The developer and publisher Capcom had great success with the remake of Resident Evil 2 that was released in 2019 and they are confident to have the same type of success with the remake of the 1999 classic, Resident Evil 3: Nemesis. Scheduled for release on 3 April 2020 Resident Evil 3’s remake still follows the original story idea with Jill Valentine having to survive a zombie apocalypse but there are marked improvements. The game will be available on Windows PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One as well as on a 1v4 online version titled Resident Evil: Resistance.
Old dog, new tricks
The story for Resident Evil 3 (Remake) is still set in September 1998 and overlays heavily with the Resident Evil 2 timeline. Players are in control of Jill Valentine, former S.T.A.R.S officers in Raccoon City after the outbreak of the T-virus as she survives and fights her way through a zombie apocalypse while the monstrously intelligent bioweapon, Nemesis, hunts her and all other remaining S.T.A.R.S members. The mercenary Carlos Oliveira is also present and fights alongside Jill.
These premises are by no means new or unique but the gameplay has been vastly improved. Players no longer have to be frustrated by the tank controls and fixed camera angles that limited the original Resident Evil 3. In the remake, players work with a third-person camera angle and more fluid controls making the game all the more enjoyable. Besides the expected graphics updates photogrammetry and motion capture technology has also brought the characters to life. The character of Nemesis has especially benefitted from the improved technology as the sound design and AI that was used in Resident Evil 2’s remake has been tweaked to make Nemesis even more terrifying.
The bare bones of the original are still present but certain story elements have been removed and players won’t find the challenge-based minigame, Mercenaries, in the remake. Despite this, older players will get a nice hit of nostalgia with things like mutant worms reappearing in the updated version. Levels and scenarios have also been redesigned and the zombie-invested map is also larger. As opposed to its predecessor , where the villain was confined to a single section, Nemesis freely roams the larger map and he can pop up at any time.
Is it worth it?
If the success of Resident Evil 2 is any indication to go by, and it definitely is, the remake of Resident Evil 3 is definitely a game worth investing in, regardless of whether you played and loved the original or not. The upgrades and changes make it a worthy modern, third-person shooter, survival game. It is currently available for pre-order on various platforms. Visit the official website to stay up to date on the latest news concerning this game.