Resident Evil 3

  • Developer: Capcom
  • Genre: Arcade/Action
  • Originally on: Windows (2000)
  • Works on: PC, Windows
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  • User Rating: 7.0/10 - 6 votes
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Game Overview

Resident Evil 3 had the unenvious task of coming out in between Resident Evil 2 and Code Veronica! It was a tall task to follow on from the phenomenal ambitious 2 and then come out before the first next-generation Resident Evil game. For me, this is a game that I like, I really do like this game…. however, it is probably one of my least played of the original Resident Evil games. This was originally released on PlayStation, but PC, Dreamcast, and GameCube would also get a port.

Looking, Good Jill

The story of Resident Evil 3 takes place before and after what goes down in Resident Evil 2. This time you play as Jill Valentine as she tries to get out of the city, expose what is going on, and deal with the hulking monster that is Nemesis! The story is pretty solid, but it lacks that wow factor Resident Evil 2 had. There was so much story content in Resident Evil 2 and by comparison, this one here feels much shorter. The game once again looks fantastic. I feel that the backgrounds, in particular, are sharper than what the second game had to offer. The character models are solid and the cut scenes as you would expect are fantastic. However, this game came out around 6 months before Code Veronica which blew it away visually.

More Action Than Most

While Resident Evil 3 is a shorter game than its predecessor. What is on offer here is pretty fun. Jill has the same tank controls as in all the other original Resident Evil games, but she is a bit nimbler here. To start with she had a dodge move and this was the game that introduced the ability to allow you to quickly turn around in a 180. The gameplay feels a bit more action packed and faster-paced. There are still plenty of puzzles for you to solve here. However, there is more ammo and the ability to make ammo with gunpowder very rarely leaves you struggling for ammo like you would in Code Veronica.

Making The Right Choices

One thing that I thought was really cool in Resident Evil 3 was how they let you make decisions in the game. This happens on a few different occasions and the choices you make can shape the story and give you a different ending. So, while it does not have the multiple campaigns that Resident Evil 2 had to offer, you are rewarded for playing through the campaign again and doing different things.

The Mercenaries game mode is introduced here and it is a blast! You have a short amount of time and items to blast your way through a streamlined story. This is a staple of the series now and I had a lot of fun with this mode back in the day and feel that it holds up very well to this day.


The big inclusion of this game and the thing people remember the most is Nemesis. He is such a badass and one of if not the most iconic of all the Resident Evil enemies. He will stalk you as you play and the first time you play the game, you never feel safe and are always worried this maniac is going to burst through the wall and try to kill you!

I have to say that Resident Evil 3 is a good game. It may be a bit on the short side, but you are given the incentive to replay the game more than once. The new gameplay tweaks that make Jill easier to control and the slightly more emphasis on action make this a rather different game than the one that came before it and after. While it may not be my favorite game in the series, I still highly recommend you give this one a try.


Final Score


  • Jill is such a badass!
  • Nemesis is one of the best Resident Evil villains of all time
  • The backgrounds have more details and are sharper
  • Jill is much nimbler here than the characters in 2
  • You have a reason to play through it more than once


  • It is shorter than 2 and Code Veronica
  • It is not as spectacular as 2 or Code Veronica

For me, Resident Evil 3 is kind of the ignored game from the original four (including Code Veronica) games. It was the last proper game to be released for the original PlayStation and it has since found a home on pretty much everything under the sun. How does it hold up in 2019 is the question we are asking here?

Welcome Back Jill

Resident Evil 3 once again has you playing as Jill Valentine from the first game in the series. Jill in this game is way more badass and let’s face it, she looks pretty hot running around in that short skirt. In all seriousness, it was pretty awesome to have Jill Valentine back after she was missing from [[Resident Evil 2]] and Code Veronica.

Resident Evil 2.5

One of the most interesting things about Resident Evil 3 is the time frame that it is set. This does not actually follow on from Resident Evil 2 the same way that Resident Evil Code Veronica does. Instead, it is actually set during the same timeframe that Resident Evil 2 is. At first, I thought this idea sucked as I wanted to know what happened next. In actuality, the story is awesome and feels a bit more “action movie” than any of the other [[Resident Evil]] games.

The basics of the story are that Jill Valentine wants to escape from the city that is being decimated by a zombie outbreak. This is all good, but she is being stalked by [[Nemesis]] who is one of the best villains the series has ever seen. He stalks you mercilessly and not knowing when he is going to burst through a wall or door keeps you on the edge of your seat.

Action Jackson

Resident Evil 3 and Resident Evil Code Veronica are a very interesting contrast. Resident Evil Code Veronica is far more puzzle heavy and more “survival” heavy with its lack of ammo. Resident Evil 3, on the other hand, went the other way and at the time was the most action packed of the Resident Evil games.

There are not only a ton of things for Jill to kill in this game, but she also has a great arsenal of weapons to use as well. While ammo is not as plentiful as it would become in games like [[Resident Evil 4]] to 6. You are not struggling for ammo like you were in Code Veronica. You can also craft in this game which can come in really handy too. Resident Evil 3 is not a very long game, but it is a great ride while it lasts.

In keeping with the action theme. Once you beat the game, you unlock a new game mode called Mercenaries. This is a staple of the series now, but here it was something new and exciting. Picking one of three badasses and just killing anything in site is way more fun and satisfying than you would think.

I have always enjoyed Resident Evil 3 and I have played it on multiple platforms. It may not be as well-remembered as 2 or Code Veronica, but it is a damn fine game. I like the more action-heavy approach to the gameplay and let's not lose sight of the fact that Nemesis is freaking awesome!



  • Jill Valentine is back
  • It is more action-orientated
  • The game is very fast-paced
  • I really enjoyed the story
  • Nemesis is a fantastic villain


  • It is a little on the short side
  • Only one playable character in the main story

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System Requirements

Processor: PC compatible, SystemP-266 DirectX6.1

OS: Win9xWindows 9x, Windows NT, Windows 2000 WinXPWindows XP, Vista, Win 7, Win 8, Win 10.

Game Features:Resident Evil 3 supports single modeSingle game mode

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