Capcom tries to kill used video game sales with the one-save game

The punishing legal users seem never to stop. This is another idiotic idea how to piss off users who really buy games. Introducing – one save per game! Only one play through, one save. Want to play one more time? Go and buy new one! Praise the Capcom gods!

Fortunately it applies currently only to Nintendo 3DS game Resident Evil: Mercenaries 3D.


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Buying used video games is great for gamers who don’t want to pay full price for the latest hits. You know who doesn’t like used video games? Game publishers. In a very sad twist, Capcom’s fighting back against the second-hand game market with a game that can only support one save file — for life.

It’s been confirmed that Resident Evil: Mercenaries 3D for the Nintendo 3DS is a game that once finished, cannot be reset for complete replay. According to both the U.S. and U.K. game’s instruction manual “saved data on this software cannot be reset.”

Basically what Capcom has done is make Mercenaries 3D a one-time play affair. Once you’ve unlocked all the goodies and played the entire game, you will not be able to erase the game’s save data and start fresh as if it were a new copy. Consider this: lending Mercenaries 3D to a friend, a little brother or sister will be worthless because they’ll only be able to continue playing the game with your saved settings and create their own.

While it can be argued that used video game sales are actually more damaging than piracy, it’s still a lowball move for Capcom to make, especially with a franchise as large and significant as the Resident Evil series. Will other publishers follow in Capcom’s footsteps to take a stand against the lucrative market of used video games? We really hope this isn’t a sign of things to come.

Source: Dvice

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  1. Darkus

    I will NEVER, EVER, buy something like this…

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  2. H4ndy

    I guess some smart crackers will beat this “protection” and off you go.

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  3. hlbb

    sayin it with cartman:

    if i were standing there with a capcom guy id be all like: ey, you take back that fucking one-play-per-game bullshit or imma kick you sqare in the nuts!

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  4. Rudolph

    Q. Is it true that the game can only be played through once?
    A. No. This is not true. Resident Evil: The Mercenaries 3D is a non-linear experience where there is no set end to the game. It is a score attack game and progression is defined as improving upon previous high scores. Players can replay each mission as many times as they like to continually challenge themselves to improve.

    Q. Does the inability to reset the save game data mean that those purchasing a secondhand version of the game will have content missing?
    A. Resident Evil: The Mercenaries 3D consists of 30 time-based missions, through which the player unlocks skill upgrades as they progress through the game. Anyone purchasing a copy of the game secondhand would have access to all the missions and skills that the original owner unlocked, in addition to the content that was available to the original user.

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  5. Bernard

    Selling used games may or may not be more damaging than piracy. However, it is not theft and shouldn’t be compared. Used ______ sales didn’t ruin the ________ industry. Used game sales won’t either.

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  6. Kossak

    it’s not a sign of things to come – it’s a sign of sheer stupidity.

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  7. 0cube

    The problem is that you cant even replay the single player campaign from ground up, you can not RESET your savedata!

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  8. What

    So what the fuck is the problem? Last time i checked, you cant sell used PC games so shut the fuck up.

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  9. G_G

    nice faking Capcom!

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