Grand Prix 3
For a racing game that was released 20 years ago, Grand Prix 3 still holds up very well. This was a pretty big leap in the world of simulation racing games. It was a massive success and I would go as far as to say that the current F1 games that we have owe a great deal to games like this one here. However, does this hold up after all these years? Let's jump in the drives seat and find out!
The Complete F1 Experience
I will admit that the more modern F1 games go far more in-depth with how much you are immersed in the world of F1 racing. Grand Prix 3 though does hold its own and offer a very compelling F1 experience. You have the 1998 season to play through. You have all 16 tracks from the season and each one was recreated as realistically as possible by 2000 standards.
You have 11 teams with 22 drivers as well. It is a pretty cool “going back in time” kind of thing to play this now, especially if you are a fan of the sport. The goal is to try and help your team become the champions at the end of the season and win as many trophies as you can.
They Call Me Speed
The presentation is pretty solid. While the menus may be a tad boring and barebones, they do serve their purpose. Grand Prix 3 at the time of release was head and shoulders above any racing game on a console in terms of the visuals on the track. The cars themselves look great and each track has been recreated as faithfully as possible.
There are new dynamic weather effects added to this game which also look great. Seeing the rain pound down on the track or the sun in the distance is great stuff and helps add to the overall realism of the game.
On The Track
As you already know, Grand Prix 3 is a realistic racing sim. The handling does take a while to get used to, but for the most part, it is great. The AI of the other drivers is very smart and they will not just let you pass them with ease. There is a good progression system where you can upgrade your car. Changing tires and making good use of your pitstops is something you simply must get used to. It may lack the flair of a modern F1 game, but this is still a very addicting kind of racing game. I am sure that if you are a fan of F1, you will get even more out of this game.
I think that this is a game that holds up surprisingly well. Does it match the current F1 games that we have now? I would have to say no, but it is easy to see why back in 2000 Grand Prix 3 was such a massive hit. It is still a fun game to play and if you have an interest or love for 90s F1 then you are going to get even more of a kick out of this game.
- You can play through the 1998 F1 season
- The game is a lot of fun to play
- The tracks are fantastic
- The game still looks pretty good
- In many ways, it set the groundwork for what the F1 series would become
- The game does feel rather dated
- The overall presentation is kind of barebones
Processor: PC compatible, P-100
OS: Windows 9x, Windows 2000 Windows XP, Vista, Win 7, Win 8, Win 10.
Game Features:Single game mode