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You Can Take ‘Resident Evil 3’ for a Spin Tomorrow

  • Resident Evil 3’s remake gets a demo on March 19th.
  • Xbox One players can play the game now with a convenient sidestep.
  • Let’s sink our teeth into this bite-sized morsel that is Raccoon City reimagined.

If you’ve been anticipating to see what CAPCOM is going to serve up in the remake for Resident Evil 3, you’re not going to have to wait much longer. Tomorrow, players on PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One will get their chance to dive into a demo that’s designed to give just a taste and leave you wanting more. Unlike the Resident Evil 2 one-shot demo that released prior to the Resident Evil 2 remake last year, you can replay this one as many times as you’d like and it also includes a new trailer at the very end upon completion.

The demo itself takes about 20 minutes to beat if you stay on the move, and features a handful of cutscenes. This first taste of Raccoon City already feels a bit more dire than the haunting isolation of the Raccoon City Police Department that was the main location of Resident Evil 2. Through the demo players will guide Jill out of an underground subway station and through streets and alleyways filled with carnage, as well as explore a number of buildings. Zombies are plentiful, but the game is much more generous with the ammo than RE2 was so don’t be discouraged if you miss a few shots here and there. 

If you’re curious about whether or not the main threat Nemesis shows up in the trailer, yes he does end up making an appearance, and he’s determined to show off a few new tricks. He’s definitely a threat, but with quick thinking and quick reaction times, he shouldn’t be a problem for series veterans. Well, he shouldn’t be a problem as long as you have ammo and he doesn’t catch you off guard scaring the living daylights out of you.

If you’re a PC or PlayStation 4 player, then you’ll have to wait until the demo unlocks for your specific regions if you want to give it a shot. However, if you’re an Xbox One player, the standard trick of changing your timezone temporarily to access the demo and then changing it back seems to work just as well as it did last year. If you want a sneak peak of the demo you can catch some of the footage from my playthrough below, but I have to say I think this may be one of those experiences best played rather than watched. 


Once you get the chance to play the demo for yourself make sure you run through it a couple of times. There’s a lot of little details in the environment I couldn’t help but stopping briefly to admire. I’ve always felt that the original Resident Evil 3 had one of the best portrayals of a city in the midst of a zombie outbreak in any form of media, and the same can be said so far for the remake. Whether it’s the carnage in the streets or the uneasy isolation within the interiors, it feels like you’re just a survivor, albeit a well trained one, in the middle of an undead mess.