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Resident Evil 3: Nemesis review

alex9234’s Sunday Review

Another review from yours truly. This time I’m going to review not only one of the most underrated Resident Evil games, but also one of the most underrated gems on the PS1. Don’t get me wrong here, this game gets plenty of praise from PS1 and Resident Evil fans alike, but the thing is, you don’t really hear them talk about it very often, as this game gets shoved aside in favor of it’s predecessor Resident Evil 2, the Resident Evil 1 remake on GameCube, and Resident Evil 4. I’m going to review my favorite classic Resident Evil game, Resident Evil 3: Nemesis, which came out on the PS1 in 1999.

The Plot

Resident Evil 3 first starts off 24 hours before the events of Resident Evil 2. RE3 follows Raccoon City Police S.T.A.R.S. member Jill Valentine, as she attempts to escape from the zombie-infested Raccoon City. While she is on her way to the Raccoon City Police department, she runs into fellow S.T.A.R.S. member Brad Vickers, who is also trying to escape. Brad tells Jill that Umbrella Corporation has unleashed a powerful creature that was created to hunt down S.T.A.R.S. members, and he fears that this monster may be unstoppable. The two of them then go their separate ways, but eventually run into each other again at the Police station. There, Brad is killed by the monster that he warned Jill about – Nemesis. Jill manages to evade being killed by Nemesis, and after grabbing some weapons, ammo and health items from the police station, she runs into 3 surviving Umbrella mercenaries – Carlos Oliveira, Mikhail Victor and Nicholai Ginovaef, who have been hired to help civilians escape from Raccoon City. Jill and the mercenaries then work together to find replacement parts to repair one of the city’s cable cars so that they can take the cable car to the city’s clock tower so that they can ring a bell to contact a rescue helicopter. As Jill is trying to find oil for the cable car at an Umbrella office in downtown Raccoon City, she notices Nicholai kill one of his own men under suspicious circumstances – he explains to Jill that he was “infected by the T-Virus”, but Jill grows suspicious of him. Nicholai then suddenly disappears after zombies overrun the office. After finding all the replacement parts for the cable car, Jill then meets up with Carlos and Mikhail. They then start up the cable car and head off to the clock tower. However, Nemesis jumps on board the cable car, and causes trouble for the trio. Deciding to save Jill and Carlos, Mikhail sacrifices himself with a grenade, and the power of the blast forces Nemesis out of the cable car, but the cable car crashes into the clock tower’s main courtyard, separating Jill and Carlos. A few hours later, Jill uses the clock tower bells to contact the helicopter, but Nemesis shows up and destroys the chopper with a rocket launcher. Though Jill manages to fight off Nemesis again, Nemesis infects her with the T-virus, and she falls unconscious. Carlos then finds Jill and takes her to safety in the Clock Tower’s chapel. Carlos then runs to a local hospital where a vaccine for the T-virus exists. Jill is then treated, and she and Carlos then head off to a park in Raccoon City. The two of them split up, and Jill runs into Nicholai, who reveals himself to be a “supervisor” sent into Raccoon City to gather combat data of Umbrella’s bio-weapons. Then, a giant worm-like creature appears, and Nicholai retreats. After fighting off the creature, she meets up with Carlos again, who tells her that the U.S. Army has decided to use a nuclear weapon on Raccoon City to wipe out the threat of the T-virus. Will she and Carlos be able to escape in time?

The Gameplay

The gameplay of RE3 is very similar to the first 2 games – tank controls, you know. You aim your weapon with the right shoulder button(s), and aim with the Square button. Jill also has the ability to dodge enemies as well. You store items in the inventory, as well as in the item boxes at save points if you want to store certain items. You use healing herbs to heal yourself, and you can combine herbs to make certain recovery items (1/2 Green with 1 Blue – Recover Health and Cure Poison, 1 Green with 1 Red – Fully recover Health, 3 Green – Fully recover Health, 1 Green, 1 Blue and 1 Red – Fully recover Health and cure poison (I think, could be wrong though)). New to RE3 is ammo creation system, where you collect different kinds of gunpowder to make handgun rounds, shotgun rounds, magnum rounds, as well as ammo for the grenade launcher (Freeze, Fire, Acid, etc.). Also, the map of this Resident Evil game is very massive, a lot less linear than the first 2 games, as there are multiple places to explore. The game still uses the famous Metroidvania formula that the first 2 games used, but expands on it. Those who are familiar with the first 2 Resident Evil games should have little to no problem getting used to RE3’s gameplay.

Also, this Resident Evil game has multiple endings, which can be triggered by the choices that you make in these quicktime-like plot events where you have to make a certain choice. There are no bad endings as far as I’m concerned.

The Characters

Jill Valentine – Age: 24 – Jill is the main character of RE3, as she makes a return from the first Resident Evil game, where she was one of the main characters. She has a broad use of skills which she uses in her fight against the zombies. Jill is very experienced in bomb disposal, highly skilled at picking locks, and very proficient with using firearms. She has a very strong sense of justice, and is committed to stopping the bioterror threat, as well as fighting for peace and protecting the innocent.

Carlos Oliveira – Age: 21 – Carlos is a mercenary that was hired by Umbrella’s Biohazard Countermeasure Service. He is of mixed Latin American (supposedly Brazilian) and other indigenous origins. Carlos was a member of a Communist guerrilla group in South America, but his group was wiped out, and was eventually hired by Umbrella to join their Biohazard Countermeasure Service. He has an expertise in heavy weaponry and vehicle maintenance. He and Jill work together to escape from Raccoon City when Nicholai turns on the both of them.

Nicholai Zinoviev – Age: 35 – Nicholai, codenamed “Silver Wolf”, is the leader of U.B.C.S Delta Platoon. From Moscow, Russia, Nicholai was part of one of the Soviet Union’s “Spetsnaz” (special forces) groups. After the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991, he and numerous other ex-Soviet soldiers were hired by Umbrella to serve in their paramilitary forces. He was given false orders by Umbrella to protect the residents of Raccoon City, but his true orders was to collect data from Umbrella’s bio-weapons, and was also assigned to hunt down Jill and Carlos.

My Thoughts

I really enjoyed playing RE3, and I still do to this day. The gameplay is very good, the music is excellent, and the voice acting is actually somewhat decent, far better than the first 2 games. There is a massive variety of weapons in this game, and I like the ammo mixing system that this game has, as I was able to create tons of useful ammo like the freeze grenades to help me get by in certain boss fights. I like how the world of this Resident Evil is much more expansive, as you aren’t limited to a few buildings – you get to explore and unlock different areas, which is very similar to that of Super Metroid. This is one of the best Resident Evil games and you should totally check this out.

And one last message: STARS!!

My score: 9/10


Published by alex9234

A skeptical game writer who doesn't believe the gaming press.

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