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Resident Evil: The Umbrella Chronicles reinvigorates the coldest fears

Umbrella chronicles - Zombies in the snow by J at Flickr
Umbrella chronicles – Zombies in the snow by J at Flickr

Written by William Chandler, Jr., August 28, 2016, at 6:30 p.m.


It is more than 60 days away. Halloween that is. All it takes is a little inspiration to get that initial chill from the sweet, macabre holiday season to tap your spine. Only Resident Evil: The Umbrella Chronicles can cure the scary shakes on the virtual Nintendo Wii, inside Nintendo’s Wii U Console. Nintendo Wii U does have horror games like Resident Evil: RevelationsHow to Survive, and Fatal Frame: Maiden of Black Water. However,

I have to admit there are some games Nintendo Wii U could upgrade and adapt to their new gaming model. I found myself in a Gamestop this past week. I picked up two Nintendo Wii games, on sale, EA Canada’s NBA Jam and Cavia Inc. and Capcom’s Resident Evil: The Umbrella Chronicles. It is all about old business.

Resident Evil: The Umbrella Chronicles, as highlighted by Metacritic, is an action shooter that tells the story of how the Umbrella Corporation, the antagonist of the Resident Evil game series, fell. It borrows from the video games Resident Evil 1, 2, 3, and beyond.

This game is very deep, provides you with all the right equipment, and asks you to solve the game in the way you see fit. It means using the Wii Motion Plus remote as a gun, or other weapons. This game is an active first-person rail shooter.

It means that while guns often deter enemies, it might be necessary to use a Wii Motion Plus action, whether using a stun gun, knife, or other technique, to take that enemy down.

This game represents horror at its most gruesome and requires true strategy. Resident Evil: The Umbrella Chronicles also represents the game I did doubt at first glance, in 2007. I had this game, as a birthday gift, and went along with the plot heavy flavor of the title for a week, or so. It just did not capture my attention.

In fact, I would wait for Headstrong Games and Sega’s House of the Dead: Overkill, from 2009, to get the rail shooter, ride, game I initially expected from this title. Resident Evil: The Umbrella Chronicles relies on the story. You follow it to whatever end.

Whether you use the weapons the Samurai Edge, a type of Beretta, the assault shotgun, or grenade launcher, the key is how and when you use a gun against a particular enemy. The Samurai Edge, for example, has endless rounds, but is a basic weapon. The assault shotgun puts enemies on their back, but can only carry a certain number of rounds. You have to find weapon balance in the game, or you will suffer.

This contributes to the true horror of this title. You manage your weapons while an eerie menagerie of creatures leap at you, hides in the various corners, or attack you at every turn. If you let this game unveil itself, it will satisfy. The graphics are solid, and the speed of the game varies with each level. This game can send any Halloween into a devilish turn.

Resident Evil: The Umbrella Chronicles (Wii) Trailer by Nintendo Life.

Resident Evil: The Umbrella Chronicles Walkthrough – Mansion Incident 1 – S Rank Hard Mode by Mike Bettencourt

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