It's been awhile since Capcom has released a game that wasn't a remaster. However, the publisher is breaking out of that rut with several new titles, including the Resident Evil-inspired Umbrella Corps. A third-person shooter set in the zombie-infested Resident Evil universe, Corps is all about going head-to-head against friends while blasting a few undead along the way.
Set to launch digitally in early 2016 for PS4 and PC, the game will be priced at $29.99. Luckily, I got some hands-on time with the game during New York Comic-Con, and although it was an early build, I was impressed with its fun and frenetic action.
Before my team went about the business of hunting down the other squad, we had to choose our loadouts. I decided to employ my considerable skill as a shotgun surgeon, choosing a tactical version of the weapon as my primary and a quick-firing pistol as my secondary.
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Capcom is also adding unique weaponry such as the Brainer (a powerful tactical axe) and Terrain Spikes (boot-mounted spikes). Every combatant is outfitted with a Zombie Jammer, a device which keeps the zombies from attacking. Shooting the back-mounted device will cause the undead to swarm, which could potentially create an opening for an unimpeded shot.
Once everyone chose their arsenal, we were ready to rock in 3 vs. 3 combat.
The map we played at wasn't the most colorful I've seen -- to be fair, it was a warehouse, but the green, gray and black color scheme isn't the most appealing. Aesthetic quibbles aside, it was time to get to work. The Capcom rep informed us that we would be playing One Life Match mode, which is a take on Deathmatch in popular first-person shooter multiplayer games. It basically means that once you die, you're out until the next match starts.
I took point for Team Alpha as we moved in a tight formation down a small corridor on the lookout for the opposing team. After clearing two rooms, they were missing in action, and my trigger finger was getting itchy. As if on cue, I heard a shuffling and a moan to my right. Whipping around, I blew the head off a zombie shuffling towards me.
That shot must have tipped off Bravo team as they spilled into the room guns ablazing. I got the first kill with my shotgun, before I was gunned down myself. Even though I was out of the remainder of the match, Umbrella Corps gave me a top-down view of the action so that I could tip my still-living teammates off to sneak attacks or direct them to the enemy squad.
By the end of the match, Team Alpha won 3-2. As I took off my gaming headset and took a victory stroll, I was excited to see more of Umbrella Corps. The action is intense, especially with the threat of zombies shuffling around. I'm hoping that Capcom will add some more monsters from the Resident Evil series, such as Lickers and maybe a Tyrant or two; we'll just have to wait and see.