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Capcom Removes Ability To Clear Resident Evil Save

3DS title locked to first owner.

This one’s slightly odd. Capcom have, for some reason, removed the ability to reset a player’s progress in this week’s 3DS version of Resident Evil: Mercenaries.

The lock out was spotted on the back of the game’s box (it’s out in the US) and means that, once you’re done with the game, anyone else wanting a shot will have to carry on from your current save – it can’t be deleted.

You’d think this would be to reduce the game’s appeal in the all-important second hand market, but the developer says otherwise.

“The game’s value at second-hand in the UK is not affected by whether or not the game can have its data reset,” Capcom said.

“Customers in the UK will not experience a reduced second-hand value should they wish to trade in their purchase.”

We’re of the opinion that this is a bit off – it’s always nice to start a game afresh and despite what Capcom are saying, this would put some of us off buying the game second hand.

The game’s published by Nintendo here in the UK, and we’ll have a full review as soon as possible.

37 Comments
  1. BIGAL-1992
    Member
    Since: Jan 2009

    This doesn’t make any sense at all.

    Comment posted on 27/06/2011 at 13:53.
    • Samiro05
      Member
      Since: May 2010

      None whatsoever. I don’t even understand the quotes as they’re not right.. Also I’d be a bit annoyed if I came back to a game and instead of starting again you’d have to go straight into a massive save with so much to do which you can’t remember such that you just wouldn’t be able to play it right. If this was in someone else’s hands and not even yours then the confusion would be over the top and thus this game is pointless in the long term.

      Comment posted on 27/06/2011 at 15:46.
    • hazelam
      Member
      Since: Feb 2009

      greed doesn’t have to.

      Comment posted on 27/06/2011 at 16:24.
  2. JoshHood
    Small briefcase w*nker
    Since: Forever

    In Japan, the pre-owned version is basically worthless.

    Comment posted on 27/06/2011 at 13:55.
    • matthangzhou
      Member
      Since: Sep 2010

      Why is that?

      Comment posted on 27/06/2011 at 15:56.
    • bunimomike
      Member
      Since: Jul 2009

      Been reading about this. It’s utterly ruined the resale price. How is it NOT going to do the same over here? :-\

      Comment posted on 27/06/2011 at 20:20.
  3. Sympozium
    Member
    Since: Aug 2009

    Capcom… stop it I can’t keep on laughing, *laughs*

    Comment posted on 27/06/2011 at 13:59.
  4. simplebob
    Member
    Since: Mar 2009

    So is there going to be a sliding scale for how much this costs second hand based on how far the previous owner got into the game? Not liking the sound of this at all.

    Comment posted on 27/06/2011 at 14:00.
  5. TSBonyman
    Member
    Since: Dec 2009

    “The game’s value [ to Capcom? ] at second-hand in the UK is not affected by whether or not the game can have its data reset,” …..however i guess this lock will allow Capcom to keep the price of a new copy of the game at a premium..

    Comment posted on 27/06/2011 at 14:05.
  6. jimmy-google
    Member
    Since: Feb 2009

    There will be more and more of these kind of things appearing. Publishers seem extremely keen on forcing an end to the second hand market (or at least taking a cut for themselves).

    I quite like the EA approach of including extra games as downloads. Dead Space Extraction made me want to buy the game and not just rent it. Alice nearly did the same but it’s available to buy on the PSN.

    I don’t really use online but requiring the purchase of a code for online play has put me off buying some games second hand. Mainly because it becomes easier to pay well over the odds.

    This method from Capcom woudl completly put me off. It’s like buying a second hand dot to dot book. What’s the point?

    Comment posted on 27/06/2011 at 14:08.
    • Erroneus
      Wanted "Trophy Hunter" but was too late.
      Since: May 2009

      Actually the first Alice game, which you can buy on PSN, requires you to have the disc.

      Comment posted on 27/06/2011 at 14:09.
      • jimmy-google
        Member
        Since: Feb 2009

        Maybe I will buy the game then. Seems a bit odd to put it on the store, the code with the game gives you access to DLC as well.

        Do you have to use the disc to play it or is it just to activate the game?

        Comment posted on 27/06/2011 at 14:39.
      • R1MJAW
        Member
        Since: May 2010

        @ jimmy google – The original Alice loads from the Madness Returns main menu (not the XMB). It’s on the store for people who buy Madness Returns pre-owned.

        Comment posted on 27/06/2011 at 16:02.
    • DrNate86
      Member
      Since: Apr 2010

      I agree, publishers should be rewarding people who buy new, not punishing those who buy second-hand.

      Comment posted on 27/06/2011 at 15:40.
  7. jayjay119
    Member
    Since: Apr 2010

    Does this mean you cannot start a new game? If so how are you going to play the game from the start again once you have finished it?

    Comment posted on 27/06/2011 at 14:13.
    • R4U Eldave0
      andUandU
      Since: Aug 2008

      “Does this mean you cannot start a new game?” Nope, thats it in a nutshell really. That said, Mercs is all about replaying levels to better your scores so personally I don’t see this as any different to putting an ‘unlock all levels’ cheat code in. Still, it would suck if this starts applying to other games.

