‘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.


Sheikh Zayed Book Award winners announced despite lack of ceremony

The winner of each category took home a prize of $204,192. File/Shutterstock
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Sheikh Zayed Book Award winners announced despite lack of ceremony

DUBAI: Today, the winners of the 2020 Sheikh Zayed Book Award were announced, despite the awards ceremony not going ahead due to the coronavirus pandemic.

A record-breaking year for submissions saw seven awards go to recipients hailing from six countries: the UK, US, the Netherlands, Iraq, Tunisia and Palestine.

A total of 1,900 nominations from 49 countries - 22 Arab and 27 foreign countries - were submitted for the 14th  Sheikh Zayed Book Award across its nine categories.

Salma Khadra Al-Jayussi, 94, was awarded Cultural Personality of the Year for her contribution to Arabic literature and culture.

The prize for literature went to Tunisian poet Moncef Ouhaibi for his book “Belkas ma Qabl Al-Akheera.”

Meanwhile, The Young Author award went to Iraqi writer and academic Hayder Qasim for his book “ilm Al-Kalam Al-Islami fi Derasat Al-Mustashrikeen Al-Alman.”

Palestinian-American author Ibtisam Barakat clinched the Children’s Literature award for her book “Al-Fatah Al-Laylakeyyah.”

Other winners included Tunisian translator Mohamed Ait Mihoub, Dutch author Richard van Leeuwen and London’s Banipal Magazine.

The winner of each category took home a prize of $204,192.