• Publisher: Capcom
  • Release Date: Nov 17, 2000
  • Also On: PC
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  • Summary: A month and a half have passed since the mansion lab incident and now the secrets come back to haunt you in Resident Evil 3: Nemesis. Join Jill Valentine in her attempt to escape a nightmarish city in ruins. Around every corner lurk hordes of flesh-eating zombies, hideous mutants, and aA month and a half have passed since the mansion lab incident and now the secrets come back to haunt you in Resident Evil 3: Nemesis. Join Jill Valentine in her attempt to escape a nightmarish city in ruins. Around every corner lurk hordes of flesh-eating zombies, hideous mutants, and a relentless new nemesis. You'll soon rely on cunning and brute force to stay alive. The Resident Evil series has taken a horrifying turn, unveiling new layers in the Umbrella Corporation's devious activities. Expand
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 13
  2. Negative: 0 out of 13
  1. May not be as polished or pretty as "Code: Veronica," or as fast-paced and action-packed as "Dino Crisis 2," but it certainly has elements of both of those games in it.
  2. It may not look as scary as "Code Veronica," but you'll definitely need some extra loo roll.
  3. Daily Radar
    88
    While there's nothing included that will crack the Earth with its monumental importance, it's certainly nice to know that the same old, same old has been presented with a nice, new bow.
  4. Get off your butt and go buy it -- there are ghoul heads out there in desperate need of 12-gauge amputation...
  5. 80
    The slightly newer look, added options, and all the classic RE gameplay are enough for me to recommend this game to expert RE players -- and those that have never played the PS version should really give this game a shot.
  6. It delivers everything which made the original Resident Evil so fantastic but on a bigger and grander scale. At a budget price, it's difficult to go wrong with this unless you already own it on PSX.
  7. I got a plate of old brains, stale brains, brains that had been stuffed in Tupperware, stored in the fridge and briefly reheated in the microwave.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 33 out of 36
  2. Negative: 1 out of 36
  1. Jun 28, 2012
    10
    For a side game meant to hold fans over while the series moved on to the next generation of consoles with RE:Code Veronica, RE3 is a strongFor a side game meant to hold fans over while the series moved on to the next generation of consoles with RE:Code Veronica, RE3 is a strong contender for best overall game in the franchise. The ability to quick turn, toggle while targeting, and mix gunpowder were welcome additions. Back to back playthroughs are rarely ever the same as solutions to puzzles and pop-up scare locations change, and player decisions influence the way the plot unfolds. RE3 closes out the Raccoon City chapter of the series with S.T.A.R.S officer Jill Valentine's final attempt to escape the giant graveyard, evading zombies, mutants, Umbrella mercs, and a powerful new Bioweapon; Nemesis. Like Mr. X before him, this nemesis will stop at nothing to locate and terminate you, and is far more equipped to do so. As if having the hunting prowess of Predator, the speed of a Jamaican sprinter, the bulk of an NFL linebacker, and the face of Sam Cassell weren't scary enough, they had the audacity to give this guy a rocket launcher!! Expand
  2. Jan 11, 2020
    10
    Resident Evil 3 is the true underdog of the Resident Evil series. It was a game that originally started off as a spin-off title that on aResident Evil 3 is the true underdog of the Resident Evil series. It was a game that originally started off as a spin-off title that on a whim, due to Capcom wanting to fill out their playstation catalogue before the release of the PS2, became the 3rd canonical title in the growing series that was further defining the survival horror genre with every release and Resident Evil 3: Nemesis is no different. It's the shortest game in the original trilogy but what it lacks in duration it more than makes up for in story, gameplay and content. Resident Evil 3 welcomes back RE1 vixen Jill Valentine as she makes her escape through the burning ruins of the once lively Raccoon City. However Umbrella, the evil corporate conglomerate, has no intention on making it easy for you. Also stalking the streets of the now decaying Raccoon City, the Pursuer, codenamed Nemesis, is an ungodly creature of strength and aggression whose only objective is to eliminate all remaining S.T.A.R.S. members. When developing RE3, Capcom sought to create a game that would induce paranoia in the player, making them question their every action, every decision. Resident Evil 3: Nemesis is welcomed reminder of just how terrifying a video game can be and even holds up after it's initial release 20 years ago. The Nemesis A.I. is more aggressive than Birkin or Mr. X before him and is able to attack the player in a plethora of ways. This new programming also gives the Nemesis speed and agility, as well as a proficiency in weapons making him a more deadly adversary. The game is almost the perfect fight or flight simulator, allowing the player the chance to make choices in extreme situations that will effect the overall ending of the game. Jill is no slouch though, she's just as prepared as ever, facing off against everything Umbrella has to throw at her. She's still the master of unlocking, carrying with her a trusty lock pick and she too is proficient in weaponry. Jill wields a variety of weapons including: Shotgun, Magnum, Grenade launcher etc giving her more of edge over Leon and Claire who in RE2 were limited to the weapons they could use. Resident Evil 3 also comes with an unlockable Mercenaries mini-game, similar to Resident Evil 2's extreme battle mode, that was added into RE2 well after it's initial release. The mini game allows you to control one of three Umbrella Mercs: Carlos, Nikolai or Mikhail. Your goal is to make it from the cable car to the warehouse within the time limit while rescuing survivors for added time bonuses. It's in this mode the player will accrue points that can be spent on rewards that affect the games main campaign.

