The Project Umbrella Resident Evil Podcast

Comprehensive reviews and analysis of the complete Resident Evil/Biohazard saga by long time fans from the community

October 5th, 2017    

Episode 42 - Resident Evil: A History of Raccoon City

This episode is a direct result of requests from the community to dedicate a feature length episode to everything Raccoon City. We look at the history of the town using sources from multiple titles as well as the geography and general asthetic that has changed and evolved from game to game. Inevitably talk often diverges onto Resident Evil Remake 2 and we also look at where Raccoon may be located in the real world. Making up the bulk of the discussion is a breakdown of the enitre Raccoon City incident from the initial causes, to the chronology of events, and then the ultimate aftermath. In the news we briefly touch on the release of Resident Evil Revelations HD for the current generation consoles and the recent news from Tokyo Game Show concerning RE7's upcoming DLC Not A Hero and End of Zoe. 

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August 3rd, 2017    

Episode 41 - Resident Evil: Vendetta

With Resident Evil 7 now behind us our attention turns back to the wider universe with the release of the third canonical CG film. Entitled Resident Evil Vendetta, the film again stars Leon S. Kennedy and picks up sometime after the events of Resident Evil 6. Also along for the ride this time are Chris Redfield and Rebecca Chambers, the latter making her first on-screen appearance since The Stage and Resident Evil Zero before that. As usual we dissect the film scene by scene and assess what worked and what didn't. Rombie is in full film analysis mode here as we discuss the portrayal of the three flagship characters, the new villain Glenn Arias, and the quick return to heavy action following the slow-burning horror of RE7. We break down the plot by looking at whether the 'vendetta' angle was successful based on character motivation, how the new A-Virus worked and whether an epic outbreak across New York was something the series really needed. Do audiences care about just another one-shot bad guy? What is the point behind Leon's involvement, and just who trains B.S.A.A. snipers wielding rail guns in this day and age? 

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April 6th, 2017    

Episode 40 - Resident Evil 7 - The Aftermath

This episode is essentially a filler episode to catch up on the news and to evaluate points and community feedback to Resident Evil 7 that we didn't get around to in last month's episode. Now that the dust has settled we look back on the game and assess our original opinions. Specifically we look at some of the negative aspects of the game such as the lack of enemy variety, the disappointing final third and the graphical inconsistencies. But despite all these points, we are all still very happy with the game. Capcom's latest statement about Chris Redfield's appearance also triggers another debate and as always we sign off with another round of Neptune's biohazard quiz. 

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March 13th, 2017    

Episode 39 - Resident Evil 7: Biohazard

After a long, anticipated wait, Resident Evil 7 is now finally unleashed so join us now for a very in-depth analysis as our team guide you through the complete game from start to finish. George Trevor's opinion has vastly changed since he played the demo, veteran fan Rombie is quietly satisfied, and following his disgust at chasing a Mazda MX5 round China in RE6, Neptune is now firmly back in the land of survival horror - bearing in mind he doesn't do VHS tapes, or photographs, or lanterns. We discuss every aspect of the game including the characters, the setting, the atmosphere, the story, and of course whether this truly is a return to classic Resident Evil. Enjoy.

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December 24th, 2016    

Episode 38: Resident Evil - Corporate Espionage

Welcome to our 2016 Christmas special in which a suggestion by Rombie resulted in an episode dedicated to the various shady organisations that populate the Resident Evil universe. We also have a discussion on the recently updated Beginning Hour demo for Resident Evil 7 now available for all consoles and the new 'Tape 3' trailer. For the main chat, Mr. Spencer presents a detailed thesis on Umbrella's clandestine relationship with the U.S. Government dating back to the dark times of the Cold War, and we look at Umbrella's fall from grace and how replacements such as Tricell and WilPharma fared. So grab a sherry and a mince pie and enjoy as Neptune gets a little too carried away with the festive stuff, Batman tries to clarify the history of Umbrella's rival company only to complicate things even further, and George Trevor decides he doesn't like Resident Evil 7, despite it being everything he has been desperately hoping for for so long. Look out for bread monsters.

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November 4th, 2016    

Episode 37 - Happy Birthday Resident Evil 1

Welcome to part 2 of our 20th anniversary celebrations. This time around we wanted to pay tribute to the original game that got us all so hooked way back in the very beginning. Many of our team hadn't played the game for a number of years and each member was tasked with trying out a different version. The standard original, director's cut, Deadly Silence and Sega Saturn versions all get a run out with various degrees of success. We talk of our own experiences during our playthroughs and what routes we like to take around the mansion and what areas are best to avoid. The legacy of the game is discussed and of course there are the inevitable comparisons to the remake. So with Resident Evil 7 just around the corner, take the time to remind yourself of the good old days back from the very beginning.

