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BC Weekly Field Report: #12Vote Now!

Ben Judd, Sunday 08-24-2008, 18:22:31

Before I get onto the main topic, I wanted to put a link to a recent Gametrailers video that shows off a side by side comparison of the original Bionic Commando with Bionic Commando Rearmed. It's hawt stuff!

Also, the current gamerankings review scores are as follows:

Xbox 360: 86.2%

PS3: 88.1%

PC: 91.3%

Yeah, that's um, high. The highest we've ever scored on a digital title. And the best part is that there are only 2 real major complaints:

1) The lack of no jump button   (Of which I would again remind people that it's Bionic Commando and you should not be required to add a jump button to everything).

2) A difficult to use D-pad   (The controls are analog so you will have the easiest time with the analog stick. We added the D-pad in there as an "optional" control scheme for old school gamers that wanted to experience the game like it was back in 1988).

Additionally, the site is growing and our forums are bigger than ever. We have a great community and I hope that the good coverage we have gotten on the 3D version means that some of you will be staying around in future months to see how the 3D version turns out.

In the last Top Secret podcast we had all the members guess how many units we would sell in one week across all 3 skus. While I have to admit, throwing out a number like 100,000 seemed pretty overzealous after seeing how hard digital titles are to sell, I still hoped we could reach that lofty goal. Boy, did I miss the mark.

7 days -- over 130,000 units.

Holy fiddlesticks!

That may not seem impressive compared to package titles that sell in the millions but compared to other digital titles that is a friggin JUGGERNAUT!

And while, it's great to have my first title be not only a critically acclaimed one but also a financial success, there is a bigger picture at play here that we need to look at. Consumers voted with their dollars. They basically have sent the message loud and clear:

We are tired of meta-emulated crap.
We want the titles of yesteryear to be paid the proper respect.
We want them done right.
And if the price is right, we'll buy.

Basically, we have set a standard in digital gaming. The bar has been raised and you have let developers around the world know that if they invest the time, money, and heart into making (and remaking) some great games, you will support that initiative.

That's the way it should be. I can't wait to see what the future has in store...

It's good to be a gamer.

Ben

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Date posted:
08-24-2008

Best things about making it strictly digital download

One of the best things that making it digital only does is stop all the crack sites and warez sites from cheating you out of hard earned dollars. This game looks like its worth every penny and then some.

I played the original to death and I love what I have seen so far on this one. The revamped intro story makes more sense and seems more complete. I always craved being able to do more ways of attacking and exploring the areas, and the new boss idea makes for a lot less repetition then the original game.
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Date posted:
08-24-2008

Thanks!

I'm just happy we were able to send this message to other developers! Hopefully we can keep the 10 dollar price point as a standard although I'm not gonna hold my breath!
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Date posted:
08-24-2008
Ben Judd, Capcom's pioneer has started the 2D revival revolution! GO BEN!
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Date posted:
08-25-2008

Great!!!

This was a truly remarkable effort for today's gaming standards. BCR is freaking terrific and worth every cent you put in it. Congrats on this huge success. We look forward for much more Bionic Commando and some other Capcom classics; Maverick Hunter X and MM Powered Up were great remakes. It's a shame they didn't sell at all. Maybe, if they decided to make the other Mega Man and X games for the PSP just as digital downloads instead of UMD discs they would sell better.

What's next? What about remaking the two Bionic Commando titles for the Game Boy and Game Boy Color? They wouldn't have to be portable if you want to make them as multi-platform games, but maybe the PSP would suit best should they stay portable, after all.

Bionic Commando and Elite Forces were great titles, as well, and very forgotten by now; how about some love for them, too?

Anyway, congratulations on this; you do know how to make a gamer happy :)
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08-25-2008

Agreeing with hedral

I'm totally happy that the game sold well Ben. Not only did you prove all that you mentioned, but you succeeded in the first part of proving your worth as an American working in a Japanese development house.

