Jill Valentine  Tagged Articles RSS Feed | GameSkinny.com Jill Valentine  RSS Feed on GameSkinny.com https://www.gameskinny.com/ en Launch Media Network Top 5 Video Game Heroines https://www.gameskinny.com/alj4z/top-5-video-game-heroines https://www.gameskinny.com/alj4z/top-5-video-game-heroines Tue, 06 Sep 2016 17:15:23 -0400 EdWade

Gaming, for most people, is a man’s world. Because of this, female characters often take the back seat in video games. However, there are still plenty of strong female characters worth shining a light on. Here are five of the best heroines in gaming history.

1. Lara Croft

Tomb Raider: Legend probably has the most famous female character of all time. Created in 1993, Lara Croft is an archaeologist on the hunt for gold, treasures and glory. Since its original release on PC, the game has been massively developed and has gone on to become a major franchise. Famous for her two guns, Lara Croft has been one of the most popular female characters to ever grace the gaming screen. The character has been so popular, that two films were adapted from the series with actress Angelina Jolie taking the coveted role.

2. Cortana

No list of heroines would be complete without Cortana, who played a huge role in the Halo franchise as the AI to Master Chief. Cortana guided Master Chief everywhere as his genius sidekick. She played a massive role in the Human-Covenant War and was only second to Master Chief in terms of popularity. She was inspired by the female clones in Blade Runner, Pris and Zhora.

3. Jill Valentine

Jill is Resident Evil's favorite female badass and one of the most popular characters in the Resident Evil franchise. Coming from French and Japanese ancestry, Jill is an American special operations agent employed by the Bioterrorism Security Assessment Alliance as one of the co-founding original 11 members. Never backing down from a fight, she is one of the most popular female characters in the horror genre.

4. Commander Shepard

One of the more interesting but often over-looked characters on this list is Commander Shepard. The female Commander Shepard, to be specific, is just as enjoyable as the male version, although arguably FemShep is the only correct Shep as her model was used to test animationsMass Effect designers deserve huge amounts of credit for developing a brilliant sharpshooter and fan favorite.

5. Elena Fisher

A brilliant character in terms of personality, Elena Fisher is witty, intelligent, amusing and brave. To top it off, she can effectively do anything the main character Nathan Drake can do, if not better! Fisher, brilliantly portrayed in Uncharted, hold her own among male characters in the game. The chemistry between Elena and Nathan also helps the game keep a comfortable flow.  

More and more, female characters are getting bigger roles within the gaming world. Based on popularity and the role of the character, these heroines are some of the greatest in history. Tell us who your favorite video game heroines are down below!

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Girls with Guns: Top 10 video game women with serious firepower https://www.gameskinny.com/802we/girls-with-guns-top-10-video-game-women-with-serious-firepower https://www.gameskinny.com/802we/girls-with-guns-top-10-video-game-women-with-serious-firepower Thu, 27 Aug 2015 09:38:22 -0400 David Fisher

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That's all folks!

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This is the end of my Top 10 Girls with Guns list. It's great to know that there's such a diverse set of women in video games that are able to stand among the guys in the big-leagues in terms of firepower, but I'm sure everyone can think of their own favorite gun-gals.

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This is where I turn it to you! What other gun-totting girls in gaming can you come up with? Where would you place them on the list? Do you disagree with any of my claims or placements? Leave your opinions and ideas in the comments section below!

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#1 Samus Aran - Metroid

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Some of you might be unimpressed by the Metroid protagonist taking the #1 spot, but hear me out because Samus Aran just might be the most dangerous gun-girl on this list. In fact, her abilities not only rival, but surpass Bayonetta's in combat, and here's why.

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Unlike Bayonetta, Samus's weaponry has no drawbacks. Should Bayonetta die, her soul is forfeit. While this doesn't matter too much, there is one thing that does: Samus's suit never tries to kill her. In Bayonetta 2, Bayonetta's own demon summoning tries to kill her. Had Jeanne not stepped in the way, Bayonetta would be having a nice date with the devil as her soul gets eaten by demons. Samus? No such problem.

