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Grand Prix 3 (Windows)

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Description

Grand Prix 3 aims to be a complete simulation of the 1998 Formula 1 World Championship, and features all the tracks, teams and drivers. You can practice the racetracks (which is recommended to learn their layouts and work on car setup) or compete in single races or the full championship.

Each race weekend has practice and qualification sessions, and the lengths of these can be customized, as can the skill level of the opposition drivers. There are 7 driving aids available, including automatic brakes and gears and an indestructibility option - as you race at higher skill levels, less and less of these are available.

Car setup is done in precise detail, with the chance to change wing settings (trading off grip against straight-line speed), brake balances (affecting how the car handles under braking) and gear ratios (trading acceleration off against top speed), as well as more complicated ones like packers, dampers and the ride height - the manual explains it in considerable detail, as well as offering driving tips.

Before each race you choose your pit strategy and tire compound - those with better short-term grip wear out quicker, especially if your driving style is aggressive. Wet racing is included, which requires much more careful driving and shrewd strategic choices as to which type of tires to use and when to pit to change them.

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Grand Prix 3 Windows Riding with Michael Schumacher in the rain
Grand Prix 3 Windows And view the technical readouts to see where you went wrong
Grand Prix 3 Windows Set up the gear ratios etc. before racing
Grand Prix 3 Windows In the cockpit in a rainy day

Alternate Titles

  • "格林批治F1赛车3" -- Chinese title (simplified)
  • "GP3" -- Informal title

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User Reviews

Geoff Crammond creates the perfect Grand Prix game. Steve Hall (322) 4.6 Stars4.6 Stars4.6 Stars4.6 Stars4.6 Stars
Perhaps not the massive leap it could've been, but a stunning simulation all the same Martin Smith (63134) 4.4 Stars4.4 Stars4.4 Stars4.4 Stars4.4 Stars

The Press Says

Eurogamer.net (UK) Sep 10, 2000 10 out of 10 100
games xtreme Aug 09, 2000 9.6 out of 10 96
Power Unlimited Sep, 2000 9.3 out of 10 93
Gamesmania 2000 90 out of 100 90
Game Vortex 2000 90 out of 100 90
IGN Sep 05, 2000 9 out of 10 90
GameSpot (Belgium/Netherlands) Jul 07, 2000 88 out of 100 88
GameStar (Germany) Sep 01, 2000 88 out of 100 88
4Players.de Aug 08, 2000 85 out of 100 85
Gamekult Oct 08, 2000 8 out of 10 80

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Trivia

Development

This game was actually developed in conjunction with the Arrows Formula One team. The engine sounds in the game are the sounds of their Supertec engines.

Jenson Button

Rookie driver Jenson Button actually played a beta release of this game to get to know the circuits.

Music

The intro music is an edited version of Rob Dougan's Furious Angels. This song was originally used in the Matrix movie theme.

Awards

  • GameStar (Germany)
    • Issue 12/1999 - #13 in the "100 Most Important PC Games of the Nineties" ranking
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Steve Hall (322) added Grand Prix 3 (Windows) on Aug 29, 2000