Grand Prix 3
Release date24 Aug 2000
Grand Prix 3 (GP3) is a computer racing simulator by MicroProse. Released in 2000 by Hasbro Interactive featuring the 1998 Formula One season (with all drivers except Jacques Villeneuve, who is instead replaced by a fictional character, John Newhouse). The game wasn't quite as well received as its predecessors, but at the time was widely considered to be the best racing simulation available. An add-on to the game, called GP3-2000 or GP32k, was released by Hasbro which updated the game to the 2000 Formula One season. A few other changes were made as well including: updated damage physics including damage from on-circuit debris, improved AI, a new replay system, and EAX 3D-sound. Since the release of Grand Prix 4, the GP3 modding scene has slowly declined, and with the cracking of track editing for GP4 many track modders left GP3 for the newer title.[verification needed]
About Grand Prix 3
Grand Prix 3 is released by Hasbro Interactive in 24 Aug 2000. The game is designed by MicroProse. Grand Prix 3 is a typical representative of the Simulator genre. Playing Grand Prix 3 is a pleasure. It does not matter whether it is the first or a millionth hour in Simulator, there will always be room for something new and interesting. Thrilling levels and gameplay Grand Prix 3 will not leave anyone indifferent. The complexity of gameplay increases with each new level and does not let any player get bored.
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Grand Prix 3 - Grand Prix 3 - success or failure?
The moment I found out that I would be a GP3 reviewer, I realized that I would not write anyway, the next day, a hail of letters with insults will fall on my inbox. This was certain, because GP3 is both a great and unrivaled product on the market as well as very disappointing, and therefore very controversial. So I'll try to focus on the facts, not on my own feelings ...
When launching GP3 for the first time, we will see a bit short and a jaw-free video shortly after this menu. Grand Prix 2 fans will not have any problems navigating the game. It is almost identical to the previous parts. Unfortunately for all the others, compared to other games, it will take a while to get used to what I can say a lot, an impractical solution. Let's imagine, for example, that to record your replay of the best lap, we need to press Escape to select the option Leave Cockpit, then the Options option, another Save Hotlap, here we choose the disk space and file name and only save! Then we have to go through all these steps again to return and move on. When it comes to the number of options (once we get to them), it is certainly more than satisfactory. You can even calibrate your analog controller to navigate the menu - this is an unknown option for me. As usual, route descriptions, real records achieved on them, and general information about tracks are very nice and factual. A thing that is credible for a change, which, with other games released today, should fill the creators with only a deep shame is the lack of support for separate axes! The separate axis function allows us to calibrate the gas and brake of our steering wheels (and all self-respecting wheels today have it) on separate axles. Ufff Mr. Geoff, here it looks like ordinary laziness because reworking the GP2 menu or implementing split axis support would probably not cost so much time from these 4 years of waiting players ...
Here again it is impossible to say unequivocally. We have the option of playing in software or hardware mode. The graphics at first glance are beautiful, in 1024 x 768 resolution and with all the details turned on it already reminds us of the situation on a real track and we forget that we are in the room in front of the monitor. But what of it, since after driving closer to the band you can see the pixel texture. The worst thing, however, is that the graphics engine has also not been optimized for the average player. The hardware requirements given by the manufacturer are not reality. During the race with a full grid, standing at the end in a resolution of 1024x768 with half of the details on the computer: Celeron II [email protected], 128 Ram, Voodoo3 or Riva Tnt2 32mb, the CPU occupancy on the first bend reaches 200-300%. In addition, this was not resolved as in other modern games by lowering the frame rate, only by slowing the display of the image. Believe me, driving through the first few turns with computer opponents at turtle speed (slow - motion effect) is nothing pleasant. From what I know from GP3 fans with the most powerful equipment, even the Pentium III 800 with Gforce 2 and 256 RAM does not work with displaying the image when several AIs appear simultaneously and one of them e.g. brakes so much that the cloud comes out from under the wheels smoke. So is it more laziness? Answer yourself ...
Unlike graphics, here I have the same praise for creators J. Sound is really at a high level. A whole new 3D sound, all the sounds are new - apparently for 18 months they were recorded with one of the Formula 1 teams. The sounds of F1 car engines are very similar to what can be heard during real competitions or TV broadcasts. All other, e.g. squeaking in corners, tires with blocked brakes, sounds of impacts on other cars or bands are very, very good. The game also has its own music, which, depending on the tastes, one will like, but not others, but of course there is an option to disable it.