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Okay, so maybe that's not fair, but lets look at their weapons. Samus has Power Bombs and the Hyper Beam. Both weapons are capable of penetrating walls, armor, and killing just about everything except for Samus. Even if we take the Hyper Beam out of the equation, Samus's Ice-Plasma-Wave-Long Beam of doom is enough to take out Bayonetta's demons. How do we know this? Because both demons and angels in Bayonetta bleed, and if there's anything that Metroid fans know it's that if it bleeds, Samus can kill it.

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If that's not enough of a hard sell for the toughest critics, consider this: Samus has a tendency to not destroy temples or cities. No... Samus destroys planets. Over her career Samus has completely destroyed several planets, namely: Zebes, SR-388, and Phaaze. She also technically destroys Dark Aether if you want to count that too.

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Tack on Samus's numerous suit upgrades, energy tanks, and weapons and you have one of the most over-powered heroines in the history of gaming. With such a track record, Samus Aran gets the honor of the #1 spot on this list.

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#2 Cereza/Bayonetta - Bayonetta

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This sultry, sexy, and over-the-top gun-slinging babe is perhaps one of the most controversially discussed females in gaming. Why? Because even feminists can't seem to decide if she's a derogatory or empowering character.

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While I'll leave that debate to someone else, I will say that Bayonetta certainly earns a #2 spot on this list. Having saved the world from apocalyptic destruction on more than one account, our little "Cherry" is one of the most lethal women in this list. With the powers of Hell at her disposal, Bayonetta has taken on - not one - but two gods, multiple archangels, several archdemons, and Rodin (basically Satan himself) in her short career.

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Bayonetta's arsenal is nothing to scoff at either. If you thought dual-wielding guns was impressive, Bayonetta quad-wields a series of swords, pistols, flamethrowers, and rocket launchers. On top of that she has the ability to summon archdemons at will. While she is technically the hero of her series, she tends to be just as destructive as her opponents. Bayonetta has destroyed planes, airfields, skyscrapers, towns, cities, and more without much effort at all.

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But there's always a bigger fish. That leaves us with the #1 gun-gal on our list...

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#3 Commander Shepard - Mass Effect

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Commander Shepard is perhaps one of the most powerful - and empowering - females on this list. Not only can she look as realistic, unrealistic, beautiful or... homely... as you want. She can also be as flirtatious or as dangerous as you want. But we're not here for her social life. Instead, we're here for the weapons of mass effect (get it?) that are at Shepard's disposal.

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In example, Shepard is capable of using a number of weapons types ranging from space pistols, to shotguns, assault rifles, and snipers. However, it's Mass Effect 2 in particular that Shepard carries around the most heat. Weapons like the M-920 Cain nuclear launcher or the M-490 Blackstorm are literally weapons of mass destruction. This puts her above Nova Terra since she can pretty much launch a miniature nuclear bomb at any time.

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While this is great and all, Shepard herself is not exclusively a woman, nor is she a character of her own. Since players have to decide what kind of woman (or man) Shepard is, she gets placed at #3 on this list.

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But hey, for any fanboys or girls she certainly earns my #1 spot as the most fun at parties though, especially when Wrex and Grunt are around.

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#4 November "Nova" Terra -Heroes of the Storm

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Another member of the Blizzard's universes, November "Nova" Terra is among the most lethal. Imagine this: your job as a government assassin is not only to take out notorious criminals like the terrorist "Jim Raynor", but also to take out the unruly Protoss, and colossal enemies like the Zerg Ultralisk. Sounds like a difficult job, right? Not for Nova.

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 As a Ghost operative, the Dominion Army is Nova's weapon. Her ability to call down nuclear missiles, Battlecruiser Yamato Cannons, and siege tank strikes puts her authority and destructive capabilities well beyond those of her predecessor, Sarah Kerrigan (when she was still a ghost that is). She also has the benefit of having a permanent cloaking generator, something that is only granted to the highest-ranking Ghost operatives.

