Not only did 2019’s Resident Evil 2 remake deliver a spiffed-up hit of nostalgia for gamers, but also one of the best games of the year. The sequel, Resident Evil 3: Nemesis is getting its reinvigoration this April, and we got hands-on with the demo to see what Jill Valentine’s Racoon City nightmare has in store for gamers.
From a design perspective, the original Resident Evil 3 was a bit more of a step in the action-orientated, bombastic tone of the franchise, but still kept the tension and horror in check, making it a favourite amongst fans. The remake tries to remind us of that by keeping to the slow and foreboding pace, but giving Jill some moments of sheer chaos to endure. Thankfully, she has some new tricks up her sleeve.
Capcom has added a dodge manoeuvre, which allows you to strafe away from danger. This comes in handy when dodging more powerful enemies or backing away from a shambling horde quickly. It doesn’t open much of a gap, but gives you just enough time to get out of a sticky situation, and this added manoeuvrability makes Jill feel like more of a badass in comparison to playing as Claire in Resident Evil 2.
The quicker movement also extends to the shooting, which, while borrowing from the exact same template as RE 2, feels snappier but punchier.
The performances and wider cast is also on show in the demo, and the voice acting is far more colourful in this instalment, thanks to the fact that Jill has a brash, often sarcastic demeanour and a lot more to work with as a character.
Not to pile on the comparisons, but the visuals are brighter and more varied, thanks to the more diverse locales of RE 3. Neon-lit streets and flickering diner lights keep the environment feeling real and interesting, while enemies are a lot more reactive to bullets too. The overall physics seem improved as zombie limbs jolt back as they’re shot and flail like hippies at a trance festival when explosions send them flying.
While it has only been a year since the release of Resident Evil 2‘s remake, it seems like Capcom has fine-tuned all the good things to make them stand out even further with Resident Evil 3. We can’t wait to sink our teeth into the full release when it hits store shelves and digital outlets on 3 April 2020.