had a Ford once. It was a '74 Mustang Ghia II. I enjoyed
it but it was getting pretty beat. It wasn't anything
that a collector would have wanted at the time. I
did enjoy putting the pedal to the medal on rare occasion
but I really needed that damn car to get me around
so I wasn't about to prematurely destroy the motor
like some teenage idiot.
Racing 3 allows me to relive some of those good old
days. It reminds me of the kind of game you wouldn't
mind throwing a few quarters into before the start
of a movie at the four-machine arcade to the right
of the concession stand. It does nothing, however,
to remind me of the vehicle that brought me to that
have to wonder what Ford was thinking when they licensed
this game. It's a budget title that is anything but
inspired. I could see if the vehicles were pristine
examples of modern computer technology but these cars
and trucks look like they were created by student
Ford vehicles is the object to this racing game. There
several different classes of races that utilize various
Ford coupes, sports and muscles cars in addition to
some trucks, spanning all the best production years
of these machines. There are 55 vehicles in all but
it's only as much of a challenge as you want it to
be since you don't get anything for your efforts but
the satisfaction in knowing that you collected everything.
You never really "unlock" anything, instead
you "collect" everything including tracks
and racing styles.
the vehicles you will hardly notice any differences
among them. The steering is loose for all the vehicles
and making sharp turns is a crapshoot. The AI is aggressive
as they nudge, push, bump and smash into you. You
can do likewise safe in the knowledge that your vehicle
won't take on any damage. Even if you hit a wall or
a rail head-on you won't suffer anything more than
a temporary slowdown. Hence much of the challenge
is reduced to just keeping your car on the road and
being careful around turns.
30 fps there is decent sense of speed but you're not
properly equipped to deal with many surprises on these
tracks and you can't upgrade your vehicles. Once you
get to know the layout of the track you'll have it
aced. The first few races of the game are incredibly
to six players can race online. This is a good addition
but it still suffers from lack of control. At least
all racers share this same handicap so there are no
unfair advantages. Online racing is the only real
reason to own this game since it offers the best challenge.
The two-player split-screen mode comes in a close
lots of alaising and plain textures, Ford Racing 3
is nothing to look at. The backgrounds basically define
"generic," as does the faux rock music.
The female announcer tries too hard to be exciting
and just ends up reading her lines too fast and unintelligibly.
Must be one of the developer's girlfriends - or someone
looking to break into the "biz."
real Fords performed the way they do in Ford Racing
3 we'd all be driving Toyotas.