Resident Evil 3 Jill's last escape,
This review is from: Resident Evil 3: Nemesis (GameCube) (Video Game)
Resident evil 3 or as I call it Resident evil 2 part 2. The reason for this is that Resident evil 3 takes place before and after Resident evil 2. The last of the classic resident evil games in the original trilogy; this game is Jill Valentine's story of her escape from the Raccoon City Siege.
So we start off with our heroine talking about the company Umbrella behind the first two games, and then we cut to the beginning of the viral outbreak. Umbrella has sent in mercenaries to save civillians, and they along with the Raccoon Police Department are seemingly wiped out. The game now starts with Jill literally jumping out of her exploding apartment building escaping from the street. We are now told the date which tells us that the game is occurring before the arrival of Claire and Leon. Enter our first survivor Dario who tells Jill of his loss and in refusing to leave the warehouse; he locks himself in a container. Now the scene has been set it's over to you.
To begin with;
Resident Evil 3 plays exactly like it's predecessor but with some new additions; you can run up and down stairs without having to press action, you can dodge enemies and their attacks, there are exploding barrels placed throughout the game; shoot these to kill any enemies nearby it, and lastly you can turn 180 degrees which is quicker than rotating.
Now the enemies are mostly the same as 1 and 2, however there are a few new ones added including a boss. This boss is encountered twice in the game and can be dodged the first time if the player desires. There is also another boss known as the Nemesis. He shows up all over the city and in the first half of the game when he is defeated he drops new weapons to use. Imagine if you will Mr X/the T-103 trenchcoat enemy but with the ability to follow you and kill you in one hit. That's right the Nemesis can stalk you chasing you through areas until he catches you. If you can defeat the Nemesis then you will gain a lot of goodies from doing so.
In terms of the weaponry it's practically the same; you have the bog standard magnum, rocket launcher, handgun, shotgun, a new mine thrower, and of course the grenade launcher. But unlike 2 this launcher lacks as much punch. As I mentioned earlier by defeating the Nemesis you gain new weapons such as a custom shotgun, Eagle 5.0 handgun, infinite ammo and more. Also unlike 2, resident evil 3 features gun powder and with this powder you have the ability to make handgun, shotgun, magnum, grenade, acid and flame rounds. As well as the new freeze rounds and enhanced handgun and shotgun ammo. Again I mentioned earlier that there is a dodge feature; if you have a handgun armed you can actually shoot faster whilst in this dodge position.
Grahically this game is the same as 2 we even re visit the RPD briefly so it has some familiar settings. It still uses the same pre rendered design which in some cases look better than ever. Unlike it's predecessor this game takes place within the city as opposed to the mansion or police station, so it has more of a variety of places to visit. At some point later in the game it even rains which is a new graphical addition.
The story line is just as gripping as 2, and although it doesn't have 2 scenarios for Jill it does have a mercenary mini game, extra costumes, different endings, a difficulty setting, and as mentioned before new weapons to discover. You also recieve an epilogue each time you beat the game telling you what became of the re 1, and 2 characters. Unlike 2 resident evil 3 does have several events in the game that require a decision. Your choice affects the game and later it can even affect the ending, you also have an opportunity to choose where you meet certain characters which result in different scenes being played out. This is something that wasn't done since the first resident evil and it's a welcome addition.
The music is done again by Masami Ueda from the first two games so expect to hear the same dark and creepy music as before, and the voice acting is just as good as 2.
In terms of the replay value whilst not quite hitting the same amount that 2 does; Resident evil 3 is still a game that's fun to play more than once and the Nemesis is also in my opinion a much better boss than William Birkin and he can be quite a challenge! However it is a shorter game.
As said in the rating I give this game full marks and I can't fault it. It will appeal to any old school resident evil or survival horror fans, in fact resident evil 3 is in my opinion more of a survival game than resident evil 2 and it was also the first resident evil game I played as a young boy so I recommend it.