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Resident Evil 3: Nemesis

video game review video game review video game review video game review Video Game Review: Resident Evil 3: Nemesis Publisher: Capcom Entertainment
Category: Action, Adventure
Platform: PS1, Dreamcast, PS1
ESRB Rating: Mature    Release Date: November 2000

Overall Rating: 4 Stars out of 4

Review by Darvan
4 Stars out of 4
(Review of PS1 version)

Well most people have a pretty good idea of what Capcoms flagship title is about. Resident Evil, the scarefest it claims to be? Well yes and no. Certainly in the most recent addition to the Playstations survival horror genre is a good one, but this title lacks some great qualities that its predecessors did not. For example in this edition you cannot chose your character. You immediatly start out with Jill. Remember her? She was the scared wimp in # 1. Well shes all grown up now, and attempting to escape the wrecked and ravaged Racoon City. You do get to use two characters, however. About half way through the game you get to go through a brief period as the hot headed Carlos (a mysterious army guy sent from umbrella). And when I say brief I really mean it. His task is small but satisfying.

The length of the game is a problem. The first play through will usually take you about 7 hours, if you explore. This isn't bad, but considering the length of #2, it leaves you feeling slightly disappointed. There are some innovations in the gameplay, however. This includes the dodge button and the quick 180 degree turn. These moves will make you wonder how you ever survived the first 2 games without them. These moves allow you to dodge if you tap the dodge button or the R1 button as someone or something lunges at you. The quick 180 degree turn allows you to turn around quickly and put some distance between you and the baddy or baddies. This is a life saver considering I remember having a zombie chewing on my neck about half way through RE1. There is also plenty of ammo in this game-- plus you can even make your own. This is quite helpful considering 120 rounds of magnum bullets could esaily get you through the game :). When the game is over there is a goo dmini game that involves getting to one point to another before the time expires while facing plenty of baddies. You have a choice of three people to use, all ranging in arms and medication.

The graphics are the finest I have ever seen on the PSX besides the game Fear Effect. The pre-rendered backrounds can be frustrating at times but usually not that bad. The animations on the zombies are quite realistic if you can imagine what a zombie would walk and die like :). Jill's animation is quite realistic and the body is well done. The Cg sequences are second only to FFVIII. They are really impressive and nicely done. The speech in the game is still kinda chessy but with a game this good its easily overlooked.

I wouldn't call this a must own game but very close. If you're into this game, and even if your not and have 40 bucks to blow, I'd recommend this game. The game offers enough in replay for you to want to play it over and over again. But if you can find it, RE2 offers a lot more in play value. RE3 is a masterpiece in its own right, but falls just slightly below its potential.

Review by Tom Allen
4 Stars out of 4
(Review of Dreamcast version)

Capcom does an excellent job with the Resident Evil series. Resident Evil 3 Nemesis is no exception. While it feels a lot like Resident Evil 2 (it's set in the same place), the game has all new thrills and chills, of which Capcom has an endless supply.

The sound is a key factor in the game's overall enjoyment. Subtle details like a spinning fan go a long way to create a sense of atmosphere and anticipation. The rendered environments are exquisitely detailed.

Thankfully, Capcom included an Easy Mode with infinite ink ribbons to save your game on the typewriter. I'm glad the developers had the sense to realize that excessive challenge can really negate the mood of a game like this.

While Capcom has not improved the woefully inept walking controls that have plagued the series, the company has at least removed the need to press "X" to go up a staircase. A dodge feature has also been added for skillful evasion of enemies.

Originally released for the PlayStation, this Dreamcast version offers two exclusive bonuses. First, the mercenary mini-game is now already unlocked, and second, players have the choice of eight different costumes before starting the game.

The real question is whether or not this game is better than Code Veronica. The latter title has a more interesting story, but Resident Evil 3 is a bit more challenging, with more detailed and moody environments. Plus, Evil 3 is longer than Veronica. Any true fan should have both games, though. That way you can just enjoy them, and you don't have to rack your brain over picking a favorite.

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