Review by Jericho0784
"A great port with a few flaws"
Well, here's the third Resident Evil game to grace the Dreamcast. While it can't begin to compare graphically to the likes of Code:Veronica, can it stand on it's own as a game, under the shadow of it's already established PlayStation counterpart? Read on to find out.
The graphics, while seemingly touched up, are basically the same as the PSX version. That doesn't make this game an eyesore, by any means, however, as it is still pleasant to look at. In addition, this is the first DC Resident Evil game (excluding RE2) where you can actually decapitate a zombie (something seriously missing from Code:Veronica). Basically, this game isn't much better looking than it did when it was released two years ago, but it certainly doesn't play worse.
The sound, again, is the same as the PSX, but it's a port and that's to be expected. The sound is still excellent, except for certain ties when the shotgun seems a bit muffled (perhps it's a glitch that the quality control didn't catch).
Capcom still knows how to use music to add to the mood of a game. I love the music (though some of it is taken out of RE2 directly, it's still acceptable). Now, there really isn't much more to say about it, except for the times when the music suddenly cuts off, you know you're in BIG trouble ^_^.
This is where RE3 falters a bit. Due to a dearth of buttons, you don't get a turn-around button anymore, but now you have to press down and the run button, which complicates the control even further than necessary. What, the L button has to be an aim button too? Anyway, the control seems kinda loose and it takes even a veteran RE player some time to get used to it.
There is a lot to do in this game. You can play the easy mode if you just wanna kill everything. You can play the Hard mode and unlock all of the secrets. You can even play the Mercenaries mode from the start and test your skills as Nicholai, using only a steak knife against the Nemesis, or any of the other two characters.
Replay Value: 8/10
You'll be playing it a lot, but if you've already beaten the crap out of it on the PSX, then the replay value will definitely go down for you.
Seeing as how the Dreamcast is about to go under, buying a quality title like this would not be a mistake. Renting it is probably near impossible, since every Blockbuster (that I've seen) has a very slender selection of DC titles to begin with. If you've played it to death on PSX, don't bother. But if you need another RE fix on your beloved Sega console, you can't go wrong with this one.
Reviewer's Score: 8/10 | Originally Posted: 07/19/01, Updated 07/19/01
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