Developer and publisher Capcom has created some of the most seminal franchises to come out of Japan, such as Street Fighter, Resident Evil, Mega Man, Monster Hunter and Devil May Cry, among many others, but time and time again, the company has been erratic when it comes to some of its flagship series. Below, you’ll find some of the most disappointing sequels to those series and note that I’m saying disappointing and not worst, so these games aren’t necessarily bad, but they simply haven’t met expectations.
5. Lost Planet 3
Although I don’t have an appreciation for Lost Planet: Extreme Condition and Lost Planet 2, it’s a shame that fans of the series received a woefully uneven product with Lost Planet 3. Both the environments and the enemy encounters are repetitive and there are standard shooting mechanics, predictable structure and unimpressive visuals. Shooting alien bugs in a hostile planet shouldn’t be this mediocre.
4. Bionic Commando Rearmed 2
Despite being a downloadable game, Bionic Commando Rearmed stayed true to the original while adding some gameplay updates and a new visual style, making it a title that triggered nostalgia and worked well as a game for players who never played the original. Rearmed 2 doesn’t feel as special as its predecessor, primarily because it adds the ability to jump which basically breaks the Bionic Commando experience. Cheap deaths and unresponsive controls make playing the game unbearable and frustrating.
3. Devil May Cry 2
With Devil May Cry 2, it seems like Capcom set out to remove everything that made its predecessor an innovative and fun to play hack and slash game. The difficulty was toned down significantly, the boss battles lacked strategy, the combat is less refined, the open environments lacked detail and main protagonist Dante barely spoke. Also, the game featured a second disc where you played as a new character called Lucia and this campaign recycles a lot of content from the first disc.
2. Resident Evil 6
Resident Evil 4 was one of the greatest action horror games ever made, its sequel didn’t have the same impact, but it was a still a terrific game that added the possibility of cooperating with a friend either locally or online. Like most fans, I wasn’t expecting Resident Evil 6 to set the world on fire, but I also wasn’t expecting such a mediocre experience. Unrefined controls, a campaign that seemingly goes forever, a bad camera and unbearable quick-time events make this game one that even fans will have trouble defending.
1. Street Fighter V
I feel like Street Fighter V was a game developed especially for the fighting game community, even if most of its audience doesn’t play competitively. The result was a game that launched without important features (read: story campaign and online store) and had unstable online performances and graphical glitches. In its current state, Street Fighter V is a better game, but the fact that it took this long to mitigate its launch problems is disappointing to say the least, especially taking into account that this is one of Capcom’s best selling series.