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Famitsu Unveils Resident Evil: The Darkside Chronicles

by Lukasz Balicki - March 11, 2009, 6:25 am PDT
Total comments: 54 Source: Siliconera

The title will be a sequel to the 2007 on-rails shooter, Resident Evil: The Umbrella Chronicles.

According to the latest issue of Famitsu Weekly, Capcom's newest entry to the Resident Evil series will be called The Darkside Chronicles. The title, an on-rails shooter, will be a continuation of The Umbrella Chronicles.

Players will start the game in the Resident Evil 2 storyline, battling the T-Virus infected local inhabitants of Raccoon City. As in The Umbrella Chronicles, up to two players will be able to defeat the zombie citizens.

Currently no other details are available.

Talkback

BranDonk KongMarch 11, 2009

This is a huge disappointment if this is the new Resident Evil game being talked about recently.

I'm not really surprised, nor disappointed, nor particularly excited.  Umbrella Chronicles is a good game with some aspects that could be improved, so this is a chance for them to up the ante.  But the way Capcom hyped up the announcement, revealing it on the week of RE5's release and telling Wii owners how pleased they will be, this is probably not the ideal outcome.  RE4 Wii Edition still considerably outsold Umbrella Chronicles, and it's a much better game, so I think most of us were hoping for some kind of follow up to that instead.

BeautifulShyMarch 11, 2009

You know lots of people on here liked the game when it came out.When there wasn't much info people were upset.In the end lots of people liked the game.

Maybe Umbrella Chronicles will drop in price now...

Flames_of_chaosLukasz Balicki, Staff AlumnusMarch 11, 2009

Quote from: Maxi

You know lots of people on here liked the game when it came out.When there wasn't much info people were upset.In the end lots of people liked the game.

I'm actually more interested in this than Resident Evil 5 both as a single player and a co-op game.

DAaaMan64March 11, 2009

I... am disappointed.  I want a resident evil survivor horror game dammit

NinGurl69 *hugglesMarch 11, 2009

Babelfishers are reporting this is supposed to be easier than Umbrelly Cornicles.  What the fuck.

Were people that terrible at it?  Did they not learn how to upgrade weapons, replay old stages and restock ammo?  The game was fine for singles, on normal difficulty.  The only things to really hamper the player are the obnoxiously large reticule, its obstructive dot-sight blur, and the funky acceleration readings from the IR pointer -- the real things that lead to "i can't do teh headshots!"  Fixing those would significantly streamline the playability.

It still looks like it'll be at least a year before we see a proper survival horror action-adventure Resident Evil title to follow RE4.

PeachylalaMarch 11, 2009

Were people that terrible at it?

DAaaMan64March 11, 2009

Quote from: NinGurl69

Babelfishers are reporting this is supposed to be easier than Umbrelly Cornicles.  What the fuck.

Were people that terrible at it?  Did they not learn how to upgrade weapons, replay old stages and restock ammo?  The game was fine for singles, on normal difficulty.  The only things to really hamper the player are the obnoxiously large reticule, its obstructive dot-sight blur, and the funky acceleration readings from the IR pointer -- the real things that lead to "i can't do teh headshots!"  Fixing those would significantly streamline the playability.

It still looks like it'll be at least a year before we see a proper survival horror action-adventure Resident Evil title to follow RE4.

Maybe thats secret for head shots will be easier and as a result, more fun

BlackNMild2k1March 11, 2009

I never finished the 1st one, not because it was too hard, but because I lost interest.(The game can be very difficult & I think it was designed to be played co-op, but isn't impossible on the solo)
The game was interesting, but it just seemed to move too slow at times & the only thing that made me hold on and play as long as i did was the co-op play. (seriously, this game can be a little too difficult when played by yourself)

If UC2 can move a little bit quicker & lighten up the difficulty just a lil bit on Normal mode by putting in some sort of calibration (like HotD:Overkill), then I might pick it up eventually.

I really think Calibration might a big reason the game isn't as good as it could have been.

NinGurl69 *hugglesMarch 11, 2009

"I really think Calibration might a big reason the game isn't as good as it could have been."

Another reason it doesn't count as a "light gun game," and is just a mere Wii Play Shooting clone.

KDR_11kMarch 11, 2009

Meh. Really, all I can say. I don't think REUC even came out here so REDC will be another game I won't even have to decide not to buy because the decision is being made for me. Oh, hey, look, Dead Rising isn't coming out either! Neither is Mad World! Well, the Wii is now officially hitting 360 syndrome (Condemned, Dead Rising and Gears of War not coming out here).

NinGurl69 *hugglesMarch 11, 2009

Ouch.  German game retail must truly be teh kiddy.

