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Capcom’s “Resident Evil/Biohazard” Pleases Fans of Franchise

Japanese video game developer and publisher Capcom has pleased fans of the “Resident Evil” franchise with its latest title in the series.  The simple title, “Resident Evil/Biohazard” appears to be a nod to the origins of the franchise and is considered part 7 of the “Resident Evil” cannon.

resident-evil-7-jaquette-580f220982eabThe “Resident Evil” franchise has existed for over 20 years now (the years sure fly by).  Many people in their early 30’s or late 20’s remember fondly their adolescence experience playing “Resident Evil” and “Resident Evil 2” games for the original PlayStation.  The last two games in the series have faced considerable criticism.   Most notably “Resident Evil 5” and “Resident Evil 6” were considered sub-par when compared with the original two games and especially 2005 hit “Resident Evil 4” (which was originally released as a Nintendo Gamecube exclusive before heading to the Playstation 2 and eventually almost every console, PC and tablet/smartphone).

The top user review on Steam, the industry standard PC game hosting service writes:

“My god.. Capcom did it. They saved the franchise. I’m honestly shocked.

When the first teaser dropped I thought for sure this would just be a P.T. (Silent Hill, P.T. demo) copy which I was sort of okay with. Turns out I was wrong. This is a classic Resident Evil game. Like, RE1 classic. Complete with puzzle solving, INVENTORY MANAGEMENT, and tense stressful boss encounters. The game brings back the storage box system even! I can’t stress enough how amazing this game is as a long time RE fan. If you’re one too, do yourself a favor and pull the trigger on this one. Best game since RE4…. May even be better.”

As of this writing, “Resident Evil/Biohazard” has the second highest possible user ranking of “very positive” (right below “overwhelming positive”) with 2,445 Steam users taking the time to write a review.

The new game release is timed in collaboration with the newest film title of the franchise: “Resident Evil: The Final Chapter” is set for release this weekend.

The movie franchise holds two impressive movie industry records: top selling video game inspired franchise and top selling horror franchise.  The film franchise is set to break the $1 billion mark shortly after its upcoming release this weekend (January 27).  The video games also brings in a little bit of cash too.   Capcom revealed the total video game franchise has sold 66 million units of “Resident Evil.” One copy or license of the newest game costs $60.  Do the math.

 

“Resident Evil” is one of the most profitable, if yet overlooked, franchises in all of pop culture.

 

Rob Giuffre is a Network+ and A+ certified computer/network technician and sole owner of RatCat Computers. Call 347-538-6231 for a free quote and to schedule a service appointment for any computer or network issue.  We appreciate, respect and value all of our clients

 

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