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That not enough to convince you? Well how about this: she is the only Terran Ghost known to mind control her opponents. That means no one is safe from her reign of terror.

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With this stellar set of abilities, Nova Terra gets a well-deserved #4 slot on this list. Now if only she could get her own game...

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#5 Sgt. Bama "the Hammer" - Heroes of the Storm

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What do you do when you are pulled into an otherworldly arena, and forced to do battle against demons, angels, aliens, and magical creatures? If you're Sgt. Bama "the Hammer" Kowalski, blow them to hell with your Crucio-Class Siege Tank, that's what!

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While Sgt. Hammer isn't exactly the most impressive gal on our list in terms of enemies killed, she does sport some impressive firepower and destructive capabilities. Just about everyone and everything that gets in the way of her siege tank is dead. This is without mentioning her arsenal including: spider mines, arclite siege cannons, her blunt force gun, and good ol' napalm strikes.

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As a result, Sgt. Hammer climbs the ranks and demolishes the previous gun-girls with a #5 standing.

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#6 Lara Croft - Tomb Raider

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Lara Croft is by no means superhuman. In fact, Lara is just another explorer in search of treasure and other ancient goodies. However, she often finds herself in situations that are supernatural in nature. In the Tomb Raider series, Lara is known to face off with a number of of mythological creatures such as minotaurs, Japanese oni, Egyptian gods and more! Even when she's not fighting other-worldly creatures, Lara has a habit of running into one too many Tyrannosaurus Rex.

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Since she also has a bad habit of destroying more tombs than she raids, Lara earns her spot at #6.

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#7 Jill Valentine - Resident Evil

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Jill Valentine is a force to be reckoned with. A survivor of the S.T.A.R.S. Mansion Incident, Jill has been known to tango with the dangerous T-Type Nemesis bio-organic weapon developed by Umbrella Corps. She has also been known to use just about any weapon from a lowly Beretta pistol to rocket launchers and flamethrowers depending on the situation. Her abilities in combat were only increased as a result of the P30 device attached to her chest in Resident Evil 5.

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Jill is certainly one of the more dangerous ladies on our list - both as a life-saving ally, and a life-threatening enemy. However, she is not one of the most destructive. Her abilities for survival and combat earn Jill Valentine the #7 spot on our list.

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#8 Alyx Vance - Half-Life 2

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Alyx is perhaps the first crush of many young gamers. Appearing in Half-Life 2 (and the subsequent episodes), Alyx has fought against the alien Combine in an effort to save humanity. Mixing it up with a skill-set that includes: CQC, pistol and shotgun use, coming back from the dead, and causing dimensional tears alongside Gordon Freeman, Alyx is a force to be reckoned with.

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Among Alyx's kill-count are a number of headcrab zombies, antlion guardians, and presumably larger Combine war machines. Paired up with her personal pet-project (I'm really sorry for the puns today, guys), she is the ultimate survivor in the Half-Life universe. Her intelligence, reputation, and general bad-assery earn Alyx Vance the spot of #8 on this list.

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#9 Claire "Lightning" Farron - Final Fantasy XIII

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While Lightning is known for taking down enemies that are larger than her on a daily basis, her skill-set is one of the least explosive in the Final Fantasy franchise. In fact, her exclusive skill - Army of One - is basically nothing more than her slashing and shooting an opponent multiple times despite it sounding like a much more impressive ability.

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What's worse is that she is almost always accompanied by a team, and among those team members is Vanille, a spell caster whose basic abilities can at times be more destructive and visually impressive. However, for her ability to fight much larger enemies on a consistent basis (and her gunblade technically being a gun) Lightning earns the #9 spot on this list.

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#10 Ellie - The Last of Us

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Ellie is the female lead in the PlayStation exclusive title The Last of Us. In her battle for survival, Ellie has used a variety of weapons to defeat hordes of fungal-infected zombies. Among her arsenal is a pistol that never runs out of bullets (gameplay mechanic, I know), molotovs, hunting rifles, shotguns, and more. To top it all off? She's only 14 years old!

