Could it be because of a characteristically slow January? Could it be because of the immediate brand recognition? Or could it be because fans are getting an outstanding video game experience for the mere price of $20?
I seriously hope its the option behind door number three, because the recently released Resident Evil HD Remaster deserves all the recognition in the world for its quality. Capcom has confirmed that it is the fastest selling digital game in the company’s history, and the praise has done a lot to re-solidify the franchise’s place in the thresholds of gaming after a few shaky titles. Producer Yoshiaki Hirabyashi explains,
“It’s been great to see so many positive comments from fans that have enjoyed this new release. The team here at Capcom Japan have worked hard to bring the game to the latest generation of consoles and we are thrilled at this news on its performance.”
In addition to Capcom’s presser, PlayStation Blog has also confirmed it as the best selling game for both major home consoles in the month of January. A pre-order landing early buyers both the PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4 versions for just $20 probably played a huge role in securing that.
For those who still don’t know, Resident Evil HD Remaster, or the REmaster as it is becoming affectionately known as, is exactly what its title implies. The digital package will land purchasers a visually updated version of the 2002 GameCube remake of the original 1996 PlayStation hit. Even in the post Resident Evil 4 world, the GameCube REmake remains one of the most beloved and atmospheric games in the series, and the attention to detail given to its latest re-release highlights all of the reasons why.
I’m not one to throw remasters into the equation when discussing Game of the Year choices unless major overhauls are made to the game’s gameplay and content. The REmaster does just enough to break that barrier and solidify itself as a very early contender thanks to the long overdue death of “tank controls.”
We’ll just see how the rest of 2015 plays out and if we still remember it come December.