Resident Evil 3 review roundup shows mixed reviews, citing cut content and playtime as major culprits

Resident Evil 2 was a masterpiece of a remake, balancing the nostalgic goodness of the original with the technology of the current generation. It was how a remake should be done, and Capcom nailed every single bit of it, enough to make it a Game of the Year contender last year.

Resident Evil 3 is next in line and the review embargo has been lifted, showing a lot of mixed reviews across various outfits and mediums that cite “cut content” and “short playtime” as big cons for the game.

Currently sitting at an average Metacritic score of 80 across 50 critic reviews, you’d think that 80 is still actually a good score. By all intents and purposes, it definitely is! But coming from Resident Evil 2, this installment is looking like a step in the wrong direction for Capcom if the reviews are to be believed.

Below are some of the review scores by media across the globe:

  • The Digital Fix:10
  • Daily Star:10
  • Shacknews:9
  • TheSixthAxis:9
  • Noisy Pixel:9
  • God is a Geek:9
  • Hardcore Gamer:9
  • CGMagazine:9
  • PlayStation LifeStyle:8.5
  • Malditos Nerds:8.5
  • Critical Hit:8.5
  • Easy Allies:8.5
  • Wccftech:8.5
  • DualShockers:8.5
  • VideoGamer:8
  • Worth Playing:8
  • Digital Spy:8
  • Screen Rant:8
  • PlayStation Universe:8
  • Gamers Heroes:8
  • GamesRadar+:8
  • GAMINGbible:8
  • JeuxActu:8
  • Destructoid:8
  • Digitally Downloaded:8
  • Eurogamer Italy:8
  • Game Revolution:8
  • Millenium:7.7
  • Jeuxvideo:7.5
  • Digital Chumps:7.5
  • Video Chums:7.5
  • TrueGaming:7.5
  • Carole Quintaine:7.5
  • USgamer:7
  • Push Square:7
  • Trusted Reviews:7
  • Twinfinite:7
  • Metro GameCentral:7
  • VG247:6

God is a Geek gives it a 9, writes that ” Resident Evil 3 is a superb remake of the original, with Nemesis being the clear highlight. Although inventory management and aiming can be a problem, it’s still a fantastic game. “

PlayStation Lifestyle gives it an 8.5, saying “More deftly balancing mobility and power with overwhelming horror, Resident Evil 3 still manages to find elements that cause tension and terror despite giving players more ways to fight back. Nemesis tends to be an annoyance more than a true element of horror, but his orchestrated roadblocks are few enough in number that it doesn’t drag down the overall experience. All said, Resident Evil 3 is a brilliant reimagining of the horror classic, with plenty of surprises in store even for the longtime fans. It’s a great partner piece to last year’s Resident Evil 2, helping to reclaim the origins of the series that were once trapped in static environments and blocky characters, lost to consoles past.”

On the other hand, Push Square gives it a 7, saying “Resident Evil 3 had the potential to better its classic predecessor, but a disappointing amount of cut content and the let down that is Nemesis hold it back from greatness. It’s still an experience very much worth revisiting, with Raccoon City and the hospital receiving a lot of love and attention, however, it only makes us question what could have been that little bit more.”

Going even lower, Gamespot gives it a 6, saying “As a remake, Resident Evil 3 not only falls short of honoring its source, but it also doesn’t quite stick the landing as a standalone horror experience. Even without taking into account the original game, or its predecessor, RE3 struggles to keep up with its pace amid a clashing of elements from survival horror and standard action. While it has a strong start and gives its principal villain some great moments, this truncated retelling of the concluding game from the original Resident Evil trilogy doesn’t do it proper justice.”

Resident Evil 3 is scheduled to release on April 3 but expect delays with local physical copies, as announced by Capcom Asia.

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