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Reviewed: Test Drive Off-Road 3
Author: Chris Kim       Date: November 7th 1999
Page: 4


 
Final Breakdown

Gameplay:

Sometimes marginally fun, but for the most part, the game is very boring with extremely lame tracks, all cars handle the same, and horrible physics. A few tracks are fun to play with their bumpy layout, but aside from that, there is not much this game can offer.

Graphics:

When looking at the game, the thought of the original Monster Truck Madness made back in early 1996 comes to mind. Sure, the game had good looking graphics for the age, but today, these graphics simply cannot stand out there and expect not to get pummeled upon. Some textures in certain tracks are cool, other than that, everything else down right sucks.

Sound and Music:

Bland sound effects with little quality. The only redeeming fact is the soundtrack, which is horribly out of place in the game. But, the audio tracks can be listened to on a normal stereo, so not all is lost.

Multiplayer: N/A

No multiplayer options.

AI and Difficulty:

The enemies are extremely stupid and have nearly no intelligence. The game is way too easy to master and probably will not keep casual gamers busy for very long.

Controls and Interface:

Can it be thought that there is even a horrible interface? Well, the game has a horrible interface from the broken up text and blocky text that cannot be seen. Controls are simple though, configuring them can be a bit difficult because of the broken text.

Overall:

Simply put, this game is absolute garbage. Some tracks are fun, but everything else is so bad the whole experience is ruined. If you want some off-road racing, get Monster Truck Madness 2, which is better than this game by a thousand fold. With the current direction of this series, Infogrames must really rethink their priorities before setting out another Test Drive Off-Road game.

Pluses (+)
  • Officially Licensed Cars
  • Some Fun Tracks
  • Some Graphical Elements
  • Minuses (-)
  • Everything Else...
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    Added:  Sunday, November 07, 1999
    Reviewer:  Chris Kim
    Score:
    Page: 4/5

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