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Resident Evil : The Umbrella Chronicles
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Over the years the Resident Evil franchise has been split into two main categories: The traditional survival horror, and the gun survivor series. While the latter of the two hasn’t caught much of an audience outside of Japan, the series lives on through masterpieces such as the Resident Evil remake on GameCube, game of the year Resident Evil 4, and the highly anticipated RE5. With so much acclaim put on the main series itself, the gun survivor titles or spin-off products such as PS2′s Outbreak series get less and less of a push. Ask us a year ago if the Resident Evil gun survivor series was even worth pushing, and a hearty “hell no” would have been your response. Leave it to a system like Wii, however, to change things up a bit.
The gun survivor series may never have reached AAA status (or even A status, to be honest), but there was always a bit of allure for the niche group that followed the series. It eventually ended here in the states with Resident Evil Dead Aim, but hardcore RE fans may remember that – despite its “passable” score – the title still had some charm to it. Resident Evil: Umbrella Chronicleslooks to take the gun survivor design one step further this time around, again dropping the free-movement control of Dead Aim, and focus on the more traditional light gun gameplay, allowing players to grab a Wii-mote, aim, and fire; no more, no less. What you end up getting is an experience that isn’t exactly Resident Evil, and isn’t exactly a light gun game either; it’s a merging of both.
Right off the bat RE:UC has a lot going for it. The franchise has done well for itself over the last five years, and as a result this light gun tour of the series has a ton to work off of. The thought of experiencing all the key RE moments over again is enough to peak the interest of a longtime fan of the series (us included, of course), as there’s something amazingly cool about the entire design of Umbrella Chronicles. You’ll have a chance to relive the train incident, explore the mansion, hit the streets of Raccoon, and eventually march right up to Umbrella’s doorstep. You’re getting the characters, locales, weapons, and enemies you remember. In that sense, Umbrella Chronicles is a huge success, as it’ll bring fans of the series down memory lane for 20+ hours.
After going the distance with Umbrella Chronicles there are certainly a few gripes to be had though. For starters, the experience feels incomplete without the inclusion of RE2 and RE4. You’ll play through parts of Zero, the original RE, and RE3, but the game lacks any RE2 or RE4 goodness. Why they were left out is anyone’s guess (we’re hoping that this is an early hint that Capcomis working on a new RE2 to team with the re-release of RE4 on Wii), but they’re definitely missed, as those two games include a ton of great Resident Evil moments.
With that being said, fans will still get a chance to experience the police station and licker-killing goodness of Resident Evil, as the area is revisited in the closing chapter of Resident Evil 3. Oh, and for the record, RE3 is hands-down the best portion of this game, with zombie police, lickers, an absolutely evil Nemesis fight, and the flashlight-only portions found in part two and three of the scenario, which are easily the scariest and most moody sections of all of Umbrella Chronicles.