Let's not sugarcoat this: Japanese game developers have been accused of falling behind their Western counterparts in terms of overall quality this generation.
There are multiple arguments to be made, but the facts are that in terms of both sales and review scores, major Western franchises are simply faring much better than major Japanese franchises as of late. So what about the newly released Resident Evil 6 ? What's the deal here?
Well, the reviews seem pretty…um…split. Like, who to believe? You've got a 4.5 and 3 on the low end of the spectrum, while other sources have delivered 8s and 9s. This split is interesting and one I'll talk about a bit more during the upcoming analysis, but for now, let's ask the obvious question- Is this an example of Japanese developers stepping up or sliding back? They obviously wanted to cater to Western gamers with a faster, more action-oriented approach, thereby leaving behind the traditional survival/horror formula (which perhaps rightfully ticked off the die-hard horror followers, who have been awfully vocal).
But now it's hard to tell if it worked. It appears as if critics are forging this love/hate relationship with RE6, and it'll be interesting to see how consumers respond. Will it sell on the strength of the name alone, as the less-than-mediocre Operation Raccoon City did earlier this year? Or will the onset of huge games looming on the horizon have a negative impact? In other words, will gamers see these split votes for and against RE6 and go, "Er…maybe I'll just wait for Assassin's Creed III . I know that'll be good." It'll also be interesting to see how Capcom interprets the negative critical responses, especially when compared to some glowing reviews.
Related Game(s): Resident Evil 6