Last year Capcom finally gave fans the Resident Evil 2 remake they were hungry for, and now, a bit more than a year later, Resident Evil 3 also rising from the grave. Building on the strong framework laid down by RE2, the new RE3 looks like another top-notch remake, but can it can it live up to its predecessor? How does this new version of RE3 update the original PS1 game? What exactly is Resident Evil Resistance? When is the game coming out and what platforms can you play it on?
You’ve got questions about Resident Evil 3, and, thankfully, we have answers! Scroll on down for all the key information you need before you face off against the Nemesis again…
Is Resident Evil 3 similar to last year’s Resident Evil 2 remake?
Yes, for the most part. Both the Resident Evil 2 and Resident Evil 3 remakes are built on the RE Engine and feature an over-the-shoulder third-person perspective, so expect the game’s visuals, controls, and gunplay to be very similar. That said, the original RE3 put more of an emphasis on action, and the remake is sticking to that. Expect a lot more zombies and scenarios where you’re forced to fight rather than just sidestep baddies, particularly when that bastard Nemesis shows up.
Thankfully, the new RE3 features an updated version of the original game’s dodge mechanic to help you deal with the stiffer opposition. Basically, if you dodge at just the right moment, time will briefly slow down, allowing you to pop off some quick headshots. There are also more environmental objects, like explosive barrels and electric generators, you can use to your advantage, so keep an eye out.
How closely is the new Resident Evil 3 sticking to the original PS1 game?
While the broad outline will remain the same, Resident Evil 3 promises to be a more extensive “reimagining” than the Resident Evil 2 remake. While most of the new RE3’s main objectives should be familiar, what you have to do to achieve them might be quite different, with new areas, enemies, and set pieces standing in your way. In particular, it seems the streets of Raccoon City (and perhaps other areas) have been significantly expanded. Raccoon City isn’t going full open world, don’t worry, but the narrow, linear streets of the original RE3 won’t be as easy to navigate this time around.
Just How afraid of the new Nemesis should I be?
Be afraid, be very afraid. The Nemesis uses an updated version of the AI that powered the already-pretty-scary Mr. X from Resident Evil 2. Nemesis will not only be smarter than Mr. X, he’ll be a lot faster and more resourceful. The big jerk will be able to snatch you up in his tentacles, jump across entire areas to cut you off, and yes, at one point he even gets a damn flamethrower. You can check out some footage of the new Nemesis in action in the video above.
Will the story be different as well?
Again, expect the major plot points to be mostly the same, but Capcom’s reimagining of Resident Evil 3’s gameplay and level design will likely have an effect on the story as well. For instance, Capcom has said they intend to significantly expand Carlos’ role in the game, giving him his “own interesting section” to play through. Expect moments you remember to be remixed and reordered in surprising ways.
Is anything from the PS1 game being cut?
Unfortunately, yes. The original Resident Evil 3 featured occasional “Live Selection” moments, which forced players to make quick decisions that led you down different paths, eventually culminating in several unique endings. This is no longer the case in the new RE3 – the quick time events are gone, and the game features a set, non-branching storyline with a single ending.
Mercenaries mode is also being chopped. Resident Evil 3’s Mercenaries mode wasn’t nearly as deep as the ones in later RE games – it was more of a fun unlockable minigame – but its loss is still somewhat disappointing. Thankfully, the new RE3’s cuts are being balanced by a pretty major addition.
What is Resident Evil Resistance?
The Resident Evil 3 remake is shipping with an entire standalone multiplayer game, Resident Evil Resistance. This asymmetric co-op experience pits four survivors with different weapons and abilities against a single mastermind who can place traps and enemies. Basically, Resistance is Left 4 Dead, expect with one player deciding where the zombies go.
According to Capcom, Resident Evil Resistance isn’t cannon, but that frees the developers up to feature characters, enemies, and locations from across the Resident Evil franchise. Past attempts at RE multiplayer have mostly fallen flat, but according to hands-on previews, Resistance is actually quite fun. Here’s hoping it’s a worthwhile addition to the overall Resident Evil 3 package.
What’s the release date?
April 3, 2020.
What platforms is the game coming to?
PC, Xbox One, and PS4.
Can I try before I buy?
Capcom has announced there will be a playable Resident Evil 3 demo, although they haven’t confirmed a release date. More info will be coming soon.
It was written in the STARS… 💫
A Resident Evil 3 Demo is on the way. We’ll have more details in the near future! pic.twitter.com/wqN2AwI3pH
— Resident Evil (@RE_Games) February 25, 2020
Are there any fancy special editions?
Surprisingly, there are fewer options than with most major games. That said, in addition to the $60 standard edition, Capcom is also offering a $180 Collector’s Edition exclusively through select retailers (GameStop in the US and GAME in the UK). The Collector’s Edition is currently sold out, but more copies will likely be made available pre-launch. Everybody who pre-orders Resident Evil 3 gets classic skins that make Carlos look like his original self and put Jill back in her tube top.
Here’s what’s included in the Collector’s Edition:
- Resident Evil 3 and Resident Evil Resistance games
- Jill Valentine Figure: 11-inch, based on her latest in-game design from Resident Evil 3.
- Project: N & Project: R Art Book: A classified file containing photographs, reports, and documents of Raccoon City procured by Umbrella Corporation during their various experiments.
- Raccoon City Double-Sided Poster
- Digital Double Album Soundtrack
Could the game be delayed?
Never say never, but it’s very unlikely. Capcom said the game was “nearly done” as of December of last year, so it should be able to hit its April release date without much problem.
There you are – everything you really need to know about Resident Evil 3. Still have some questions? Head on down to the comments and fire away, and we’ll try get to you an answer!
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