TGS '07: Resident Evil: Umbrella Chronicles Hands-On

Zombies to the left of me, dogs to my right, here we are, stuck in the middle with Capcom as it gets ready to launch its Resident Evil shooter for the Wii.

Resident Evil is hardly a languishing franchise. After all, the series has been around in various incarnations longer than some gamers can claim to have been playing games at all. Current-generation console hardware has opened new technical doors, and the advent of better, cheaper accelerometer technology such as that found in Nintendo's Wii Remote has allowed Capcom to take the series from its survival horror roots to a first-person shooter.

The process to even get hands-on time with the upcoming game on the opening day of TGS is a story in itself. Two waiting lines formed outside the booth, with one offering players a chance to try the game with the Wii Remote controller, and the other to play using the Wii Zapper housing, which turns a standard Wii Remote into a machine gun. We opted for the latter because we suspect that you'll want to play the game that way.

Our time with the game took place on a train-carriage level, and as you'd expect, it was crawling with the undead, zombie dogs, and bugs--no real surprises there. What was a bit different was that rather than shooting power-ups and ammunition dotted around the screen as you would with a game such as, say, Virtua Cop, you'll need to press the Z button to add those items to your inventory. Our demo arsenal included a pistol with an infinite number of rounds, as well as a shotgun, which was great for multiple target kills in one burst. The arsenal also included a submachine gun, which we were forced to use sparingly because ammo was extremely limited.

The Wii Remote's control system is easy to use, and relies mostly on the trigger to get the job done. You'll still need the Nunchuk buttons to switch weapons and pick things up as you go, but the analog stick served only to lean as we moved, not to change the direction of the camera.

Capcom has included a coloured targeting system around the reticle to let you know how much damage you can expect your shots to do. Headshots are the best way to dispatch your enemies while conserving ammunition, and a well-placed shot can do wonders. Umbrella Chronicles also offers helpful guides, and if you're a bit slow off the mark with your aiming, the sticky targeting will help get your shot where it needs to go.

Shooter fans and Resident Evil buffs have plenty to anticipate, with the title already showing healthy signs that it will remain true to the Resident Evil storyline while adding a new type of gameplay dynamic. Resident Evil: Umbrella Chronicles is set to shoot its way to the Wii this holiday season.

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73 comments
MakronXT
MakronXT

Resident evil series are awesome especialy 4 and i hope they never stop creating RE series.

twilight-X
twilight-X

I wonder why they haven't show any footage from resident evil 2

GrimBee
GrimBee

Fair enough - its a rail-shooter. And it looks like its just revisiting the old locations and things, but having a more action-y approach. Im looking forward to exploring the old mansion in 3D. But shooters like this get boring very quickly. But capcom will surely keep things fresh and exciting. WIth the graphics, characters and locations already modelled in this game. I can only hope that this is just a taster of some wii-exclusive resident evil games. RE5 probably will never be on the wii, but a story featuring graphics like this, and locations of past games.. Personally, I think if they remade Resident Evil 2 - with these visuals and the RE4 gameplay and controls .. thats all they would need to make a best-seller. After all, they took the gamecube resident evil to the next level. So it would be honourable to make a resident evil 2 title for the wii, with these graphics and re4 gameplay. Insert the puzzles and exploration of re2 and put in some interactive moments instead of those button-press cut-scenes .. Well you can see that I am excited and eager to play this, but I also hope that this is just the beginning of Wii Resident Evil stuff. Resident Evil just feels right on a Nintendo console. Don't know why.

maddk
maddk

no doubt it's gonna be an awesome game... i just hope it isn't short like all shoot'em up games. Anyway RE games just can't be bad.

Ilikewii
Ilikewii

I hate people that complain about graphics because they're not realistic enough. RE1's graphics were very realistic, so like how realistic do you need them to be? Soon there gonna be filming cutscenes in games with real people, so it will be realistic enough for some people.

