This pan­dem­ic has spread faster than any dis­ease in mod­ern history.”

The first line spo­ken in Res­i­dent Evil 3 hits close to home while the COVID-19 pan­dem­ic is still in full swing. There is no way Cap­com could of planned the release of Res­i­dent Evil 3 and the cur­rent state of the world but the tim­ing is dark­ly comedic.

Res­i­dent Evil 3, orig­i­nal­ly released 20 years ago, has received the same remake treat­ment as last year’s Res­i­dent Evil 2. This reimag­in­ing of Res­i­dent Evil 3 fol­lows Jill Valen­tine and Car­los Oliveira as they fight their way out of a zom­bie infest­ed Rac­coon City. At the same time, Jill is try­ing to sur­vive ambush­es as she’s stalked by the ruth­less Neme­sis monster.

Bro­ken up across five major sec­tions, Res­i­dent Evil 3 is remark­ably short and can be fin­ished in 6 hours eas­i­ly. How­ev­er, the updat­ed graph­ics have far greater detail, show­ing the destruc­tion and car­nage every­where, giv­ing a real sense of the pan­ic and hor­ror that was unfold­ing as the out­break took hold. But the sto­ry feels very con­densed and rushed, nev­er real­ly allow­ing play­ers time to set­tle in and immerse them­selves with­in this ter­ri­fied city.

Resident Evil 3 Review
Resident Evil 3 Review
Resident Evil 3 Review
Resident Evil 3 Review
Resident Evil 3 Review
Resident Evil 3 Review
Resident Evil 3 Review
Resident Evil 3 Review
Resident Evil 3 Review
Resident Evil 3 Review
Resident Evil 3 Review
Resident Evil 3 Review
Resident Evil 3 Review
Resident Evil 3 Review
Resident Evil 3 Review
Resident Evil 3 Review
Resident Evil 3 Review

The game­play itself is sol­id, offer­ing chal­leng­ing and sat­is­fy­ing com­bat, albeit feel­ing clunky and slug­gish at times. This is main­ly due to the dodge, since it can be frus­trat­ing and dif­fi­cult to time prop­er­ly. Although it will save your ass. Dodg­ing has replaced the counter attacks found in Res­i­dent Evil 2 and if you get caught by a reg­u­lar zom­bie, you will be tak­ing dam­age even after smash­ing the but­ton to escape.

That being said, ene­mies are pret­ty tough, with even the stan­dard zom­bie tak­ing sev­er­al hand­gun shots to the head to dis­patch. They also do quite a bit of dam­age when they grab and bite you, mak­ing playthroughs at high­er dif­fi­cul­ties even more tense, as ammo and heal­ing items are rar­er. Choose your shots wise­ly, mak­ing sure to hit ene­my weak points so you use less ammo. 

Resident Evil 3 Review

The biggest threat is Neme­sis him­self. He is fast, very strong and capa­ble of killing you by land­ing just a cou­ple of attacks. Through­out the game, Neme­sis will ambush Jill and a bat­tle usu­al­ly ensues. Like Res­i­dent Evil 2’s Mr. X, Neme­sis is almost inde­struc­tible, but does­n’t wan­der around look­ing for Jill like Mr. X did. Instead, Neme­sis encoun­ters are script­ed, dis­rupt­ing, high action encoun­ters, forc­ing the play­er to flee while dodg­ing his vari­ety of attacks. Over time Neme­sis demon­strates even more lethal­i­ty, wield­ing weapons such as a flame throw­er and rock­et launcher. 

Resident Evil 3 Review

Cap­com also includ­ed Res­i­dent Evil Resis­tance free with all copies of Res­i­dent Evil 3. Tak­ing cues from games like Dead By Day­light and Left 4 Dead, Resis­tance is a 4v1 asym­met­ric mul­ti­play­er game that task 4 play­ers with fight­ing off var­i­ous mon­sters while try­ing to solve puz­zles to escape. Play­ers each choose a sur­vivor that fea­tures their own unique skills and abil­i­ties and must work as a team to escape, anoth­er per­son is play­ing as the Mas­ter­mind. The Mas­ter­mind views the game through a series of cam­eras and sets traps to pre­vent the sur­vivors from escaping.

Resident Evil 3 Review

While it is awe­some to get a chance to go back and escape from Rac­coon City again, Res­i­dent Evil 3 is miss­ing some ele­ments that made the Res­i­dent Evil 2 remake so great. Puz­zles are almost com­plete­ly absent, with the few that are in the game being extreme­ly sim­ple. The hor­ror isn’t quite there, with creepy moments but with over­all more action focused than the pre­vi­ous two game that have been released. Cou­ple that with the game being so short, Res­i­dent Evil 3 feels more like a DLC expan­sion to Res­i­dent Evil 2 than its own $60 game. I hoped for more and was dis­ap­point­ed. Hope­ful­ly we can get Res­i­dent Evil 0 and 1 remakes that are more inline with the style of game­play Res­i­dent Evil 2 offered.

Resident Evil 3 is available now for the PlayStation4, Xbox One and PC.