The Project Umbrella Resident Evil Podcast

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

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.

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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.

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January 3rd, 2019    

Episode 22 - Resident Evil Outbreak: File 2

As Remake 2 creeps ever closer, time to take another trip back to Raccoon City with our review of Outbreak File 2. Originally recorded way back in 2013, we look back at the news of the time, including a Shinji Mikami interview where he comments on the change of direction for the franchise related to sales of the original remake. Other news includes the possible reveal of Resident Evil 7 through the resume of a costume designer and we also look back at our recent trip to Bristol and getting caught up in a biohazard infecting the whole town. Then there is an important reveal that our chief translator for ongoing projects seems to be a random woman working in Tesco...

For the main discussion the team look back at File 2 of the Outbreak series. Released to much criticism following the massive success of Resident Evil 4, this title was soon confined to memory and bargain bins across the globe. But was it simply a failed online experiment or actually a hidden gem that was released way ahead of its time?

Special guest is the Selfish Gene.

Enjoy.

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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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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. 

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August 26th, 2018    

PU Podcast Presents: Resident Evil Audio Commentary

It may have taken six years but we have finally sunk to a new low and reached topics we promised we would never touch when we first launched this podcast venture. The first live-action Resident Evil feature film written and directed by Paul W.S. Anderson is a highly devisive and controversial entry resulting in many colourful and divided opinions across the fanbase. Those who listen to our podcast regularly will be well aware that aside from perhaps our astute and well spoken host, the film doesn't rate very highly on our spectrum. But we invite you now to join us in a viewing of the film with our commentary and opinions for your enjoyment. A tremendously excited Neptune is joined by Rombie, Batman and STARS Tyrant as we sit down and 'enjoy' this 'thrilling entry in the Resident Evil franchise'. For some of our panel it was the first time viewing the film for well over ten years and the result was interesting to say the least. Rombie at least provides many interesting annecdotes having closely followed the development of the film back in the day and Nick tells a tale about how he almost acquired a Cerberus prop from the film. We apologise in advance for some audio syncing issues with this one. Beacuse of our exemplary professionalism and enthusiasm about this particular venture, some of us had to quickly source last minute copies of the film in order to do this and therefore the speed issues between PAL and NTSC were an unavoidable factor. Be prepared to fast forward and rewind several times! This was an experimental and completely unedited spin off of the regular podcast so if you would like to see more of these commentaries, be it these films, the CGI movies or even playthroughs of the games themselves, then let us know. Please enjoy. 

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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

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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.

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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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December 4th, 2017    

Episode 43 - Resident Evil: The B.O.W. Files

This episode is the result of another frequent listener request as our team sit down and examine some of the nefarious creations developed by Umbrella Corporation and others across the series. This particular area is Neptune's forte and he goes into detail on the Hunter and Tyrant programs in particular before looking at fan examples of best and worst B.O.W.s submitted via our facebook page. News discussion is dominated by the impending release of Resident Evil 7 Gold Edition and Rombie breaks down some impressive sales figures for the franchise recently presented by Capcom. Please enjoy.

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