Review by 1983guy

Reviewed: 10/26/09

When Resident Evil was still survival horror

Resident Evil 3 really had a tough act to follow. It was coming on the heels of the pinnacle of survival horror gaming, Resident Evil 2. Those are tough shoes for any game to fill, but this sequel did a fine job and even managed to come close to matching its predecessors.

The thing about this game is that it was never intended to be in the first place. Capcom originally intended the third installment of the series to be Code: Veronica. However, a contract with Sony left them needing to make another sequel on the Playstation, so Nemesis is what we have.

The game follows the story of the heroin of Resident Evil 1, Jill Valentine and her attempt to escape from a zombie infested Raccoon City. But, those zombies are NOT the only things crawling around out there, and several times throughout the game she will have to encounter a new foe: Nemesis.

The cool thing about the storyline in this game is that it takes place before AND after the events of Resident Evil 2. Play the game to see exactly how this works.

Graphically this was the best looking of the Resident Evil games on the Playstation system. The character models and pre rendered backgrounds look smoother this time around. There are new animations for the characters including the "dodge" move which really helps out in tight situations, especially against Nemesis.

The control scheme is the same old thing as the first two (which is not a bad thing) except for the new 180 degree spin.

There are new weapons for Jill to play with and a new ammo making system that lets you build your own types of ammunition, depending on what you want.

You will have to encounter Nemesis many times throughout the game and will usually have the option of fighting or running, but every now and then you will have to fight...and he's a tough cookie to crumble! The urgency created by the Nemesis encounters really does a lot for the tension in the game. Even when you know where he is and that he is coming, it still gets to you.

The re-playability of the game is awesome. There are many costumes to unlock, epilogue files to read and a mini game to unlock. And this time the extra game is useful as it allows you to buy weapons to use in the main game! But the thing that really ups the replay value is the randomness of the game. On any given play through you never know what to expect. Sometimes a zombie will be at a certain spot...sometimes it could be something else. You can't always count on a healing item to be right where you expect...with this one you just never know. Great idea by Capcom.

This is a very good game. It is a traditional Resident Evil that stands toe to toe with other survival horrors released the same year. By all means get this game and enjoy the horror!

Rating:   5.0 - Flawless

Product Release: Resident Evil 3: Nemesis (US, 11/11/99)

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