And here again it is difficult to say unequivocally, because is the product which is definitely the best on the market, but because of the lack of competition, is it good? On the one hand, GP3 means: many different camera shots - over 10 on the car alone + virtual cockpit, visible head movements during acceleration and braking, fully mapped accidents - the car can even tip over or be completely destroyed, the tracks are great, we have to track 8 options to facilitate riding, up to 5 levels of difficulty (Rookie - Ace) and what is probably the only revolution and the biggest plus - variable weather conditions. Now we can feel like real F1 drivers, when it rains in the middle of the race, the asphalt is getting very slippery, you have to go to PITU to change tires or risk driving further. When the rain stops, the track gradually dries from lap to lap. Thanks to this, we get another element of the strategy against computer opponents. On the other hand, GP3 is: all teams and drivers in the game are from the distant 1998 season, the same 3D model is used for all cars and teams, and the biggest minus - no game via the Internet (the creators or did not realize the importance of this options, which I personally can't imagine, or they did not have enough time to implement this possibility, and nowadays all games, not just races, are striving to face other people, not just AI at home. As for the "offline" gameplay itself, GP3 is very pleasant. The physical driving model is not as realistic as it was announced and as all GP2 fans had expected it, but after turning off any help in steering it will take us a while before we can run the car with at such a speed as Michael Schumacher without falling out. The upside of the Polish version of GP3 is that it was released immediately with patch 1.13, which significantly improves "asphalt grass" (ie undifferentiated driving on asphalt, roadsides and grass) and a few other things. The setting possibilities of cars for F1 geeks and mechanics are very large, practically every element of the chassis, gear ratio, engine parameters, the type of tires is fully configurable. As usual in GP series, we have the opportunity to race in several modes - Practice, Quick Race (single, short race), Non-Championship Race and Championship that is the full season of the Formula 1 World Championship.
Grand Prix 3 is a must for every Formula 1 fan. It is the best game on the market that imitates F1 car driving, thanks to which it has already been a great commercial success. Thanks to it, each of us can empathize with the role of a real driver and try our hand at virtual F1 races. Unfortunately, this leadership is mainly due to the lack of competition. Who has ever played Grand Prix Legends and knows what a real simulator means, for which you need a real analog controller (in GP3 it is easier to play with the keys than the steering wheel) and participated in online races on the Internet with friends from around the world, using the Grand password The Prix 3 will only smile, but who has ever played Collin McRae Rally can expect a really big challenge to acquire the skills of fast driving a car in GP3. In a word - a great game that does not have competition in its field for the ordinary player, it is a pity that it is so underdeveloped according to F1 professionals and for the geek simulators at PeCeta. At the moment, everyone's expectations are directed at Ubisoft's F1 Racing Simulation, because the previous part of their simulator was already a big threat to the GP series, and the new part has (from screenshots available on the Web) better graphics than GP3 and the ability to play over the Internet, recording even hour replays, so in a word you will be able to play the Online League what we are all waiting for ...
Piotr "Richie" Oblicki
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Grand Prize 3
There are now moderate Formula 1 games like Porsches on Munich's Leopoldstrasse. With the third part of his racing game legend, old master Geoff Crammond sh...
The sporting national pride of the Germans is usually defined by two variables. On the one hand there is the Fuâall national team - since the exciting EM presentation of our catastrophe kickers no longer a real source of inflammation. Things are different with Ferrari hero Michael Schumacher. He is well on the way to claiming his first world title for the Reds from Maranello. Ideal prerequisites for Grand Prix 3, whose two predecessors had a major impact on the Formula 1 genre on the PC.
In contrast to most competitors such as Eidos 'F1 World Grand Prix or Psygnosis' F1 '99, the program attaches great importance to the realistic implementation of the Grand Prix circus. The developers were willing to make small cuts for the fun of the game. For example, the seating position is higher and the mirrors are larger than in a real racing car. Unfortunately, small cuts must also be made with the license. Although all original driver and team names are represented (except for Jaques Villeneuve), they still date from the 98 season.
Anyone who has played with Grand Prix 3 for a while will rub their eyes in astonishment at some point. It is astonishingly similar to its predecessor, from the menu system to the game engine and many individual options. This also includes minor details such as the display of processor utilization, which can still be activated with the "O" key, or the fact that laps from and to the box are not timed. The impression quickly crept in that Grand Prix 3 was not programmed from scratch, but that only GP 2 was revised.
