‘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.

Missing your salon? How to care for your hair while you #StayHome

We speak to a hair expert on the dos and don’ts of at-home hair care. (File/Instagram)
Updated 30 March 2020

Missing your salon? How to care for your hair while you #StayHome

DUBAI: As salon-goers face the closure of spas, salons and barbershops, we speak to Haneen Odeh, founder of UAE’s Snob salon for her take on the dos and don’ts of at-home hair care.

Many men and women who rely on salon visits to keep their lengths healthy could be left wondering what to do between now and their next visit to a professional hair stylist. But just as important is what not to do (read: DIY trim job) to avoid ruining your hair and having to impose your own personal period of self-isolation once the pandemic is over due to a ruined haircut you tried to pull off in the bathroom mirror.

Don’t bleach your own hair
“For those who usually go to the salon to dye their lengths blonde, roots may be starting to show now. And while it might be tempting, I would strongly urge to not bleach your own roots. Lightening dark hair is a very complex multi-step process that requires years of experience and professional grade products only available at salons. Bleaching your hair incorrectly might result in burning and damaging your hair. Instead, opt for a root spray such as the L'Oreal Paris Magic Root Cover Up Concealer Spray. Otherwise, you can always conceal your dark roots with a headband or try wrapping your hair up with a scarf.” 

Do deep conditioning treatments
“Use this time to nourish your hair with a deep conditioning treatment. A lot of people simply apply it in the shower on wet hair for a few minutes and call it a day, but that way means that your lengths aren’t getting the full benefits of the product. Think of hair like a sponge, when it’s wet, it’s already full of water and cannot absorb anything more. So to make sure the product is fully absorbed into your locks, towel dry your hair after shampooing and then apply the treatment. Leave it on for 15-20 minutes and then rinse. You’ll see a huge difference.” May we suggest The Let It Go Circle hair mask from Davines, which is designed to boost hydration and revitalize dry and brittle strands?  

Don’t pick up the scissors
“When you’re bored, it might be tempting to pick up the scissors but, and I can’t stress this enough, don’t trim your own bangs or make any big changes to your hair cut on your own. It will inevitably go wrong and you will end up paying more to get it fixed in the long run. Try out some new hairstyles instead. There are plenty of tutorials on YouTube so experiment a little and get your hair professionally cut once it’s safe to do so.”

 Don’t over wash
“The more you wash your strands, the more you strip the scalp of its natural oils, and that in turn makes the scalp produce even more oil, which causes you to wash your hair more often — and the cycle goes on and on. Now is the perfect opportunity to give your lengths a break and cut down on the washing. Your hair might get oily, but once the adjustment period is over, you will notice that it will require less frequent washing.”

Do try scalp treatments
“Too often, we pay attention to the lengths of our hair and give our scalp no attention. But caring for your scalp improves the overall health of your tresses, stimulates hair growth and gets rid of dandruff due to product buildup. Scalp treatments range from serums to salt scrubs, so pick a product that suits your hair needs. Le Labo's basil-scented Scrub Shampoo uses black sea salt and menthol to clear away dirt and cool scalps down.”