NWR_pap64Pedro Hernandez, Contributing WriterMarch 11, 2009

If they say its easier I hope it means that the single player has been balanced. One of my issues with the original was that the game was tailored around the 2 player experiences, meaning that some bosses, battles and monsters were easier to take down with two players than with one. It wasn't by any means impossible, but it would have helped to have some advantage in single player.

Regarding Capcom's comment, I agree that they should just have said "UC 2 is in the works, first footage on March 13th". It was a mistake on their behalf, and should be a cautionary tale for both fans and the industry.

But looking at the other side, remember that on-rails shooters weren't a problem with Dead Space was announced. People liked UC and some even wished a sequel would happen so we would get the missing chapters. But after EA dropped the DS bomb how on-rails shooters are a problem, and Capcom hyping up the release was not helping it.

They likely expected fans to be surprised since the first game was a surprise success, and UC 2 hopes to continue that.

ShyGuyMarch 11, 2009

The first Umbrella Chronicles was significantly easier on a large television. A level I got a C on playing on my 26" Widescreen was so much easier on a 60" Widescreen that I got an A.

NinGurl69 *hugglesMarch 11, 2009

Stock up on ammo for the stronger machine gun, and everything will be fine.

TansunnMarch 11, 2009

Personally, I loved REUC and was disappointed that RE2's scenario wasn't playable in it.  Since Leon's showing up for the RE2 stuff in this one, maybe they'll throw some RE4 in as well?  Or maybe even a scenario based on Degeneration?

NinGurl69 *hugglesMarch 11, 2009

no, GAIDEN

NinGurl69 *hugglesMarch 11, 2009

someone passionate wrote:

"Please, PLEASE keep in the Wesker missions. I need his voice acting for sustenance…"

ahahahahaha

decoymanMarch 11, 2009

:( Disappointment. I'm tired of being disappointed.

And I own UC, so I suppose it's partly my fault that the numbers were good enough for the title that they think we all want a sequel. But I, like BnM, lost interest before finishing it. The co-op was the only thing keeping me playing, and when I didn't have that anymore, I stopped.

NinGurl69 *hugglesMarch 11, 2009

Since this puts an end to real Resident Evil games, I hope Disaster: Day of Crisis comes out next month.

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decoymanMarch 11, 2009

Quote from: NinGurl69

Since this puts an end to real Resident Evil games, I hope Disaster: Day of Crisis comes out next month.

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lol

(if this comes across as too cynical, just imagine it's actually an emoticon of a guy doing the "Touchdown" signal)

KDR_11kMarch 11, 2009

One issue is that while UC was a nice change of pace and HotD was a long running series that's really enough by now, we don't need more rail shooters and we especially don't need them in series that traditionally have a different genre that the Wii is lacking in. That just feels like the Wii is getting pigeonholed as the lightgun shooting system. I don't think technical requirements were the only reason the genre has been on the brink of extinction for so long. It also doesn't help when NWR staff says a non-railshooter could be a railshooter. I got my fill of the genre with Rayman and Wii Play.

I, for one, am excited. As many of you know, I've been begging Capcom for a sequel for months. And they listed! Now we'll be able to experience the main events of Code Veronica without having to actually play Code Veronica. So that's exciting.

But more importantly, if all goes as planned, we'll get to play as Leon "S." Kennedy twice. But I wonder how they'll justify two-player co-op for RE4 missions, if RE4 is included...

AVMarch 11, 2009

i really enjoyed UC but I don't want more of those games. The fact it takes place in RE2 is a real slap to the face. They know we want a remake of that game, but not like this. How are they going to make it big enough to justify its existence. UC had tons of levels and idea, this is on RE2 its locked into that game so I don't see how it could be equal in length to UC.

basically this feels like capcom purposely left out RE2 from RE;UC to later release it as its own game. NOT COOL.

AdrockMarch 11, 2009

They shouldn't have said Wii owning Resident Evil fans will be "very happy, very soon." That's pretty presumptuous on their part. Don't tell me how I'll feel or what I want! That's like when I was leaving KFC the other day and there was a window vinyl on the door with Colonel Sanders saying, "See you tomorrow!" How the f*ck do you know I'll be back tomorrow? F*ck Colonel Sanders.

decoymanMarch 11, 2009

Quote from: Halbred

I, for one, am excited. As many of you know, I've been begging Capcom for a sequel for months. And they listed! Now we'll be able to experience the main events of Code Veronica without having to actually play Code Veronica. So that's exciting.

SO YOU'RE THE ONE WHO DID THIS! >:U But srsly though, I thought only RE2 was confirmed... did I just miss the CV part of the announcement?

Quote from: Halbred

But more importantly, if all goes as planned, we'll get to play as Leon "S." Kennedy twice. But I wonder how they'll justify two-player co-op for RE4 missions, if RE4 is included...

Give Ashley a gun. Ooh, better yet, just let Leon dual-wield™ and each player can control an arm.

