Evil 3: Nemesis
Developed by Capcom
Released - 30th May 2003
Price : £29.99
30th 2003 will be a memorable day for fans of the Resident Evil
series on GameCube. Not only will it see the release of Resident
Evil 2, it will also see the release of Resident Evil 3: Nemesis.
Unlike Resident Evil 2 though, Resident Evil 3 added a few new aspects
to the Resident Evil gameplay and the game has a much quicker pace
to it than any of the previous titles.
game is set just before the events of Resident Evil 2 and sees the
return of Jill Valentine as the leading character. The game is only
set a couple of hours before the events of Resident Evil 2 though,
so Raccoon City is still Zombie infested and it's up to Jill, who
was originally intending to leave Raccoon City for good, to once
again sort the horrific mess out. You don't get to control Jill
all the way through the game though as she becomes infected and
knocked unconscious. At this point you'll have to control Carlos
Oliveira who must seek out a cure for Jill.
what's different this time around then? Well as the title might
suggest you have to deal with an awesome enemy known as Nemesis.
There are quite a few parts of the game where he will be in pursuit
of you and you have to be really careful not to get caught by him,
unless of course you're heavily armed. There are now 10 different
types of enemies and some of these will even come back to life to
create an even more challenging game. You now have a dodge feature
that allows you avoid an enemy's attack by pressing the R button,
useful if you're out of ammo. Ammo can be made with gunpowder that
you'll come across in the game using the reloading tool. The herbs
that you find can now be mixed too. To add that extra bit of drama
to the gameplay there is even a feature called Live Selection. In
certain parts of the game you'll come across a situation where you'll
have to choose your path. One is usually more dangerous than the
other. If you don't choose quickly, the choice is made for you but
it won't always be the safer option that is taken if you don't decide
game still contains the usual Resident Evil puzzles where you have
to find keys etc. You still have to hunt for an ink ribbon to be
able to save your game at a typewriter. As with the other games
in the series you get a choice of easy and hard difficulty. Begin
the game on hard difficulty and you'll receive a handgun with only
a handful of bullets and health recovery items are few and far between.
Choose to play on easy difficulty and you'll be given an assault
rifle, loads of ammo and you'll come across a lot of health recovery
items and you'll also have easier opponents to combat.
like Resident Evil 2 this is a port of the earlier PlayStation version
and therefore the game looks nowhere near as good as either Resident
Evil or Resident Evil Zero. This isn't a problem with the cutscenes
and the pre-rendered backgrounds though as these look OK. The characters
look very dated but as we said with Resident Evil 2 the quality
of the graphics doesn't stop you enjoying the gameplay and it's
better for both Resident Evil 2 & 3 to have come out as they
have rather than not have surfaced at all and leave a big gap in
the series on the GameCube.
didn't expect the cutscenes in Resident Evil 3 to be subtitled after
the three previous games weren't subtitled so we weren't surprised
when we found this to be the case here too. Once more it's a disaster,
of that there is no denying, but it doesn't mean the game can't
be enjoyed as in every other way there isn't a problem. Even the
new Live Selection choices appear on the screen in text so you'll
be able to choose which path to take.
we bring another Resident Evil review to a close it's a familiar
story. Resident Evil fans will love the game and overlook the unsubtitled
cutscenes. Nevertheless though it does rob deaf gamers of the story
and puts a significant dent in our rating of the game. The game
has loads of replayability and there are various bonus incentives
for playing through at least half a dozen times, something fans
of the series will greatly appreciate.
Game Rating: 6.0/10
subtitles on the cutscenes once again but Resident Evil fans will
definitely want to pick this up, particularly if they haven't played
on another format.
Following the story is difficult as the cutscenes are not subtitled
but there aren't any problems otherwise.