Resident Evil 3

Game review by
Paul Semel, Common Sense Media
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Parents recommend
Classic bloody zombie shooter is given new life.

Parents say

age 14+
Based on 5 reviews

Kids say

age 13+
Based on 6 reviews

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The parents' guide to what's in this game.

Positive Messages

The player is trying to save the city, and the world, from zombies as well as monsters. That also includes fighting against the human monsters that unleashed this zombie plague. 

Positive Role Models & Representations

The player puts their life at risk to save the world from a zombie apocalypse. While this is done violently, combat is against the undead and monsters, not living people.

Ease of Play

The game uses standard third-person shooter controls that are similar to those of previous games in this series. The game has three difficulty settings: Assisted, Standard, and the unforgiving Hardcore.


Players use guns, knives, explosives to destroy zombies and monsters. Most zombies are relatively fresh, and thus still look human, though some have been damaged or mutilated in rather graphic ways. The violence players inflict upon them, and the monsters on the player, results in a lot of blood, gore, dismemberment. Game also has an overall scary atmosphere, as well as numerous moments when it attempts to scare players by shocking or surprising them.


Dialogue includes frequent curse words ("f--k" and "s--t").


The latest in the long-running Resident Evil franchise, which has spanned movies, games, and more.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

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.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byMarineCat636 November 19, 2020

Remake of the classic shooter is terrifying and profane

Parents need to know that this horror remake is absolutly not for little kids. In fact, every single game in the Resident Evil franchise is not for anyone who i... Continue reading
Adult Written byMikeTatum123 November 11, 2020

It is alright for mature kids

My son had asked me for this game, and originally I said no, But after I did a little research I found out that you can turn off blood. There is some language b... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written byJaydag April 13, 2020

Gory enough for teens

Teens will enjoy shooting zombies in the head and will enjoy the story. It is much better than the original and has enough gore for teens to handle I think its... Continue reading
Teen, 16 years old Written bycrazyman231 April 26, 2021

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?

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