[Review] Resident Evil 3: Nemesis


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You want stars? I’ll give you stars!

My heart says…


I’m a huge fan of the Resident Evil saga, even though I’m more into the first three chapters, maybe because I’m an old fart, maybe because I didn’t like the first person perspective of the latter titles. Among the first three episodes, this is maybe the one I’m most tied to, since it was the first I personally own (the first RE was part on my uncle collection) and the one that scared the shit out of me the most. Obviously the first Tyrant has been an Experience (with capital “E”) but trying everytime to escape from Nemesis almost caused me all the times an heart attack. Emotionally speaking this is the best Residen Evil game of all time.

Splash screen


As always the game is introduced by a brief video that explains the facts and why our S.T.A.R.S. member are again in trouble.

But the real main “intro” sequence is the first encounter with Nemesis itself, inside the yard of the R.P.D. I got shivers even now…

I was too scared to challenge Nemesis at the beginning of the game so I’ve never fought against him here. I’ve always skipped the fight and enetered the Police Station. For me, but not only for me, this was the wise choice. Nay, the only one.



Nemesis misses the 10/10 just because, even though the visuals are quite polish and well made, they’re more or less the same we’ve seen in the original Resident Evil, three years older than this. Obviously here we have more polygons, the game is more fluid and the sprites are weel designed but to get a 10 it needs a bit more, just a bit.



The key point of the entire RE saga: the story behind the games is increbile. It’s written like it were a novel and developed like it were a movie. If you read online the complete timeline of the events occurred in the saga you’ll be amazed. A lot of events, a lot of sub and side stories, a complicated plot. The story of RE3 starts a day earlier than the events of Resident Evil 2 and ends a day after so the two games are actually simoultaneous: same times, same place but the two storylines doesn’t interact.

Here we follow the story of Jill, who starts trapped in the Raccoon Police Department chased by Nemesis, a new Tyrant prototype, more sophisticated than the rough one we’ve seen in Resident Evil, able to handle guns and open doors. Jill has the task to rescue members of the S.T.A.R.S. group and kill Nemesis before the city is leveled by a nuclear explosion.



Even if the base implant of the game is the same as in the first two chapters, in RE3 there are a few improvements. First of all it’s possible, during some clue moments of the story to choose between two different alternatives that affects the rest of the game (the Live Selection): the first of them is when Jill meets Nemesis for the first time when it’s possible to challenge him or enter the P.D.

During the games there’s also the possibility to shoot at barrells, push the zombies away and elude the attacks, but one of the things I loved the most is the new system to create the ammo for the weapons combining different powders.

Another improvement is the events randomization: during the game the position of the items to solve the puzzles and the location of weapons and bullets will change so it’s rather hard to play the same game two times.

RE3 and the following chapter, Code Veronica are the last games of the official series to be in real third person: from Resident Evil 4, released in 2005 the games will be in first person or, at least shoot over the shoulder.



As in all RE games the sound is a key feature, since without the whispers, murmurs and background noises the horror atmosphere wouldn’t be the same. Just hearing the breath of a zombie without seeing him is terrifying and this is the main reason that leads a player to be extremely careful when entering into a room or a dark corridor.



RE3 is rather long, even if it seems longer for the reasons already considered: you’ll think twice before starting to run in an unexplored allyway. Every step you take and every move you make (I won’t go on since I don’t want to pay any royalty to Sting) has to be very careful so the lenght of the game looks increased. There are some mad players that beat the game in 45 minutes: I took weeks to get to the bottom of this adventure, mainly because I was literally shitting my pants…

Final score 97/100


Year: 1999

Developer: Capcom

Publisher: Capcom

Genre: Adventure, Survival Horror

Game Mode: Single Player

Original Platform: PlayStation

From same developers/publishers:

Inspired to:

  • Splatterhouse (1988)
  • Sweet Home (1989)
  • Alone in the Dark (1992) and sequels

If you liked you can also try:

  • Silent Hill (1999) and sequels
  • Dino Crisis (1999) and sequels
  • Project Zero (2001) and sequels
  • Forbidden Siren (2003) and sequels

Other chapters of the saga:

  • Resident Evil (1996)
  • Resident Evil: Director’s Cut (1997)
  • Resident Evil: Director’s Cut Dual Shock (1998)
  • Resident Evil 2 (1998)
  • Resident Evil 2: Dual Shock (1998)
  • Resident Evil: Survivor (2000)
  • Resident Evil Code: Veronica (2000)
  • Resident Evil Code: Veronica X (2001)
  • Resident Evil Gaiden (2001)
  • Resident Evil: Survivor 2 Code: Veronica (2001)
  • Resident Evil Zero (2002)
  • Resident Evil: Dead Aim (2003)
  • Resident Evil Outbreak (2003)
  • Resident Evil Outbreak File 2 (2004)
  • Resident Evil 4 (2005)
  • Resident Evil: Deadly Silence (2006)
  • Resident Evil: The Umbrella Chronicles (2007)
  • Resident Evil 5 (2009)
  • Resident Evil: The Darkside Chronicles (2009)
  • Resident Evil 5: Gold Edition (2010)
  • Resident Evil Outbreak Survive (2011)
  • Resident Evil: The Mercenaries Vs. (2011)
  • Resident Evil: The Mercenaries 3D (2011)
  • Resident Evil 4 HD (2011)
  • Resident Evil Code: Veronica X HD (2011)
  • Resident Evil: Revelations (2012)
  • Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City (2012)
  • Resident Evil: The Umbrella Chronicles HD (2012)
  • Resident Evil: The Darkside Chronicles HD (2012)
  • Resident Evil 6 (2012)
  • Resident Evil: Revelations HD (2013)
  • Resident Evil 4 Ultimate HD (2014)
  • Resident Evil HD Remaster (2014)
  • Resident Evil: Revelations 2 (2015)
  • Resident Evil Zero HD Remaster (2016)
  • Resident Evil: Origins Collection (2016)
  • Resident Evil 6 Remastered (2016)
  • Resident Evil: Umbrella Corps (2016)
  • Resident Evil 5: Gold Edition Remastered (2016)
  • Resident Evil 4 Remastered (2016)
  • Resident Evil 7 Biohazard (2017)

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16 Comments Add yours

  1. Borrowed this from a friend many years ago and really enjoyed it. Had to resort to a guide towards the end (I was due to give it back to him and wanted to get it finished) because of some puzzle involving pipes. At any rate, it was top stuff!

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    1. benez256 says:

      I remember! Sometimes the puzzles were very challenging


  2. Resi 3 is my fav 🙂

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  3. Mr. Panda says:

    Nice to see some love for pre-Resident Evil 4 games! I actually prefer the original games, even though they have clunky tank controls. Maybe it’s nostalgia, or maybe it’s the overall cheesiness of the games. But I like RE2 and RE3 a lot. They’re real survival horror games, at least.

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    1. benez256 says:

      You’re right. But most of all they’re HORROR games. I could easily place RE1/RE2/RE3 in a top-10 list of horror movies!

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      1. Mr. Panda says:

        I’ve never played RE5 or RE6, but they strike me more as pure action than horror. Classic RE seems much scarier!

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      2. benez256 says:

        Absolutely yes! I saw RE5 and RE6 but they’re too much FPS style. I mean I love FPSs but RE was born as a 3rd person horror game and it should have been always like that…

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  4. It is close for me, but Nemesis slightly edges 2 for me as the best Resi. As you say, the Live Choices add so much, and I love the refining of ammo. I would always horde it, and suck for the first half of the game. Then I’d steamroll as I turn it ALL into magnum rounds.

    I also spent my millennium evening in playing it. Because I AM COOL.

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    1. benez256 says:


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  5. LightningEllen says:

    It was so scary having Nemesis after you for the whole game! I always cringed when I heard him coming, haha.

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