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Resident Evil 3
"The graphics are better than ever, the "B" grade voice acting is back(!) and the sound effects and creepy music will send shivers down your spine" Image Loading...
Developer: Capcom
Distributor: Capcom
Game Type: Adventure
Review Date: Nov 99
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      Image Loading...One other nice feature that has been added to RE3 is the ability to utilize certain "background" objects as weapons. What I mean by this is that at certain points in the game you may be faced with an overwhelming swarm of zombies. You can choose to try to stand off against them and use all you ammo to take them down if you are quick enough or there may be oil or gas drums laying about that when hit with a bullet, will burst into a fiery explosion. Now if you time things just right, you can explode the drum and take out a whole group of Zombies with just one shot! Besides, it just looks cool to watch them burn up and whither away…hehehe.

Image Loading...RE3 also introduces another new character as well as bringing back some old favorites to fill in the gaps in their storylines between RE 1 & 2 (remember what happened to Brad?). The new character is Carlos Oliveira who actually worked for Umbrella! He was part of the countermeasure service that has been sent in to help clear up the mess and to also get rid of any incriminating evidence that can be used against Umbrella. Carlos ends up being a fresh face in the game and knows how to kick some serious ass…but can he be trusted???

No Resident Evil game would be complete without the puzzles and Nemesis has some good ones. Maybe it is just me but the puzzles seemed to be laid out a bit more logically and made more sense. I also found them to be at least as creative as some of the better puzzles found in the previous two games.

Image Loading...As you venture further into the game you will come upon another little Capcom innovation that they call Live Selection. These events occur when your character is about to face an extremely dangerous situation. You'll know when this happens because the screen colors will begin to dissolve to black & white and you will then be given a choice. Depending on what you choose to do (for example: face an opponent or run your ass off!), will influence the direction the game will take. If you are not quick though, a choice will be made for you and it's usually not the best option!

Finally, since this game does start out right before the events of RE2, you will get a chance to go through the police station. I really enjoyed seeing this part of the game because the station was so different just prior to the dealings of the last game. Areas that I used to have access to in the 2nd game where now boarded up tightly here in anticipation of the zombie attacks. The station was all too familiar, yet foreign at the same time…eerie.

Image Loading...Of course you will also have to face off against the games title character…namely Nemesis. This nasty creature just happens to carry around a rocket launcher and has an extreme hard-on for S.T.A.R.S. members…but why?? Ah, yet another piece of the mystery to figure out.

Yes Capcom is milking this series for all it is worth, but at least they are making improvements each time around and filling in the empty pieces from the previous games. By the time you are done playing all of these games you are going to know Racoon City as if you actually lived there. Whether that is a good or bad thing is for you to decide, but I know that I look forward to the next progression in this series and where it will take me to next!
Game Options:
      This is a 1 disk game for 1 Player. It is compatible with the standard (digital) joypad and the analog stick controls of the dual shock joypad. Games can be saved via memory card (1 block per save).

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Staff Opinions  
Tom: " Well, it looks like Capcom is going to have another hit on their hands. The Resident Evil series just keeps on chugging along and getting better with each release. I wouldn't say that this installment makes as big a leap as 2 made over 1, but still it manages to address a lot of the lingering shortcomings on the control side of things. The game is still rich with the RE heritage, but has also grown as a more playable title.

The graphics are better than ever, the "B" grade voice acting is back(!) and the sound effects and creepy music will send shivers down your spine. If you like your titles on the scary side, there is still no game that does it better than Resident Evil and Nemesis is one mean character! "
Graphics: 19/20
Playability: 49/50
Sound: 10/10
Lastability: 18/20
Overall: 96%
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