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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
  • PSX-Sense.nl: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
  • Multiplayer.it: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.

Because the physical editions of RE3 are going to be delayed locally, we just took the next best thing in the demo and have been playing it again and again and again and again…

We’ve basically played it to death and got killed by Nemesis quite a number of times along the way, but we’ve found some pretty interesting things that Capcom has scattered around the demo that made our side trips more than worth our while. Check them out!

The subway you start in is chock full of goodies you may have missed on your way to rid the city of the zombie infestation. One of the first things you’ll notice are these movie posters promoting Resident Evil 3. Around 3 different posters were scattered around the subway and if you were Jill or Carlos, it must be a surreal experience seeing yourself in these. You’re a S.T.A.R., literally!

 

Capcom sure loves its movie posters and another one we saw is this clever design referencing Capcom’s classic 1942 shooter game and the movie Top Gun. The design of the poster is strikingly close to the Top Gun poster from way back, right down to the cast placement and design of the title!

 

Capcom was up to it’s wily tricks again, cleverly disguising this poster for all Mega Man fans out there. Dr. Wily and Dr. Light from the Mega Man series take center stage here and even drawn differently, the captions on the poster definitely give this one away.

 

On the way up to ground level we saw this map of Raccoon City. Nothing really stands out until we decided to observe it a bit more… Looking familiar? Well it should, because it’s the exact same passageway you pass through while controlling Leon or Claire on your way to the RPD in their “A” scenarios! Capcom certainly has an eye for detail and it really shows with things like this and it serves as an interesting trip down memory lane knowing this part of the map is where Leon/Claire will begin their nightmarish run to the R.P.D.

Making your way to the ground level just like Carlos said and you might find this very conspicuous dedication to the Railway. While nothing may be out of the ordinary, fans of the original Resident Evil Nemesis may notice that it looks just like the the apparatus where you need to slot in the gems to open the City Hall gates. In this case, it’s just really a display but we’re excited to see it pop up again sooner or later in the game!

 

Make your way to ground level and you’ll eventually find the “Toy Uncle” toy store and if you take a peek inside, you may see something very familiar if you’re a Capcom fan. Yep, it’s an American Boxart Mega Man action figure for kids! There’s even a poster outside promoting the Blue Bomber, though why he’s yellow in that Western boxart and carries a gun instead of having his trademark Mega Buster is really anyone’s guess.

 

Look around the toy store a bit more and you’ll find this poster. While his back his turned, the title and gold armor should already chime you in on who this guy is. Yep! It’s Arthur from Capcom’s Ghost and Goblins series. And even if you had any doubt, Arthur’s name is literally spelled out at the bottom.

 

Here’s one more interesting poster that we found in the toy store. While it may be a longshot, the title of this game may just be a parody of Capcom’s own Monster Hunter. Is it just us or is that an Azure Rathalos, somehow?

 

Across the toy store is a locked supermarket that you can gain access to later in the demo. Until that time though, care to window shop for food? There’s an appetizing poster for Umbrella Noodles and… where have we seen that kind of design before? Well no doubt the font and colors look very similar to the well-known Cup Noodle brand from Japan!

 

It’s still quite hard to believe that Umbrella is a Pharmaceutical Company after everything that’s happened. While Safsrin and Aqua Cure may look like any other fictional product in Resident Evil, fans of the original game may remember they were used as passwords for a certain part of the game where you had to watch a video of a product commercial. Remember that random password bit? Yep, thought so!

Oh, and see the circled numbers on the lower right? Hmm, maybe it opens some sort of safe?

 

In another Capcom game reference, we find this Pet Store while most fans may not know who he is, the guy to the left is actually none other than Eagle from the original Street Fighter! So aside from that Sakura reference in Resident Evil 2, looks like Eagle decided to hang the sticks and get into the pet shop business. Too bad this particular branch had to be in Raccoon City, huh?

 

Obviously, we can’t wait to get our grubby hands on Resident Evil 3 when it comes out on April 3. Until them, time to go back and figure in a dodging match with Nemesis and maybe find a few more easter eggs along the way!

The recently released demo of RE3 turned out really good. So good, in fact, that dataminers did what they do best and have uncovered some very interesting items in the code base. How interesting? How about some references to the Nintendo Switch?

Got your attention?

Rely on Horror reports that FluffyQuack, a modder responsible for the Fluffy Manager 500 mod for RE2, uncovered a couple of interesting code blocks that have reference to a Nintendo Switch. One code block references an auto save instance and the other, an eShop instance.

Of course this will lead to a LOT of speculation because WHY IS IT EVEN THERE IN THE FIRST PLACE?

Before we get ahead of ourselves, we’ll have to think of it in a practical sense. RE3 is a massive game with heavy graphical requirements. That said, if a Switch port is even feasible to start with, expect it to be super scaled down, similar to The Witcher 3. It’ll take a feat of engineering genius, but it could probably be done.

It could also go the way of similar titles like RE7 and Assassin’s Creed Odyssey, both being cloud based versions which will now rely mostly on bandwidth over actual hardware power.

We’re not saying that the datamined evidence points to actual upcoming projects, but it would be nice to dream, yeah? Nemesis on the go sounds pretty awesome, to be quite honest!

The title says it all as the once rumored RE3 remake may have actually leaked days before its supposed announcement at the Game Awards. Gamstat, which tracks everything added to the PlayStation store, has some interesting additions, which seems to be covers for the long awaited remake and basically putting rumors to rest.

Check out the 3 cover variants below:

While these have yet to be confirmed by Capcom themselves, the hype train for the remake is full speed ever since the success the RE2 remake has received. It’s not hard to believe that this fan favorite is far off since the RE2 remake already holds possibly the updated engine and assets that can be reused to bring this installment to life.

We know you’ll be picking this up when it releases, as shall we!