By Dylan Del-Rio
Resident Evil 3: Nemesis is Capcom’s newest installment in the Resident Evil series. Riding high on the success of last year’s Resident Evil 2 remake, Capcom seems to be making the next logical step with a remake of Resident Evil 3, which was released this month.
While it is not as solid as last year’s offering and its runtime leaves a lot to be desired, it is still an overall enjoyable retelling of a classic survival horror game.
The game takes place both before and alongside the events of Resident Evil 2. The game focuses on Jill Valentine, a former policewoman and a survivor from the first game.
Valentine has dedicated all of her time to prove the local pharmaceutical company, Umbrella, is secretly creating bioweapons. This soon goes to hell when her hometown of Raccoon City is hit with a viral outbreak infecting thousands and turning them into zombies forcing Jill to flee.
To top off the situation, Valentine is being targeted by the titular Nemesis, a deformed hulking monstrosity who will not stop until either it or Jill is dead.
The story does not stand out but is made entertaining by the constant threat of Nemesis. Jill’s characterization provides moments of light comic relief despite being scared foe her life.
In terms of game play, Evil 3 is incredibly similar to the remake of Resident Evil 2.
Valentine is controlled from a third-person perspective. The goals of exploring closed off areas teeming with zombies, solving puzzles, and finding items to gain access to new areas or arm yourself with new weapons and healing items remain from previous Resident Evil iterations.
The biggest new addition to the game is the ability to dodge. By pressing one of the bumpers, Valentine will dodge an enemy attack and — if you dodge at the last possible second — you can quickly pull out a gun and counter the enemy before they have time to react. It is a useful skill and makes dealing with the zombies more manageable.
The biggest problem with Resident Evil 3 is its length. It is not a very long game, clocking in around five to six hours for a single run-through. While most of the Resident Evil games are relatively short, they feature multiple scenarios and un-lockable bonus modes while this game does not.
Resident Evil 3 offers bonus items and weapons you can use in future playthroughs but that is about it. The same problem occurs in the original Resident Evil 3 but that cannot excuse asking $60 for a six-hour game.
If the game was $40, it would be an easy recommendation but because of its full price ($60) — it’s harder to fully endorse.
This game is a good follow to last year’s remake but anyone who is on the fence about buying it should definitely wait for a price drop.
Screenshot captured by Dylan Del-Rio