KurosakiIchig0
KurosakiIchig0

Seriously, if this game is really res evil 0, 1, (haven't heard about 2), 3, and a new chapter, then it will probably be comparable to res evil 4, which is the greatest game ever made. I'm definately gonna get this the day it comes out and its going to be amazing!

backinthekrak
backinthekrak

Looks like it's gonna be bada** - just hope it isn't too short.....

AirBizkit89
AirBizkit89

aw **** man this games gunna be dope. I remeber back in they day i had house of the dead on dreamcast me and kenny use to tear that **** up! this gonna be killer i friggin hope its just like house of the dead where you can have more than one person playin at once another great addition would be that the zapper comes with the game since im broke. lots of great games are comming glad i chose wii mario galaxy, smash, twilight princess,sonic v mario olympics, etc. man oo mann !!! godda have this one

masterchief1994
masterchief1994

This is going to be a sweet game.I hope they never stop making RESIDENT EVIL games.There so fun and scary!!

KingChainz31684
KingChainz31684

I am very excited about this game. I love rail shooters and this should be as good as any of them in the history of gaming.

SSJDemos
SSJDemos

Hey, you want to know what I think? Stop whining about this new adaptation to Resident Evil. Yes, its a game on rails -sort of like the House of the Dead franchise. However, you have to look at all aspects of this new style rather than the fact that "its on rails". I feel that this game may bridge the gap in between all of the previous installments of RE or come close to it. It may let us know what happened in between each installment and if you check out the trailer Chris and Jill are together in what looks like a helicopter heading for an Umbrella corporation building (Thats something new and interesting). The game also looks like its going to stay faithful to the series by keeping nearly all of the previous game senerios and being able to play them with better graphics and more action. You can play through your previous RE titles revamped and you don't have to worry about puzzles. So no more, "which crest goes in which crest hole? I got the wrong one, now i gotta back track". I mean all of you are complaining about not having any control of the action. So you want another RE: Dead Aim? That was a horrible original RE game. It was garbage- because of the fact that you was in control and had to switch first person to third person when you were attacked. I say this, RE5 is coming out fairly soon. Get yourself a PS3 to buy RE5 and buy Umbrella Chronicles for the Wii and use this game to hold out till the next chapter of RE comes out (Resident Evil 5). So, saddle up, and prepare for this game by the time. Because I bet that majority of you will end up giving major kudos points to the developers of this new style of RE. And then someone on the blog is going to be like, "Well, RE should make an FPS shooter- sort of like Doom." Now that my friends- wouldn't be a bad idea in my book.

Cult_of_Cthulhu
Cult_of_Cthulhu

I don't know, shooter on rails? hmm, I loved RE4 on the Wii, the controls made it like a whole new game. But now no matter how much they hype it up ot sounds like virtua cop or duck hunt except with zombies, which is brilliant don't get me wrong, it's just umm it's kind of 1980ish don't you think?

XBASX
XBASX

supafly43218 =This game isn't about puzzling ,forget the old ones. Its about shooting, shooting!! I already see myself playing this game, and getting good at it. If you're so desperate for the oldschool "puzzling", play the damn old ones. Puzzling is no more in Resident Evil. This is arcade baby, not a new chapter. Re4 was so addicting for me because I coulnd't get enough satisfaction killing those damn bastards. This game is the best answer for me. ---------------------------------------------- death31212 wrote: this game would b awesome if it wasnt that light gun style im sorry but i like to b in control of whats happening =You couldn't be in better control with the Zapper.

supafly43218
supafly43218

Exactly what death31212 said. Looks great, and then o wait- its on FRIGGIN RAILS! What makes resident evil amazing is the missions of scouting for hidden keys, puzzles, and things to explain the game...not a light gun rail shooter- CHRIST!

death31212
death31212

this game would b awesome if it wasnt that light gun style im sorry but i like to b in control of whats happening

morpheus_mb
morpheus_mb

this games actually looking quite good a lil more then ur average locked camera shooter. w/e tho it's make a great addition to the wii collection games like this prove to be solid fun for like 30mins - 1hr. perfect for people short on time.

gonzalezj1
gonzalezj1

Krazy-K "Is RE: Umbrella Chronicles Wii-exlcusive? And is RE5 only for the 360 and PS3?" Yep. I hope this ends up being good. And not really short.

elozl
elozl

It will be a great game i say!