Nevertheless, Geoff Crammond's new work goes far beyond a mere update. The new acquisition pays off simply because one of the biggest criticisms of Grand Prix 2 has been thoroughly eliminated. While there was always plenty of sunshine on the 16 routes, the pilots now have to cope with a lot of capricious weather during one season. The rain is not always the same, but varies from small showers to cloudbursts.
Sometimes it only rains in certain sections of the route, which makes choosing the ideal tires a lottery. In addition, the slope does not suddenly become dry or wet: First, only the ideal line dries, which has also been correctly implemented in terms of driving physics. A totally submerged street is beautiful to look at. The environment is reflected on the asphalt, and every gas surge means the greatest risk of spinning. As great as the weather may have been, the artificial intelligence of the computer driver is not that far off: they change tires unnecessarily in fluctuating conditions.
You will be helped here
Thanks to the approximately 800 HP, the feather-light F1 sleds can only be kept under control with a lot of practice, even on dry slopes. The rear always wants to break out, and despite the enormous tire grip and the huge wings, it's hard to get the power on the road. In contrast to the extremely difficult Grand Prix Legends, Grand Prix 3 is also interesting for beginners: The almost legendary driving aids are integrated and help pilots who are overwhelmed. With steering assistance, traction control, and automatic shifting and braking, the speedster drives almost as easily as a road car. With turner you can have the car's nose aligned automatically. Thanks to the optional indestructibility, even kissing a wall intensely doesn't mind the car.
The best way to control Grand Prix 3 is with a steering wheel. The force feedback effects were unusually good for a real simulation. Because of the strong back pressure in fast corners, driving sometimes turns into physical work.
Off to the garage
A lot of testing and adjustment work has to be done before your car fits perfectly to a track. Here too, Grand Prix 3 corresponds to its predecessor except for minor details. Beginners limit themselves to the correct values for spoiler, gear ratio and brake force distribution; Advanced riders pounce on the fine art of chassis adjustment. In a second stage, the really hard can even struggle with different damping values - depending on whether short bumps or long bumps are to be ironed out. While these settings may overwhelm even aspiring mechanics, the only 20 gradations for the spoilers look quite spartan - "stepless" adjustments would have been better here.
Telemetry provides the necessary data for optimal setups. The options for evaluation are sufficient, but they do not match the abundance and benefits of Ascaron's Grand Prix 500.
All are the same
While the rain is a real step forward, you will unfortunately also encounter the second major shortcoming of the predecessor in Grand Prix 3: each car drives absolutely identically, is equally fast and looks the same except for the different team livery. It is therefore not possible, as with the competitor Racing Simulation 2, to influence the level of difficulty by choosing the team. Whether you choose a Minardi or McLaren - the chance of winning the World Cup remains the same. You can only make things a little easier for yourself indirectly by choosing the driver: when you step into the Schumi or Hakkinen cockpit, at least one of the most stubborn opponents is eliminated.
As usual, you can choose the actual level of difficulty in five stages. It determines the maximum number of driving aids you can switch on and how quickly the competing field of computer drivers roars around the course. You can vary the order in three ways: either the strength ratio corresponds to that of 1998, all 21 pilots are equally fast, or the pace is distributed randomly.
The graphics of Grand Prix 3 make a slightly ambiguous impression: It is pretty and underlines the game principle, which is trimmed for realism, with successful background bitmaps and the coloring. On the other hand, it sometimes appears coarse-grained even at high resolutions (up to a maximum of 1280 x 1024 points); the pixel men on the boxes and on the edge of the track are really ugly.
The sound has never been a strength of the Grand Prix series. Even now the engine noise is mediocre and annoying during longer sessions. Annoying: The racing cars have no engine noise, so that a competitor approaching from behind can only be seen through the exterior mirrors, but cannot be heard. The fact that the audience is also silent and that there is no box radio at all contributes to this small atmosphere penalty.
Little has happened with the multiplayer modes: they either take turns making themselves comfortable on a PC or give each other spurs in the LAN; Internet connections are left out. Up to 22 players are possible, with the performance decreasing rapidly with more than six opponents. Alternatively, you can populate the field with computer drivers; but the most fun are purely human arguments. (MG)
The expanded version of the article and additional screenshots can be found in GameStar 9/2000.
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