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Resident Evil 3: Nemesis
Protagonist(s): Jill Valentine
Carlos Oliveria
Genre(s): Survival horror
Platform(s): PlayStation
Microsoft Windows
Nintendo GameCube
September 22, 1999
JP: September 22, 1999
NA: November 11, 1999
EU: February 21, 2000

Microsoft Windows
JP: June 16, 2000
EU: November 24, 2000
NA: April 4, 2001

JP: November 16, 2000
NA: November 17, 2000
EU: December 21, 2000

Nintendo GameCube
NA: January 15, 2003
JP: January 23, 2003
EU: May 30, 2003
Developer(s): Capcom
PlayStation, Windows
JP/NA: Capcom
EU: Eidos Interactive

JP/NA: Capcom
EU: Virgin Interactive
Country: Japan
Series: Resident Evil
Predecessor: Resident Evil 2
Successor: Resident Evil – Code: Veronica

Resident Evil 3: Nemesis (known as Biohazard 3: Last Escape in Japan) is a survival horror video game developed by Capcom and originally released for the PlayStation in 1999. It is the third installment in the Resident Evil video game series and takes place before and after the events of Resident Evil 2


The story of the game follows Resident Evil protagonist Jill Valentine and her efforts to escape from a city that has been infected with a new type of biological weapon secretly developed by the pharmaceutical company Umbrella.

Why It Rocks

  1. The infamous Nemesis monster is an expansion on Mr. X from Resident Evil 2. Instead of only popping up in certain areas, he will relentlessly chase Jill and Carlos. He is very strong and takes a lot of damage, but you are able to knock him down and you'll be rewarded on Hard mode.
  2. Defeating Nemesis on hard mode will cause it to drop items. These items include:
    • EAGLE Parts A & B
    • 2 First Aid Spray Cases (comes with three first aid sprays, takes up one item slot)
    • M37 Parts A & B
    • Infinite Ammunition for one weapon / Assault rifle (if you have not already completed the main game once)
  3. The game was designed to be more challenging than the first two, as it implements an RNG system, meaning that the location of items, weapons, puzzle solutions and more, are randomized on every Playthrough. This was done to defy people who had beat the first two games and increase replay value.
    • Especially for Speedrunners, this is the hardest Resident Evil game to Speedrun due of the RNG.
  4. For the first time, the game isn't based entirely inside a building, but instead on the streets of the dilapidated Raccoon City. Something the previous game only had you do in it's opening.
  5. Awesome and excellent graphics.
  6. Many new and ingenious puzzles that are randomized meaning they have more than one possible answer.
  7. Limited ammunition, as expected from a survival horror game. However, there are gunpowder items that the player can combine to obtain ammo, but there are three types of gunpowder, and every combination gives something different. The more rare the gunpowder type is, the ammo generated will be for better guns.
  8. Many new and horrific monsters other than Nemesis like the two new hunter types: Hunter γ and Hunter β and the sliding worms.
  9. Many secrets and unlockables after the game is finished once.
  10. This game introduces a mechanic known as "Live Selection", which are basically the primitive versions of QTEs. At some points in the game, the player has to make a duel choice at a given moment, before time runs out. Failure to do so will result in Jill being forced to fight an enemy, or receive damage. Otherwise, the game will continue with the decision bring chosen. For example, during the first Live Selection on the player's first encounter with Nemesis, they can either attempt to escape by entering the Racoon City Police Station, or fight it. Either option will advance the story, but will affect the progression of events later on, and even affect the ending all together
  11. Jill Valentine from the original Resident Evil returns and is as badass as before.
  12. It's the first game to introduce Mercenaries Mode (here known as Mercenaries: Operation Mad Jackal), which would become a reoccurring game mode in the franchise. In this mode, the player gets to play as mercenaries that Jill encountered in the main story and traverse through Racoon City from point A to point B while under a strict time limit and limited supplies. However, this is not enough to complete the task in one go. To successfully get to the destination, the player has to earn bonus time by defeating enemies and saving civilians, while aiming for a high score. As mentioned before, the player can choose one of the three mercenaries available, each having their own unique set of starting weapons and items:
    • Carlos - He is equipped with two rapid-firing weapons; the full-auto M4A1 and critical headshot inflicting STI Eagle. It is recommended to rely mostly on his handgun for clearing paths, as no spare ammo can be found for the M4A1. For emergencies and battling tough enemies, the assault rifle is ideal.
    • Mikhail - He is the most powerful character in the game; armed with the Benelli shotgun, S&W .44 Magnum, and the M66 Rocket Launcher. His shotgun is capable of eliminating several zombies at once, earning huge amounts of time quickly. His magnum can kill most tough creatures in one shot, and the rocket launcher will bring down the biggest of adversaries. However, he has less healing items.
    • Nicholai - He is best used by experts, as he is armed with only the SIGPro handgun and the survival knife.
  13. Interesting story that takes place around the same time as Resident Evil 2.
  14. Jill can now dodge enemy attacks and can turn 180 degrees instantly. This 180 turn would become a staple in the franchise since it makes turning around much easier.

Bad Qualities

  1. One of the puzzles, the Water Sample puzzle, can be extremely frustrating.
  2. Just like Resident Evil 2, boss variety isn't great, the only boss fight other than Nemesis is Grave Digger which is ridiculously easy. Nicholai could also count but he too is easy.
  3. While there are nine costumes, only six of them are available on all platforms. RED is only available on PC and Dreamcast, Casual Blue is only available on Dreamcast, and Casual Black is only available on PC.


The game was a critical and commercial success, selling more than three million units worldwide. Most critics praised the graphics for being detailed and the Nemesis creature as an intimidating villain and one of the scariest video game monsters of all time, on par with Pyramid Head and Wallmasters from the Zelda series.

GameSpot reviewer James Mielke described it as the most sophisticated and accomplished Resident Evil game for the PlayStation console in terms of both graphics and gameplay.

Official UK PlayStation Magazine called Resident Evil 3: Nemesis "a modern-day classic", concluding that the game "creates a believable environment, populates it with a host of evil adversaries and uses Raccoon City's urban sprawl to enhance the fiendish puzzles.

Game Tips

  1. When playing through the Main Campaign, remember these tips:
    • Nemesis is left handed. By using this knowledge, run to his right when he's about to grab you.
    • Freeze rounds are highly effective against Nemesis.
  2. When playing through Mercenaries: Operation Mad Jackal, remember these tips:
    • Most weapons will give +3 seconds bonus upon killing an enemy, however the knife gives +24 seconds, making it a valuable tool for earning time, and crucial if the timer is about to run out.
    • It is also recommended to wound an enemy first with the handgun, then finish it off with a knife.



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