‘Resident Evil 3’ remake delivers thrills, chills and lots of zombies

‘Resident Evil 3’ is scheduled for release on April 3. (Supplied)
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Updated 26 March 2020

‘Resident Evil 3’ remake delivers thrills, chills and lots of zombies

AMMAN: It’s tempting to credit Capcom — developers of ‘Resident Evil 3,’ scheduled for release on April 3 — with astonishing prescience: The game, after all, is set in a city under lockdown after the outbreak of a mystery virus. Tempting, at least, until you remember that it’s a remake of the 1999 game with the same storyline. (Plus the fact that umpteen games share basically the same plot — most obviously “Dying Light.”) 

You play as Jill Valentine, a former Special Ops soldier who has been fighting for years against the Umbrella Corporation — a big-pharma company responsible for unleashing the zombie-creating T-virus — and now a member of the Special Tactics and Rescue Service (S.T.A.R.S.). At the start of the game, you team up with the mercenary Carlos Oliveira, hired by Umbrella to help survivors in Racoon City, from where you must escape.




In the game, you play as Jill Valentine, a former Special Ops soldier who has been fighting for years against the Umbrella Corporation. (Supplied)

Hint: Make sure you get the brightness settings right. The default settings are, for this reviewer, too dark, making it easy to stumble into a prone zombie who’ll bite you before you’ve even seen it. 

As if dealing with hordes of undead wasn’t enough, Valentine is being hunted by the intelligent bioweapon known as Nemesis. Huge, fast and smart, Nemesis is a fearsome opponent who — at least in the early stages of the game — you should definitely not try and fight. Just run.




‘Resident Evil 3’ is a remake of the 1999 game with the same storyline. (Supplied)

Indeed, in those early stages, it’s enough of a struggle to deal with regular zombies, especially when you’ve only got your handgun. It takes quite a few bullets to put even a single opponent down, so collecting and crafting ammo and medicine is vital. 

The game looks superb — the streets are full of shambling undead backlit by the flames of abandoned vehicles and stores, and creeping down side alleys trying to avoid zombies is genuinely tense. The developers have struck a nice balance between action and puzzle solving too — there are plenty of foes to fight if you choose to, but also lots of safer ways to navigate the game’s demands if you’re smart and quick.

With fine voice acting, lots of existing love for the franchise, and slick gameplay, it seems a fair bet that ‘Resident Evil 3’ will be one of the bestselling titles of the year.

*Review based on PS4 demo.


French-Tunisian star Sonia Ben Ammar joins the cast of ‘Scream 5’

Updated 20 September 2020

French-Tunisian star Sonia Ben Ammar joins the cast of ‘Scream 5’

DUBAI:Up-and-coming French-Tunisian singer, model and actor Sonia Ben Ammar has joined the cast of “Scream 5,”  it’s been revealed this week.

 According to Variety, production on Spyglass Media and Paramount Pictures’ upcoming relaunch of the  famous horror film franchise is set to begin later this month.

Filmmaking duo Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett, who are behind “Ready or Not,” are directing the forthcoming film.

The first “Scream” film was released in 1996, well before Ben Ammar was even born.  A smash hit upon its debut, the movie helped to revive the horror genre, becoming the highest-grossing slasher movie of all-time. 

This will be Paris-born Ammar’s first high-profile Hollywood gig as an actress. She along with other young franchise newcomers will be joining returning cast members David Arquette, Courteney Cox and Neve Campbell, who are all reprising their iconic roles as Dewey Riley, Gale Weathers and Sidney Prescott.

Plot details for the new film, set to debut in theaters on Jan. 14, 2022, are still under wraps,  so it is not yet known what role the French-Arab star will be taking on.

“I’m SCREAMing of excitement!! (sic)” wrote the 21-year-old on Instagram, announcing the news to her 730,000 social media followers. “Incredibly grateful to be part of one of my favorite franchises. 2nd photo is my face when I got the call lol (sic),” she captioned a screenshot of Variety’s article announcing the news and a blurry snap of her clearly overjoyed. 

However, it’s not the multi-hyphenate model’s first foray into the film industry.

Ben Ammar, who is the daughter of Tunisian film director Tarek Ben Ammar and actress Beata, previously starred in Guillaume Canet’s French-language film “Jappeloup” as well as the stage musical “1789: Les Amants de la Bastille.”

She’s also appeared in several music videos, including “Drivin’ Thru the Night” by DJ Petit Biscuit, as well as clips for her own singles, such as “Joyride” from her debut EP.

In addition to music, Ben Ammar is also a rising model, and has worked for many major brands such as Dolce & Gabbana, Miu Miu, Carolina Herrera and Chanel, among other prestigious fashion houses.