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      03.06.2010 17:39
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      Recomended, but not for the PC. Pick it up for the Playstation instead. It's only cheap.

      Resident Evil 3: Nemesis, is a 1999 third person survival horror shooter. It's available for the Dreamcast, Gamecube, Playstation and PC, and it's best for the Playstation. I'll get to why in a moment;

      The game takes place immediately after the events of Resident Evil 2, and follows the actions of S.T.A.R.S. squad member Jill Valentine in her attempt to escape from the zombie-infested Raccoon City. Jill teams up with Umbrella mercenary Carlos Oliviera, and the chemistry and character development between the two is fairly engaging and enjoyable, and makes for an immersive and entertaining game.

      The control system is identical to that of the previous two games, as is the inventory screen and input method. It's keyboard only for the PC, and although the controls take some getting used to, they're actually quite intuitive and customizable, and you'll find you can manage items and shoot things quite quickly and effectively.

      One new element in Nemesis that isn't present in earlier games is the ability to sidestep attacks. This doesn't really bring anything new to the game, but its nice to know that Capcom have been thinking outside the box. It's also cool that Jill is being chased throughout the game by a Biological Super-Weapon named Nemesis, an unpleasant giant mutation formed from human flesh with a shoulder-mounted rocket launcher and retractable tentacles. (What is it with Capcom and tentacles?)

      Animation is pretty good for the time and although nothing here is quite state of the art, it' still an enjoyable and sometimes quite visceral gaming experience that is of an appropriate difficulty level - Challenging, and doesn't suffer fools gladly, which is exactly what committed gamers tend to want. If you're a Resident Evil fan, then Nemesis is definitely worth a good playthrough, although probably just the once.

      The game is really long and it's great fun to revisit locations from Resident Evil 2 mere hours later. There's still the fiddly problems with inventory from the previous games and no strafing or precise aiming technique. Puzzles are very prevalent and much less inane than usual, having to match lots of patterns and follow precise instructions, instead of the usual "compare as many random items as you can and run around pressing the action button on everything to progress."

      There's plenty of expositional files and photos to read as the game unfolds which tell you a lot about the story in a fun and engaging way, despite a few rather funny translation problems. The plot is charming and nostalgic and holds up fairly well to this day, with lots of clever twists and turns and a decent narrative throughout, upon which the second Resident Evil film was based. System requirements are also very low, and needless to say, the game will run on the most modest of specifications, although a bit of tweaking and compatibility modes are required.

      In a benchmark moment in gaming history, Nemesis shows some very early interactive cutscenes, where you'll get a choice of two options to make at critical moments, affecting the way the game subsequently plays out. For a Resident Evil game of such age, it's surprisingly non-linear, and the new weaponry and ammo system gives the opportunity for the player to have an awful lot of fun mixing gunpowders and developing compounds. This also really adds to replay value and helps make the game your own.

      For some lazy reason, all of the unlockables (a few piffling costumes and bonus modes) are available from the very start of the game, and many of them simply do not work. This isn't a very big deal though, because they're mostly rubbish. Trust me, I've played them before. At least you won't feel like you're missing much though, because all of this meta-gaming nonsense is just a big waste of time and effort anyway.

      The graphics are a bit better than the kind you'd see in Resident Evil 2, but not particularly impressive for the time. With the PC version, although the game can be ran in surprisingly high resolution, you'll have to lower you DirectX diagnostics and sound acceleration to even run the game, before having to mess around with Voodoo2 software to get rid of texture problems and graphical banding. It's got the be said that this is a pretty poor and lazy port of Resident Evil 3 in more ways than one;

      Every time you die in the game, you have to watch the opening sequence and read the same short textual introduction to the game which takes about 40 seconds. This is particularly irksome when you're saving all the time, as does the fact that cinematics and in-game cutscenes can't be skipped, which is hugely frustrating. For these reasons, you're better off buying the Playstation version, since it boasts the best controls and is just generally better put together.

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      02.11.2003 07:57
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      My personal Experience Tells me that Resident EVIL games are for only Restricted To Hardcore game Player and Peopel that Love Long time Game playing. As I have Witnessed NEMESIS Which is the Most terrifing Creature Know to Man kind. During my Experience of Resident Evil 1 + Uncut Vision and Resident Evil 2, Nothing has come Close to the Speed and Voice of NEMESIS. The game Continues which means its all none stop for new game Buyers, As for people who have played resident 1,2 its adventure and role playing has exceeded any other vision, most likey to give worse death. Resident evil has casted the story in Raccon City,Which is made up to be in eth US and highly populated, And Infected with a new Virus Created by The Umbrella Copuration Called the T-Virus From Previous games Other Viruses which Created quite dangerous Creature Resident evil 3 crearute will be most fared but Some Things are just Commons but more scripted, Zombies,Dogs, Dagerous plants e.g -Game play/Game features- Lots of guns, Decent Health Greater Dangers More unexpected Creatures more Game Platforms/Places/Doors and gates Secrect modes/After game Completion/s normal/hard mode lots of Video Intermissions Exciting Game Roles plus many many Great features. -Graphics- Brillent/High resolution -1 Memory block minmum free to save game. Comparison to Resident Evil 1-2 its high rated and played more times No 1,2 three times then a average user. -I highly recommend This games to All Game player with good Skillfull and talented minds. (Alternitive game to Resident Evil is Alone in the dark)

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        18.11.2001 00:14
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        Yes this is another sequel to those Resident Evil games for the PS and PC. There's nothing worse than an infestation of flesh-eating zombies - a point that Jill Valentine, agent of S.T.A.R.S., is likely to agree with. But here she is again all the same, in the third instalment of the PlayStation favourite Resident Evil, armed and ready to make mincemeat of the legions of undead that come her way. Set immediately after the fateful events of the first Resident Evil game, Nemesis works on the same third-person action principal and doesn't have many new tricks up its sleeve, but this new angle gives the game a better look. Let's just say that if you liked the first one, then you'll probably get along just fine with this sequel. If you hated it or simply were too frightened however, then there's nothing in Resident Evil 3 worthy enough to tempt you into spending the £30+. The gameplay smacks of a lazy transition from console to PC. Obvious limitations in the game, like its poor graphics - of which more later - might be something that you'd put up with on a low-spec platform, such as the Sony Playstation. On a PC with plenty of power under its skin, it may perhaps look old fashioned, which in some cases can interfere with your gameplay. For instance, there's a valley of difference between the flat-looking background graphics and items that you are able to interact with. Maybe the designers wanted the graphics to be this way.

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