The Project Umbrella Resident Evil Podcast

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

September 4th, 2019    

Episode 54 - Resident Evil Gun Survivor Retrospective

Following on from our popular RE1 and RE2 playthroughs, the team now turn their attention to the original Gun Survivor. Released in 2000, this much maligned and often forgotten about gem is now nothing but a memory for long time fans and the newer generations probably have never played it at all. The game remains unavailable to purchase digitally and physical copies are a rarity these days. The reason for doing a playthrough of this game was twofold. One is quite simply because we all have a fondness for it, but secondly and perhaps most importantly, we realise a significant portion of the current fan base will never have any intention of playing this game, thanks to its lackluster reception and shocking production values. Therefore, join Neptune, Batman, STARS Tyrant and Rombie as they guide you through the game from start to finish, exploring every possible route and analyzing the story and gameplay as they go. Who needs Blue Umbrella, Chris Redfield or Leon Kennedy when you have Ark Thompson, Vincent Goldman and er... Vincent's mother??

August 24th, 2019    

Episode 3 - Resident Evil Operation Raccoon City

Time for another early episode plucked from the dusty shelves of the archives cupboard. This time we go back to 2012, shortly after the release of the highly controversial Operation Raccoon City. Following hot on the heels of Resident Evil Revelations on the 3DS, this initial review was done before the release of the arguably much better Spec Ops DLC campaign and in the midst of what was a troubling time for the series. This game saw release around the time veteran series producer Masachika Kawata stated Resident Evil was too big for the survival horror market and that the series should increase the action focus of RE4 and 5, something that didn't go down well with fans at that time. Join Neptune, Batman, George Trevor, Mr Spencer and special guest Zombie Fred as they break down this non-canonical entry into the series, trying to be find a few positives amidst a sea of negatives in what is a a valiant but ultimately rushed and buggy product.

July 25th, 2019    

Episode 53.5 - Resident Evil AMA and Community Special

Welcome to another community special episode recorded live in our discord server alongside many of our long-time listeners. This was a unique chance for the community to talk shop over various Resident Evil related conundrums and a chance to ask our panel any burning questions. Join Neptune moderating alongside STARS_TyranT, George Trevor and Rombie as they ponder the burning issues. Is the original Dr. Wesker still alive? Could Resident Evil Gaiden really be canon? And what is everybody's top four all-time favourite B.O.W.s? News talk includes Biohazard Valiant Raid and the upcoming Nintendo Switch ports. Finally George Trevor's return to the quiz only leads to inevitable controversy...

May 12th, 2019    

Episode 53 - Resident Evil 5 Retrospective

The latest episode sees the team look back on the 10th anniversary of Resident Evil 5, still the franchise's most successful and best-selling game to date. We look at how the game has held up over the years, looking at the gameplay mechanics, visuals, and the narrative and how it has influenced the direction of the series ever since. Having done a recent co-op playthrough with Rombie, Neptune is able to look at the game with fresh eyes and has gained a whole new appreciation for the main campaign. Our special community guest Sonny Bauer also reflects on his own recent experiences with removing the green filter that he believes is a detriment to the still-stunning visuals. STARS_Tyrant still champions the game after all this time and yes, Wesker is still definitely dead.

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! 

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