And when the franchise hit the GameCube, it was the icing on the cake. The Resident Evil remake that appeared on the system was amazing, along with Resident Evil 0 and the game that even franchise haters couldn't ignore, Resident Evil 4. As the first original game in the series on a Nintendo console since RE 4, this was an important game in my eyes.
One has to consider the other spin-off Resident Evil titles, also. You might be skeptical to try out Umbrella Chronicles because of the Gun Survivor or Outbreak games. This, thankfully, is not in the same league as that riffraff.
Resident Evil: Umbrella Chronicles acts as a retelling of the previous entries in the series, including some new tidbits tossed in for good measure. So, if you've come to Umbrella Chronicles as a light-gun version of these games, offering up segments from those past titles that you remember as being worth highlighting to be played in a new way, you might be disappointed.
So, with a rather liberal take on the previous games' stories, the scenarios and events have been pumped up with more action. This, of course, means more things to shoot. And there is plenty of that, because you'll be blasting zombies, lickers and really tough bosses. The game is incredibly action-packed and does a good job of tossing a lot at you.
The game also does a good job with weaponry and hit detection. Not only do the various weapons act like they should (shotgun is junk at long range, automatics work best in short bursts, etc.), you also have to adapt to your enemies. Shooting zombies is a walk in the park, but shooting the faster enemies means you actually have to lead them and take into account their attributes. This makes a deliberate, careful approach to every encounter that much more important in surviving the game.
Despite its lack of settings from two of the best entries in the franchise (Resident Evil 2 and 4), Umbrella Chronicles is a game that needs to be in every RE, and zombie, fan's collection. While we didn't play the game with the Wii Zapper (it released a week before the peripheral), we can't see it improving the game that much. Playing the title with just the Wiimote and nunchuk is fine enough for us.
Final score: 8.5