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.

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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.

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.

Matthew Hayes
Contributing Writer
Date: June 22, 2016

This would have been acceptable on a PS3, but only barely. Textures are bland, animations are awkward, and frame rates are inconsistent.
Movement and aiming is either slow and clumsy or way too fast.
Music / Sound FX / Voice Acting
The music and voice work is totally forgettable. Weapons, moans, and explosions sound pretty canned and wimpy.
Play Value
Only hardcore fans will love this one. The single-player blows and multiplayer gets stale after an hour or two.
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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