The Resident Evil Podcast
About The Resident Evil Podcast
With the undoubted success of all of Capcom's REmakes, especially the recent Resident Evil 4, the time has now come for the team to reflect upon the impact these games have had both for Biohazard and for the wider industry. In the spotlight for this podcast are not only the RE Engine remakes, but also the original and arguably still the bar to beat - 2002 REmake. The aim here is to discuss in some detail how these remakes came to be and the legacy they now leave, whilst highlighting the bits they did better that their original counterpart. In hindsight does REmake 2 stick out with its more re-imagined approach to the lore compared to the other titles, did REmake 3 leave too much on the cutting room floor and is REmake 4 the final straw or are more remakes inevitable? Helping us breakdown and reflect on these questions are you guys -through a series of polls conducted by STARS TyranT on Twitter/X. The results are....surprising to say the least but offer a fascinating insight into how parts of the community are feeling. Finally we end with a remake themed quiz where the questions only have 2 answers. What could possibly go wrong? Please enjoy our final say on the REmakes (at least until Code: Veronica is announced!)
Perhaps one of the most anticipated DLC's in quite some time, Separate Ways is out now and the REP Team are bringing you their review of Ada's quest in Southern Europe. The original side quest for the base game certainly added some much needed context to the Plaga and specifically Wesker's involvement - can the revised version pull the same trick whilst applying the bells and whistles of the RE Engine? With emotions running high at REP over Remake 4 itself, will Neptune have a more enjoyable time? Will TheBatMan continue to applaud the changes from Capcom? Has Rombie burnt himself out on the game attempting his Platinum run and will this be the straw that breaks STARS TyranT's back? So strap yourselves in, activate your IRIS and get ready for the last tango in Spain for Luis. Our Separate Ways review starts now!
In the latest in what is now a long line of CGI productions, Death Island was perhaps the most anticipated with the return of not only fan favourite Jill Valentine, but the coming together of all four of the series' main protagonists for the very first time. On paper therefore, Death Island ticks a lot of boxes, but how was this film received by the team - can it break free from the usual constraints of these films to tell an important but also enjoyable tale - and can it be done when so many of the on-screen characters are wearing very thick plot armour? Join STARS TyranT, Rombie, Neptune and returning special guest CVXFreak as we lift the lid on The Rock, we mean Death Island!
Join REP as we celebrate 20 years of Resident Evil: Dead Aim! Yes, Gun Survivor 4 is now 2 decades old and the team come together to take a retrospective look at this pioneering and divisive title. Long time listeners will know that we are quite fond of this quirky spin off, arriving at a time when the future of the series was looking bleak on PlayStation with the major titles finding a new home on Nintendo's purple cube. After a few false starts under the Survivor banner, could Capcom strike gold with new characters and a notable time jump into 2002. In this hybrid retrospective/happy birthday podcast we dive deep into the lore surrounding the locations, characters the B.O.Ws and the rather somewhat convoluted chronology events leading to Morpheus's plan to target the world's cities with the T-Virus. 20 years old where does this game sit in the wider canon? Is it as important as some of the team like to make out? And just why is this not available on digital download! Please enjoy!
Welcome to the third and final part of our Remake 4 coverage. We've reviewed it, the community have had their say, now it is time to do a deep dive into the various lore changes and additions this remake has brought about. We discuss in depth the changes to the Plaga, the various creatures, and the enhanced personalities and motivations of the characters. Do the changes to Operation Javier really matter, or can the new simply be stitched on top of the old? We also welcome Albert Wesker into the RE Engine era and speculate what the inevitable Separate Ways will have in store. Finally, does canon really matter anymore? Should it ever have mattered? Please enjoy.
Part 2 of our coverage of Resident Evil 4 Remake continues with our community feedback special. As is tradition with our new release coverage, in this podcast we hear from our wonderful listeners with their views and opinions on this latest release. The call out this time saw a wonderful response with a varied collection of experiences and reviews. Join Neptune, theBatman, STARS TyranT, Rombie and George Trevor as we hand the reigns over to you guys! Meanwhile in the news, we reflect on newest trailer releases of Resident Evil Death Island and the upcoming RE movie documentary. Enjoy!
Resident Evil 4 Remake has now seen its official release and our panel have played it extensively. Join Neptune, Batman, STARS_TyranT, Rombie and George Trevor for a very lengthy discussion as we dissect and analyse the whole game from top to bottom. Everything is covered from the re-imagined and remixed locations, the modern take on the characters and B.O.W.s, the soundtrack, and of course the new lore implications. Can George Trevor finally be converted to the modern games? Will this finally be the title that wins over STARS_TyranT to the remakes? And does this title change enough to help Neptune overcome his indifference towards the original game? Join us and find out....