Basically means you can tell all those naysayers to suck your balls.
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Date posted:
08-25-2008

Impressive

After playing game through to the end, I knew that everything was in the right place for success. Congrats Ben and crew, you guys earned it.
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Date posted:
08-25-2008

Way to go!

I'm so happy that the game is doing well. You guys definitely deserve your success. :D

Maybe I'm crazy but this game is NOT easier to play with the analog stick. It's nice that the control is actually analog, but you have to make such fast movements in many places that analog provides no real benefit.

I'd also like to know the ratio of sales for each platform - I'm sure the 360 did best and the PC version did worst, but it's fun to see the real percentages.
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Date posted:
08-25-2008
Any breakdowns between SKUs, Ben? I'm sure the 360 platform is the most popular one but the PSN version has been getting better review scores because of the PS3's better d-pad. The D-pad problems aren't really your guys' fault, though. MS just couldn't be assed to put in an actual decent one on their otherwise outstanding controller.
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Date posted:
08-25-2008

Amen

Amen Ben... Amen.
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Date posted:
08-25-2008
This comes as no surprise – the game is utterly fantastic.

The future is looking good for games like this, with Braid a few weeks ago, Megaman 9, and Castle Crashers coming soon – hopefully it'll catch on.

Seriously though, I've paid 60$ for games that weren't half as well developed than this 10$ gem. Well, keep up the good work – you deserve a ton of credit for this one.
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Date posted:
08-25-2008

Congrats!

Congratulations!
I'm happy for everyone involved that BCR has done so well, despite issues with getting it released in every territory on time, and people being upset at the lack of a Steam version.

I'm very eager to see what this will mean in the future, especially for Capcom but certainly other publishers as well.
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Date posted:
08-25-2008

I´ve told you this before..

..but I´ll say it once again: BEN, YOU ARE THE MAN ¡¡
Congrats in your first goal and the best of lucks on the next oneS because we also voted that you are STAYING. You are writing the future just now and I´ll toast on you with a good beer once i get out of the job. cheers¡
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Date posted:
08-25-2008

cheers!

thanks for BCR and hopefully we'll see more games with this much heart from you guys, considering BCR was so well received.

congrats to the guys at grin and all of you involved in putting this together!
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Date posted:
08-25-2008

Congrats!!

Congratulation guys!! Lets pray for a 2D games revolution, let me tell you that i have really enjoyed this game, thanks for our dedication and all the contact that you have with us.

We hope that all the other developers really listen to your message, we only make it sounds stronger!!
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Date posted:
08-25-2008
what can I say? I was already sucked in with the name Bionic Commando, but when you get a new generation of fans spawning from this game (like my best friend who just discovered both versions), you know your on to something big.

Gracias Ben. Gracias Grin.
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Date posted:
08-25-2008
I still have to record a review... I still have to see beat the last level... ugh.
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Date posted:
08-25-2008

I love it!

Although I couldn't convince my friends to buy it (one was out of town, one wanted me to buy Civ:Rev instead, and one only plays FPSs), I'm glad it did great.

I can only hope that Capcom really does this with other "unknown" games to modern gamers.
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Date posted:
08-25-2008

Yes

"We are tired of meta-emulated crap.
We want the titles of yesteryear to be paid the proper respect.
We want them done right.
And if the price is right, we'll buy."

I had to register just to comment on this. Yes. YES. Fucking YES!

I don't play the other crap on Xbox Live Marketplace for example. Recently I just buy games on PSN, because they are more original and just seem to have higher production values.

I also want to join the choir and say that I too hope your naysayers will suck your balls Ben ;-) (pic or it didn't happen!)

I believe that the next gen version of BC will be a big success as well.

It's obvious that Capcom has a big chance here. Just look at their catalogue! Oh the treasures they can create remakes of! If they have the same quality as this production, then yes we'll worship the very ground you walk upon.

And that Capcom is the first japanese company which has such a good connection with the community also speak loads. You knew that we wouldn't fall for the PR bullshit other teams provide.

