After the success of Resident Evil 2 Remake last year, a lot of fans where hoping for more and thus along came Resident Evil 3 Remake.
For those who may be unaware the events of both Resident Evil 2 and Resident Evil 3 happen rather close to each other, with the latter half of Resident Evil 3 being when the events of Resident Evil 2 begin. Thus within Resident Evil 3 there are quite a few familiar locations that are also in Resident Evil 2 such as the infamous and one of our personal favourite locations in video games, Raccoon City Police Department. Though it may sound a bit strange to some, that very Police Station holds a lot of nostalgia and memories for us so we where looking forward to seeing it once again and reliving those scary flashbacks. Also for the first time to Resident Evil 3 several cameos of some rather familiar Resident Evil 2 characters also make an appearance. We won’t spoil but it was great to see them.
A lot of the Resident Evil 3 Remake story still holds relatively close to the original but what was interesting was that some parts of the story was new and it managed to tie up quite a few loose ends regarding certain characters and scenes that do indeed appear in Resident Evil 2 Remake.
For those who are unaware the bulk of the story in Resident Evil 3 features the main protagonist Jill Valentine waking up and discovering that the city around her has changed and is now swarming with Zombies and other such creatures. As if those where not bad enough Jill also must try and escape a deadly Tyrant known as Nemesis who is out to eliminate all of the remaining members of the Police Unit, S.T.A.R.S Jill being one such member of S.T.A.R.S is no longer safe and thus is determined to find a way to escape the city.
The gameplay plays a bit different to the original, though perhaps giving the gap between the game’s releases this may not come as too much of a surprise. However, included within the Remake is the ability to dodge enemy attacks. These attack dodges can be tricky as it generally relies a lot on timing and thus once you do manage to pull it off, it does feel very much like a large accomplishment. Alongside that each successful dodge can be turned into a counterattack too to really punish your foes
OVERALL: Though we have played the original Resident Evil 3 back on the Playstation, it was quite a while ago and thus our memories of that game is somewhat hazy. However, from what we can remember the Remake does live up to it quite well, with a lot of familiar scenes being remade and that classical soundtrack making a remixed return. The only minor (for us at least) issues with the game and regarding it to the original is that a lot of the iconic locations and bosses are skipped such as the Clock-tower and the Grave Diggers. It seems that for this game they relied too much on Nemesis being the iconic villain and thus as we said a lot of the other stuff was simply removed. There is quite a bit of replayability within the game too, which is a good thing right? For one there are several different difficulty levels that you can play on and completing the game on certain ones will unlock trophies and achievements. As well as being a much bigger challenge to confront obviously, so if you enjoy a challenge then perhaps these difficulty levels will be right for you. There is also the ability to unlock a shop at the end of the game that allows you to purchase certain weapons and costumes that can be used in the game too. These are purchased using currency that you get from completing certain objectives within the game. Another minor gripe for us regarding this game is how long the main story actually lasts, it is very short coming in at around 5-6 hours and even less if you plan to rush it. Though the original game wasn’t that long either, it is a bit of a shame that it is much more noticeable with this title. Also as another added feature, this game is actually a 2-in 1 as alongside Resident Evil 3 Remake you also get another game bundled in with it too, this game is known as Resident Evil Resistance. Resident Evil Resistance unlike Resident Evil 3 is non-cannon and is basically a multiplayer online team based game with several Resident Evil elements mixed on. Sadly, we have not yet played Resident Evil Resistance and thus we cannot comment on it. Overall though we actually enjoyed this title and preferred it over Resident Evil 2 Remake, though that may be due to the fact that the original Resident Evil 2 holds a lot of nostalgia for us and thus we are perhaps being a bit unfair in this regard.
Developer: Capcom / Publisher: Capcom Release Date: April 3rd 2020 Platforms: PC PS4 XBox One Genre: Survival Horror Main Story Length: 5-6 Hours Platinum Trophy Length: Platform Reviewed On: PS4 SCORE: 3/5
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