Flames_of_chaosLukasz Balicki, Staff AlumnusMarch 11, 2009

Well only 2 was announced so far they could easily do CV and maybe something leading up to 4 or 5.

NWR_pap64Pedro Hernandez, Contributing WriterMarch 11, 2009

Quote from: Halbred

I, for one, am excited. As many of you know, I've been begging Capcom for a sequel for months. And they listed! Now we'll be able to experience the main events of Code Veronica without having to actually play Code Veronica. So that's exciting.

But more importantly, if all goes as planned, we'll get to play as Leon "S." Kennedy twice. But I wonder how they'll justify two-player co-op for RE4 missions, if RE4 is included...

Well, I believe you could play the Wesker and Ada missions with two players once you unlocked the option to do so, so they could pull off RE 4. RE 5 can easily be done.

NinGurl69 *hugglesMarch 11, 2009

Methinks the RE5 chapter will last 15min or so in DC, to maintain the proportions.

NWR_pap64Pedro Hernandez, Contributing WriterMarch 11, 2009

Quote from: NinGurl69

Methinks the RE5 chapter will last 15min or so in DC, to maintain the proportions.

At least it will play better than the 7 hours they expect us to enjoy on the 360/PS3...

broodwarsMarch 11, 2009

Like I said in the rumor topic, "meh, whatever."  I liked Umbrella Chronicles, as it felt like the old-style Resident Evil games...only on rails.  I never finished it because I only had a few missions left to unlock and I got bored trying to meet some of the insane S-rank objectives.  That this game will be on rails doesn't really bother me as much as that it's yet another "Not Resident Evil" game from Capcom.  They know we want a new RE4-style Resident Evil game, and the sales reflect that, but they just wont' give us one.  Instead, like every other fracking 3rd party on Wii (except for the fluke that is Dragon Quest X), they decided we really didn't want the big AAA true installment of the beloved franchise.  No, instead we want the experimental spin-off.  Well, frak you, Capcom.  I'm so sick and tired of this nonsense, so much that I'm starting to wish Nintendo went back to its 1980s-style of ruling the games on its console with an iron fist.  Yeah, it'd piss all those companies off, but at least we'd for a time get the games we actually want.  I'm so sick of "settling" for games when it comes to Wii.  We never get what we actually want, so instead we are left to "settle" for what we have.  Bleh.

GoldenPhoenixMarch 11, 2009

Quote from: broodwars

Like I said in the rumor topic, "meh, whatever."  I liked Umbrella Chronicles, as it felt like the old-style Resident Evil games...only on rails.  I never finished it because I only had a few missions left to unlock and I got bored trying to meet some of the insane S-rank objectives.  That this game will be on rails doesn't really bother me as much as that it's yet another "Not Resident Evil" game from Capcom.  They know we want a new RE4-style Resident Evil game, and the sales reflect that, but they just wont' give us one.  Instead, like every other fracking 3rd party on Wii (except for the fluke that is Dragon Quest X), they decided we really didn't want the big AAA true installment of the beloved franchise.  No, instead we want the experimental spin-off.  Well, frak you, Capcom.  I'm so sick and tired of this nonsense, so much that I'm starting to wish Nintendo went back to its 1980s-style of ruling the games on its console with an iron fist.  Yeah, it'd piss all those companies off, but at least we'd for a time get the games we actually want.  I'm so sick of "settling" for games when it comes to Wii.  We never get what we actually want, so instead we are left to "settle" for what we have.  Bleh.

And the fluke known as Monster Hunter. Seriously though looking at RE5 I'm not sure if I won't get more enjoyment out of this. It still would be great if they remade RE2 or created a spin-off 3rd person game. It is funny how outdated the 360/PS3 version seems to be with its clunky controls.

EasyCureMarch 11, 2009

Sometimes i wish i was some sorta billionaire that had the money to fly all the wii fans that want a 'real' RE game on wii to Capcom HQ and supply them all with megaphones.

Then i realize it'd be a waste of my money cuz they STILL wouldn't get it..

NWR_pap64Pedro Hernandez, Contributing WriterMarch 11, 2009

Quote from: EasyCure

Sometimes i wish i was some sorta billionaire that had the money to fly all the wii fans that want a 'real' RE game on wii to Capcom HQ and supply them all with megaphones.

Then i realize it'd be a waste of my money cuz they STILL wouldn't get it..

Who the fans or Capcom?

HAAAAAAH! C WHUT I DID THAR?