    Resident Evil 3 is the red headed black step sheep of the RE series but is easily the best game in the original trilogy. It allows for more exploration of the city instead of leaving the player confined to the dull and mundane settings found in the previous entries. It's a must have for video game collectors and must play for fans of the Survival Horror genre. Even with the RE3 Remake releasing this April, there is no other survival horror experience like the original Resident Evil 3: Nemesis and I implore you to experience it for yourself!

    (P.S. I love how Metacritic lists this game as a DC game when RE3 was first released for the PlayStation video game console on September 22, 1999 in Japan and November 11, 1999 in North America AND THEN ported to the Dreamcast and PC.)
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  3. Jan 25, 2014
    10
    All of the first three parts were and remain classics of the genre. All of the following parts that came out after the first three parts -All of the first three parts were and remain classics of the genre. All of the following parts that came out after the first three parts - lost all its charm. Series has evolved into what the hell.....!!! Expand
  4. MichaelD.
    Aug 14, 2001
    9
    This is a must own game for the Dreamcast. RE3 improves the popularity of the Resident evil series!
  5. Apr 20, 2014
    9
    I thought this game would be out dated, but boy was I wrong. one of the scariest games I have played, thanks to nemesis chasing me throughoutI thought this game would be out dated, but boy was I wrong. one of the scariest games I have played, thanks to nemesis chasing me throughout the entire game. pretty simple mechanics with nothing special to offer but that's not really a negative in this case, in fact it makes you feel more helpless, which is what survival horror is all about. wish there was a little more freedom to explore, but other wise, loved it. Expand
  6. Feb 10, 2014
    8
    Although it felt (and played) like an additional piece of Resident Evil 2, 'Nemesis' was, in its own right, a fantastic experience. It stillAlthough it felt (and played) like an additional piece of Resident Evil 2, 'Nemesis' was, in its own right, a fantastic experience. It still is, as I often find myself playing it whenever I get the urge to delve into the survival action/horror franchise. That this is my first choice may shock some people, but my reasons are sound, if you ask me.

    First, and foremost, the control scheme: the ability to quickly do a 180 turn is pivotal. Everything feels more smooth, from the camera angles to the progression of the story and the increasing difficulty of the enemies around you. Through it all, the Nemesis tracks you like a bloodhound who is incapable of losing your scent; you'll run into him more than once, and these extremely tricky run-ins make for real heart-racing action in a series where the stale "oh there's a zombie...oh there's a zombie dog...oh there's a hunter" series of action sequences is commonplace. Not that it isn't enjoyable, but a boss that continuously hounds you? That's innovative, at least relative to the franchise.

    The real selling point to me is the interesting story of Jill Valentine, who we last saw in the original Resident Evil. With her knowledge of Umbrella's shady dealings, she is prepared to do something about it; as soon as she escapes the nightmare that Raccoon City has become, of course. Plenty of drama lurks below the surface, even if it is rather standard fare for the franchise, and even if the voice acting is at best passable and at worst laughable. Suspending disbelief is a necessity for most games, anyway.

    While the original is still a fond memory in my heart, and RE2 so much fun to play, I find that the third installment, although acting more of a bridge to next-gen versions of the game, put all the pieces together and turned into a game that featured the best aspects of the previous two installments.
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  7. Sep 17, 2020
    4
    Easily the weakest of the original three. Following the amazing Resident Evil 2 this was a complete let-down. Poor level-design coupled withEasily the weakest of the original three. Following the amazing Resident Evil 2 this was a complete let-down. Poor level-design coupled with short amount of content and re-used assets this was a recipe for failure. With its lean towards action rather than horror/survival it is also the first sign of the brain-dead action shooter garbage to come: RE 4, 5 and 6. Expand

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