You're candid and listen to the community. I have a much greater respect for Capcom now than I did before.
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Date posted:
08-26-2008

Wow this isn't the forums

Seriously Ben when I first found out about this game around June I thought it would be fun... What you guys provided was well beyond my expectations, and the fact that it actually has caught on is beyond awesome.

Over 130,000 units... This is seriously a changing point in my life, are 2-D games going to come back??? Are my dreams going to be full-filled!!!???

Seriously Ben you are my new lord and savior, and I am going to start constructing a religion around you!!!

THE COMMANDMENTS-

Thou shalt not ever be in an environment below the temperature of 90 degrees Fahrenheit.

Thou shalt wait at least 25 minutes after the initial realization that you have to use the restroom to actually take the action of going to the bathroom.

Thou shalt stop the elevator on each floor....

I was thinking Juddheism for the religions proper title.

Thanks again Ben, not only for the great game and the legacy that will hopefully live on for a long time, but also for taking the time to listen to the fans and treat us like human beings.
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Date posted:
08-26-2008

lol forgot one part

...I can't edit my post but I will add something to Juddheism:

Gearoid is going to have to die for our sins....sorry man
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Date posted:
08-26-2008
Grats on the success you got with BCR, very good job guys.
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Date posted:
08-26-2008
IMO this game turned out so well mainly because the team behind it were so passionate about making it a great game and not just belting something out quickly in hopes of making a quick buck.

this game means a great deal to me, not just because it's so great, but because it finally did what I've been hoping for 10 years now - which is that 2D style gameplay will come back and not just to portable systems, but with the power of home consoles.

I've always thought so many of the great 2D games would be just amazing if redone with 3D graphics, but kept the same style of gameplay.

2D is what put those games on the map in the first place. The second people started trying to make them play with 3D controls is when the majority of them started not feeling like the same franchise anymore. It was just such a departure from the gameplay style

anyway, great job. I hope to see a BCR sequel
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Date posted:
08-26-2008

You made a shite ton o' folks happy, dude! Or at least...ME!

Spending the crazy dough that I don't have on a xb360 was well worth it for just this single title. You really made this old NES kid feel like a kid once again. I think I caught myself giggling like a spastic 10 year when I was finally able to download it at 3:00am in the morning.

I gave up video games for years. When I heard the glorious news that BC was being remade in a 3D environment, I blew an entire commission check on a 360 just so I could play it whenever it was coming out. BCR was an unexpected treat. Thank you guys for taking me back 20 years. I wasn't expecting it but it's made my year, dudes!

I can't thank you enough.

Thank you guys so much.
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Date posted:
08-27-2008

Just a few clean words

Well I really wanted to listen someone of the industry say that WE hail, and you are right about what WE want mister.
Someday I hope that other titles from CaPCoM could came back with so much proud, proud to be good once in the past, proud to be good today. Keep the good work soldiers and the Ex SNK artist, I love the pics from that japa!
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Date posted:
08-28-2008

Cheers

I allways pick up the capcom games on xbla
they are allways well remade

Im not sure if i will get into no jump (yes i know its part of the game)
but the game is very well made
and even if i dont get into it i dont regret buying it at all

If just to show my support to a developer who isnt jumping in on the 1200 msp band waggon and trying to
gouge customers

Keep up the good work guys

cant wait for the next capcom remake
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Date posted:
08-28-2008

Raising the bar

I would just like to again, thank all parties involved with this rebirth of a classic. Which I see becoming a classic itself in the future.

But as you said companies are gonna have to step it up big time. A little throw back is nice for 400pts but for anything higher they need to take the initiative and show they care as much as we do. Anybody now and days can dig up ROMs, it's no secret by now. But if companies bring their A game to the digital download arena, there's no telling what may come of it. This could be the start of a renaissance in gaming. And I for one am glad Capcom is leading the charge.

Thanks again for one hell one a remake... Scratch that. Thanks for reinventing a classic! And you can be you bottom dollar that it BC3D brings the same amount of quality as BC:R, then my wallet is all yours come release day.
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