Resident Evil 6 launched last week in Japan amidst a flurry of pre-orders all across Tokyo and then some. But just what kind of numbers are we talking about for the pre-orders?
For a start, on the Xbox 360 it shifted 41,652 units while the PS3 version saw a massive 634,933 copies sold through beating the previous Resident Evil 5 by a factor of two times. Resident Evil 6 had a staggering 380,000 pre-orders for it which is now the highest number recorded in Japan for any Resident Evil title since April 2005 according to Media Create, the sales tracker. Funnily enough, the second highest number of pre-orders for an RE title since April 2005 has been for Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City. Prior to launch that particular title boasted 118,000 pre-orders while the sell through figure was 268,810 units through PS3 and Xbox 360.
Time for the weekly sales charts from Japan! Unfortunately for the PS Vita, after joining a resurgence in sales, it slumps back down to 10k sales for the week. Now that the Hatsune Miku Project Diva f game is no longer the latest thing, the Vita goes back to sales as usual. It could be worse for Sony though, they could be selling nothing?
The Nintendo 3DS enjoyed sales of over 60k proving that it looks like nothing will be able to stop the 3DS onslaught. The PS3 rocketed up the charts to number 2, no doubt buoyed by the release of Biohazard 6 or Resident Evil 6 as it’s known outside Japan. Even the Xbox 360’s version of RE6 pushed it into the charts meaning that this time around, Nintendo only had three titles in the top 10.
Japandaman and crew trekked off to TGS again today, once again at the crack of dawn for another day of playing games and seeing what the gaming public would be playing in the near future.
As soon as the doors opened, we made a bee line for the Konami stand, eager to get our hands on the Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance demo. Luck was on our side as no one was there yet and we were quickly ushered inside to give the demo a work out.
Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance
The demo starts with an incredibly visual and stylised introduction cinematic showing Raiden being transported in a high speed spy plane over the ocean while conversing with a comrade back at base via radio link up. The language was in Japanese as were the subtitles so really couldn’t follow what was going one but that was ok as we soon found out, there were on screen prompts guiding you in the right direction. Approaching an island of sorts, Raiden jettisons from the plane performing a flip through the air and landing with a resounding touch down on the water’s edge. You’re then guided through a tutorial introducing you to the hack and slash technique used as a fighting technique in the game.
This turns out to be incredibly fluid and gorgeously animated, Raiden does actually slash what you’re aiming at even to the point where you can have a bad guy holding a hostage allowing you to neatly slice the terrorist’s head while keeping the hostage alive. The demo then kicks into high gear with tons of hostiles to dispose of who turn out to be cybernetic. At the precise moment, pressing the O buttons allows you to rip out their cybernetic spine which Raiden then crunches in his hand. Apart from looking badass, this also restores some of Raiden’s power bar allowing you to proceed through the mission. I was only able to make it as far as a battle with 2 mech walkers and a handful of hostiles. I disposed of the hostiles but the walkers kept getting the best of me 🙁
It was one of the most enjoyable demos I have ever played and at a little over 15 minutes long really showed off the awesome game mechanic, lush visual, impressive score and just what a bucketload of awesome this game is turning out to be. This will be a must buy when it’s finished and released. Amazing.
The only other demo we took in was the Biohazard 6, or Resident Evil 6 demo which follows in the strong tradition that Capcom started way back with the first RE title.
Resident Evil 6
The game was in English for a start so that was a great bonus, you’re then able to pick from Leon, Chris, Jake and Ada with each character giving you a different degree of difficulty. I chose Leon as he’s such a hard as nails character however he had the easiest scenario to play through. He also has the help of an AI controlled character called Helena who functions a lot better than the AI controlled character in RE5. The demo starts with Leon on a University campus where you learn that you need to make your exit via an outside gate. After disposing of tons of infected students turned zombie, you reach the gate where…there’s no key. Where’s the key? Back in the campus you just worked your way through, entering the campus reveals that there are more zombies than thought as you shoot your way through them all.
The game has employed a unique way of showing you your current objective as there’s no longer an on screen map, instead you hold down the R2 button which brings up a virtual arrow pointing you in the direction of your objective. On the way to the key which appears to be in the library or an office just off the library, you encounter one of the most terrifying moments in RE yet. As you reach a locked door, you realise that the floor is littered with numerous bodies which right on cue come to life. On top of that, zombies from the outside start launching themselves through the window resulting in you having to utilise the quick shot technique by pressing L1 and R1 simultaneously.
