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Resident Evil 3 : Nemesis



Resident Evil 3 Nemesis
GAMECUBE PLAYSTATION
DREAMCAST PC
Reviewed By LessonNo5

When this game was first released in Japan, it was titled Biohazard: The Last Escape, which caused a murmur among fans of the series that this would be the last game we’d ever see. Fortunately, it looks like fans just wouldn’t let the game die and now we’re looking forward to several new releases on separate systems... Which may or may not be a good thing, but that’s another story. It does look like this is the end of the story for Raccoon City though.

The genius of the series is the fact that there are several different characters following the plot simultaneously. Resident Evil, the original, showed us the beginning with the involvement of Jill Valentine and Chris Redfield. The sequel, Resident Evil 2, took us through with Leon Kennedy and Claire Redfield. Well, in this installment takes place a few hours after Resident Evil, but before Resident Evil 2. This game ends somewhere after Resident Evil 2, however. I know, it can get confusing. At any rate, the fact that the storyline supports all of these different events and characters at the same time is a credit to the series. Because it means Capcom can, does, and has released games one after another showing the progression of each character.

As I said, this takes place after the original game. Jill has escaped the mansion, retired from the S.T.A.R.S. team, and it now trying to get the hell out of Dodge, err... Raccoon City. The problem is she’s forced back by the onslaught of undead that has been created by the rampant epidemic of T-Virus. Now she needs to focus on her escape. This game also introduces Carlos Oliviera, a member of the Umbrella clean-up crew sent to Raccoon City to contain the virus. In fact, halfway through the game Jill becomes infected, and you take over control of Carlos as he tries to save her.

There are two big differences between this game and the others that came before it. First off, instead of upgrading your weapons as much, you now focus on ammunition. The game designers came up with a way to create the ammunition you wanted to use by mixing different types. For example, mixing “A Powder” and “B Powder” would create a usable type of ammunition. The other difference is a massive, annoying, and frightening one. That would be Nemesis himself. Of course, Resident Evil 2 has Tyrant, but it was nowhere near as important to the game as Nemesis is to Resident Evil: Nemesis. He might even be too prominent in the game. I don’t know about you, but by the time I got to the end of this game I was ready to scream if I heard him say “Staaarrsss...” again. And then, of course, he did.

This game comes with good news and bad news. The good news... There’s a whole lot of killing, with a whole lot of weapons, in really great locations. It’s a good, solid game with really very few problems other than those that plague all survival horror games of its day. Things like load times, character motion, etc. There’s also a good incentive for finishing the game, since once finished you can unlock more outfits for Jill (thank God) and play through the “Arcade” style search and rescue with the Umbrella mercenaries. That would be the aptly named, “Mercenary mode.“ The bad news... The puzzles are challenging because most of the time because they make no logical sense at all. A battery in the statue of the mayor? I have to go back how far to open the gas station?

Even with all of that, it's still a great game and a good chapter in the story of Resident Evil. As could easily be predicted, Capcom made all the improvements in this game that they needed to make to have it stand head and shoulder above the other games. Technically, anyway. While I'd recommend this game or anyone that liked horror games, so the casual gamer, I'd still probably recommend Resident Evil 2 to start them out.


RATING

(Out of 5)


THE BEST PART
It has to be Mercenary mode. It's challenging, it's fun, and you can win high powered weapons for the next play through of the story mode.
ZOMBIE LESSON LEARNED
Apparently the Umbrella Corporation isn't showing Night of the Living Dead to it's mercenaries, because they're STILL discharging firearms around gas pumps!


RELEASE DATES
Playstation - 11/16/99
Dreamcast - 11/15/00
PC - 04/16/01
Gamecube - 01/18/03
REVIEW POSTED
December 15 2003
# OF PLAYERS
1
OFFICIAL WEBSITE
www.capcom.com/ResidentEvil
CHEATS/WALKTHROUGHS
Walkthroughs/Maps at GameFaqs.com
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PLAYSTATION
PUBLISHER
Capcom Entertainment
DEVELOPER
Capcom Entertainment
ESRB RATING
WHERE TO FIND
Amazon.com - Gamecube
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Amazon.com - Dreamcast
Amazon.com - PC

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