Resident Evil 3 is a great game, but it's not the game you might expect. It's more like a horror film starring Arnold Schwarzenegger than it is a Wes Craven flick. Action is in the driver's seat, and horror is in the backseat. How much you enjoy RE3 depends on what kind of game you want. It's not completely authentic to the original game. Some things are missing, like the gravedigger boss and the giant spiders.
If you want something like RE2 Remake, or a total faithful recreation of RE3, then it could disappoint. But if you want something a little different, something shorter and more cinematic, definitely pick the game up.
Capcom is at the top of their game here and chose to experiment with a new action focus that explodes on your screen. It's fun, goofy, thrilling, and scary all at once, a kind of medley of experiences rolled into one supercharged and compact package. It's not the longest game, and it's certainly not the scariest game, but it looks and plays damn good on the PlayStation 4 Pro. The RE Engine is clearly working wonders even on limited current-gen systems, and we can't wait to see how Resident Evil 8 will look on next-gen.
Overall, RE3 is a great nod to Resident Evil and old-school action films of the 90s era. Its guns-a-blazing gameplay doesn't betray the horror sentiments of RE2 Remake, but things definitely feel less dire. I personally like that, though. I'm less stressed and able to have more fun. That's really what RE3 is about: fun over terror.
Whether or not it's the right game for you ultimately depends on what you're looking for.
- Crazy over-the-top action sequences
- Combat is overall tight and fluid
- Graphics, animations, and environments are immaculate
- Characters have personality
- Jill steals the show with her bluster and devil-may-care attitude
- Extremely memorable scenes
- Retains horror themes without compromising action focus
- It is short, around 4.5 hours
- Very linear, choices are taken out
- Combat sequences can get cluttered
- Nemesis never feels like a threat
Last updated: Apr 24, 2020 at 09:13 pm CDT
Game Mechanics & Combat85%
Visuals and Graphics90%
The Bottom Line
Resident Evil 3 is a sharp contrast to RE2, with over-the-top chaos straight out of a 90s action movie. It's shorter, but more dazzling.