though some were not good.
When the PlayStation released they started to move into making 3D games, like most developers. Capcom then spawned a new horror franchise: Resident Evil. Released in 1996 this game has become such a beloved franchise. Much like Street Fighter 2, it many more sequels, spin-offs, remasters, and remakes. One of these remakes is easily the best game in the entire franchise.
Capcom was doing extremely well, but they started to put out games that couldn’t stand the test of time. Soon many Capcom games were getting mediocre scores. Resident Evil as a franchise was starting to dwindle after Resident Evil 4. They released like a thousand editions of Street Fighter 4.
Capcom’s Bad Luck
Marvel Vs Capcom 3 didn’t sell as much as they would hope. So what do they do? They release an Ultimate Marvel Vs Capcom 3, many were not happy. The reviews were favorable,( but many didn’t want to shell out another 40 dollars for an update and some extra characters, not even a year later after the base game launched.
Along came Street Fighter X Tekken, oh boy did the competitive community completely rip this game apart. With gems being in changing the game too much, combos were easy, and auto throw tech gems. Many people had a lot of bad things to say about the game.
Street Fighter X Tekken had mixed reviews from publications, but still currently sits at a strong 84% on Metacritic. I must say that I absolutely loved Street Fighter X Tekken. I put many hours into it and I was extremely good at it. The game sold over a million copies, but still did not reach Capcom’s expectations.
Then the big controversy hit when people found out that the DLC characters were on the disc and completed. Some people even coin the term “Disc Locked Content” aka DLC. This set Capcom back a lot. Street Fighter X Tekken was a brand disaster. It died fast in the competitive scene and didn’t measure up for Capcom.
As I stated earlier, I’m just giving a quick rundown so I can tell why I think Capcom is making a comeback. This isn’t an in-depth review of Capcom’s complete history.
Bad Start for Street Fighter V
Let’s fast forward a bit shall we? Soon Capcom releases Street Fighter V, Marvel Vs Capcom: Infinite, and Resident Evil 7. They have released many games before these like Resident Evil: Revelations 1 and 2, but these were the big ones people were waiting for.
Street Fighter V entered with a lukewarm reception, being a PS4 and PC exclusive, yup no Xbox One, sucks for me. It was very bare bones upon release, many saying it isn’t much to do beyond playing online. Considering NetherRealm is putting in much more content, the standard for fighting games is getting bigger.
The game also released without a traditional arcade mode, making people wondering why a fighting game doesn’t release with at least an arcade mode. The game is still going strong, at least in the competitive community, even though it had a rocky launch. Capcom is still updating the game and adding characters.
No matter how big a company is, there are always setbacks. Capcom has been releasing only okay games lately. Their games aren’t bad, but nothing spectacular, until recently. Resident Evil 7 took a whole new approach to the franchise, making it first person. I must admit, I never bought it, I played the demo. As much as it scared the mess out of me, it didn’t feel like Resident Evil to me.
Capcom’s Rollercoaster Ride
Even though Resident Evil 7 released with critical acclaim, many people also felt like I did. Not a problem though, because the game revived the franchise. As of December, Resident Evil 7 has sold 6 million copies. The game might not have scratched that Resident Evil itch, but many people still consider one of the best games of the franchise.
Resident Evil 7 did well, restored some faith in the company. Until Marvel Vs. Capcom: Infinite released months later and it wasn’t looking good.
Marvel Vs Capcom: Infinite went just as well as Street Fighter X Tekken. The fighting game community did not hold back their frustration with the game’s ugly character models and a bland roster. The game also only had 2vs2 fighting instead of 3vs3 like the previous games. Capcom just can’t catch a break when it comes to their fighting game division.
The Comeback of Capcom
Soon Capcom will be releasing games back to back to back that people can’t stop talking about. Not only that, they would drop free updates and content for all of these games. Is this the same Capcom of the past few years or the one from the 80’s and ’90s?
The next big game by Capcom was Monster Hunter: World. Monster Hunter: World released with outstanding reviews and one of Capcom’s fastest selling games. The game has sold close to 12 million. I am responsible for one of those sales. Monster Hunter: World was my first Monster Hunter game and I loved it.
Monster Hunter: World was recently nominated for game of the year at The Game Awards. Updates, which are free, are still being added to the game. New items, new monsters, and even some crossovers are keeping players coming back to this wonderful game.
A year later, Resident Evil 2 Remake is released, and Capcom looks to be keeping that momentum going. I stated that Resident Evil 2 Remake is easily the best game in the franchise. Resident Evil 2 Remake had massive hype behind it, and it delivered in every way. The game has sold 3 million copies within the first week. Impressive Capcom, I see you.
Anyways, Capcom has since released some free content. 2 costumes that make the characters look like the old PlayStation days and 4 extra escape type of missions. They haven’t announced any more free updates that I know of, but they might pop a few up out of the blue.
Lastly, the latest game released by Capcom is Devil May Cry 5. Capcom hasn’t given an official sales number yet, but rumor has the game has sold really well. Not Monster Hunter: World level, but around Resident Evil 2 Remake.
Devil May Cry 5 has received plenty of fan praise and glamorous reviews. I played the demo and had a fun time, but I haven’t touched it since so I don’t have an opinion on it. The game has will also receive a free update called the bloody palace on April 1st. This is survival type mode, that has been in other DMC games.
So I will ask this question one last time. Is Capcom making a comeback? They just performed a hat trick, and it makes me wonder if the future is looking bright for Capcom or will they fall back into mediocrity.
I think Capcom will keep this hot streak going if they continue to think about the players and keep releasing games with free updates. Capcom might be one of the better developers in recent times.
What do you guy think? Sound off in the comments and tell me what you think.
Originally published at gamingnitemare.com on March 16, 2019.