Resident Evil 3 Remake review: the return of the Nemesis

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Resident Evil 3 is the Remake of the third chapter of Capcom's historic survival horror saga and in this review we will talk about it in detail

Resident Evil made video game history and the third chapter is one of the most important, as it represented the beginning of the action breakthrough of the series. Now, after the exceptional Remake of 2, Capcom has decided to re-propose the third chapter in a modern key. Will she be able to hit the target or will she have made a hole in the water? Find out with us in this Resident Evil 3 Remake review



Same story, different approach

The plot of Resident Evil 3 Remake it is broadly the same as the original title. The story revolves around Jill Valentine, a former Special Team member STARS of the Raccoon City police who are trying to escape the city with the help of the soldier Carlos Oliveira. During the escape Jill will have to overcome many dangers, but the biggest is certainly represented by the Nemesis, a very powerful bio-organic weapon created by Umbrella with the aim of annihilating all the survivors of the STARS team.

Although the story is practically the same as the original, the staging really changes a lot. Already from the first minutes of the game it is possible to notice huge differences both in events and in places. The city of Raccoon City has been completely reimagined, some areas have been removed, some have been added and some have been expanded. Furthermore the role of Carlos has been made even more important, as there are multiple sections where you can check it. Thanks to all these changes, you will be able to relive the same experience as the original title but in a completely new way.



A Proven Formula - Resident Evil 3 Remake Review

The gameplay of the game is basically the same as the Resident Evil 2 remake, that is a more comfortable and modern reinterpretation of the 1999 controls. The only major change in the game's gameplay is the addition of dodging. This mechanic was already present in the original game and allowed for completely avoid enemy attacks by pressing a button at the right time.

In the remake, dodging has been made freer and can be used in every moment to perform some quick evasive maneuvers, but if you activate it at the right time you will be able to move further away and slow down time briefly. Unfortunately the dodge was abusable in the original and is even more so in this remake, as without much practice you will be able to easily avoid most attacks.

As for the puzzles, however, Resident Evil 3 Remake has nothing to do with its predecessor. The puzzles featured in the game are extremely easy to fix and as if that were not enough they are very few. The original title also had a lower quantity and quality of puzzles than the second chapter, but in the remake this aspect is noticeably worsened.

Twenty Years Later in Raccoon City - Resident Evil 3 Remake Review

In Resident Evil 3 remake the city has been rendered in a truly exceptional way. Exploring the ruined streets of Raccoon City, it will be easy to see the beauty of the city before the outbreak of the epidemic. The attention to detail is extraordinary and is capable of greatly increase the immersion of the game.



To accommodate the new controls and the free camera, the map of Raccoon City has been completely modified and accordingly the level design has also changed. Most areas have become more linear to adapt to the frenetic pace of the game and alone very few areas come close to the complexity of the 2 police station. Resident Evil 3 is all about escaping a zombie-infested city, so overly intricate levels would have been out of place, but there really are in the game too many linear paths.

Run! Run away! There is the Nemesis! - Resident Evil 3 Remake Review

Now let's move on to what for fans is one of the most important aspects of Resident Evil 3: il Nemesis. The Nemesis will make its appearance during some specific moments of the game e he will hunt us down very fiercely. To make it better fit the new map, the developers have provided this creature with one greater speed and mobility, but also new skills. He will also be able to use many of his own as well iconic attacks, such as the grip with the tentacles.

This creature, however, has one major flaw, that is the inability to access some places. Despite being a tireless killing machine, very often the Nemesis will stop following us should we enter certain specific areas. It goes without saying that the Nemesis cannot constantly chase the player, otherwise it would create one imbalance in the pace of play, but the way chases stop is often too abrupt and anticlimatic.


The bossfights against this creature are instead really good from many points of view. The clashes manage to be very original and different from each other while remaining tied to those of the original game. Also, as you progress in the story, they will become more and more spectacular and fun to play.


Flawless work - Resident Evil 3 Remake review

From a technical standpoint Resident Evil 3 Remake is exceptional. The title really is a joy for the eyes from the very first moments of play, both for the care of the models and animations, and in particular for the quality of the lights. In this title the RE Engine has really shown all its capabilities, given that, despite the great visual quality, the game manages to maintain a really stable frame rate. We found very few areas where there were significant drops in frames, but we would like to clarify that our test took place on a PS4 standard.

The incredible visual rendering of Resident Evil 3 Remake is certainly due to an excellent use of the RE Engine, but also to a spectacular design of enemies and elements of the scenario, such as billboards and toys. Furthermore, the sound design of the title is also really excellent, both as regards the music, which in particular for the sound effects.

The sound of footsteps on the glass, of the rain on the windows, of the chewing zombies. Everyone is rendered in a truly perfect way and is able to immediately envelop the player in the atmosphere of the title.

Conclusions

Resident Evil 3 is the perfect Remake of an imperfect title. The original '99 game has always been one of the weakest Resident Evil classics, and this remake brings with it all the flaws of the original. This may have disappointed some gamers, especially after the masterpiece baked with the remake of the second chapter, but it is not easy to correct many flaws of the third chapter without distorting the game. In any case, Resident Evil 3 Remake, even if inferior to its predecessor, it's a good title, and if you are a fan of the series you can't let it get away.

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7.6 Perfect remake of an imperfect game

Points in favor

  • Fresh approach to the original story
  • Great bossfights
  • Outstanding enemy and environment design
  • Flawless technical aspect

Points against

  • Too linear
  • Nemesis too limited
  • Non-existent puzzles
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