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Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City Is A Top Seller, For Some Reason

Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City Is A Top Seller, For Some Reason

Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City is currently Capcom’s top-selling title of its recent releases. While Street Fighter X Tekken has managed around 1.4 million sales, RE:ORC has racked up more than 2 million copies sold to people the world over.

Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City was awarded 33% in Play magazine, and currently stands at a Metacritic rating of 52% on PS3. For those not paying attention: neither of those are good scores.

So it has to be asked: how much attention do you pay to reviews and the scores slapped on the end of them? That sounds like we’re judging those two million of you who have bought the game, and we are a bit, but it is a genuine thing to wonder.

It’s been asked before – on this very site, probably – but when a game that gets resoundingly trashed by the media, and in fact the most it gets is a recommendation padded in thousands of caveats. Yet still it outperforms everything else Capcom has brought out recently.

It’s just wondering aloud more than anything – does a game being bad actually matter that much if it has an established name attached to it? Are reviews pretty much irrelevant?

It happens the other way, too, when games get massive scores across the board (say, Vanquish, for example) and end up selling about three copies to the director’s family.

An odd situation, no doubt. And worrying, because RE:ORC was terrible and we don’t want to encourage them to make more.




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