Season 3 - The Return Of The Crew


Season 3 of the podcast largely came about because of one major factor and that was Capcom's decision to take the original 2002 Game Cube remake of the original game and remaster it for the latest generation of consoles in glorious high-definition. As expected this news was welcomed by a majority of the community although the gloss was somewhat spoiled when it was revealed Capcom had lost a majority of the original 3D assets and therefore the remaster was more of a paint job than a true HD reworking. Despite this, the result was still a success and it was wonderful to see groups of long-time fans being able to try out the game for the very first time. For us personally we'd been on hiatus for all of 2014 with no real plans to return as we'd covered all the core canonical titles and corresponding media, but it's amazing to see what a HD version of the greatest survival horror game of all time can do to get people interested again. Fortunately 2014 had been a largely quiet year for Resident Evil so we hadn't missed out on much. In that time, George Trevor had started his own podcast over at Crimson-Head Elder and Batman and Neptune helped launch it by guesting on the pilot episode which featured Resident Evil Revelations voice actress Michelle Ruff. Since then the CHE podcast has grown in stature and become successful featuring different voice actors across the series each with their own interesting anecdotes and stories. For our own podcast we took the decision to drop the guest slot as external pressures were making it more difficult to organise recordings. Although we enjoyed having a different long-time community expert as a guest each week, accommodating different time zones and being able to get everyone together at the same time was just proving too difficult. Instead we significantly strengthened our line up by adding Rob 'Rombie' McGregor as a permanent panel member. Rombie is a true legend of the Resident Evil fan community with an almost unprecedented knowledge of the series and its inner workings. His history with the online RE fandom dates back to the late 1990's with 'A New Blood', 'Resident Evil Fan' and the central hub 'RESitez'.

It felt apt to kick off Season 3 with our review of the new Remake HD remaster and Rombie was also invited to a special Capcom press event in London where he got to chat to the producers and play a preview build of Resident Evil Revelations 2. As rumours were abound that Alex Wesker was to be the primary villain of Revelations 2, we decided to focus Episode 26 on a breakdown of Lost In Nightmares, perhaps the greatest piece of DLC ever made. We'd long had requests (especially from a returning George Trevor) to feature a full episode on LIN and now was the right time to explore the possible motivations of Alex, the late Oswell E. Spencer and the secrets behind the Wesker Children. 
In view of Revelations 2's weekly staggered release, Episode 27 was a bit experimental with the cast deciding to record a segment on each episode as they came out which was then spliced together to form a full show. It was very fun and interesting to do, commenting on each weekly release without knowing what was going to happen next. This was followed with another special one-off recording for Episode 28 which was 'Biohazard S.T.A.R.S.'; a feature-length reworking of the often calamitous 'Neptune's Biohazard Quiz.'
Episode 29 was a comprehensive review of the full retail release of Revelations 2 with Neptune returning to add his thoughts following his absence from the staggered release episode as he wanted to wait for the physical disc rather than buying each individual episode digitally. Reaction overall still seemed quite positive, although there were divides on the evolution of Claire Redfield and the ultimate resolution for Alex Wesker. Still, everyone agreed at least that Capcom looked to be heading back in the right direction. Episode 30 was a lore-based episode focusing on the mysterious Ada Wong. Despite being a very key cog in the franchise, Ada was a character we'd never really dedicated a lot of time to, so this was a full show looking at her motivations, goals and allegiances. To round things off we also featured a mini-review of Separate Ways from Resident Evil 4.
Episode 31 was a reaction to the community-dividing news that Capcom had officially announced a remake of Resident Evil 2. Many were overjoyed at the news, others quietly cautious and some deeply opposed to the idea. This podcast resulted in a fierce debate about the pros and cons of each argument. Episode 32 was a technical review of the very impressive Resident Evil Zero HD remaster and the soothing aftertaste to the bomb Capcom dropped on the community in the form of 'Umbrella Corps', a title that still pulls the strings behind the franchise even now. STARS_TyranT has only just been taken off suicide watch at Project Umbrella towers.
As 2016 was the 20th birthday of Resident Evil we decided to dedicate Episode 33 to a large retrospective of the entire franchise. Each panel member talked about their own personal history and memories of the series with a mini-recollection on each game and the subsequent era they arrived. We also celebrate our own birthday of 4 years of Resident Evil podcasting! The following episode was dedicated to the 2016 E3 bombshell of a first-person horror-focused Resident Evil 7 and the lovely and unexpected treat of the Beginning Hour playable demo. Anticipation and speculation were abound here and get ready for an unforgettable episode of Neptune's quiz. Who is Kevin Ford? What link does a certain car manufacturer have to the series? What about NASA? And just how prominent has Google Images been in all the time our quiz has been running?
Episode 35 was a review of Umbrella Corps and probably represented the only time our usually calm and composed panel erupted into all-out civil war. Was the game really that bad and just how canonically important is it really? Finally Season 3 ended on a positive note with a review and run-down of the much-welcome Biohazard: The Stage. Please enjoy.