Resident Evil 3 Jill Valentine 8Bit/Digi

With the highly anticipated release of the Resident Evil 3: Nemesis remake coming soon, fans got the chance to sample the experience with the demo. This short demo allows gamers the chances to explore a small part of Raccoon City during the T-Virus outbreak.

Resident Evil 3: Nemesis was one of my favorite PlayStation games and I’m really excited for the remake. After playing through the demo, these are my thoughts on the game. This includes what surprised me along with what I disliked.

Note: This is not a review of the game itself but just my thoughts on the demo.

Playing the Demo

From the start, it’s clear that this is not the same Resident Evil 3 we played back in the day. Jill Valentine is the main character, it’s set during the Raccoon City outbreak and Nemesis is the main villain – that is all this has in common with the source material

The demo begins in a subway train with Jill meeting what is left of the U.B.C.S. forces. Players are tasked with restoring power to the train so that they could move the rescued survivors to a new location. Players collected extra supplies then trek the streets. However there are numerous obstacles that need to be overcome. Making matters worse is that Nemesis is on the hunt for the player.

One thing players should admire is how the level is small in scale but rich in exploration. There are multiple ways to traverse the level and plenty of hidden areas. Players are encouraged to explore every coroner of this world (and are rewarded for it). These rewards range from short cuts around the area or much needed ammo or health items.

Finally as a nod to the original, playing the game in “Assist Mode” allows players to start the game with an Assault Rifle. In the original, playing in easy mode gave players access to the Assaut Rifle and other weapons from the start. To unlock it in the demo requires players to die three times in a row.

Final Thoughts

The Resident Evil 3 demo gives players a good sample of what they can expect. It’s clear that this is nothing like the game that so many of us played back in days. This is a complete overhaul of the entire experience. Thankfully the gameplay has been tweaked a little based on the feedback regarding Resident Evil 2.

It’s still too early for a review score but so far Capcom has done everything possible to give this classic a proper remake. Resident Evil 3: Nemesis is going to be one of the most anticipated title of 2020 and the demo proves it.

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