Grand Prix 3
Written by Shigamoto   
Sunday, 23 January 2005

Grand Prix racing, this high speed, high adrenaline sport, would such a sport really do well as a computer game? There have been several tries during the years and countless of Grand Prix games released.

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In my view there is only one designer who came close to the real deal, Geoff Crammond with his game Grand Prix 3. When this game was released in 2000 the king of Grand Prix gaming, Grand Prix 2 (by the same designer) were getting old and some new features and graphics were needed.

What’s great about this game is that the player can choose for himself how advanced and hard he wants it to be. Playing the game in expert mode is tough; your opponents are actually good and are constantly trying to overtake you.

There are three modes you can play the game in, Championship, Single Race and Quick Race. The Championship works like the one in the real world, you virtually tour the globe and earn points as you race. Each race has a practice run where you can change the setup of your car or get to know the track.

Setting up the car is not that easy, you need to consult the informative instructions manual, but when you are ready the difference between a properly set car and a computer set one is stunning. After each race the player can print riding history, the history is presented in different graphs. The standings are also printable.

When racing in large packs of cars several problems arise. One of them is the tendency for your opponents to just hit you without even braking. Another one is that the opponents brake very suddenly which means that you usually crash into them.

These are issues, which brings the score down a bit. When it comes to the graphics they are not that great as in Geoff Crammond’s latest creation. However they do the trick and they don’t seem too old.

This game is very nice for Grand Prix fans, but also for racing fans overall since you can customize it after your own ability, everyone interested in racing should own a copy.

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Developer: Geoff Crammond, Microprose
Website for game: http://www.grandprixgames.com
Publisher: Hasbro
O/S: Win 98/ME/2000/XP
Cost of Full Game: About $12
Year of Release: 2000

Requirements:
N/A
Tested on:
Pentium 4 2.4 Ghz, 256 mb RAM, Windows XP, Radeon Card

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