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September 11th, 2016    

Episode 36 - Resident Evil: The Stage

This episode looks at the little-known stage play performed during a three week run in Tokyo last winter. The plot is set between the events of Resident Evil 5 and 6 and features the long-awaited return of Rebecca Chambers in her first chronological appearance since Resident Evil Zero. After coming to blows over factory designs and corporate logos last month, our panel sit down to analyse the story and discuss whether Resident Evil can transition successfully to a theatrical stage setting. We look at the characters, the acting, the costumes and the production design, coming away feeling quite positive which makes a refreshing change of late. In the news we look ahead to Tokyo Game Show 2016, speculating on 'The Lantern' trailer and the recent ESRB leak revealing the core plot and specific scenes from Resident Evil 7. Finally season 3 of the podcast signs off with an extended edition of Neptune's Biohazard Quiz.

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August 8th, 2016    

Episode 35 - Resident Evil Umbrella Corps

Well here it is... Medics are on standby and Wesker clones lurk in the darkness as our team tackles the latest addition to the series with Umbrella Corps. S.T.A.R.S_TyranT and Rombie lead the offensive in what they describe as not only one of the worst games in the franchise, but also one of the worst multiplayer shooters of all time. TheBatman once again bites on the little canon fishing hook Capcom love to cast out on their unsuspecting fanbase and valiantly tries to defend the game and The Experiment campaign to no avail. We discuss each locale in turn and what they bring to the table, almost coming to blows over the Umbrella factory and then a surprising stalemate over the Antarctic base. Other discussions include what the point of the game being canon is and what it adds to the mythos as well as a review on the multiplayer aspects, the customisation and the numerous bugs being reported. This is survival of the fittest...

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July 10th, 2016    

Episode 34 - Resident Evil 7: Beginning Hour

And so after four long years the next numbered entry for the series has finally been revealed, showcasing a return to full-on horror and a somewhat controversial first person perspective. Here the team dissect the release trailer and 'Beginning Hour' demo made available for PS4. The parallels to PT are obvious and Rombie discusses the demo's origins harkening back to the infamous VR 'Kitchen' demo from last year. Plot speculations are discussed with a hope for a more grounded story away from the global effects of bioterrorism and large, unrealistic monsters and concepts. Could this be the remnants of a long-forgotten Umbrella experiment, or can the entire plot be uncovered by simply watching the infamous X-Files episode 'Home'? 

In other news, STARS_TyranT gives his appraisal on the PS4/XBOX1 port of Resident Evil 5, and is forced to defend the game once again following scathing attacks from Neptune and George Trevor. We also discuss release reaction to Umbrella Corps and no prizes for guessing who has a mental breakdown over that one... TheBatman has potentially lost his marbles trying to defend the game and for safety reasons it was agreed by all before recording commenced that there would be no mention of Wesker clones.
Neptune's biohazard quiz hits an all-time low and prepare yourselves for 'googlegate' and the revelation that Raccoon City Police Officer David Ford was a former astronaut. All those mysterious typing sounds heard during previous quiz questions that no one would ever own up to may finally have their origins revealed...
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May 6th, 2016    

Episode 33 - Resident Evil 20th Anniversary Special

Here the team reassemble to celebrate 20 years of Resident Evil, reminiscing about the glory days and looking back on how memorable the franchise has been over the last two decades. In the news we speculate on the intriguing announcements of Biohazard: Vendetta and Biohazard: The Musical; Voice of Gaia before moving on to a birthday celebration of our own as we look back on over four years of Resident Evil podcasting. Our first recording was way back before Revelations was released and before Resident Evil 6 was even announced and yet here we are today, contemplating a remake of our favourite episode and remastering some of our old classics in HD for a new audience because we don't know what to do moving forward... Hang on, that sounds a little familiar... 

The main discussion focuses on the franchise as a whole, beginning way back with the original game in 1996 and charting the steady course and evolution of the series right up to where we are now with the imminent release of Umbrella Corps. Join us as we start with a gun and a S.T.A.R.S. badge and enter the mansion before moving on to Raccoon City, Rockfort Island and beyond. There are some stumbles along the way as Neptune vainly tries to press home the importance of Gun Survivor 2, Batman still doesn't like Code: Veronica and S.T.A.R.S._TyranT describes one of the most critically acclaimed games of all time as 'boring'. As ever Rombie remains the voice of common sense with plenty of balanced opinion and then prepare yourselves for Neptune's quite spectacular critique of Resident Evil 5. 
We hope you enjoy this one and that it rekindles many of your own personal memories about what made this franchise so wonderful and why we are still so fiercely protective of it today, despite living in an era with musicals on the horizon and where abandoned Antarctic bases have survived ridiculously huge explosions...
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