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Racing games honestly aren't my passion. I didn't let this get in the way, however, while playing Test Drive Offroad. The simple fact is that it's not a very good addition to the racing genre. With inconstant controls and tracks which are hard to see or navigate, it doesn’t have the ingredients of a winner. Tag it with mostly sub-par graphics and it's just another game with very little that screams "play me." All in all it's a game better off left to only those who have no outlet for those mud slinging tendencies.
Из полена под названием “Аркадные гонки” давно невозможно выстругать что-нибудь новаторско-революционное. Как ни извращайся с формой транспортных средств, трасс и способов модернизации, содержание все равно останется прежним. TDOR 3 — добротная, веселая, аркадная гонка. Повернись время вспять (желательно, где-то на середину 97-го), я бы сказал эти же слова и о первом TDOR. Но последний NFS, в силу ряда указанных в начале обзора причин, все равно интереснее.
(Dec 20, 1999)
As with most entertainment industries, such as music, film or TV, computer gaming trends come and go. The year nineteen hundred and ninety-nine will certainly go down in the books as the breakthrough one for online RPGs, turn-based strategy games, and of course, racing titles in all shapes and forms. And we're not just talking about traditional driving sims either (such as Official F1 Racing, Rally Championship, NASCAR 3, etc.) but rather, more non-traditional racing titles with the likes of Driver, Midtown Madness, Re-Volt, Interstate '82, Star Wars Episode I Racer, Harley-Davidson: Race Across America, and LEGO Racing, to name a few.
auf der PlayStation sind so rar wie die
sprichwörtliche Nadel im Heuhaufen. Obwohl 4x4 World Trophy seine Schwächen hat, kann ich nicht bestreiten, zeitweise viel Spaß an diesem Titel gefunden zu haben. Vor allem die halsbrecherische Fahrt auf einen fast unbezwingbar erscheinenden Berg war sehr aufregend. Wer Spaß hat, seine eigene Karriere zu planen, wird im World-Trophy-Modus gut bedient. Trotzdem reicht es bei diesem Spiel aufgrund von technischen Mängeln nur zu einer durchschnittlichen Wertung.
Leider kann mich dieser Titel trotz der eigentlich ganz passablen Grafik nicht ganz überzeugen. Zumindest die Fahrzeuge sehen relativ gut aus, wenn auch die Streckenumgebung sehr pixelig wirkt. Doch an dieses Manko hat man sich auf der PlayStation bereits gewöhnt. Der Hauptkritikpunkt ist das leider völlig unrealistische Fahrverhalten, das eher an harmlose Kleinwagen als an kompromißlose Geländewagen erinnert. Selbst wenn Arcade-Fans darüber durchaus hinweg sehen können, wünscht man sich doch auch in diesem Genre mehr Innovationen. Insbesondere, da der Off-Road-Sport deutlich mehr Möglichkeiten als das sture Fahren von Punkt A nach B bietet.
Because sport utility vehicles are becoming more popular on the streets, it makes sense that Infogrames is trying to capitalize on its popularity with a game that lets you drive some of the coolest SUVs out there on real off-road tracks. Most SUV owners haven't even driven on bumpy roads; it'd be nice to see how their cars might actually react in extreme road conditions, such as those in this game. Unfortunately, Test Drive: Off-Road 3 demanded a lot more attention to detail than its developers actually invested.
Igrajmo se matematike. Krenimo od 100%. Za neproširivanje koncepcije u odnosu na EA igre, oduzimam 5%. Za nepostojanje multiplayera, dodatnih 10%. Za katastrofalnu fiziku, još 10%. Za smiješnu grafiku, 10%. I još po 2% za monotonu mjuzu (iako potencijalno dobru) i za manjak multiplayera. I znam da sam to već napisala.
4x4 World Trophy is een budget game de luxe. Zes jaar geleden was het misschien een aardige game geweest, maar nu...
