Resident Evil 3 is a bit of an odd franchise. It has relatively humble roots, but the games under its umbrella have ranged fairly wide from its original concept. While the series does seem to have returned a bit closer to its horror roots in recent years, many fans of the series still look at Resident Evil 3 as the apex of the original concept...[read more below]
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The resurrection of a horror classic.
Resident Evil 3 is a bit of an odd franchise. It has relatively humble roots, but the games under its umbrella have ranged fairly wide from its original concept. While the series does seem to have returned a bit closer to its horror roots in recent years, many fans of the series still look at Resident Evil 3 as the apex of the original concept. Like so many other games, Resident Evil 3 has seen a remake - and what you think about it will almost certainly be colored by your feelings about the original game.
At its core, Resident Evil 3 is trying to do much the same thing that Resident Evil 2 did for the previous game. While Nemesis is still a well-loved game in many circles, there's no denying that it hasn't aged well in many aspects. The remake, like so many others, is more than just a fresh coat of paint. It is, in fact, a re-imagining of the game that hopes to walk the fine line between pleasing old fans and to bring in new fans.
For the most part, Resident Evil 3 succeeds in the same ways that Resident Evil 2's remake succeeded.
The experience feels both fleshed out and streamlined in many ways, with new additions meshing well with the old stuff. When things don't work, though, it's obvious - some of the set pieces feel too tonally at odds with the original game to work in this context.
As one might expect, a lot of resources were used to make sure that the game looks good. There's no comparison between this one and the original - this is no mere re-skin, but something that was built from the ground up to look good. It's not going quite to bring about the level of awe that, say, Final Fantasy VII-R brings, but it's nice to see these well-known characters looking their best.
Sound has always been an important part of the Resident Evil universe, and it's still important here. All of the audio cues that you could need are crisp and well done, while the score is still solid. The new voice acting is also considerably better than anything in the old series, which is a real plus.
On the one hand, you have to admire what the team from Resident Evil 3 is trying to do with this game. It's an update to make the whole process feel much more modern, which helps in some places. Unfortunately, it takes away a lot of what made the game special in the first place.
When playing the game, it's clear that much of what made the original version so scary was due to the technical limitations.
More camera freedom, better movement, and even clearer visuals do rob this game of much of its scare power. The addition of more frequent saves and materials also takes away some of the game's 'survival' parts. It's not bad, but it's clear that this version lacks something.
Resident Evil 3 is infinitely more playable than its original version, but that doesn't necessarily make it better. Some effective changes were made to make this iteration more friendly for modern players, but those who played the original are going to feel like something's lacking in the transition. This isn't a game to avoid, but it's not as unique as it was the first time around.
Resident Evil 3 is a solid remake of the original game that trades modern convenience for some of the original's big scares.
What follows is the official description of Resident Evil 3, from the developers.
Jill Valentine is one of the last remaining people in Raccoon City to witness the atrocities Umbrella performed. To stop her, Umbrella unleashes their ultimate secret weapon: Nemesis! Also includes Resident Evil Resistance, a new 1 vs 4 online multiplayer game set in the Resident Evil universe.
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