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Resident 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 be 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.


Resident Evil 3: Nemesis PlayStation Mikhail
Resident Evil 3: Nemesis PlayStation Choose one of three characters: Carlos
Resident Evil 3: Nemesis PlayStation Map of the starting area
Resident Evil 3: Nemesis PlayStation Starting in the tram car

Promo Images

Resident Evil 3: Nemesis Screenshot
Resident Evil 3: Nemesis Screenshot
Resident Evil 3: Nemesis Magazine Advertisement
Resident Evil 3: Nemesis Magazine Advertisement pp. 46-47


Alternate Titles

  • "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

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User Reviews

Something New, Something Old, Something Borrowed.... ETJB (480) 4.29 Stars4.29 Stars4.29 Stars4.29 Stars4.29 Stars
More action, less brains. Zovni (10627) 3.57 Stars3.57 Stars3.57 Stars3.57 Stars3.57 Stars
Something of a disappointment, but nevertheless addictive Gaz Whyte (12) 3.17 Stars3.17 Stars3.17 Stars3.17 Stars3.17 Stars
Perhaps A Game That Could've Been Improved TwoDividedByZero (149) 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars
Boring! Kate Jones (480) 1.29 Stars1.29 Stars1.29 Stars1.29 Stars1.29 Stars
A Stalker's Best Friend Kadeem Gomez (38) 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars

Critic Reviews

IGN Nov 11, 1999 9.4 out of 10 94
Power Unlimited Mar, 2000 9 out of 10 90
Netjak Oct 04, 2002 8.9 out of 10 89
PGNx Media Oct 06, 2002 8.75 out of 10 88
Cincinnati Enquirer 2000 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars 88
Mega Fun Feb, 2000 86 out of 100 86
Privat Computer PC 2000 85 out of 100 85 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


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A 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.


Resident 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 index

On 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 version

In 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
A detailed list of changes can be found on (German).


Carlos 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.


According to publisher Capcom, Resident Evil 3: Nemesis has sold 3.5 million copies worldwide since its initial release (as of June 30, 2016).


Producer 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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Matthew Bailey (1268) added Resident Evil 3: Nemesis (PlayStation) on Apr 04, 2001
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