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 The Final Word game review

Jet Moto 3 -- Pacific Coast Power & Light/989 Studios

Let's see... First off, I have three things to say. 1) SingleTrac didn't make it. 2) It shows. 3) Don't buy it. Unfortunately with this being a "flagship title" sequel, it's bound to sell well.

Look, I knew I was in for a bad evening when the first word that I saw when this game booted was "Doritos" at the head of a full-screen of trademark notices. Not the game title or anything else to do with the game, just a big ass screen full of notices. Please... please drop the advertising. It was lame in the first game and it's still lame.

As for the details of what I didn't like about this game... Play control was a joke. I pretty much held down gas and pointed here and there... bang I'm through the track 3rd place pretty consistently. Then I tried pulsing the gas and wow, first place almost every time. That was a real challenge... cough. They even make an effort in the manual to point out how the vehicles handle differently on different surfaces??? Eh? I sure didn't notice it. Unless their talking about the fact that the bike slops all over the track, only more so on some tracks than others.

Oh yeah, and what the hell happened to the grapples that were on almost every turn in the previous games? There are tracks in this release where I sure as heck didn't notice any to speak of. So much for that game play element.

Music... was ok, but just ok. In game graphics were so distracting... I mean, maybe I was hallucinating, but the weird warping of polygons all around the periphery of the screen, and the weird water that acts like no water I know of. Please someone teach these guys how to program some water instead of just blue ground (or red when supposed to be lava) that jumbles up and down and wiggles around a bit at weird angles. Not a good thing.

The only good thing in the graphics were all of the pre-rendered animated characters. Then again, PCP&L didn't create these figures. They got the character data sets from Vision Scape Imaging (you know, the guys in the current NewTek: LightWave ads. Yeah those are the JM3 characters there in the ad. Different clothes, but the same characters).

Look, I really tried to give this game a chance... I kept playing it even after I was bored... well, not much after. I especially wanted to like it because I really wasn't to impressed with the first two, and I had hoped that like Twisted Metal 3, this one would actually be pretty good and turn me around on the series. Fooled me.

So, with all of that said, I've saved my most favorite thing about this game for last. In fact, this was the most entertaining part of the whole game that it made everyone who read it laugh. On the back of the case for the game it says "Experience an all-new blazing fast 3D engine with realistic MotoPhysics handling"... realistic??? So, just were is it that I can ride on one of these to make that comparison?

>>>>> 6.5/25 <<<<< R.I.P.
Graphics 2.0
Sound 3.0
Gameplay/Control 0.5
Longevity/Playability 0.5
Overall 0.5
Total 6.5