Critics are divided on Resident Evil 3
The critics have spoken! Yes, the reviews are out for Capcom’s Resident Evil 3 and things seem to be quite divisive. We here at The Nerdy Basement haven’t played it as of yet, but when we do you can find our review here.
In the mean time, we can certainly take a look at some of our favorite critics have said about Resident Evil 3. Right off the bat, there seems to be some key issues with the game that everyone is debating:
- Utilization of Nemesis
- The actual length of the game
- The pace of the game
- Capcom making the controversial decision not to allow real time based decision making.
IGN seemed to like the game immensely. Praising it’s “tense monster moments and breakneck-paced fun”.
“Like Resident Evil 2 before it, Resident Evil 3’s 2020 remake does an amazing job of recapturing the horror and tension of the late ‘90s original while completely modernizing its gameplay. It plays like a 2020 game because it is a 2020 game. The classic world is brought to life in glorious detail, and smart level design makes exploring it a delight and replaying it almost compulsory. If only all remakes could be this good; bring on the next one.”
PC Gamer did NOT like Resident Evil 3, citing it as “disappointing” and a “step back” for the franchise.
“Resident Evil 3 is essentially a chain of action set-pieces, threaded together with a paper-thin story and a few too many cutscenes. This is the direction the series started to take post-Resident Evil 4, when it seriously lost its way and we ended up with the abysmal Resident Evil 6, and I’d hate to see that happen again.”
Eurogamer cited the game as being “brilliant at times, but not a patch on its predecessor”.
“All this – the pacing, the progression, the action and Nemesis’ design, contributes to the feeling the Resident Evil 3 remake is over too soon. I know, the original Resident Evil 3 wasn’t exactly a long game. And Resident Evil 2’s campaign can be completed in a handful of hours, too. But Resident Evil 2 remake’s campaign can be played over with two separate characters, which changes things. Resident Evil 3 remake is one set story, divided up into Jill and Carlos playtime.”
Gamespot was particularly negative, citing a game that that the game “reached its peak early and slowly lost momentum going forward”.
“As a remake, Resident Evil 3 not only falls short of honoring its source, but it also doesn’t quite stick the landing as a standalone horror experience. Even without taking into account the original game, or its predecessor, RE3 struggles to keep up with its pace amid a clashing of elements from survival horror and standard action. While it has a strong start and gives its principal villain some great moments, this truncated retelling of the concluding game from the original Resident Evil trilogy doesn’t do it proper justice. “
GamingBolt was so-so citing the game as all around “disappointing”. One major complaint being, “Nemesis has been woefully underutilized, especially as a stalker enemy.”
“Resident Evil 3 constantly hints at greatness, but never quite reaches the heights of the PS1 original. It’s a solid enough game, but not nearly as impressive as other recent Resident Evil titles, and not nearly as good as it could and should have been.”
From what it seems, Resident Evil 3 is not exactly a home run, but for some critics, its a solid base hit. The reviews seems to point to the topics consistently, but I guess their expectations (set by the stellar Resident Evil 2) are what ultimately drove their scores. That being said, if you liked this article and want to read more RE content, check out this piece here about My Top 10 Resident Evil Games. Always remember if you like our content. Please follow our social media, share with your friends and always stay Nerdy!