I once loved Capcom. There was a time I would buy any game they put out, even if it was a piece of shit wrapped in tin foil. I would buy it regardless of what it was, as long as Capcom was on the label, I would have it as soon as I could scrounge up the cash for it. Good or bad, I would buy it and I would play it until I beat it (except for Demon's Crest, which still kicks my ass to this day.) There was a point that I had every game Capcom had released on the Super Nintendo. But with Capcom's recent fall from grace I feel its time to voice my opinion, as a life long fan.
The first video game I ever played was Megaman X. I was 3 years old. At that age their wasn't much I could do. I only ever made it past the intro stage. All the hard work was done by my older brother. But that intro stage was enough to get me hooked. By the time I was 6 and actually old enough to understand what I was doing, Megaman X was the first game I went back to. I still had to get my brother to help me with the really tough parts, but Megaman X was the first game I ever beat. I remember the day I finally beat Sigma. It took me over a week, with many tears shed, to finally memorize the pattern of Sigma's forms and finally take him down. I jumped around the room and took a victory lap around my house. My Dad even gave me a high five. After that, I lived and breathed Capcom.
Fast forward 11 years later, after playing the demo for DMC and I can't help but wonder what the hell happened. When DMC was first revealed I was quick to defend the title. At that point, despite my waining loyalty to the company, I believed Capcom would trust a good developer with one of there best franchises. But after playing that demo and I now know I was dead wrong. Ninja Theory absolutely butchered the game. However they didn't ruin the gameplay (although through the course of the demo, I could not get a hang of that grappling mechanic.) Every problem from the game came through the characterization and the dialogue, especially during that boss fight. Dante is not some X-Box Live preteen who pays 60 dollars a month to play Halo and call people he doesn't know fags. Dante is a bad ass who has incredibly cheesy and equally awesome one liners. He doesn't get in a "fuck you" screaming match with a giant maggot lady. I don't know what Ninja Theory was thinking because no one thinks that is cool. They must think that the Devil May Cry fan base are a bunch of idiots who think they have to talk like that to sound cool. Clearly I use a little foul language, but I don't use it to sound cool. I use it to communicate my feelings of dissatisfaction and anger towards a game that is helping to ruin the image of my once beloved Capcom. After the cutscene to the boss I was enraged. So I killed the fuck out of that maggot bitch then promptly purged my PS3 of that garbage. I feel dirty just thinking I actually had that demo. This was the final nail in the coffin for Capcom. And I thought Resident Evil 6 was bad.
Speaking of Resident Evil 6, the only thing I have to say to Capcom is a congratulations on ruining the genre you popularized in the first place. Of course it wasn't completely your fault, but with Resident Evil 6 you certainly showed us just how dead survival horror really is. And thats too bad. I have some good memories of being to afraid to go to sleep after the the licker jumped through the window of the interrogation room in Resident Evil 2. I literally jumped out of my seat when that happened. The controller hit me in the nose so hard I started to bleed. But that was all worth it because I was playing the game to get scared. Here is a little tip on survival horror Capcom (and it can apply to Dead Space 3 as well): survival horror doesn't work when you are empowered. You can't be a crazy, machine gun slinging, martial arts, space marine bad ass. That makes your "survival horror" game a regular action game. In the words of Ashely Burch "you can't be terrified when you are a fucking walking death machine."
Now my last topic is the hardest for me to talk about, because it hit me the hardest in the childhood. Megaman X was the first game I ever beat, but I couldn't beat it without a little help. But Megaman Legends is the first game I ever completed 100% by myself. The day I saw on Destructoid that the rumors of Megaman Legends 3 weren't just rumors, I was so excited I ran to Gamestop (literally ran) just to see if I could preorder it yet. Of course I couldn't but I gave the guy working a big smile because he hand't heard about it yet, and we talked for about twenty minutes about how awesome the Legends series was. Then a few months later Megaman Universe got cancelled. I was a bit bummed about that, but at least Legends 3 was still coming. But just a few months after that the fateful day came. Megaman Legends 3 got cancelled. I was so mad that I went into the woods behind my house and chopped down a tree. A small tree, but dammit I chopped down a tree out of anger. It was all I could do to prevent myself from taking my anger out on some one else. After that I signed every petition I could, even though I knew nothing would come out of it. I just needed some way to hold onto hope. But there was no hope. Now the only thing Megaman has coming is the abomination xOver, which I try to forget about. Unless news comes saying otherwise, Megaman is dead to me, and Capcom has effectively ruined the future of not only my favorite franchise, but also the one that carries the most sentimental value for me.
Capcom has gotten a lot of negative press these days, and they seem to be doing their best to garner all of it. Capcom used to be one of the greatest developers out their. These days, every time I see a headline with something about Capcom, I'm afraid to read it. I don't want to see any more negative press about them. It seriously hurts me to see it. They meant so much to me when I was younger. Seeing them go to shit is driving me insane. I'm 17 years old now. This is the time when I look back on the good old days, when I was to busy with school and work to go outside and pretend I was Megaman, or stay inside and play a good Devil May Cry, or U.N. Squadron, or try to beat Demon's Crest (it is never going to happen). With everything that has happened with Capcom, my childhood doesn't look like it was that great anymore. Now I'm starting to remember when I got bullied for spending all my time playing video games and reading books instead of playing sports. Five years ago, you didn't suck Capcom. But today, as I finish my first ever blog post, I hate you.