DescriptionResident Evil 3 takes place during the events of Resident Evil 2. The midwestern town of Raccoon City is in ruins, having been overrun with the undead creating T-virus thanks to the wacky hijinks of William Birkin and Umbrella Inc. The player must guide Jill "master of unlocking" Valentine (one of the two main protagonists of the original Resident Evil) out of the city alive. Along the way, Jill will interact with and receive help from (or hindered by) three Umbrella mercenaries who are also stranded in Raccoon City. Standing in the way of your group's last escape are a horde of flesh-eating zombified citizens, homicidal mutants, and a relentless killing machine known only as Nemesis who is determined to hunt down and kill the survivors of the original Resident Evil, including Jill.
A dramatic improvement over Tyrant/Mr. X/G from the previous games, Nemesis can run (faster than Jill, in fact), use firearms (a rocket launcher), dodge attacks, and even move through doors and from room to room in pursuit of Jill. On top of that he still possesses the nigh indestructibility we've come to know from Umbrella's ultimate bio-weapons.
Like its two predecessors Resident Evil 3 is a third-person action-adventure game with polygonal characters on pre-rendered backgrounds with cinematic camera angles, a technique originally pioneered by Alone in the Dark. Although the game uses the same basic engine and gameplay as the previous games, the gameplay is improved by features such as auto-targeting, a 180 degree spin, and a new dodge move that allows Jill to avoid enemy attacks. Another addition is Jill's ability to create different kinds of ammunition by mixing together three different types of gunpowder found throughout the game. The game include a randomization feature, which changes the location of certain key items and ammo. Another noteworthy feature is that at certain points in the game, Jill is faced with two choices for a situation, each will affect later story, and even the game ending. The zombies have also been made more diverse.
The number of polygons in the character models has also been increased, along with the possible screen resolution and color depth for the PC version (up to 1600 X 1200 at 32 bits, from a maximum of 640 X 480 at 16 bits for Resident Evil 2). Another addition in the PC version is the ability to skip cutscenes as well as the door loading animation.
The PC and Dreamcast versions includes all eight of Jill's possible costumes, as well as the mercenary mini-game Operation Mad Jackal which allows you to play as one of the three Umbrella soldiers. On the Playstation version, these special features must be unlocked by beating the game with a high score.
- "生化危机3" -- Chinese spelling (simplified)
- "惡靈古堡3" -- Chinese spelling (traditional)
- "Обитель зла 3: Немезис" -- Russian spelling
- "RE3" -- Abbreviated title
- "Biohazard: Gaiden" -- Working title
- "Biohazard 3: Last Escape" -- Japanese title
- "バイオハザード 3 ラストエスケープ" -- Japanese spelling
Part of the Following Groups
- BioHazard / Resident Evil series
- BPjS / BPjM indexed games
- Games made into books
- Games made into movies
- HUDless games
- Protagonist: Female
- Theme: Zombies
|More action, less brains.||Zovni (9384)|
|Something of a disappointment, but nevertheless addictive||Gaz Whyte (12)|
|Perhaps A Game That Could've Been Improved||TwoDividedByZero (149)|
|Boring!||Kate Jones (454)|
|A Stalker's Best Friend||Kadeem Gomez (32)|
The Press Says
|IGN||Nov 11, 1999||9.4 out of 10||94|
|Game Revolution||Nov, 1999||A-||91|
|Eurogamer.net (UK)||May 24, 2000||9 out of 10||90|
|Power Unlimited||Mar, 2000||9 out of 10||90|
|Jeuxvideo.com||Feb 18, 2000||17 out of 20||85|
|The Video Game Critic||Oct 25, 2004||B+||83|
|Gamer's Pulse||Jun 07, 2000||79 out of 100||79|
|Gaming Target||May 09, 2002||7.1 out of 10||71|
|Game Critics||Nov 29, 1999||7 out of 10||70|
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BookA book adaptation of this game was published under the same name in 2000, the fifth in Pocket Books' Resident Evil series, written by S.D. Perry. The novel featured a preface by Perry stating that it was not canon with her other novels, as changes she had made in the previous novels would have prevented Resident Evil 3 from taking place.
DevelopmentResident Evil 3 began as BIOHAZARD Gaiden, a side story based around escaping Raccoon City. When the PS2 was announced Hideki Kamiya's BIOHAZARD 3 was changed to a PS2 title and renamed to BIOHAZARD 4 (This would later become Devil May Cry), while BIOHAZARD Gaiden was renamed to BIOHAZARD 3 and given a more important place in the overall Resident Evil story. Jill and the Nemesis were added to the game after this point.
German indexOn May 31, 2000, the English version of Resident Evil 3: Nemesis was put on the infamous German index by the BPjS. For more information about what this means and to see a list of games sharing the same fate, take a look here: BPjS/BPjM indexed games.
German versionIn the German version, there are a number of changes (the cutscenes are not affected):
- Zombie blood was coloured green
- Killed enemies disappear almost instantly
- Limbs can't be cut off and heads don't explode
- In the Mercenary mode, unlocked after beating the game, no time bonus is rewarded for kills (except for animals). This makes it impossible to get a good ranking and unlock bonus content
MovieCarlos Oliveira, Nicholai Ginovef, Jill Valentine, and the Nemesis can be seen in the film Resident Evil: Apocalypse. Carlos, Jill, and The Nemesis are mostly the same as their game counterparts, but Nicholai was rewritten from a scheming combat veteran into a greenhorn with a hear of gold.
TitleProducer Shinji Mikami was originally against calling this game Biohazard 3. He felt that Biohazard Code: Veronica, which advanced the story more than this game did, was the "true Biohazard 3" and that Biohazard 3 should've been called Biohazard 1.9.
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Related Web Sites
- Resident Evil 3 -- Official Site
- Resident Evil Fan -- With tons of videos, artwork, interviews and a Resident Evil encyclopedia, this fansite contains everything that the passionate fan could ask for.
- Something Awful review -- A humorous review on Something Awful (PlayStation version)
- Wikipedia: Resident Evil 3: Nemesis -- Information about Resident Evil 3: Nemesis at Wikipedia
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