After two games to test out what works and what doesn’t work Capcom produced Resident Evil 3: Nemesis which refined the formula of the series pretty damn well. While it wasn’t as commercially successful as the second game it opened to rave reviews and for good reason.
Running parallel to Resident Evil 2, the third game’s story is about Jill Valentine trying to escape the infected Raccoon City. Along the way she meets Carlos Oliveira an Umbrella agent who allies himself with her in order to survive. The journey to freedom becomes ever more difficult due to the presence of Nemesis, a creation of Umbrella sent to kill any surviving S.T.A.R.S members left alive after the events of the first game. Eventually Jill escapes with Carlos as Raccoon City is sterilized via a nuclear missile sent by the United States Government to destroy the infection at the cost of who knows how many innocent lives. Oh the humanity!
The gameplay has been noticeably changed for the better. Departing from the series conventions there is only one central character to play as which is Jill. An interesting new thing is the Live Selection Mode where the player must choose between two on screen options. Whichever choice is picked effects the story and the ending the player receives. A welcome new feature is the “quick 180 degree turn” which frees the character from having to slowly turn all the way round risking attack from enemies. The ammunition creation system is also pretty cool because as the name suggests you can create different ammunition with gunpowder and various tools. Cool, huh?
It was an interesting move to focus the story on one single character rather than two separate characters. While you do briefly play as Carlos the majority of the game is spent playing as Jill who was voiced very straight by Catherine Disher. Seriously, there weren’t any embarrassing lines in any of her talking scenes. Good thing too since she is the main focus of the game. Vincent Corazza does his job well as the voice of Carlos which helps seeing how Carlos is the main supporting character for Jill throughout the game. Though he only gets one line Nemesis proves himself to be one of the most intimidating villains of the entire series. His line “S.T.A.R.S” is menacingly spoken by an unfortunately uncredited voice actor. It’s a pity because such a terrifying character really should have his voice actor named.
Taking the best bits of the previous two games and adding in some new stuff Resident Evil 3: Nemesis is a nail bitingly tense, unrelenting scare ride.