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GameFly Isn't Renting Resident Evil: Mercenaries 3D

Posted by James Newton

That leaves begging or stealing, we guess

The decision to allow one permanent save file in Resident Evil: The Mercenaries 3D — for better or worse — continues to attract attention, with North American rental company GameFly choosing not to offer the game to its subscribers.

No statement was given, but the game's page simply says:

Not Rentable
NOTE: This game is not rentable due to game save restrictions on the cartridge.

GameFly's not the only rental company choosing not to stock it: LoveFilm is also only offering the game for sale, not for rental.

Some retailers are refusing to trade the game in too: HMV will not be trading it in, but rival retailer Gamestation will. However, the company has told employees that "the game's trade-in value will reflect" the save game situation.

Is this all a storm in a teacup? Would you have rented the game anyway or would you rather buy to own?

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User Comments (21)



Bones00 said:

So is any company renting out this game? I wonder if Redbox will since all their kiosks now rent out games.



MeloMan said:

If I didn't intend to BEAT a game, then I'm perfectly fine with renting to sample a game with an old save file. I'm still getting this game new anyway, but it still woulda been nice to start my own file if I did opt to get it used. Ah well...



3Daniel said:

I'm going to pick it up later today. I have never played the Mercenaries sidegame before so the reused enemies and locales aren't a big deal for myself, sometimes reviews don't take newcomers into consideration. I do need an action packed mission based game for my portable library so hopefully this will fill the void. :/ If its completely not worth it or there's a better alternative someone let me know.



chiptoon said:

I don't really get this. I get a lot of the frustrations around what Capcom has done, but not this. It'll be a bit like an arcade machine, people who rent it will be able to have their high scores on the cartridge forever.



Slapshot said:

@chiptoon Not really. The game features a good deal of unlockable items that affect the gameplay. Once they are unlocked, they are permanent and can't be reset. This means if you did rent the game, there is a significant chance that every level and item in the game would be unlocked already, and when unlocking the items is one of the best features of the game, this becomes an issue for renters/resales.

Also, this hurt those who do buy the game new too. I cant tell you how many times I've deleted save data on games to start over fresh once again, but that can't be done either here.




daznsaz said:

having a right blast with this running around in the village from re4 online cant beat it revelations demos cool too



DrDaisy said:

I've never heard of LoveFilm.
checks the website out.
And it doesn't look like I'll be able to sign up. My money doesn't come in pounds or whatever the £ symbol means.

Do most of the people complaining about the save feature know the whole story and how it actually works?



DarkKirby said:

They're foolishly trying to "make a stand" and "show" Capcom, but what they fail to see is this is precisely what Capcom wants, to make people who want to game make full purchase. The only people GameFly is hurting by refusing rentals is themselves. They're buying into the nonsense that Mercenaries is the 1st and only game to do this as well, which is extra foolish for a game rental company.



Tasuki said:

@DarkKirby: If GameFly did rent out the game it would be a lost for them as well. Whos going to want to rent a game and start in the middle of someone's current game. Not I for one.

Not only that but it saves them from getting hundreds and hundreds of calls and emails with people asking how do I start a new game.

Capcom use to be one of my favorite gaming companies but now they are just a bunch of greedy corporate S. O. B.s.



Supremeist said:

But they rented out all the other 3DS games that cannot delete the save file.. Why is this one any different?
EX: Super Monkey Ball?



BalrogtheMaster said:

@14 Because Mercs has a skill tree that can't be erased - You can't unlock all that stuff. Super Monkey Ball has nothing like that.



Henmii said:

Since you can't delete the save-file I'll say this: If you could rent it, it would be RENTABLE EVIL!!



NESguy94 said:

What about removing the game while it is saving? From my experience that usually corrupts the save file making you start over.

Also this is a really bad idea, this game isn't going to sell well, but at the same time if people are forced to buy a new copy instead of renting or buying it used, Capcom will make more possibly.



Makoto said:

They messed up big time with this one. We're big boys, we can choose whether or not to permanently keep our save games capcom... Instead they should have just given a warning when you go to delete the save-game. "We strongly urge you not to delete this file, unless you are a new user."



dcast1 said:

If Capcom wants better sales then this tactic of one save file doesn't work. A good game with plenty of content will be a good seller while this permanent save only aggravates everyone.

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