The Project Umbrella Resident Evil Podcast

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

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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February 23rd, 2016    

Episode 32 - Resident Evil Zero HD Remaster

After a short break, the team reassemble for the first episode of 2016 focusing on the stunningly beautiful HD Remaster of Resident Evil Zero. There is quite a bit of news to catch up on starting with the announcement of a third Resident Evil CG movie starring Chris, Leon and Rebecca Chambers as well as the imminent DVD release of Biohazard: The Stage. We also preview Umbrella Corps and almost had to pause recording as STARS_Tyrant suffered some kind of breakdown as he drowned in his own despair trying to discuss the game. The bulk of the podcast is dedicated to a technical breakdown of the new Zero re-release in which we discuss all the new features and whether it has improved the game since its original incarnation on the Game Cube. TheBatman thinks it's now the best-looking game in the series but George Trevor believes the added beauty to the visuals still don't make him enjoy the game as much as he should. Just why does everybody love Remake and yet dislike Zero? 

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February 23rd, 2016    

Episode 31 - Resident Evil 2 Remake Speculation

So it's finally happened. A dream announcement for some but a nightmare to others, Resident Evil 2 Remake is officially a go. With Capcom announcing no information on the project is to be released for some time, our panel sits down and thrashes out a heated argument as to the pros and cons of such a project. Is it a chance to recapture the old magic, or are Capcom showing signs of desperation as Resident Evil 7 is delayed once again? Will it be static camera? Will it be over the shoulder? Will it be faithful to the original or will it just be one gigantic mess? Cautious optimism from George Trevor is all but drowned out by the tidal wave of negativity generated by STARS_TyranT and TheBatman. But all Neptune wants is an appearance by Tyler Hamilton from Confidential Report and the broken Nemesis window in the R.P.D. to be addressed...

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February 23rd, 2016    

Episode 30 - Ada Wong Special

Another experimental episode this one with an entire discussion dedicated to the enigmatic Ada Wong, charting her journey across the whole series from her first mention in a file in Remake to her destruction of Carla Radames' laboratory in Resident Evil 6. News discussion includes the official announcement of Resident Evil Zero HD Remaster due for release early next year and the English release of Marhawa Desire Volume 5; finally bringing the curtain down on this seemingly never-ending manga series. We then have a small sub-discussion on Separate Ways; the original PS2-exclusive unlockable campaign for Resident Evil 4. We offer opinion on whether it fixed the storyline for that game and speculate about who her true employers of the mysterious 'Organisation' really are.

The main discussion then looks at Ada's character and the impact she has had across the series. Following the death of Albert Wesker she has now been elevated to one of the key players in the entire saga. We go back right to the very start when she worked for Derek Simmons in her early days as a spy before joining Umbrella's rival company, infiltrating the Arklay Lab and getting close to John Clemens. Her relationship with Leon is explored in Resident Evil 2 and of course her fractured partnership with Wesker is finally exposed in the climax of Resident Evil 4. Her appearances in Resident Evil: Damnation and Resident Evil 6 are also reviewed as we try to shed light on what her ultimate motivations may be. And no, we still don't have a clue.
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February 22nd, 2016    

Episode 29 - Resident Evil Revelations 2

Neptune returns to hosting duties and to offer his thoughts on the full retail version of Resident Evil Revelations 2. Rombie also returns as we discuss and analyse the complete game as a whole package, assessing the characters, the creatures, the core story and what lasting implications it will have on the series. We also discuss whether this game marks a true return to form for the series or whether it is simply just a very small step forward in the right direction. Was Alex Wesker handled well? Is Alyson Court so essential to the character of Claire, and perhaps most importantly of all, should we really be hunting rabbits with a machine gun in the canon Biohazard universe? The answers lie within...

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February 22nd, 2016    

Episode 28 - Biohazard STARS

A letter of complaint sent to Project Umbrella Towers forces a change in format as the satirical Batman hosts a one-off feature length quiz edition of the podcast in a panel show we're calling 'Biohazard STARS'. Rival team Captains Neptune and George Trevor align with STARS_TyranT and Mr. Spencer respectively as they go head to head for the biohazard crown. Their Resident Evil knowledge is tested to the limit as they compete in a number of rounds featuring taxing questions ranging from the development process of B.O.W.s to just how many different versions of Resident Evil 4 exist today. After over three years of heckling, is this Neptune's chance to redeem himself?

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February 22nd, 2016    

Episode 27 - Resident Evil Revelations 2 Episodic Breakdown

In an experimental episode, we cover the release schedule of Resident Evil Revelations 2 in the way Capcom intended by assembling once a week to review and analyse each episode as they came out, providing the unique opportunity to comment and speculate without knowing what is coming up next. Here Neptune hands the hosting reins over to a slightly uncomfortable Batman due to his refusal to purchase digital only media and is staying spoiler free until the disc release is available. Originally recorded in four separate segments over the course of a month, George Trevor is present for the discussion of Chapter 1: The Penal Colony and then its over to Rombie, STARS_TyranT and TheBatman to cover the remainder of the game in an intimate and informative chat. Predictions are made, motives are challenged and opinion is split in this honest and frank review of Capcom's latest addition to the Resident Evil lore. 

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February 22nd, 2016    

Episode 26 - Resident Evil 5: Lost In Nightmares

This episode features an in-depth look at what is possibly the greatest piece of downloadable content ever made as we welcome George Trevor back into the fold and finally submit to his non-stop requests to have an entire episode dedicated to Lost In Nightmares. We kick off with news discussion, commenting on general release reaction and sales of the Remake HD before previewing the final release trailer for Revelations 2 which all but confirmed the return of the Uroboros Virus. Then the main discussion is an in-depth look at the first story DLC package for Resident Evil 5 originally released back in 2010. With speculation growing as to the identity of the villain in the upcoming Revelations 2, we discuss at length the story implications of Lost In Nightmares and the impact of the Wesker Children and Alex. Oswell Spencer's motives are analysed and we chart how the story files presented in LIN link all the way back to Wesker's Report II and beyond. The team also talk about the general game play style and how the over-the-shoulder camera can be effective in a slower-paced horror setting, concluding that Lost In Nightmares is perhaps the greatest 'slice' of Resident Evil we've had for years.

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February 22nd, 2016    

Episode 25 - Resident Evil Remake HD Remaster

Season 3 kicks off with the team reunited after a year's absence and we welcome long-time community member Rombie of 'Resident Evil Fan: A New Blood' fame as the latest addition to the panel line-up. Here we discuss all the relevant news whilst we've been away including the announcement of Biohazard: Heavenly Island. Rombie also reveals exclusive details from a behind-closed-doors Capcom event showcasing a preview build of Resident Evil Revelations 2 in which he got to sample Claire's campaign, Raid Mode and chat with the producers of the game. The main discussion then focuses on a technical review of the brand new HD remaster of the 2002 Game Cube remake of the original Resident Evil. We examine the up-scaled visuals and revamped lighting engine as well as the remastered sound and the new 16:9 camera and modern control schemes, giving honest opinion on what areas worked and what didn't. Finally this edition closes with the welcome return of Neptune's Biohazard quiz.

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