If you're hankering for an off-road title for your PlayStation this season, then this might just be your only choice. Otherwise, discerning racers should steer clear of this obstacle; better incarnations of this game will someday appear. This genre has yet to work out its kinks. Leave it be for now, and check back in a few.
PSX gamers have been waiting for quite a while for a good off road racing title to come out, and it appears that their wait is not yet over. Test Drive Off-Road 3 packs numerous features that would draw in gamers by the thousands, with more than 20 licensed real life off road vehicles and a soundtrack full of hot bands, but it fails to deliver the goods when it really counts. What sounds great at first is merely a thin farade covering weak gameplay, sub-par sounds and terrible graphics. I would say that I’d hoped these flaws would be corrected in the inevitable Test Drive Off Road 4, but after taking this newest iteration for a spin, I can’t help but wonder if the series would be better off being put to rest.
The locales are exotic, but gone are the wide open roads and and trails with multiple lines features in Offroad 2. The racing is faster than the last game, but the control can't keep up, so as a result you bounce off a lot of the walls. It's very tough to keep your vehicle going straight, since none of them feel like they have any weight at all. While tapping the gas button to get up hills might be authentic, it gets in the way of building any excitement in a race. We were expecting more from this game. The next time we get a craving for some Offroad action, we'll stick with Test Drive Offroad 2.
Partly due to the car physics, the controls are hyper-sensitive and tough to get the hang of. You need a very soft touch to maintain control of your vehicle since it's very easy to oversteer. The end result is that the Off Road series takes a few steps forward and a few steps back. The bright side is that I'm sure the next installment should be awesome.
Anyone that has gotten behind the wheel of a car knows what it feels like to drive on the road at 45MPH in their city or suburbs. Sure, they will hop into their expensive $36,000 Jeep Grand Cherokee or $32,000 Oldsmobile Bravada sport utility vehicles and just drive on the roads, when the real existence of these SUV's call for extreme rigid, tight, unbalanced, unpaved, and simply crazy off-road conditions. Most racing games just depict racing on a paved road or dirt road that is flat around a circuit that continually laps around in circles. Sometimes, that is just not exotic enough to simply get into a fantasy Aston Martin and rev up to 170MPH around a track. There is need for some different types of running around the world in a totally different vehicle or different location. Going off the roads and into the rocky and hilly terrain of the wilderness or forests. This is what Test Drive Off-Road 3 shoots to do.
And finally, not up for rigorous, intense racing events? Not to worry! Test Drive Off Road 3 is just the game for you. Merely aim the tires in the direction you want to go and there's almost no challenge at all. No special braking necessary (no braking at all really). Don't worry about traction, the tires have about as much grip as an arm-wrestling amputee. Just point and you're off. I won first place on several courses with several different vehicles, without laying a finger on that pesky brake button. Off-roading has never been this easy.
Everything about this title smacks of greed and laziness. Nevertheless, Test Drive Off-Road 3 shows the barest hint of promise for the series. If the developers choose to put a little time and thought into the inevitable follow-up, rather than try to get it out the door as quickly as possible, there may be life in the series yet.
Als je het spel tegenkomt in de winkels, sla dan snel een kruisteken en hoop dat alles nog goed komt...
As the reviewer of countless racing titles at the Adrenaline Vault, I have been getting one particular plea from fans: More and more of you want to be released from the confines of narrow tracks and be able to drive wherever you want. Many of you have asked for a list of all the offerings in which you can do just that, and there are precious few. Although Microsoft has made the greatest effort in this direction with its extensive Madness series of racing titles, the longest running off-road racing product line is Accolade and Infogrames' Test Drive Off-Road franchise, the latest of which is the newly released Test Drive Off-Road 3.
Wo die beiden Vorgänger noch mit fantasievollen Pisten für das schwache Fahrmodell entschädigen konnte, präsentiert Off-Road 3 nur noch eintönige Schluchten und glatte Flächen. Die Steuerung ist wie eh und je vollkommen gefühllos ausgefallen, nicht einmal an ein Schadensmodell wurde gedacht.
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