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Resident Evil: Umbrella Chronicles (Wii)

Platform : Nintendo Wii
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3.5 out of 5 stars 94 customer reviews

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  • Platform:   Nintendo Wii
  • BBFC Rating: Suitable for 15 years and over Suitable for 15 years and over. Not for sale to persons under age 15. By placing an order for this product, you declare that you are 15 years of age or over.
  • Media: Video Game
  • Item Quantity: 1

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  • ASIN: B000INV4H2
  • Product Dimensions: 18.6 x 13.6 x 1.6 cm ; 32 g
  • Release Date: 30 Nov. 2007
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (94 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,737 in PC & Video Games (See Top 100 in PC & Video Games)

Product Description

Resident Evil: The Umbrella Chronicles is a brand new game in the Resident Evil franchise, with familiar locales from the entire series. This action/shooter hybrid reveals the back story behind the fall of the Umbrella Corporation by exploring locations from Resident Evil 0, 1, 2 and 3 as well as new never-before-seen locations, such as Umbrella's stronghold. Resident Evil: The Umbrella Chronicles combines first-person, light-gun style combat with interactive pathways, multiple weapons and new enemies to create an entirely new Resident Evil experience that could only be delivered on the Wii. Using the Wii Remote as a gun, players can experience breathtaking combat against a horde of zombies and various creatures in dynamic first-person perspective. 480p and 16:9 Widescreen support Returning characters from many RE games, including Billy Coen, Rebecca Chambers, Chris Redfield, Jill Valentine and Carlos Oliveira. Classic locations from previous Resident Evil games in full 3D, including the mansion from the original and RE 0, and elements of Raccoon City from RE2 and 3. Interactive paths choose various routes and pathways through the game, allowing for multiple levels of replay ability


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'Resident Evil: The Umbrella Chronicles' is an on-rails, arcade shoot 'em up, taking you back through Resident Evils 0, 1 and 3 from a new perspective, giving you the full story of the T-Virus outbreak. You take the role of either Rebecca or Billy in Resident Evil 0, Chris or Jill in Resident Evil and Carlos or Jill (again) in Resident Evil 3: Nemesis.

GAMEPLAY - 4/5
The Umbrella Chronicles makes full use of the Wii's interactive controls with the remote used as the gun or knife and the nunchuck used to change weapons and look around. The aiming is very accurate and if you've got the new Wii zapper attachment, the gameplay is even more realsitic. As the game's on rails, you are limited to what you can do and where you can go, but if you're after an arcade shooter in the style of classics like House of the Dead or Ghost Squad, than this is the perfect game for you on the Wii. There's not a great deal of gore and the game also isn't that scary (although there are a fair few jumpy bits) so younger gamers could also play it, as it isn't like the blood-filled as previous Resident Evil games from the series. The thing that shines the most about this game is the co-op mode where you and a friend can team up and play through the main missions together on the one screen. So it is just like the arcades!

GRAPHICS - 4/5
Although it doesn't quite match up to the likes of Gears of War or Call of Duty 4 when it comes to visuals, it still looks extremely good. The lighting effects are spot-on and the character models are also very realistic. The formerly static backgrounds from the original games have also been put into 3-D for the first person perspective, so that is a nice change to the settings.
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Seeing mixed reviews on amazon for this game initially put me off as several people found large faults with the gameplay. Having taken the gamble recently I can honestly say that I can't see where much of the criticism is based, particularly with reference to all the RE4 comparisons.

In the end this is a highly enjoyable shooter-romp with superb production values and easily deserves the sales (if not the press) accolades it is receiving. Whether you're a RE fan or newbie like myself its great to play through these atmospheric (and well-rendered) environments from the FP view.

First things first, it may appear to be a lightgun game but typical it is not. It bares almost no similarity to HOD, Time Crisis or Virtua Cop. Yes it is on rails, and yes it is essentially repetitive but that is where the similarity ends, and this is why REUC excels at what it does.

Firstly it plays out much more like a traditional FPS than you'd expect. There is a sound game engine with destructible environments and hoards of enemies that don't always come at you the same way. Depending on how you manage your weapons you can be picking of enemies at a distance with precision aiming or fighting them off close-up with melee attacks and shotguns.

And this is where I counter many of the game's critics. The control system is perfect for the gameplay. Rather than the unconnected and over the top blasting of SEGA lightgun games, REUC relies on the wii-mote's precision qualities. It may take time to get used to, but once you realise that the game is supposed to be a slow burning, tense, amd accurate shooter, you really appreciate its strengths.
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For those reviewers who are bemoaning the fact that this game has taken away the aspect of Resident Evil games that you like (ie the freedom to roam at your will) I suggest you read the product description prior to investing in a game.

For those who are considering purchasing this product I would say, do it.

I am a huge fan of the House of the Dead arcade games and to me this is a classier version of them. The atmosphere and story so far are fantastic and it has a real pick up and play feel to it. I imagine it will have a real appeal to the fans of the Resident Evil series also, as it gives you a feeling of being in the game rather than controlling the game.

For people like me who dont have the time or patience to play the lengthy and at time frustrating RPGs I cant suggest this game highly enough. Im sure the game isnt for everybody, but that is fine its what makes being a gamer special is it not.
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Ok I've heard a couple of people complain about this new Resident Evil game. First of all look the game up first and see what type / style of resident evil it is before buying, because if you get it and you don't like the "stuck on the rails movement" then that's your fault.

I hear people bitching because you can't wonder around, it's clearly been made to take full effect of the Wii point and shoot system, that's why it's got a style of Die Hard, House of the dead etc...

It's a good classic style shoot um up game, and is fun to play on your own, or with friends. It's going through the story etc, and its one of those games you either like it or you don't.

Personally not my kind of game, but just to let people know its pretty good, and worth getting. If you want a Resident Evil were you can roam around, buy any other Resident Evil, there's enough to choose from, and am sure there will be more.

If you're looking for something to just go crazy on and shoot like a nutter, then it's your kind of game I'm guessing.

All in all just so you know, you can't move around freely, the shooting is pretty accurate, its very jumpy (even better with surround sound), for a better graphical display buy the Nintendo Wii HD cable, good story line, decent game to buy.
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