Generally favorable reviews - based on 47 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 23 out of 47
  2. Negative: 1 out of 47
  1. Like this review, Resident Evil: Umbrella Chronicles is very short. Like VERY short. I finished the whole thing, beginning to end, in an afternoon and there is little replay value, aside from just playing the levels you enjoy over and over.
  2. Pelit (Finland)
    A light gun shooter that is more fan service than catering to a wider audience. The game is decent but it’s also hard - sometimes very hard - and manages to frustrate at times. It’s also bland looking and ugly. For Resident Evil fans only. [Jan 2008]
  3. Good atmosphere and some unique mechanics make this a solid on-rails shooter.
  4. So while this latest Resident Evil offers up some mindless fun (especially with co-op play), don't expect a full-fledged adventure, especially with the absence of the second and fourth installment, as well as Code Veronica.
  5. 70
    Fast-paced action and a great presentation are hampered only by the steep learning curve for what should be a simple point-and-shoot experience.
  6. Umbrella Chronicles delivers, but it doesn't go beyond simple competence.
  7. Needless to say, Umbrella Chronicles isn't the most long-lasting affair, and in absolute gameplay terms it's probably one of the most wafer thin offerings you'll have experienced for years. But in a landscape dominated by epic, sprawling complexity, it's refreshing now and then to kick back and blast away in a game that's as knowingly brain-dead as this.
  8. 70
    The sequence where you play as Albert Wesker right after he gets infected and takes on Lisa Trevor will undoubtedly be part of any RE fan's highlight reel.
  9. Ultimately, Umbrella Chronicles proves to be great fan-service, and will no doubt keep fans of the Resident Evil series very happy until Resident Evil 5 arrives. On its own, while there are niggles, it still proves to be a solid, entertaining gun game that's worthy of carrying the 'Resident Evil' title.
  10. Electronic Gaming Monthly
    Series fans will devour it as an excuse to flesh out the Resident Evil cannon, but it features enough casual slaughter of the undead for anyone to enjoy. [Jan 2008, p.82]
  11. 70
    The Umbrella Chronicles should satisfy anyone looking for a solid light gun game, though some fans might be a little disappointed with its brevity.
  12. Edge Magazine
    The Umbrella Chronicles will inevitably attract attention for its roots above all other considerations, but it's a good game on its own terms, bringing together distinct genres and making it all work. [Jan 2008, p.86]
  13. games(TM)
    One of the most complete lightgun experiences you’ll see on a home console, with a wealth of extras and a lot of replay value. Slightly better controls would have made this a near classic. [Jan 2008, p.126]
  14. Maxi Consolas (Portugal)
    It manages to escape the curse that haunted previous similar efforts from Capcom. It’s not highly recommendable, but offers some interesting moments for eager fans of the series. Good effort Capcom, but can we have Resi 5 now, please? [Jan 2008]
  15. The lack of co-op through the Wesker storyline is a huge disappointment.
  16. A tough light gun shooter that offers a good length. Weird glitches and detection problems, as well as heavily recycled assets hold this game back from becoming a triple A title in the Resident Evil caliber.
  17. AceGamez
    Its biggest flaw, no doubt, is its unoriginal gameplay; the few twists on the light-gun formula are minor and largely inconsequential, giving the impression of original gameplay rather than actual original gameplay.
  18. If you’re a fan of rail shooters or of the Resident Evil franchise, Umbrella Chronicles is a solid, if not deep title that offers about 4-5 hours of mindless fun.
  19. Games Master UK
    It's a big game, but will you come back to it? Are you a crazed fan of Resi? There's the answer. [Jan 2007, p.62]
  20. The Umbrella Chronicles is mainly fanservice and doesn't do anything particularly innovative. There's no online integration and the Wii Zapper doesn't add anything significant to the experience. The shooting controls are tight and responsive, and the game makes better on the console's power than many third-party titles, but that's the extent of it.
  21. It may be a strange thing to concede, but the Gamecube port of RE4, with tacked on Wii remote functionality, trumps this Wii-developed title in almost every department.
  22. The Resident Evil essence is intact and will spark some nostalgia for fans of the series, but take that name away and the game is essentially an incredibly average shooter that really does little to shake up the genre norm.

Awards & Rankings

#15 Most Discussed Wii Game of 2007
#15 Most Shared Wii Game of 2007
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 151 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 96 out of 151
  2. Negative: 11 out of 151
  1. Aug 30, 2016
    The Umbrella Chronicles is the first attempt into the rail shooter genre, which works great on Wii, but did they do it successfully ?The Umbrella Chronicles is the first attempt into the rail shooter genre, which works great on Wii, but did they do it successfully ?

    Technically the game looks pretty average for its time and could easily be running on PS2 (like most of the Wii games in 2007) but you could expect better from a rail shooter, there's no framerate or glitch issues just an inherent problem for the controls when you want to change weapon that will annoy you.

    Concerning the gameplay it's a classic rail shooting game (without a cover option like in Time Crisis for example), you shoot, preferably at their weak points, tons of different enemies inspired by the previous Resident Evil games, and try to pick up ammo, money and life by breaking everything you see. A few times you will be able to choose from two different path, but this doesn't happen enough to truly add some replay value. The game is best enjoyed with a second player with you as it can be a bit too difficult sometimes if you're alone, there's exactly the same number of enemies with the same life amount, which is pretty stupid in terms of game design.

    Concerning the story you will replay the events of Resident Evil 0, 1 and 2 with some extras (story from other characters in the same time at the same place), fans will love the nostalgia while new players may discover the origins of this famous franchise, but the few amount of original story plus the re-hashing of the levels for those same original parts tend to classify Umbrella Chronicles into a rail shooting adaptation of those games more that an new episode of Resident Evil. Concerning the length you can expect between 6 and 8 hours to finish all the levels, it's short but in the average of the genre, and you can always try to beat your record if you want to get more of this game (or play it with another friend).

    In conclusion Umbrella Chronicles is an okay rail shooter that doesn't shine in any ways but is an entertaining coop game (and challenging in solo) better for your wallet to buy this now instead of putting tons of coins in the arcade for some House of the Dead, but not mandatory for Resident Evil fans.
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  2. Dec 19, 2018
    Chronicles is undoubtedly the evolution of what the Survivor should be, but finally with a design worthy of an Arcade (although Survivor 2Chronicles is undoubtedly the evolution of what the Survivor should be, but finally with a design worthy of an Arcade (although Survivor 2 tried it). FanService, horror, and a fun gameplay make this title quite fun. However, there are bad points; graphically, and even being for Wii, the game is very poor, recycled many elements of Outbreak, remake and Zero, the stories of the games shown have been summarized in a bad way, especially RE 3: Nemesis, and the big problem for me is the design of the aim, it is too big and ugly. In the end the game does not leave a bad taste and its gameplay makes it replayable. Full Review »
  3. Aug 29, 2018
    The summaries of RE 0 and REmake are fine (although some characters are forgotten along the way), but that of RE 3: Nemesis is deficient andThe summaries of RE 0 and REmake are fine (although some characters are forgotten along the way), but that of RE 3: Nemesis is deficient and extremely short.
    The campaigns of Ada Wong, Albert Wesker and HUNK solve doubts that were generated by providing the necessary answers and fixing possible plot holes.
    The continuation of Code Veronica is interesting, since after all it is the end of Umbrella Corp.

    The gameplay is the classic action game "on rails", very simple but functional. A bit demanding even for veteran players.
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