While gamers have been jubilate with Resident Evil HD while awaiting the release of the Resident Evil 2 remake and Resident Evil 7, Capcom is still trying to experiment with a multiplayer experience based on the iconic series.
Sadly, Umbrella Corps is just another failed attempt to create a multiplayer experience based on the Resident Evil series. This attempt at a multiplayer Resident Evil is so poorly developed that it makes Operation Raccoon City look like a masterpiece by comparison.
Set many years after the collapse of the Umbrella Corporation, other pharmaceutical companies are competing to acquire research related to the development of Bio-Organic Weapons (BOW). Mercenary teams have been hired to collect this research while also taking out the competitions along with remnants of old Umbrella.
Umbrella Corps is a very generic multiplayer shooter with all the basic set up and features that are seen in every other multiplayer shooter influenced by Call of Duty.
Gamers battle against zombies and other players in maps based on classic Resident Evil settings. With each kill and win, players earn points that will allow them to level up and unlock new gear.
That is if one could get into a game as finding a reliable server with other players has been almost impossible to find. If one is luck then they have to suffer through the bad camera angles and the heavy lag.
A single player mini-game is also included but it too suffers from the bad camera angles along with controls that don’t respond properly. Another issue is an overall poor gameplay setup that offers no redemption to this lost cause of a title..
Even if the price were to drop to $5 by next week, it’s still not worth purchasing. Hopefully most gamers do the right thing and return it ASAP (and god forbid you were doped into getting the DLC’s).
Resident Evil is an icon that has defined the horror genre for many years, but multiplayer has never been its strong point. With the exception of Outbreak, the series has never been that successfully in implementing a solid multiplayer experience that captures the feeling of the series.
Hopefully this might be the last of its kind as it feels like the Capcom is starting to give up on the idea. The only reason this game was made was probably just to appease that one Capcom executive who still thinks a multiplayer Resident Evil could work.
Umbrella Corps is another example of why Capcom needs to seriously stop trying to make multiplayer Resident Evil happen, it’s never going to happen.
Final Score: 2/10
Disclaimer: We actually bought this game on Steam for this review.
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