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While this is impressive and all, Ellie only makes this list because she is able to fend off adult-sized humanoid enemies. Having never even fought the larger bloater zombies by herself, Ellie earns herself the spot of #10 on our list.

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Honorable Mention: Chell - Portal

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Portal's Chell is quite the intelligent little devil. Navigating through GladOS's puzzles, confronting GladOS with nothing more than the Portal Gun, and destroying Aperture Labs - only to do it all again in Portal 2! If that's not enough of a resume for this gun-toting lady in heels (excuse me... Long-Fall boots) then maybe the fact that she's got the guts to leave Aperture into the open world of the Post-Half-Life series will sell you on that. Remember, she did wake up hundreds - if not thousands - of years after the first game according to this timeline.

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While Chell is by far one of the more interesting characters on this list, her Portal Gun barely qualifies under our "firearm" criteria. However, her clever use of GladOS's own rocket launcher and turrets to destroy the evil computer mastermind gives her just enough destructive tendencies to earn her an honorable mention on this list.

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The realm of video games is perhaps one of the best places to find women of all shapes and sizes. One of those shapes and sizes just so happens to involve destroying just about everything that gets their way with serious firepower. There's just something about these gun-toting gals that draw in male and female audiences alike, whether it's the sex-appeal or in some cases a female power-fantasy (something that is severely lacking in the market).

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Today we'll be looking at the 10 most powerful girls with guns in the video game universe. To fit the criteria the character must rely on these firearms for the greater portion of combat, and destroy at least one enemy that is twice their size.

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With the criteria in check, let's take a look at the Top 10 Video Game Women with Serious Firepower!

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Zero to Heroine: Strong Female Characters (Sharpshooters Edition) https://www.gameskinny.com/hi10z/zero-to-heroine-strong-female-characters-sharpshooters-edition https://www.gameskinny.com/hi10z/zero-to-heroine-strong-female-characters-sharpshooters-edition Sun, 12 Jul 2015 08:30:02 -0400 KungFro

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Aloy

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Horizon Zero Dawn
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So Horizon Zero Dawn was only just announced at E3 2015, but the game's reveal trailer has already established her as a beastly bowhunter. She's shown as agile and resilient during combat, but also humble in victory. All else that is known about her bowmanship is that involves high-tech arrows of varied effects – and she clearly comes prepared for anything.

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Despite what little we've seen of her, Aloy has earned her spot on this list. The girl's got some serious skill with a bow, and her demeanor is neither frail nor caustic. I'm excited to see what she has to offer when the game is released.

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And that's it! Are there any sharpshooting gals you would've hoped to see here? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comment section below!

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Lara Croft

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Tomb Raider series
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There was no way I could have written this article without Ms. Croft making an appearance. Her adventurousness is near unparalleled, and she keeps on trekking despite always ending up in the worst of predicaments. Her love of books is also a fantastic trait that isn't shared by many fictional characters.

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Whether she's toting a gun or a bow, Lara boasts ridiculously accurate aim. Her survival skills have always been on point. No wolf, avalanche, or madman has ever stopped her – and save points ensure that even if they do, they don't. She's by far one of the gaming's most loved heroines, and one of mine as well.

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Bayonetta

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Bayonetta series
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Beauty, brutality, and bullets; Bayonetta is no joke. Her skills include wielding four guns simultaneously, wearing her hair as clothing, summoning demons, and slaughtering angels. Whether or not she's doing any of those things, she's most likely still being hyper-sexualized to no end.

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Despite the ease with which Bayonetta can be reduced to fan service, she's undoubtedly a strong female. Her nonchalance when faced with powerful enemies displays confidence. Her attachment to Cereza, her younger self, reveals her motherly side. Her commitment to saving her friends demonstrates her dependability. She's not just lust with legs.

