Replay Value: 8.1
Capcom's survival horror genre has hit it's third sequel. Resident Evil 3: Nemesis is the newest installment of the series. Second to Street Fighter, Resident Evil titles have probably been Capcom's most successful series. Who better to pull out excellent games than Capcom. We have had Breath of Fire, all the Street Fighter games, the VS titles, and of course Resident Evil games (including Dino Crisis). The game has a little awkward story but it's still Resident Evil and it features that same theme it has featured for the past 3 something years. Is this another Director's Cut or a brand new RE?
If you envy Resident Evil: Code Veronica envy? Don't worry about it, although the Dreamcast has Resident Evil: Code Veronica with it's flashy graphics and all, the game isn't due for quite some time I think. Although the PSX may not have DC's graphical capabilities they are still not bad, considering the DC is 128 bit, and the PS is only 32 bit. RE3 has some of the best looking graphics the PSX has ever rendered. The FMVs are perfectly compressed and they look better than those found in Final Fantasy 8. The game still uses pre-rendered backgrounds like all the other Resident Evils as if it was a ritual. The character detail is fantastically smooth and the main character Jill is very nicely detailed. She is complete with some of the finest looking skin touch ups any RE game has had. As for the frame rate, it always stays perfect and doesn't drop at all.
Although some people might say "been there shot that" to RE3, they should still play it due to the new challenging puzzles the game has to offer. The weirdest thing in the game is that it's more of a prequel than a sequel. The game takes place 24 hours before the 2nd Resident Evil. It starts out with zombies attacking RPD members and ends up with all of the RPD officers dead, while there are still tons of zombies on the loose. You will eventually meet up with Barry from the first RE too. Now for those of you who find the Resident Evil series a little too hard, you'll be happy to know that when starting Resident Evil 3 and picking easy mode, you start out with an unlimited number of Ink Ribbons, and a hefty amount of ammo. You just have to get in the office room at the very beginning of the game. You will also come across some very familiar places in RE 3. Like the RPD conference room in RE2, and the RPD station it's self. Believe me this is by far one of the finest moments of the PSX, and is the best Resident Evil game ever (even better than Code Veronica for the DC). The game also features tons of dialogue, which most of takes place during an FMV sequence. Your main goal is to stop Nemesis who is basically the granddaddy of all the Zombies.
The game has admirable voice acting to make the gaming experience feel better. It's voice acting is usually done correctly being very precise and on time so don't expect voice acting timing like in Silent Hill. You'll experience some great sounding explosions, and the gun shots sound unbelievably real. If you turn up the volume and play with the volume set on very high, when a zombie pops out you will probably need a diaper change, but you will get retribution by blasting his head of and hearing the clarity of sound effects.
Those of you who have played the first 2 games (Director's Cut excluded) will already be very familiar with the controls. But those of you (all three of you) who haven't, will have a little difficulty with adjusting to the controls. Me on the other hand, I'm a huge fan of the series and I know the basic layout. But don't worry about it, you'll have time to practice your controls in the beginning.
Wrapping up this review I can say that Resident Evil 3 is not only the best of the series but it is also one of the best PSX titles out there today along with the top quality titles like Final Fantasy 8, Tony Hawk's Pro Skater and Syphon Filter. Kudos to Capcom for delivering one my favorite games for the Christmas season.