To celebrate the 25th anniversary of Resident Evil and the release of Resident Evil VIII next month – we’re celebrating the series this month.
The original Resident Evil 3 game is a milestone in the series as it introduced quick-time events and branching pathways. You take control of Jill Valentine as she tries to survive the outbreak in Raccoon City and escape.
Unlike the 2020, it was well received and a milestone in the series. Ironically, it was designed as a spin-off but through circumstances it was released as a main title.
Jill Valentine is a survivor from Resident Evil 1 and she decides to stay in the city after the incident to try and investigate the evil company, Umbrella, more. As she explores the city, she finds out that Umbrella has programmed a monster named Nemesis, to track the remaining members of her team down and kill them. She ends up teaming up with an Umbrella mercenary to escape the city before it’s destroyed to hide evidence.
The combat is similar to Resident Evil 1 and 2, but you have the opportunity to evade attacks. Gun powder is added to mix and create new types of bullets – which is a cool feature. Resident Evil 3 is in third person and you solve puzzles and fight monsters to escape.
Resident Evil 3 has a fun story that is an instant classic. Jill is a beloved character in the franchise and this game just seals her awesomeness. Carlos Oliveira is a cheesy character but deserves much more love than he gets. He’s a great companion and helps Jill out so many times throughout. The banter between them is hilarious and entertaining to watch.
The threat of Nemesis is just so terrifying and chills me to this day. Sadly, the remake made him a laughing joke – but the original does him justice. Nemesis is truly a monster that you should fear and Capcom do him right in this.
Sure, the water puzzle at the end is too frustrating – but it’s manageable. The clocktower area is one of my favourites and it plays even better in 2021. Shame on you Capcom for ignoring it in the remake.
If you haven’t played the original Resident Evil 3, you are missing out. The controls aren’t that sticky and it’s great to play even more. Do yourself a favour, and check it out.
Words by Charlie Vogelsang