ReverendNoahWhateleyMarch 11, 2009

I blame Duck Hunt.

williamsjjMarch 11, 2009

This is disappointing.  I wasn't expecting RE5 on the Wii, but I was expecting something more like a standard Resident Evil game.  I was hoping for a new version of RE0 or RE using the RE4 engine and Wii controls, but would have settled for just about anything but a light gun game.  I loved UC on the Wii and put over 24 hours into it, but the console definitely doesn't need another light gun game.  As some other poster said, it seems like the developers think the only games the Wii can support are light gun games.  The only thing I can say is that I thank God that I couldn't find a Wii when they launched and bought a 360 instead.  If I had the Wii as my only console from this generation, as I had originally planned, I think I'd be a very disgruntled gamer. 

Normally I'd be in here waving my arms and jumping up and down hysterically.... *waves arms and jumps up and down hysterically* ... but actually, after the pure funfest that Overkill was, and the promise that Extraction embodies, Capcom will really have to up the ante with RE:DC. I mean, RE:UC was great at the time, but it had TANK CONTROLS IN A RAIL SHOOTER!!! AAARRRGGGHHHH.

If DC has tank controls, I will be mad. I want to feel as light and free as I did in overkill. Oh, and I want the difficulty balanced. Oh, and I want to be surprised by some taking-of-the-genre-to-the-next-level. I expect some more innovation this time Capcom!

Shift KeyMarch 12, 2009

I was hoping it was PN03 Part 2, mainly so that any actual announcement would sound better when compared to that.

But in the end its just the usual third-party-treatment disappointment.

AVMarch 12, 2009

you know what would be cool.

Resident Evil: Mercenaries

it gets the levels from RE4 and just expands on that arcade game idea. You kill everyone in the level earn more and more levels eventually going to boss battles........oh wait I'm talking about MadWorld.

vuduMarch 12, 2009

Quote from: williamsjj

I was hoping for a new version of RE0 or RE using the RE4 engine and Wii controls

;D

You didn't speak fast enough so Capcom only heard the first half of your request.

What's with all the rail shooter hate? It's a great genre.

And Kai, how did RE:UC have tank controls? You just shot at the screen, and didn't "move" your character at all! :-)

BeautifulShyMarch 12, 2009

I don't get it Halbred.There isn't a lot of rail shooters on the Wii.
4 are out now.Ghost Squad,HotD 2&3 and Overkill and Umbrella Chronicles. This game and Sin and Punishment 2.There is not of lots of saturation in the genre.
All of those games I listed are great.I don't see the problem.

UltimatePartyBearMarch 12, 2009

The problem, and I speak as a fan of rail shooters and light gun games in general, is that we don't want rail shooters at the expense of something else.  A long-running rail shooter franchise coming to Wii as a rail shooter is wonderful news.  A long-running survival horror franchise coming to Wii as a rail shooter is pure weapons grade WTFium.

GoldenPhoenixMarch 12, 2009

Well it looks like they upped the budget for this game by looking at the trailer. As someone else pointed out though considering RE5, I"m not even sure I want another RE4 esque game without the creator.

NinGurl69 *hugglesMarch 12, 2009

People are forgetting Chicken Shoot, Target Terror, Nerf N-strike, and the shooting gallery modes of Rayman Raving Rabbids series, Medal of Honor Heroes 2, and Wii Play.  There's even a little time travelling WiiWare shooter series in Japan.

GoldenPhoenixMarch 12, 2009

Quote from: NinGurl69

People are forgetting Chicken Shoot, Target Terror, Nerf N-strike, and the shooting gallery modes of Rayman Raving Rabbids series, Medal of Honor Heroes 2, and Wii Play.  There's even a little time travelling WiiWare shooter series in Japan.

Medal of Honor? Thought that was a FPS. Also Wii play and Rayman are mini-game collections they have about everything in them. The others, besides, Nerf-N-Strike really aren't what I'd call high profile.

NinGurl69 *hugglesMarch 12, 2009

I referred to the shooting gallery modes, which were high profile "features" touted for these games.

y'all forget Link's Crossbow Training!

Quote from: Jonnyboy117

y'all forget Link's Crossbow Training!

For a REASON.

NinGurl69 *hugglesMarch 13, 2009

Yeah, that's actually a Zelda game, different genre and way better production values, you know.

KDR_11kMarch 14, 2009

Quote from: NinGurl69

People are forgetting Chicken Shoot, Target Terror, Nerf N-strike, and the shooting gallery modes of Rayman Raving Rabbids series, Medal of Honor Heroes 2, and Wii Play.  There's even a little time travelling WiiWare shooter series in Japan.

Did you forget Wild West Guns?

Anyway, the railshooter is way overrepresented compared to other genres.

NinGurl69 *hugglesMarch 14, 2009

I did forget Wild West Guns.  That really slipped past me.

Quote from: KDR_11k

Anyway, the railshooter is way overrepresented compared to other genres.

The railshooter is way over-represented compared to HISTORY.

NEVER, ever, has a console been able to bring this much rail-shooting goodness home. What you think of over-represented is really just the home market catching up to "adequate."

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