On the first day of Halloween,
our Dark Lord Cthulhu brought unto us
A city full of zombies.
When talking about the PlayStation entries of the Resident Evil series most people instantly recall Resident Evil and Resident Evil 2. However Resident Evil 3: Nemesis (also called Biohazard 3: Last Escape in Japan) is a fine game in its own right and is often missed by people.
Taking place 24 hours before and 2 days after the events of Resident Evil 2, you play the role of Jill Valentine in her attempt to escape from the zombie infested Racoon City. As you progress through the game you encounter locations already seen in Resident Evil 2, such as the police station, and also locations exclusive to Resident Evil 3. You also meet a host of other characters including fellow STARS member Brad Vickers, who gets turned into a zombie early on in the game which ties into the zombie you meet in Resident Evil 2 in front of the police station, and the members of the Umbrella Biohazard Countermeasure Service.
Resident Evil 3 takes a slower approach to its story telling. Paying more attention to filling in the plot gaps found in Resident Evil 2. Also, while still employing some of the same scare tactics seen in earlier games, it incorporates a more suspense driven form of terror in the shape of the improved tyrant Nemesis. Who stalks you throughout the game. The game also includes a minigame titled “The Mercenaries – Operation: Mad Jackal” which allows you to play as one of the Umbrella Biohazard Countermeasure Service members and unlock extra items for the main game.
Resident Evil 3: Nemesis is my favourite out of the early games. It just feels a more rounded and polished game compared to the first two. Also the writing seems to have taken drastic steps towards been more understandable. But this could have something to do with it not been written by the same team that did the first two.
So with that I recommend Resident Evil 3: Nemesis as your first game of Halloween. If you hear a bump in the night then it’s probably not Nemesis after you.
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