EXOPRIMAL is on its way, and coming from such a prestigious company like Capcom, I’m eager to see how it stands up to the rest of the roster. An absolute juggernaut in gaming, CAPCOM is responsible for some of the most iconic franchises in gaming. Not to mention they aren’t stuck in a single genre of games.
I could easily talk for hours about the niche and unknown Capcom games that I love, but for this article I want to give you what I think are some of the best games within their franchises. If you’ve never been in any of these series before, these would be where I say to start.
Therefor in no particular order, here are five of the best games Capcom has to offer
5. Monster Hunter Rise/World
You are a Hunter. You hunt monsters, out in the world. They rise up stronger every day. Okay, enough trying to make a funny joke with the title. In truth there isn’t much in story when it comes to the Monster Hunter series. It changes from game to game, but the result is always the same. You’re an epic hunter who hauls massive weapons around and takes down even bigger foes. Capcom has been releasing this series for a long time, and these two are some of the best out there.
Some people have said if you want an ‘easier’ Dark Souls to play Monster Hunter. And that is somewhat correct. The movement is very chunky in Monster Hunter, punishing you for overextending in a fight and rewarding you with good positioning. The gameplay loop is get a job, track the monster, and then hunt it down. The large maps are interactive in many ways, allowing you to lay traps and hunt for other materials. Killing or capturing the monster will result in special materials you can use to make weapons and armor, which makes allows you to fight bigger and badder creatures.
Rise and World have very different core features to them, as well as aesthetics. But you can’t go wrong with one or the other. Or if you’re lucky try them both out.
4. MegaMan Battle Network
Most people started MegaMan on the NES. A great lot also began with MegaMan X for the SNES. Personally my first experience was on the Game Boy Advanced with MegaMan Battle Network. The future is wild with everything being ran through the Internet, and robots and AI have advanced to an amazing degree. Follow Lan Hikari and his NetNavi MegeMan.exe as they brave school life, face off against E-Terrorists, and save the World on a seasonal time table. Needless to say, the events in the games are crazy.
MegaMan Battle Network is technically a Deck-Builder Action RPG. You find ‘chips’ that give you different attacks and abilities, and these chips are randomly dealt from your deck. Getting certain chips together can allow for powerful combos, with the higher the battle rating resulting in a better reward. Fighting Bosses allows you to earn their Chips, letting you summon them to do massive damage. Each game also has it’s own gimmick, some sort of extra feature unique to that game and its themes. Some of these are elemental forms with alternate attacks, others are you fusing with friendly NetNavis and making a hybrid form.
I can’t pick any one game in the franchise as the best. The whole series is good and worth playing through each of the games. If you’re looking for a series that has the Capcom level of quality all the way through, give it a shot!
3. Dead Rising 2
Taking place five years after the events of the first game, we follow the exploits of Chuck Greene. A former motocross champion, he now is fighting to obtain zombie medication for his infected daughter. Chaos ensues and he must drive, slash, and crash his way through the ever growing mountain of zombies in his way. Use anything as a weapon, and combine everything to make wacky and surprisingly effective tools against the undead.
Dead Rising 2 is the best in the franchise, having the perfect balance of not-terrible story and fun game mechanics. Having Multiplayer features and DLC with a huge map update, there are countless hours of entertainment to be had in completing this game. Above all else, Dead Rising 2 has that classic CAPCOM charm. It doesn’t take itself too seriously, it doesn’t have any persisting game breaking issues, and the characters are not all bad.
If you want to kick back and relax to some good old fashioned zombie murder, you can’t go wrong with Dead Rising 2.
2. Marvel Vs Capcom 2
When was the last time you went to an Arcade? Where the floor was black with neon triangles, and the air smelled like cheap pizza and wings. That’s what Marvel Vs Capcom 2 feels like. Originally only in arcades and then later ported to newer gen systems, it has the design and flavor of what makes fighting games great.
With over 50 characters on the roster and all of them functioning very different from each other, it is the perfect game to pick up and having some fun with. Covering a list of franchises you can build teams with characters like MegaMan, B.B. Hood, and Tron Bonne. And on the Marvel Side you have classics like Iron Man, the Hulk, and Venom.
If you can land your hands on this game, pick it up and try it. Amazing music, great snappy combat, and more than enough combat to keep you busy for days.
1. Resident Evil 7: Biohazard
Upon getting a video of his missing wife, Ethan Winters travels to a derelict plantation in Dulvey, Louisiana. Once there he is thrown into a nightmare, held captive by a group of hillbilly psychos that are mutating and trying to bring Ethan down. As he hides from certain death you will uncover a deeper darker mystery, and face twisted and terrifying creatures.
When it comes to horror games, I’ve always been more of a Silent Hill enthusiast. However when I saw the previews for Resident Evil 7 I knew I had to give it a chance. And CAPCOM did not disappoint. Resident Evil 7 changed the format of the franchise as we knew it, and really amped up the helplessness and horror of the situation. An amazing story, good mechanics and a presentation that cannot be rivaled. I played it on PC but I still went and bought the game in physical form just because it deserves to be on a shelf.
If you’ve never played a Resident Evil title before, start here. The remakes are good, but there is something special about Resident Evil 7.
EXOPRIMAL takes a bite out of your console next month!
More information about EXOPRIMAL is as follows. Missions without direct combat between players where victory is determined by clearing the PvE objectives as fast as possible. 10-player co-op missions with a variety of objectives and even fiercer dinosaurs. 5-player missions that rotate weekly with global leaderboards for fastest completion time. Equipment called Modules that allow for deeper customization of exosuit capabilities. And Exosuit skins, weapon skins, decals, emotes, and other cosmetic options. There is also talk of Seasonal content, which could imply a Season Pass. And they have expressed intent of collaborations with other Capcom Titles. So who knows, you might see a Mega Man ExoSuit in the future. Or a mission where you have to fight a Rathalos from Monster Hunter.
EXOPRIMAL is gearing up to be a wild ride. Set to release this June, Capcom has been updating their site with cool previews of whats to come. How will this new IP stand amongst the other titles in Capcoms Library? Time will tell. In the mean time, lets get ready to take on this Tornadosaurus of a game. The forecast says its raining raptors, it’s time to suit up.
EXOPRIMAL is slated to release on July 14 PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S and PC.