      Comment posted on 27/06/2011 at 14:25.
      • Forrest_01
        Member
        Since: Jun 2009

        To put it simply, if this starts appearing in other games, i shall not be buying those games – If i want to start things over, i should have the right to.

        I think they are approaching things from the wrong angle tbh.

        Comment posted on 27/06/2011 at 14:30.
      • R4U Eldave0
        andUandU
        Since: Aug 2008

        Pretty much my view too. That said, console games should be ok as you should be able to just delete your saves using the 360/PS3 utilities if neccessary.

        Comment posted on 27/06/2011 at 15:01.
      • matthangzhou
        Member
        Since: Sep 2010

        That works now but it would be quite easy for Sony/MS to implement a firmware update disabling that feature…

        Comment posted on 27/06/2011 at 15:58.
      • hazelam
        Member
        Since: Feb 2009

        what about the vita?
        game saves are stored on the game cartridge/memory card/whatever it’s called.

        Comment posted on 27/06/2011 at 16:26.
  8. kivi95
    Member
    Since: Oct 2009

    Still don’t get it why people are willing to buy this game… Is this not just a mode from RE5???

    Comment posted on 27/06/2011 at 14:19.
    • R4U Eldave0
      andUandU
      Since: Aug 2008

      Krauser + RE:Revelations demo + the ability to move while shooting = £30 imo ;)

      Comment posted on 27/06/2011 at 15:30.
  9. ijustwantagood1
    Member
    Since: Oct 2010

    This may be controversial, however the second-hand market is detrimental to developers and if by doing this more money goes on making better games I am all for it. I haven’t purchased a second hand game for years as I hate the fact GAME/Gamestation gets all my money!

    Comment posted on 27/06/2011 at 15:25.
    • hazelam
      Member
      Since: Feb 2009

      what about the person who sold their game? most likely to buy a new game.

      do you support capcom deliberately devaluing our property?

      because most people would call that illegal.

      what other industry on the planet thinks it has the right to deliberately depreciate our purchases value by 100% as soon as we’ve paid them the money for it?

      none, well some probably think they should, but they wouldn’t be allowed to get away with it.

      it’s just staggering that the gaming industry has been allowed to pull this crap time after time.

      it’s disgusting, it really is.

      Comment posted on 27/06/2011 at 16:13.
      • ijustwantagood1
        Member
        Since: Oct 2010

        I do see where you are coming from, but some games go through the second-hand market 5 or 6 times, and that is revenue that the developers miss out on and the game retailers swallow up. If someone sells their game and buys another secondhand game, no money at all goes to the people who have spent years working on it.

        You still have a choice to sell it or buy it secondhand, they are not stopping you.

        Comment posted on 27/06/2011 at 16:20.
      • bunimomike
        Member
        Since: Jul 2009

        Most people who buy new stick to buying new. Also, keep in mind that the money isn’t truly going anywhere. The second-hand market supports the first-hand market.

        Comment posted on 27/06/2011 at 16:35.
      • hazelam
        Member
        Since: Feb 2009

        so what if it gets sold five or six times.
        they got their fair share.
        what really disgusts me is, they think they deserve more.
        and they’re willing to violate our rights to get it.

        reselling our property is one of our legal rights in a free market economy.
        and make no mistake, it is our property once we’ve paid for it, we may not own the intellectual rights to the contents, but we own that copy, and if we want to transfer ownership of that copy the publisher has no say whatsoever.

        what kind of arrogance do these people have that they think they can get away with taking away our rights?
        what do they think puts them above the law?
        what makes them think that the rules that govern every other industry do not apply to gaming?

        we should not sit back idly and let them break the law, or worse, actually support them doing it.

        and yes, i know this does not explicitly prevent people from selling their game, but it’s a slippery slope, the industry has shown if they can get away with this, they will just push it further.

        maybe i’m just naive, but i don’t understand how anybody, without a vested interest, ie a publisher, could support this.

        Comment posted on 27/06/2011 at 16:38.
      • bunimomike
        Member
        Since: Jul 2009

        I’m with Hazel on this one. People shouldn’t be supporting this. Then again people shouldn’t be supporting the exclusive use of lower-case letters but one agenda at a time.

        Comment posted on 27/06/2011 at 16:44.
      • hazelam
        Member
        Since: Feb 2009

        what can i say, i’m lazy. ^_^

        Comment posted on 27/06/2011 at 17:31.
  10. hazelam
    Member
    Since: Feb 2009

    if as they say this wont affect the preowned value, why the bloody hell are they doing it then?

    helen keller can see through a lie that pathetic.

    capcom lately are proving themselves to be greedy scumbags who really don’t give a stuff about their customers.

    and i say again, this kind of crap should not even be legal.
    we have a right to resell, give away or use any other legal means to transfer ownership of our purchases and these moneygrabbing publishers don’t have the legal authority to take away our rights like this.

    i say you buy games that include any kind of drm bullshit like this, and you’re the same as somebody downloading a pirate game.
    in my eyes you’re supporting criminals when you pay these companies for illegally taking away our rights.

    Comment posted on 27/06/2011 at 16:06.

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