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Resident Evil: The Umbrella Chronicles

MobyRank MobyScore
PlayStation 3
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3.6
Wii
71
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Description

The Umbrella Chronicles is the 7th installment in the Resident Evil survival horror series and the first natively developed for the Wii console. Unlike the other games focused on free exploration, this title is an on-rails shooting game with fixed movement and perspectives. The story follows the downfall of the bioengineering pharmaceutical company Umbrella Corporation by revisiting scenarios of earlier games in the series, such as Resident Evil Zero, Resident Evil, Resident Evil 2, and Resident Evil 3: Nemesis, divided over four main chapters with ten scenarios in total. The game ends one year before the events of Resident Evil 4. Players can choose from different familiar characters, such as Chris Redfield, Jill Valentine, Rebecca Chambers, Billy Coen, Carlos Oliveira, Ada Wong, HUNK and Albert Wesker.

While playing, the camera floats to different areas and players shoot enemies on the screen, picking up ammo, weapons and health kits in the progress. In some situations, the controller can also be used as a melee weapon or in timed sequences. Some levels feature multiple paths and there are regular checkpoints. At the end of a level, the player's performance is awarded by stars, which can be exchanged for weapon upgrades. The game supports the Wii Zapper and features cooperative gameplay for up to two players.

Screenshots

Resident Evil: The Umbrella Chronicles Wii A counter attack
Resident Evil: The Umbrella Chronicles Wii Boom, headshot
Resident Evil: The Umbrella Chronicles Wii Wesker... will secure the foyer.
Resident Evil: The Umbrella Chronicles Wii Garden snakes pack quite a bite, dispatch them quickly.

Alternate Titles

  • "REUC" -- Common abbreviation
  • "Biohazard: Umbrella Chronicles" -- Japanese title
  • "バイオハザード アンブレラ・クロニクルズ" -- Japanese spelling

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User Reviews

Probably the slickest reference book you'll ever see. Wii Kyle Levesque (329)

The Press Says

Purojuegos Wii 2007 8.5 out of 10 85
GameTrailers Wii Nov 11, 2007 8.3 out of 10 83
IGN Australia Wii Dec 12, 2007 8 out of 10 80
Fragland.net Wii Dec 19, 2007 77.1 out of 100 77
Eurogamer.net (UK) Wii Nov 27, 2007 7 out of 10 70
GameSpy Wii Nov 19, 2007 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars 70
Killer Betties Wii Feb 29, 2008 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60
Gamekult Wii Nov 24, 2007 5 out of 10 50
Netjak Wii Mar 12, 2008 3.9 out of 10 39
The Video Game Critic Wii Feb 01, 2008 D+ 33

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Trivia

Reused Graphics

One of the reasons for the high level of polish in this game is that time was saved on 90% of the areas and character models. By re-using design and graphical content from other games, and just adding a graphical face-lift, designers were able to spend more time polishing and less time building. Resident Evil Zero (Gamecube) and Resident Evil Rebirth (Gamecube) were obvious choices for the Training Facility and Mansion scenarios. It's interesting to note that Resident Evil : Outbreak (PS2) provides both scenery and models (zombies) to cover the Resident Evil 3: Nemesis portion of the story, as well as Ada Wong's side feature, and many textures of the final installation. So while Outbreak may not be a financial success for the series, it contributed to this great 'compilation' game.

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