As most of you know, Bionic Commando released in May and brought us a modern remake of the classic 2D adventure that captured the hearts of gamers back in the day.
Being a remake and a fairly recognisable brand, you would think that it had the potential to sell decently well at the very least. That however, is definitely not the case.
The NPD’s for May have shown off the sales for Bionic Commando, and the details are ridiculously bad.
How bad you might ask?
If you don’t believe me, then check this out. Over both the Xbox 360 and PS3 platforms, the combined sales for the game was an embarrassingly low total of 27,000 units. There are a few reports that the game has already been dropped in price quite heavily due to the bad sales and it’s a no brainer to realise that Capcom are going to take a fairly heavy knock because of the low sales.
There is always the chance that the game may pick up in the coming months, but I honestly doubt it. With Resident Evil 5 and Street Fighter IV doing so swimmingly, they should at least lighten the blow, but it makes me wonder if Capcom are going to start being more selective over which titles and franchises to move forward with in future, and which titles to toss into the trash.
I played the preview code of Bionic Commando and put up a preview a while back, and I have to say that the game didn’t really do that much for me. The swinging mechanic was really fun, but it felt like the game lacked solid gameplay and polish, but it wasn’t terrible. So if the price drops all over, it may not be such a bad purchase if you have nothing else to play and only want to spend around R200, so let’s hope that it drops locally as well.
Apparently, figures show that the Xbox Live Arcade remake that was released a short while back sold around 500% more in it’s first month.
Can you say “Ouchies”.
Last Updated: June 16, 2009