Umbrella Corps Review
PS4* | PC
Umbrella Corps Cover Art
System: PS4, PC
Dev: Capcom
Pub: Capcom
Release: June 21, 2016
Players: 1 (2-6 online)
Screen Resolution: 480p-1080p Intense Violence, Blood and Gore, Strong Language

The lack of weapon balancing and inappropriate speed of play ensures that most matches are utterly chaotic, and I'm not talking a DOOM, "hey, this is awesome, I can barely keep up with this blazing action" kind of chaotic. This doesn't feel like that. It feels unpolished chaotic; alpha phase chaotic; "please bear with us while we patch this to hell" chaotic.

Umbrella Corps Screenshot

I'm not sure who Umbrella Corps is supposed to appeal to. Small-team tactical shooter fans aren't going to get the thrill that they're looking for here; gameplay is too fast-paced and hectic for any kind of prolonged cohesion or strategic approach. First-person shooter fans certainly won't appreciate the burdensome over-the-shoulder view and clunky ADS aiming. Resident Evil fans will likely be disappointed in Umbrella Corps' single-player offering, redundant and stale as it is. I feel with this game that Capcom was reaching out to a few different core audiences, but failed to deliver anything so compelling as to satisfy any of them.

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I might recommend this game for $15 if you have some friends to play with, but I certainly wouldn't recommend it at its current price point and in its current state. On a community forum I saw a deflated Resident Evil fan quip that Umbrella Corps is about 15 patches away from greatness, and I have to say that's my sentiment exactly. I gave this game several chances, but after turning off my PS4 and walking away from it just now, I'm realizing that I have no motivation to boot Umbrella Corps back up when there are so many alternatives that look, sound, feel, and play better. Wait for a sale and pick this up cheaply if you're a die-hard fan, but keep your friends close and your expectations low.

By
Matthew Hayes
Contributing Writer
Date: June 22, 2016

RATING OUT OF 5
RATING DESCRIPTION
2.9
Graphics
This would have been acceptable on a PS3, but only barely. Textures are bland, animations are awkward, and frame rates are inconsistent.
3.0
Control
Movement and aiming is either slow and clumsy or way too fast.
2.8
Music / Sound FX / Voice Acting
The music and voice work is totally forgettable. Weapons, moans, and explosions sound pretty canned and wimpy.
2.6
Play Value
Only hardcore fans will love this one. The single-player blows and multiplayer gets stale after an hour or two.
2.9
Overall Rating - Average
Not an average. See Rating legend below for a final score breakdown.
Review Rating Legend
0.1 - 1.9 = Avoid 2.5 - 2.9 = Average 3.5 - 3.9 = Good 4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy
2.0 - 2.4 = Poor 3.0 - 3.4 = Fair 4.0 - 4.4 = Great 5.0 = The Best

Game Features:

  • Join the corps! Umbrella Corps brings a competitive experience featuring new types of strategy and technique blended with elements from the world of Resident Evil.
  • Experience intense close and mid-range combat with analog aim and cover mechanics, nerve-wracking no-respawn matches, and many other game modes!
  • Free, post-launch support on the way bringing new maps and a new game mode.

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