Resident Evil 3: Nemesis is one of the best-loved entries in the classic survival horror franchise and following the roaring success of the Resident Evil 2 Remake, hopefully we will see Capcom start work on a similar revival for Resident Evil 3. Until then though, there is a fan-made remaster of the original RE3 in the works.
The Resident Evil 3 Seamless HD Project is an attempt to make the game look better in high definition. The group of modders behind the project have cleaned up many of the games pre-rendered textures and optimised the aspect ratio for modern displays. The results are pretty impressive. A lot of the game’s backgrounds have a greater depth of field and everything looks crisper. Even the street signs and posters are now legible. There’s far more information and screenshots over at the project’s official website. There’s also a video showcase comparing the old textures with the new.
Sadly this does not make Resident Evil 3 an easier game to play in 2019. The Resident Evil 3 Seamless HD Project is free but it requires a customised version of the popular Dolphin GameCube emulator in order to run. In addition to this, PC owners will need to download and install new texture packs and an ISO image file for the original RE3 GameCube port – meaning you would need to either own a pirated copy of the game or have to facilities to rip a copy of the original GameCube port.
If you don’t already own an official copy of Resident Evil 3: Nemesis on either PS1 or GameCube, the easiest way to get your nostalgia fix would probably be to dust-off an old PlayStation 3 and download the PS Classics digital version from the PlayStation Store. It might not have the upgraded HD textures, but it’s still a great game.
I sincerely hope Capcom take note of how much attention the Resident Evil 3 Seamless HD Project is getting, and have already realised how popular a full remake in the style of RE2 would be. Hell, I’d probably settle for an official HD remaster as long as it was playable on modern consoles. But I guess we’ll just have to wait and see what happens.