The Project Umbrella Resident Evil Podcast

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

April 8th, 2019    

Episode 52 - What a Katastrophe!

In this special episode it is our pleasure to have with us the Capcom UK Community Manager for Resident Evil, the lovely Kat! Needing no introduction, she is a long-standing member of the Resident Evil community dating back many years. In a candid interview, Kat tells us her history with the franchise and how she first got immersed when playing Resident Evil 2 as a child. She offers her personal thoughts on how the series has progressed and what makes it still enduring to this day. She also touches on her own journey in securing a dream position with Capcom and moving from her native Sweden to the UK. Finally she is brave enough to try her hand at a fiercely competitive edition of Neptune's biohazard quiz. Herb-flavored ice cream anyone?

March 10th, 2019    

Episode 51 - Resident Evil 2 (Remake) Part 3: The Canonical Issue

After what seems like an age our panel finally sit down to discuss the thorny issue of the canonicity of Resident Evil 2 Re imagined. Just where does the game stand in the larger series? Is it completely non-canonical, a so-called luxury product of its time that sits alone and is completely self-contained? Or is it a direct replacement that renders the old RE2 invalid? What if the new can be combined with the old to provide the full and complete story of Resident Evil 2 for the first time? All the above is pondered as our team discuss and dissect some of the story changes, additions and omissions in the re-imagined storyline. We also look ahead to what Remake 3 might provide based on what this game tells us. Please enjoy.

March 4th, 2019    

Episode 50.5 - Resident Evil 2 (Remake) Part 2: Community Feedback

In part two of our three part series on Resident Evil 2 Remake, we hand the reins over to the community in an episode dedicated to fan reception and feedback on the game. We have call-ins from various members of the fandom from far and wide, each with their own unique, interesting and eye-opening insights to lay upon us. Please enjoy.

February 10th, 2019    

Episode 50 - Resident Evil 2 (Remake) Part 1

After years of hoping and wishing, Capcom have delivered us Resident Evil 2 Remake and trailing close behind is Part 1 of the Project Umbrella Podcast. 

Come join Neptune, BatMan, STARS Tyrant and Rombie as they look exclusively at the gameplay, characters, graphics, art design and sound of this brand new entry in the series Discussions regarding the canonicity of this game are to be reserved for the next podcast, with Episode 50 trying to answer the question that has plagued the Biohazard series for 15 years - can you have a proper survival horror game with the "over the shoulder" view point?

Debate is thorough and detailed as the boys take you through the games location recalling personal tales of horror, survival and near-misses with zombies, lickers and British Tyrants.

Is this the game everyone has been waiting for? Does it stake up next to the beloved original? And will Neptune buy the OST DLC?

Find out in what surely has to be a fitting tribute to our 50th podcast.

January 12th, 2019    

Episode 49 - Remake 2 Final Preview

With less than two weeks to go before Resident Evil 2 Remake is released, our team sit down to offer their final thoughts and hopes for the game. We discuss the changes and evolution of character and location designs from 1998 to 2019 and of course the thorny issue of canonicity inevitably comes into play. We also ponder how far this remake train can go with Remake 3 all but confirmed and what these re-imaginings will do to the likes of Gun Survivor and Outbreaks 1 and 2. Unfortunately this was recorded just prior to the one-shot demo being formally announced and released so none of us had played it by this point. Beware minor spoilers and please enjoy.

November 23rd, 2018    

Episode 48 - Biohazard STARS 2

Back by popular demand, Season 4 of the Project Umbrella Podcast signs off with the return of feature-length quiz special Biohazard STARS! This time Neptune returns to the role of quiz master presiding over a fiendish selection of Biohazard questions spanning the complete series. We have three teams ready to do battle with the United Kingdom divided by 'Team Up North' comprised of Batman and Ty, and 'Team Down South' with Mr. Spencer and George Trevor. But waiting to outwit them both is 'Team Down Under' made up of Rombie and returning special guest The Selfish Gene. Battle lines are drawn as each competitor has their series knowledge tested to the very limit and of course every true fan should know what the trademark says on a box of grenades in a single frame if you pause the screen and turn your TV upside down and use google translator, right? 

And please also extend a very warm welcome to the newest member of our podcast family, little Daisy!

Should you wish to take part and beat our scores, download your own answer card courtesy of Neptune and play along! 

October 23rd, 2018    

Episode 47 - Resident Evil Survivor 2: Code Veronica

After nearly 7 years of Resident Evil podcasting it's become apparant that we are fast running out of topics to discuss, certainly when it comes to the games themselves at least. With that in mind, for your listening pleasure we now present an analysis of the forgotten 'classic' that is Gun Survivor 2: Code Veronica. Originally an arcade machine dubbed 'Biohazard: Firezone', the game was eventually ported across to the Playstation 2 with a few extra modes and additional treats for a whopping full price package. It remains a very obscure title and never actually received a release in the United States. Here our team dissects each game mode and explains what they have to offer, as well as looking at controversial inclusions such as the Nemesis and other Raccoon City B.O.W.s. The canon conundrum is of course discussed and we take a look at the lasting legacy of the Gun Survivor series as a whole. News discussion is dominated by Remake 2 in the aftermath of Tokyo Game Show and finally this episode is broken up with a small sub-discussion on Biohazard: Heavenly Island. Enjoy. 

July 11th, 2018    

Episode 46 - Resident Evil 2 Remake Reveal

After three long years, Remake 2 is finally revealed to the public eye via E3 2018. Our panel reconvenes for a lengthy analysis of the two reveal trailers and the RPD demo that was playable at the conference. Since the initial announcement it has been no secret that our team has been quite vocal and somewhat skeptical about the project. Now that it is out in the open and with just six months to go until release, is it time to reconsider a reimaging of the original material or is it still hallowed ground that should never be touched? Have a listen and find out! #hatsonallenemies

May 13th, 2018    

Episode 45 - Happy Birthday Resident Evil 2

Welcome to our tribute to Resident Evil 2, the original classic sequel released way back in 1998 that now celebrates its 20th birthday! Following the format from our successful RE1 birthday special, each panel member chose a different scenario and headed off into the R.P.D. to see what horrors lurked within. We go in depth on how the game has aged and how well it holds up in this day and age. The legacy is also debated and we take you on a chronological tour through the game via all four scenarios and discuss numerous talking points along the way. With the highly controversial Remake 2 on the horizon, this episode provided one last opportunity to experience the original with unblemished eyes before Capcom's inevitable reimagining takes full focus. Please enjoy.

January 25th, 2018    

Episode 44 - Resident Evil 7: Gold Edition

After a long and anticipated wait, Resident Evil 7 Gold Edition is finally upon us and almost a year after its original release we now have access to the complete package with all the DLC included. This episode has a heavy emphasis on the final two story chapters, Not A Hero and End of Zoe, and we look at the return of Chris Redfield and analyse the resurrection of Umbrella Corporation as a Private Military Company. We discuss how the DLC fits with the rest of the game and look at other story beats such as the White Molded and The Connections. End of Zoe is also reviewed with discussions about the sudden and jarring inclusion of Joe Baker, as well as more controversial aspects such as the 'Umbrella Power Glove' and the melee combat which arguably kills a lot of the horror. Finally we assess the complete package as a whole and give our frank opinions on where Resident Evil 7 sits alongside the rest of the series. 

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