With less than two weeks to go before the highly anticipated release, the REP team sit down to analyse the 'Chainsaw Demo' and discuss their hopes and fears for the final finished product. In the midst of avoiding flying hatchets, burning police officers, and frenzied chainsaws, we discuss what works, what doesn't and speculate on what the full game has in store. But overall the team seem united in their opinion that Remake 4 will be a phenomenal success and potentially become one of the best-selling titles of all time for Capcom. But this poses its own dilemma... Should Capcom press ahead into the unknown with Resident Evil 9 and beyond or is it safer and more financially sound to continue the Remake train with 5, 6 and Code Veronica? In the news, the announcement of Death Island is discussed with the return of Jill and STARS_TyranT offers his thoughts on Resident Evil Village VR. Please enjoy.
Amazingly, another classic Resident Evil title turns 20 years old in all regions as one of the last pre-rendered games hits this milestone. A game originally developed for the N64 before being scrapped and upgraded for the Nintendo GameCube, for many this was the key title in the release schedule. Gone were some of the core components of Biohazard, no longer "restricted" by item boxes, two person exploration and some genuinely creepy environments - surely the pinnacle of survival horror? Many felt these improvements harmed the gameplay and the complicated and somewhat contradictory storyline only added to the frustration. 20 years on REP once again enter the world of survival horror in our new season opener as we play through the title beginning to end, showcasing our own quests on board the Ecliptic Express and then the new mansion and labs. What horrors awaited our panel of Neptune, theBatman, STARS Tyrant and George Trevor? Enjoy our discussions as we play on our tank control experience with some expert guidance from the team - well, most of them - Neptune is still stuck on the train! Happy Birthday Resident Evil Zero!
It's been 10 years since the biggest and most ambitious Resident Evil game to date graced the world and what better time for the team to look back on this ensemble piece. In our last show of the season, join Batman, STARS TyranT, Rombie and Neptune in this special retrospective podcast as we look to see if time has indeed been a healer for this divisive title. Resident Evil 6 was in fact REP's first new mainline title that we reviewed all the way back in 2012 and at the time, the criticisms were reflective of where the series had come with it's "action trilogy". Have the ambitious and convoluted lore behind Ada, Carla and the C-Virus been remedied with the passage of time or is the Batman still trying to understand what the point of The Family was? Stars Tyrant has often been the lone voice in pointing out the positive aspects of RE6, from character interactions, the return of a certain Sherry Birkin and of course the sliding. Rombie also bravely return to this title, this time giving the multiplayer a spin and perhaps a new appreciation of the global biohazard Capcom were going for. All we know is Neptune still hates cucumbers, but what about Resident Evil 6? Strap yourselves in for this 10 years special!
After a long absence, we take a pause from our usual podcast schedule to bring you an audio commentary of the CGI film - Resident Evil Damnation. Released just over 10 years ago, this second canonical installment joins agent Leon S. Kennedy as he battles against Lickers, Majini's, a super-cool Tyrant and new character notArk - Buddy! But as Leon is not alone in his battle neither are we. REP is delighted to welcome to this audio commentary as our special guest; actor, Val Tasso, who both voiced and mo-capped the hip-hop loving soldier, J.D! Neptune and STARS TyranT take this opportunity to not only reflect on the film as it plays, but we also get a unique insight into Val's preparation for playing J.D and his love for this project as a whole. So settle down with some popcorn, load up Damnation (or if put the disc in the player if you are like Neptune and still clamber for physical releases!) and join us in this fantastic audio commentary experience!
Are you ready to delve into the subconscious mind of the REP collective? Well, buckle up as Neptune, theBatman, George Trevor, Rombie and STARS TyranT all take a trip to find that elusive crystal as we review Resident Evil Village: Gold Edition! Once again, we head back to the cursed village via a sample of Megamycete and a lot of strange misgivings along the way! The team will be casting their eye over everything Shadows of Rose and whether this piece of DLC adds to or hinders the story of the Winters's. With everything from gloopy walls, facesuckers, creepy mannequin dolls and theBatman trying to make sense of what the hell the Mold does, does this tale adequately bookend this phase of Biohazard? We also have a nice sub-discussion on the recent trailer of Resident Evil 4 Remake to tease the return of another village! Enjoy!
In what has been a delayed podcast, the REP Team celebrate 10 years of this quirky spin off and see if, after a decade, its much maligned status requires a reappraisal? In this recording we look at how well the game holds up with Neptune in particular taking the multiplayer out for a spin for the first time ever! George Trevor also brings his expertise to the table having interviewed the games director Andrew Santos a few years ago and sharing tales of ORC's troubled production. We also take a detailed look at ORC's canonicity in light of the REmakes that have come since. Once brandished as sacrilege for messing up the geography of Birkin's Lab and the Raccoon Hospital when compared to the original titles, does has this burden been lifted with RE2 and RE3 remake? Is it time to embrace Party Girl and Four Eyes? We also have a recap of this summer's news as we build up to the next RE Showcase and we are delighted to be joined by special guest, HappySmelly!
