Whoo boy, did yesterday's news about Capcom's Resident Evil: The Mercenaries 3D and its one-save feature explode into a fiery ball of anger. While gamers everywhere are threatening to boycott the game, the reality of the situation may not be so severe. Used-game retailers such as GameStop still plan to stock the game — used.
Originally thought to be a heinous way to lock out second-hand games from being resold at game shops, the non-resettable game cartridge is actually not as earth-shattering as everybody thought it to be. When we first got wind of the news, we were just as taken back as everybody else.
Capcom finally came forth with an official statement on the whole one-save game fiasco:
"The game's value at second-hand in the UK is not affected by whether or not the game can have its data reset," said the company. "Customers in the UK will not experience a reduced second-hand value should they wish to trade in their purchase."
Capcom's statement was for the U.K., but it should also apply to the the U.S. version of the game as well. While the company was pretty vague on the game's replay value being reduced, with a little digging, it appears Mercenaries 3D is a game where gamers basically shoot hordes of enemies in an allotted time while racking up a high score.
To Capcom, the game's high score might not warrant a need to be reset, but for gamers, it's a different story. Say, I bought Mercenaries 3D used at Gamestop and the top high score belongs to a guy named AwesomeResidentEvilFan. If I can't dethrone his ultra high score, it's there for life — until the game ends up in a landfill where the high score will still remain forever — undefeated. And sadly, not everybody wants someone else to be at the top of their high score board for eternity.
For whatever reason Capcom decided to include the reset lock (maybe the cartridges were cheaper), the game will still be stocked at GameStop in the U.S. so it's probably a non-issue. Based on the fury from fans across the Internet (our story netted over 700 comments over on Reddit, even), I'd say it's a safe bet including a non-resettable game for a full-blown version of Resident Evil or any game with a campaign mode will not go down well.