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The Resident Evil 3 Remake Review: Our Impressions

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The Resident Evil 3 Remake Review Our Impressions

At long last, the Resident Evil 3 Remake has hit stores. For decades, Resident Evil, as a franchise, has been revered the world over by horror fans. Each entry in the series offering up a savage slice of survival horror. Although Capcoms 1999’s Nemesis went down a storm, a true smash-hit in every sense, it did mark a pivotal turning point for the franchise.

Instead of focusing on strong survival elements and heightened suspense, Resident Evil 3 tipped the balance toward action. A bold transition, for better or worse. One that would phase out the old formula, in favour of action-packed sequences, and theatrical set pieces.

But that by no means diminishes its overall quality. And in many ways, some of the most memorable moments of the entire saga play out in Resident Evil 3 Nemesis. After all, the third instalment was a real revelation when it first hit stores, all those aeons ago.

That brings us aptly onto the present day. Having seen the recently released Resident Evil 3 remake through to completion, what better time to reflect on the much-anticipated release.

Without further or do let us take a deep dive into Capcom’s recent reimagining.

It is time to lock and load, folks. Shift out on the double.

Resident Evil 3 Remake Review: Story

First up, we address the central story. Players step into the shoes of Jill. An ex-Special Tactics and Rescue Service member, also known as S.T.A.R.S. You may recall this unit from the first game.

After narrowly surviving a hostile encounter with a walking bioweapon, one created by the shady Umbrella Corp, whose only order is to kill any existing S.T.A.R.S members, both past and present, Jill comes into contact with Brad Vickers. Another member of S.T.A.R.S. Sadly, though, Brad gets bitten by a zombie and urges Jill to seek safety.

After another close shave with Nemesis, Jill catches up with Carlos Oliveira, working on behalf of the Umbrella Biohazard Countermeasure Service, who intend on using the subways to evacuate citizens from Raccoon City.

With Nemesis homing in on your position, hordes of zombies to repel, and the desperate dash to secure a vaccine to the T-virus, the odds are firmly stacked against Jill and her associates.

With top-notch voice acting, stunning visuals, and meticulous attention to detail, the Resident Evil 3 remake is every fan’s dream come true.

Even if most of the enthesis lies in action, it is still a blast to play. Never is there a dull moment.

The Nemesis

Next up, we have the Nemesis. Now, we can all recall the random appearances of Mr X from Resident Evil 2 The remake, which were, for the most part, highly thrilling encounters. Each chase scene, as adrenaline-inducing as the next.

Thankfully, Nemesis plays a similar part. But this time, the stakes are significantly higher. For instance, unlike Mr X, The Nemesis is much more mobile this time around. Thus, capable of matching Jill’s speed on foot. Not only that, but Jill’s fierce foe is hyper-intelligent and equipped with a highly acute set of senses.

As one may imagine, this makes for some intense escape scenes. Run too far from the barnstorming brute’s field of view, and He’ll drop down in front of Jill. Thus, blocking any potential exit points.

Flee too fast from the scene, and Nemesis will quickly reach out with his slimy tendrils. Hence, pulling our protagonist back into position. It is clear to me the lengths to which Capcom has gone to recreate its compelling villain.

Everything from smartly designed A.I, down to its menacing appearance, pays homage to the horrific nature of Capcom’s greatest adversary.

For me, the Nemesis always was and continues as the star attraction of Resident Evil 3 Remake. So, it is hat’s off to Capcom, in this regard. Once again, you have pulled out all the stops.

Great stuff. 

All About Action

So, it is no secret how Capcom lent towards action in Resident Evil 3. Sometimes at the cost of suspense. And that shift, be it good or bad, mixes up gameplay to a stern extent. A prime example of this would be item management. A system far less critical than the previous game, with stocks of ammo much more prevalent.

Jill also has far more firepower at her fingertips, which helps tip the balance in your favour. Shotguns, grenade launchers, and assault rifles are bought via the in-game shop, while out in the field, lie other more unique item drops. 

The range of firearms does, however, give Jill a distinct advantage over heroes from previous titles in the series. But she requires them now more than ever. Besides, in her way, stands a sea of zombies. Those of which remain a constant threat throughout the game. So, adequate reserves of ammo and weapons that pack a punch prove vital in the struggle for survival.

Either way, the action is non-stop and intense.

Resident Evil 3 Remake Review: Final Verdict

Despite demonstrating a sharp momentous shift in favour of action, over slow-burning, suspenseful chills, but also tension-inducing survival systems, Resident Evil 3 still stands as a substantial experience for horror fans. Despite a stylistic change.

Outside of the impressive visual hauls and reworked cinematics, perhaps most importantly, this faithful remake manages to uphold the hideous nature of its star attraction and one of the video game industry’s most iconic villains—the Nemesis.

Does it land with the same impact as Capcom’s previous remake? No, not for me. That said, Resident Evil 3 is still every bit as action-packed and unrelenting as its predecessor. 

In short, the Resident Evil 3 Remake is a must-play for firm fans of the franchise.

So, try this true classic today.

What do you think? Does the Resident Evil 3 Remake live up to the legend? Let us know your thoughts in the chat section below.

Robbie is an experienced writer and lifelong gaming enthusiast, with a particular affinity for retro games. When he's not reviewing the latest releases, Robbie is most likely replaying MGS or Ocarina of Time for the 1000th attempt.

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