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Joanna Dark

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Perfect Dark series
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A late bloomer due to being born with life-threatening medical issues, Joanna didn't have the greatest childhood. Her calling came at around the age of seven, when her bounty hunter father taught her how to manage firearms. The two later took on a dangerous contract, which ultimately became hers alone – RIP Jack Dark.

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Joanna's no slouch in gunplay, but it was her flair for the theatrical that really won me over. Her father's death was a post-surrender execution, which upset her enough to set his killer aflame. Hell hath no fury like a pyro scorned.

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Jill Valentine

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Resident Evil series
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Our zombie-slaying heroine since day one, Jill has set a high bar for female characters in horror games. Skilled in combat and bomb disposal, Jill has always been an asset in S.T.A.R.S.'s fight against bioterrorism. 

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As is the nature of the Resident Evil games, Jill is no stranger to gunplay, able to repeatedly fire high-powered guns one-handed. Her physical strength is immense, as she can do a muscle up with ease. But she's also agile and acrobatic. To top it all off, she's an amazing friend, proven when she tackled Wesker out of a window to save Chris Redfield.

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I've never been the biggest fan of shooters, mostly because I take way too much time to line up a shot. Why not snipe? Because I'm way too jittery to stay put for more than ten seconds. I need action. I need blood.

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In lieu of my inability to properly man a gun, I'd like to show a little respect for the women that can. Here are five strong, independent leading ladies who don't need no scope.

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Resident Evil 3 - My Husband's Favorite Game https://www.gameskinny.com/eoo39/resident-evil-3-my-husbands-favorite-game https://www.gameskinny.com/eoo39/resident-evil-3-my-husbands-favorite-game Fri, 23 Aug 2013 23:36:20 -0400 PencilPusha

My husband, Erik, is almost 27 years old and loves the Resident Evil series. As a matter of fact, he seems to enjoy all things zombies: games, movies, tv shows... When I asked him what his favorite game was, he had a hard time answering me right away. I tried to prevent him from choosing Final Fantasy IX because although he adores Vivi, he also adores zombies and zombie-killing. Here's what he had to say during our interview time together:

Me: What's your favorite video game and why?

Erik: Resident Evil 3. Nemesis is terrifying. I enjoyed the survival horror aspect of it and being able to kill zombies. I always played on the hardest difficulty level, so Nemesis always seemed to appear randomly and never died unless you were on Easy. He always chased you around. And it was good to have the right item at the right time, like a gun, a knife, bullets... You had like three to six slots at the time to put stuff in, maybe eight... With those slots already taken, you would eventually need a key, and lockboxes were only in so many areas. I like to keep healing items on me because zombies can pop out anywhere. It was a harder game to me because I became paranoid about Nemesis. As you run around, he starts chasing you!

Me: What are your thoughts on the gameplay and graphics?

Erik: They were phenomenal for its time. The camera angles made it creepy. The music was really eerie. They made it so you could shoot off a zombie's head if need-be. It always made for good times! It was so difficult to hold only a set number of items...

Me: Any thoughts on the storyline or the plot?

Erik: For me, it wasn't about the storyline or the plot. It was all about the gameplay and that it was a scary zombie game. That alone lured me in.

Me: Did you have any favorite characters from the game?

Erik: I had no problems with Jill Valentine. She was the only character.

Me: What were your favorite parts of the game?

Erik: When I finally got to kill Nemesis for the first time! The nightmare finally ended...and then I went back for more. I figured out how to kill Nemesis every time I met him, and when I did, I would get a piece of a gun. I think it was seven different times you had to kill Nemesis? You'd put the pieces of the gun together and it'd create this handgun that was stronger than the original gun you'd been given. It was hard to get, though. The first time I had to kill Nemesis, I used a knife. That was exhilarating. I also liked when Jill got chased through the church after she got slightly infected...

(Funny, he forgot to mention this part... Probably because he can't stand spiders!!!)

What was Resident Evil 3 like for you? Did you conjure up the nerve to play it, like my husband? I know I sure didn't...

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