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Last year’s RESIDENT EVIL 2 REMAKE was by all accounts one of the most pleasant and unexpected surprises of this gaming generation. Brilliantly updating the series to the present day, it re-imagined the classic installment in a beautifully realized new vision, and set the standard again for how survival horror should be treated. Coming in just a year later, RESIDENT EVIL 3 has a high bar to clear, but if the early trailers and the (annoyingly brief) demo are to be believed, the series is going to be just fine. 

Set concurrently with the events of RESIDENT EVIL 2, part 3 has the player controlling Jill Valentine as she attempts to escape Raccoon City during the zombie apocalypse. Hunted by the bio weapon known as Nemesis, Jill teams up with Carlos Oliveira, an Umbrella mercenary hired to evacuate citizens. 

While RE2, both in its original and remake forms, was more pure survival horror, part 3 is a more action heavy and faster paced beast. Jill is constantly hounded by the near indestructible Nemesis, and her training as an elite STARS operative sees her better equipped to deal with the impending doom. Unfortunately Nemesis itself has also been upgraded, giving the nightmare inducing monstrosity new mutations and moves to make life a living hell. 

The game also features an online mode, RESISTANCE, in which four players team up against a fifth “mastermind” who works against them as they try to survive in the decimated city. 

Based on the early footage, be prepared to see it on multiple best of the year lists by December.

RESIDENT EVIL 3 launches very soon on April 1 on PC, PS4, and Xbox One.

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