The game looks and sounds very atmospheric and played well using the pair of headphones we were provided, the undead shuffling along was extremely eerie without knowing where exactly they were coming from. The demo ended before I was able to make it to the end even though it was in sight but from the time I spent with it, it played like a very welcome addition to the Resident Evil family.
TGS seemed to be a lot busier than the previous day, maybe this was down to most people choosing to skip the first day due to the extreme temperature either way though, the lines for the games were about the same as the previous day with Metal Gear being the exception. Still had a one hour wait last time we checked.
Tokyo Game Show was loads of fun to attend despite the 15 or so kilometres we trekked inside the three halls and much merchandise was purchased, photos of the awesome merchandise will follow soon. Definitely glad we attended and saw what we did, can’t wait for TGS ’13!
Capcom have begun to air the first tv spot for the upcoming Resident Evil 6 on Japanese television. The tv spot will begin airing today and run through until the 22nd of July exclusively in the Tokyo, Kansai and Tokai regions. The theme of the ad is supposed to instill in the viewer the ‘fear’ that runs rampant through Resident Evil 6.
Check out the spot below and watch for the special mention at the end where it shows that people who pre-order the game will be receiving a code which will enable them to download three special Mercenaries stages, these being the catacombs bottom floor, subway railcar plant and the aircraft carrier. Keep in mind that these are just working titles translated from Japanese so they could be called something relatively different.
Short and sweet but shows some tension packed scenes that the series is famous for but will it be better than fan favourite, Resident Evil 4? That remains to be seen.
Lucky attendees to this year’s Capcom Summer Jam will be receiving a bonus treat once through the doors. Capcom have confirmed that their latest entry in the survival horror franchise, Resident Evil 6, will be playable at the event.
For those lucky enough to be in Japan right now, Capcom Summer Jam will be held at Tokyo Big Sight between June 30 and July 1. The cost of admission is free and the event will also see host to Street Fighter x Tekken on PS Vita, Felyne Puzzle, Sengoku Basara HD Collection, Steel Battalion and Monster Hunter 3G.
And if you needed an extra incentive, singer May’n, will be making an appearance, on the 30th, to perform Mr. Super Future Star, the theme song from EX Troopers. Awesome.
In order to celebrate the release of Resident Evil 6, Capcom will be releasing a Resident Evil Anthology for PS3 and the Resident Evil Archives on Xbox 360. These editions will contain Resident Evil 6 plus as an added bonus, you’ll be able to download the previous games in the series.
What this translates to is the following;
RESIDENT EVIL 6 ANTHOLOGY(PS3)
Resident Evil 6
Resident Evil 5 Gold Edition
Resident Evil 4 HD
Resident Evil 3: Nemesis
Resident Evil 2
Resident Evil: Director’s Cut
RESIDENT EVIL 6 ARCHIVES (360)
Resident Evil 6
Resident Evil 5 Gold Edition
Resident Evil 4 HD
Resident Evil Code: Veronica X HD
Resident Evil Degeneration (DVD film)
Seems like PS3 owners are definitely getting the better of the two consoles and will be both available when the normal edition launches on October 2nd.
Capcom’s latest entry in the survival horror franchise known around the world, Resident Evil 6, has an awesome if somewhat pricey extremely limited edition of the game.
Available exclusively through the e-Capcom site, the Premium Edition comes with an awesome leather jacket as seen in the game along with a set of four tablet covers. Check out the pics below of the jacket as seen on a man and woman and the eye catching tablet covers.
If you purchase the normal edition of the game from e-Capcom, you also get a tablet cover bit it’s only one and you can’t choose it, it’s completely random. The only way to get all four is to purchase the Premium Edition however keep in mind that the Premium Edition will set you back am absolutely whopping ¥105, 000. That’s right, at today’s exchange rate in Australian dollars, this set is going to set you back $1387!!! As a final touch, the inside of the jacket comes with a name tag with a special message from the President.
If you want it, you’ll need the cash and need to know someone in Japan as they don’t ship out of Japan but if your pockets are deep enough, it’ll sure make a unique collectible.