When the Wii was first announced as being a revolutionary arcade style gaming system, with a “wii-mote” that resembled a standard television remote, and a nun chuck for movement, a lot of us were scratching our heads as to where Nintendo might be trying to take us, and where the ball gag came from.
In the year+ since release, very few games have sparked any interest with me as far as this poor neglected system goes, Super Smash Bros Brawl being one of the few I have followed through its many changed release dates. (Insert shameless Mario Galaxy mention, so I don’t get berated for not recognizing the Wii game of the year.)
There was one game, though, that I thought could change the tide. A game that I had only seen a single article on, and very little following (probably because most of the magazines are geared toward a younger demographic, and Mario is much safer) was the Resident Evil: Umbrella Chronicles.
Basically, you start as Rebecca Chambers, or Billy Coen on the train from Resident Evil: Zero, and work your way through the series’ storyline, filling in plot holes, picking up herbs, and shooting zombies in the face – I couldn’t ask for much more than that. You’re able to equip different guns as you go, and always have the trusty survival knife as backup.
One negative part I was a bit disappointed of, they’ve managed to leave out Resident Evil 2 and 4 for unnamed reasons. No Leon for us this time…but learning what Wesker was doing during the time he was off screen is almost worth it. Also, Nemesis.
Unfortunately you may have to spend a bit more money on this one; the gun attachment makes this game much more enjoyable, is somewhat necessary, and improves your aim. The hipshot doesn’t even really work with Shotguns, let alone handguns. The official Nintendo version of the gun attachment sucks – so you may have to do some digging, or just buy this one
to complete your gaming experience (Hey, its still cheaper than a light gun.)
For the record, I did play Resident Evil: Dead Aim, and I can honestly tell you Umbrella Chronicles is not even in the same ballpark. It is infinitely better, with recognizable storyline, longer gameplay, and better gun mechanics.
Now I can go back to holding my breath for Smash Bros Brawl.