Krazy-K
Krazy-K

Is RE: Umbrella Chronicles Wii-exlcusive? And is RE5 only for the 360 and PS3?

cfamgcn
cfamgcn

Looks good... I think it'll be a good game...

Megatron_1
Megatron_1

Cool Right on cant wait but i guess i better get a wii then a PS3 for RE5 cant wait!!

L1nk4L1f3
L1nk4L1f3

I think that after Brawl, this is a must buy. I just recently got RE4 for the Wii and it is an amazing game.

Igac89
Igac89

Should be a lot of fun...

The_Weekend
The_Weekend

can't wait for it! a must buy!!!!!!!

XBASX
XBASX

rouke1093 Still too bad it isn't a free roaming resi --- Gladd that this isn't a puzzling horror adventure, but a shoot as many zombies as you can action game.

rouke1093
rouke1093

Still too bad it isn't a free roaming resi, because the puzzling aspect is one of the factors 0 trough 4/5 has been A huge hit from ps1 trough GC to ps3 [eventough thatone hasn't been released yet.] This is just like A "piece of navigation equipment kinda game" you just have to drive it.. Don't think for yourself to get to the end..It would be nice if there is a way to make these games in these 2 different way's with just a few months extra dev. time..

VagrantChild24
VagrantChild24

Great info. I've been waiting for this game for a while and to hear that it is looking good and playing solid is great news.

erict702
erict702

Great Game 1 Reason I Got The WII!!!!

merch
merch

another great master piece on a nintendo console.

Sunrie
Sunrie

I'm actually really interested in this game now. At first I was questioning it, but it'll be at least a solid rent

RTRGRZA
RTRGRZA

THIS IS GOING TO BE AWESOMME!

dubel_07
dubel_07

I WANT IT NOW! I can't wait until October/November. Is it October 19th or November 23rd? I've been told both.

yaminoshadow
yaminoshadow

always needed another good rail shooter on home consoles. the last good game of this kind was probably house of the dead 3 on the old xbox. that game would probably have sold more if it was on the ps2, but i doubt it could have handled in back in the days

jakeboudville
jakeboudville

This is on my list of watched games for sure>_>

KingKoop
KingKoop

I like how its "showing healthy signs that it will remain true to the Resident Evil storyline" big thumbs up for that one !! The more I hear about this the more excited I get.

smeghead83
smeghead83

i cant wait for this... 2 play co op ^_^

RavenBlade_9
RavenBlade_9

usually these kinds of games on consoles turn out horribly, but it sounds like Capcom is being careful with this title, so I think it will be a lot of fun, especially the multiplayer (I'm assuming it will be at least 2 players).

printice21
printice21

cool, games like this are why i have a wii

km1498
km1498

I like this game, now if only my local stores would get some Wii's in so I could buy the dang system already I could put this on my game wishlist.

club-sandwich
club-sandwich

I'm getting a Wii for this game, I hope it's really long and that it doesn't disappoints.

Andrew_D28
Andrew_D28

Well it offers auto aim, doesnt force it though

RaiKageRyu
RaiKageRyu

Wait did I read that right? This game has auto-aim?

rav44
rav44

dude, i asked my friend today if he had heard of it and he said yeah. he also told me that you could go third person and run around, but when enemies get close to you you go first person and shoot. whagt an idiot. if that were true, i would love this even more, but i see that it is not.

katamari
katamari

I wish it was coming out tomorrow!!!

SSJBen
SSJBen

This could be the defacto' reason for me to get a Wii.

HellsingSoldier
HellsingSoldier

I don't care if this gets a bad score when its released, I probably end up playing this game.