Review by The Black Prince

Reviewed: 01/20/04

Resident Evil 3: Nemesis is a great addition to any gamer's collection

Resident Evil is the most popular survival horror series out right now. The first game in the series introduced players to the world of Resident Evil – with flesh-eating zombies, mind-bending puzzles, eerie surroundings, and the evil organization known only as Umbrella Corp. Resident Evil fans wanted more – so a year later in 1997 Capcom released Resident Evil 2 which was extremely successful. Now, Capcom presents us with Resident Evil 3: Nemesis – will it satisfy Resident Evil fans the way Resident Evil 2 did? Will the newest edition to the series be a hit or a miss? Read on to find my opinion on the game…

Capcom hardly touches Resident Evil’s gameplay – just look how similar the controls are in Resident Evil and Resident Evil 2. If you played Resident Evil then it’ll take you less than two minutes to figure out Resident Evil 2’s controls. Anyways… Resident Evil 3: Nemesis handles like the other games in the series except Capcom added some new features which allows you to perform 180 degree turns, dodges, and you’ll be able to target explosive items in an area. These are great additions and you’ll find yourself taking advantage of these features. All and all, if you’ve played past Resident Evil titles then you’ll get the hang of this game in a matter of minutes – 10 minutes maximum due to the features. However, if this is your first Resident Evil game, then it’ll take you about half an hour to get the hang of the controls.

Resident Evil 3: Nemesis is the most difficult Resident Evil in the series thus far. By choosing “New Game” in the main menu, you’ll be granted with two options – “Hard Mode” and “Easy Mode.” Obviously, Easy Mode is a bit easier than Hard Mode but you’ll still find yourself dying more often than in past Resident Evil titles. You’ll most likely want to play Easy Mode first just to get the hang of the game and to know what to expect in Hard Mode. Unfortunately, Capcom penalizes you for playing in Easy Mode and therefore you cannot unlock most of the secrets (exception being two costumes, the mini-game, and Jill’s Diary.) The reason the game is so difficult is because Nemesis is constantly searching for you. He may appear when you least expect it and attack. Nemesis runs twice your speed and will clobber Jill so have some Green Herbs with you at all times. Ammunition shouldn’t be a problem in this game – you can find tons if you search around plus you even create your own ammunition with the new Reloading Tool and Ammunition Pickups scattered around Raccoon City.

STORY – 8/10
Resident Evil 3: Nemesis has a great story – although I did enjoy Resident Evil 2’s story much better. Well, anyways… the game begins twenty-four hours before the events of Resident Evil 2. Jill Valentine is back but this time in a tube top =P. It’s been a month and a half since the events of the original Resident Evil and the surviving members of S.T.A.R.S. bring back information about Umbrella’s experiments. The survivors spread the news in Raccoon City about the experiments but the corrupt Chief of Police Brian Irons (who’s allowing Umbrella to secretly operate in Raccoon City) didn’t listen to the survivors and told the citizens of Raccoon City that Umbrella is a safe corporation. The citizens ignored the survivors and went back to their everyday happy life. Jill, one of the survivors, resigned from S.T.A.R.S. so she can join her other teammates on an attack on Umbrella’s European headquarters. But before long, zombies overrun the city. The Police try to stop the monstrosities but in the end – are destroyed. The Umbrella Biohazard Countermeasure Service is dispatched but in the end is slaughtered by the zombies. The whole city is on the brink of destruction and Jill has to make her last escape.

Resident Evil 3: Nemesis has amazing graphics for a PlayStation game. Graphics are very important in a Resident Evil game – they set the mood of the game, the disturbing feeling you get when you enter a bleak and silent room, and most importantly, how ugly the zombies look! The environments in Resident Evil 3: Nemesis are highly detailed – you’ll find small glass shards littering the streets of Raccoon City, water dripping from pipes in alleys, paper scattered on desks… it’s amazing. The FMV cutscenes are pretty good – not as good as I thought they would be but they look good nonetheless. Just one thing bothers me – why does Jill look different in the cutscenes then she does in the actual game? Meh, must be me.

Sound also is an important factor in Resident Evil games. It makes you jump when a zombie bursts through a door, makes the game more realistic as you hear the glass cracking under Jill’s feet or the water splashing when she runs by a broken fire hydrant, and when the eerie piano plays during scenes. The sound is great in this game – you’ll hear Jill’s footsteps change when she steps on different surfaces like concrete, wood, glass, water and more. The sound of the zombie’s squishy footsteps is great and the sound of the zombies moaning is excellent. This is a Resident Evil game after all, so you’ll be walking around in silence most of the time but when you enter certain rooms or trigger key events music may play. A spooky piano solo plays when you’re in a safe room and the music will start to play fast when something bad happens.

If you’ve played past Resident Evil games you’ll know the drill about how to unlock the secrets in Resident Evil. Most of the secrets must be unlocked by beating the game on a certain difficulty several times. Also most of the secrets aren’t worth unlocking – in my opinion. There are three rewards you get when completing the game on Easy Mode – the mini-game The Mercenaries: Operation Mad Jackal, and the Boutique Key which you have to use on a locked door somewhere in the streets of Raccoon City to find two costumes. By completing the game on Hard Mode within an hour and a half and by saving only twice without the help of First Aid Sprays you only get three or four extra costumes. There are eight Epilogues that you can unlock by beating the game under Hard Mode eight times – one Epilogue every time you beat the game on Hard. An Epilogue basically tells you what happened to several of Resident Evil’s characters ranging from Leon S. Kennedy to Barry Burton. By collecting all thirty files throughout the game in order you’ll get Jill’s Diary which is a good read and can be achieved in any difficulty level. The Mercenaries: Operation Mad Jackal is a pretty fun mini-game. You take the role of one of three mercenaries – they all have different inventories, which makes it more challenging. You run around Raccoon City shooting zombies and for every zombie you kill you get money. With the money you can buy weapons that Jill can use in the normal game. The game’s pretty fun – I tried getting some of the secrets but quit after a while since it got really repetitive doing the same thing over and over again. Hardcore Resident Evil fans will no doubt unlock all these secrets though.

Resident Evil 3: Nemesis is a great game and is an amazing addition to the series. It’s not as good as Resident Evil 2 but it’s great nonetheless. Don’t bother renting the game – if you’re into the survival-horror genre or like games that are similar to Resident Evil, they you’ll adore Resident Evil 3. Resident Evil 3: Nemesis is a great addition to any gamer’s collection.

Rating:   4.0 - Great

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