RE:3 remake sales, Alyx non-VR version, ESRB adds rating, more!

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How’s it going everybody, Adrian Simple here and welcome back to The Gaming Observer. It is Tuesday, April 14th. Quite the variety of stories today, I’m excited to talk about it, so lets do just that.

The Resident Evil 3 Remake has sold 2 million copies of the game in its first five days of release. Capcom announced this today, saying that nearly half of those units were digital sales, as opposed to physical copies. That 2 million figure stacks up against the Resident Evil 2 Remake, which is sold 3 million in first five days last year. This definitely seems to line up with the critical reception of two games, but interestingly it also somewhat matches the sales ratio of the original games they are remaking. That being said, RE2 already outsold its original by 1.5 million copies, and RE3 is on its way there. Of course we talked yesterday about the fact that it seems like the next mainline entry in the series, Resident Evil 8, is due sometime next year, and a Resident Evil 4 Remake is on the way for 2022. Very exciting time for that franchise.

We knew it was coming, but there is now a mod for Half-Life: Alyx that allows you to play it without a VR headset. Like any mod at this scale, it’s probably going to be a bit buggy, a bit janky, but it seems like people are able to play it. Pretty cool to see the community pull something like this off, however if you heard my review of the game last Saturday, you’ll know that I reccomend not to actually do this. Even you aren’t going to be getting a headset for the next 5 years, I truly think that you should experience this game in VR. If there is any way you can run this game through a headset, besides outright purchasing one, I heavily encourage you to seek it out and play it. It’s the best gaming experience I’ve had in years.

The Entertainment Software Ratings Board, the ESRB, have introduced a new rating that indicates when a game has randomized elements, in many cases what are known as loot boxes, or even card packs. So this will specifically be applied when there is an in-game offer to spend real money when players don’t know exactly what they will receive in return. The previous iteration of this was that the label just said that the game features in-game purchases, but that could’ve meant a lot of things. Interestingly, the ESRB has usually been a parent-driven organization, to help them make informed decisions about what their children should be playing, but this one was player driven. Lots of people wanted to know if there were loot boxes in the games they were playing, and hey you know what, I think that’s a great idea.

A report just came out that Nintendo spent $14 million on television advertisements last month, primarily to promote Animal Crossing. They were only gaming company to spend more than $1 million, and of course they did 14 times that, with the remaining companies like Bethesda and Xbox coming in at a combined 2.7 million. I’ll reserve my personal thoughts on this for another time, but I will say it feels like a great mistake to be spending this much money on television instead of social media, especially for a game like Animal Crossing.

Hey, if you’re a fan of the series Crysis, you may have some good news coming soon. The official Twitter just send out a message for the first time in four years, saying “Receiving data.” There’s been some hints of a Crysis 1 remaster, or perhaps a new entry in the series, nonetheless, keep your ear out, and of course I’ll keep you updated.

Alright everyone, thanks very much for joining me. I’d also like to thank Nick Myers for leaving me a 5-star review on Amazon, he’s a great guy, I’ll be appearing on his podcast soon, cheers to you Nick. That’ll be all for today, and I’ll be back tomorrow with the news, until then, Happy Gaming Everyone