Announced today at Creature Feature Weekend, The Resident Evil Podcast are delighted to bring you this exclusive interview with the creators of the upcoming documentary about the lost Resident Evil movie that was to be directed by the grandfather of zombies himself - George A. Romero. The story is one of legend with Romero due to direct the first live action adaptation of Resident Evil following his involvement with the Biohazard 2 commercial. However, it was not to be and the project was removed from the director. This documentary will bring to light what happened by the people that were there at the time. This podcast brings together two of the creators of this documentary - Jason Bareford - George Romero's production assistant who personally worked on many Romero projects including the Biohazard 2 commercial and Brandon Salisbury - writer & filmmaker and the lead on this incredible undertaking. So join the team as we chat with the pair all about how this film came into being, the passion behind all things Romero and Resident Evil and lament what could have been. We also have a sub-discussion on the existing live action RE films, but please note that this podcast was recorded in May 2022 meaning the Netflix show had not yet dropped (nor cancelled!) Please enjoy!
Coming hot off the heels of the Resident Evil movie reboot, attention now turns to the recently released Netflix adaptation of this popular franchise. Concerns were raised when this show was initially announced and then again when it was marketed as being a continuation of the games storyline up to RE Village anyway. Released last month what are the views on Neptune, [STARS] TyranT, Rombie and George Trevor now the dust has settled and all 8 hours have been consumed and digested? There is plenty to get our teeth into including the split storyline, the portrayals of legacy characters, the Wesker twins, as well as the return of the old (new) Umbrella. So buckle up as we try to flee through the Channel Tunnel is this review podcast. It's not all TV discussion however as we also have a look at the new trailer for the Shadows of Rose RE Village DLC.
It's happened. After years of rumors, the remake crank has been turned once again with the recent reveal by Capcom that the beloved classic, Resident Evil 4 is being "re-imagined". With the original game widely available to play on the new generation of consoles, the team cast their eye over not just the stunning trailer but the implications this direction brings to the franchise. Will lightning strike twice for Capcom in a game that not only shook up the Biohazard franchise, but fundamentally altered the entire gaming landscape? With some storyline insight and predictions from Neptune, Rombie, a returning Mr. Spencer, and (the exasperated) STARS TyranT in this surprise reveal podcast. In the news we also look at the newly released Resident Evil Netflix trailer. Remakes hey?!! Enjoy!"
Welcome to REP's birthday party for Resident Evil Remake, now 20 years old and still as glorious and nostalgic as ever. As per tradition with our birthday milestone episodes, the team sit down and play various versions of the game, in different modes with both Chris and Jill, and shares their individual experiences. So sit back, grab a drink, turn the lights off, and let us take you back to the Arklay Mansion once again. The birthplace of horror.
It may be hard to believe, but Resident Evil Revelations has just celebrated its 10th birthday! Originally conceived as a portable experience for the Nintendo 3DS released in January 2012, this curiously often overlooked title has received several enhancements over the years and according to Capcom remains very much part of the main series. But as we discuss, Rev 1 is a strange beast. Despite containing many of the core ingredients that appeal to fans, Chris and Jill together, a return to horror after the action behemoth of RE5, and a larger focus on hub, key-questing gameplay, something about it doesn't feel quite right. Rombie isn't much of a fan and Batman aside, the other boys are firmly on the Rev2 train. But regardless there are many positives to take from this game. So sit back and relive the times of Grinder, Jackass, Jessica's sweet-ass, and Conan O'Brien's luxury cruise on the Queen Zenobia.
This episode sees the panel reflect on a decade of Resident Evil podcasting but also more importantly, reflecting on the last decade of Resident Evil as a whole. Since we started our little endeavor, the series has more than doubled in content with numerous new games, remakes, CG productions, manga stories, stage plays and even a musical, each of which have helped elevate the franchise to the colossal powerhouse it is today with over 25 million games sold in the last two years alone. Join us as we go back to the times of Revelations 1 and Operation Raccoon City, then the aftermath of Resident Evil 6 when the series truly felt like it was lost. We discuss the turn back to horror with Revelations 2, then Capcom undoing all of its good work with Umbrella Corps. We assess the reboot with 7, the evolution to Village and of course the impact of the widely divisive remakes of 2 and 3. Sandwiched inbetween all that is Damnation, Vendetta, Infinite Darkness and of course, plenty of Marhawa Desire news. Please join us for one of our lengthiest episodes to date and thank you to all for 10 years of support.
Finally after some delay the boys sit down to review the live-action reboot of the Resident Evil movie franchise. Writer/Director Johannes Roberts has gathered a promising cast to take us through a story that loosely combines the events of both Resident Evil and Resident Evil 2. Opinion seems divided as we discuss everything from the characterisation, the strive for authenticity, the 90's aesthetic, the creatures, and the inevitable comparisons to the Paul WS Anderson efforts. Please enjoy.