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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Resident Evil 3 is a third-person shooter for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and Windows PCs. An updated remake of 1999's Resident Evil 3: Nemesis, this is the latest in a long-running franchise that includes movies (live action and animated), books, toys, and, of course, other games. In it, players use an arsenal that includes guns, knives, and explosives to destroy zombies and other monsters. Most of the zombies still look human, though some have been injured or mutilated. The violence against them results in copious amounts of blood, gore, and dismemberment. The game's dialogue also includes numerous uses of the curse words "s--t" and "f--k," and one character makes an inappropriate comment to a female co-worker.
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What's it about?
RESIDENT EVIL 3 is a remake of 1999's Resident Evil 3: Nemesis, and takes place just before and during the events of Resident Evil 2. Players control Jill Valentine, a hero from the Raccoon City Police Department's STARS division, when a viral outbreak turns the residents of Raccoon City into zombies, forcing her to find a way out of the city. It's a good thing she's well trained in the use of firearms, knives, and explosives, and knows how to find supplies that other people have left lying around. She also has good problem-solving skills, which is handy when it comes to solving situational puzzles that can help her unlock new areas to explore. But even with all of her skills, she'll need a lot of luck to manage to escape a really, really determined enemy who won't leave her alone and who keeps coming after her regardless of the number of shots fired at him.
Is it any good?
Though it's not as good as the similar remake of Resident Evil 2, this updated version of a popular survival horror game does breathe new life into the 21-year-old classic. A remake of 1999's Resident Evil 3: Nemesis, Resident Evil 3 casts you as Jill Valentine, the ever capable, well-trained member of an anti-bioterrorism task force. That makes her the best person to be when a viral outbreak turns the residents of Raccoon City into zombies. As with other early games in this series, you not only have to shoot zombies from the third-person perspective, but also have to solve puzzles and find keys so that you can open up new areas of the city. You'll also have to scrounge around for ammo and other supplies while dodging incoming attacks.
All of this is made more fun in this remake by the game's updated and more modern, intuitive controls. These are more closely aligned with those of last year's Resident Evil 2 remake. It looks a lot better, and the city has been reconfigured to be just different enough to make it feel fresh, even for people who've played the original more recently than 1999. Unfortunately, it also carries over but alters the original's most divisive aspect: the random appearance of the unstoppable and unkillable Nemesis. Even worse (or better, depending on your perspective), he can now go into rooms that were safe before. But despite this change (or maybe because of it), Resident Evil 3 remains a classic zombie game that now plays better than ever.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about violence in video games. Is the impact of the violence in Resident Evil 3 affected by the fact that your enemies in this game are zombies and other monsters? Would the impact be intensified if you were fighting humans or animals?
If there was a disaster on the level of a zombie apocalypse, would you know what to do? Are you and your family prepared for less fantastic, but just as dangerous, natural disasters?
- Platforms: PlayStation 4, Windows, Xbox One
- Price: $59.99
- Pricing structure: Paid ((includes the online game "Resistance"))
- Available online? Available online
- Developer: Capcom
- Release date: April 3, 2020
- Genre: Survival Horror
- Topics: Adventures, Monsters, Ghosts, and Vampires
- ESRB rating: M for Blood and Gore, Intense Violence, Strong Language
- Last updated: November 19, 2020
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