V8 Supercars 3 PS2 Review - www.impulsegamer.com -

Gameplay 8.8
Graphics 8.9
Sound 8.9
Value 8.9
Distributor: Atari
Classification:
G
Review Date:
March 2005
Reviewer:
Tory Favro

8.8

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V8 Supercars 3

Number 3 in this highly anticipated series is now out and for all you revheads out there, it certainly hits the spot big time. As a title that just keeps getting better with every iteration, I was especially looking forward to getting to the intense damage that can be inflicted in this game and I was not disappointed. 

The game this time takes us to some new tracks in Shanghai, Bahrain amongst others. The graphics are spot on and really make you feel as though you are part of the action. The tracks have been faithfully recreated with a lot of attention to detail and the physic engine bumped up to really give the feeling of true V8 race card driving.

The game offers the option of getting straight into Supercar mode or you can make the most of it and do the whole hog with the Career mode that sees you start off in a smaller car. Advice is provided by team managers and for the most part I found it to be a satisfying experience. Progression through the game gives a real sense of accomplishment and your mates will find themselves cheering you on as you drive, all the while trying to grab the controller out of your hands for their turn. 

This version of V8 allows you to race in trucks and other vehicles as well, which is a nice spin on the series, however I was not sure when playing if having these extra options diluted the V8 part of the game. In any case, all vehicles handled well and I thoroughly enjoyed the experience. 

All accurate vehicle designs and team liveries are reproduced here with a real eye to the general detail. They are from the last season and despite this, fans of the real life sport should be very happy with how it all looks. The cars themselves are capable of great speeds and whilst I was obviously never cut out to be a race driver, I reckon that these cars might go just as fast as their real life equivalents as even a hack like me posted some good times. 

Id say for beginners there is a learning curve of about 15 minutes to learn the basics of this game, then take your time and make your way through the intricacies of the Career Mode as its truly rewarding and well worth the effort. 

Vroom! Vroom!

 






 
 



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