Capcom has some criminally under-utilized franchises. Onimusha: Warlords is one of them, but since that got an HD upgrade earlier this year, I’m going to focus on the most important missing piece: Dino Crisis. Dino Crisis is one of those titles that took the original tanky Resident Evil formula in a new direction, then another new direction for Dino Crisis 2, and then a completely off base third iteration.
Instead, Capcom seems insistent on milking their other franchises like Devil May Cry and Resident Evil to death. Sure, Devil May Cry just got an incredible brand-new outing, but I’m referring to the HD Collection, which got re-released for PS4 and Xbox One, and DmC, which also got remastered for PS4 and Xbox One. Then there are the Resident Evil releases. Don’t get me wrong, I’m happy that every console gamer gets to enjoy these games on whatever platform they want to, but at this point, if you haven’t played Resident Evil 4 on Gamecube, PS2, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One, Wii, or PC, you probably aren’t going to.
I know Capcom can do new things, or make old games great again (I’m looking at you, Resident Evil 2 and Onimusha), so why has Dino Crisis been left in the dust for so long? I’ve been wishing for a remaster or collection for this franchise for a while, and a recent Twitter post from GameStop that asked if we’d like to see a remaster get announced at E3 just reminded me how Dino Crisis deserves better. The tweet has since been deleted, and since GameStop often gets news about upcoming launches early in the year to forecast sales, it’s intriguing.
Not just because of the under-utilization of the franchise, but also because of the terrible third entry that was released 16 years ago. No, that outing didn’t sell well, but it was also a pretty bad game. Sure, it had some really cool moments, but even most bad games have a couple of moments that really shine.
Despite that, gamers are still clamoring for a reboot or remake of the first two titles. Hell, I’d even take a compilation with all three. There are plenty of bad games that I still think fondly of, and Dino Crisis 3 is one of those titles. It’s mostly a case of me wearing my rose-colored glasses thinking back on the franchise.
We did a retrospective on Dino Crisis late last year, and after that got published I went back and replayed the first two titles. It just served as a reminder as to how great those games were for different reasons. Both titles are incredibly different, but still retain what made them fun the first time around. I love the original style of fixed camera Resident Evil, which is one of the reasons I loved these two titles as well.
Dino Crisis is more methodical and tension-filled, while Dino Crisis 2 is all about action and moving quickly. The two titles only share the fixed camera in common, but they both still feel very much from the same franchise. They would need quite a bit more love to get up to par than Onimusha did. These are original PlayStation titles, after all, while Onimusha debuted on PlayStation 2.
While we’re on the subject of Onimusha: Warlords Remastered: what was the deal with that release? It launched with a $20 price tag, which I felt was more than fair. Was it a test to gauge interest for older franchise like Onimusha and Dino Crisis? Are they planning on remastering any of the other titles, or was this just a one-off to fill a void?
Whatever the reason, Dino Crisis as a whole deserves better than what Capcom is giving it: absolutely nothing. The days of tank control cameras are generally over, but the series still has a lot of love to give, if Capcom would just give it the time. That day may never come, with the success that the Resident Evil franchise has seen being ported from one console to the next, Capcom may never see the point of remaking something a bit more niche like Dino Crisis.
I will admit that I’m guilty of repurchasing a lot of the ported Resident Evil titles on several consoles. Enough is enough though, and with Capcom’s portfolio, there is no better time to revisit some of these stagnant franchises. Dino Crisis deserves better.
Featured Image courtesy of Official Capcom Blog.