Jet Moto 3 (PSX) by James Puckett
Overrall Score - 6
Following in the footsteps of Twisted Metal 3 and Coolboarders 3, 989 Studios
stuns the Playstation community with yet another crappy sequel! Jet Moto 3 is
the latest game from 989 Studios that attempts to latch on to the name of a great
game that Playstation gamers have fond memories of. The original Jet Moto was
a huge hit back in the day, and was later followed by Jet Moto 2, which failed
to capture the glory of the original, but was still a great game. Jet Moto 3 is
a great in many ways, unfortunately it happens to be critically weak in a few.
I'll start with the graphics. The graphics in Jet Moto 3 range from acceptable
to poor. The levels are all crammed with too much stuff for the Playstation to
handle well, so the polygon counts are kept far too low. The textures are all
very low-res and get horribly pixelated up close, which is how you often see them.
In some areas, the polygons under or close to you will shift when you get close,
distorting the texture on top of them. This seems limited to small areas of a
few tracks, but is still unacceptable. The bike and rider graphics would be fine
if it wasn't for the lens flare attached to the rear of the bike for some reason.
Why a jet engine would output a lensflare is beyond me, and why they chose to
use one that appears to be a texture and not even a real lighting effect makes
it outright criminal, not to mention a sign of poor game design.
Next on the list of bad things about Jetmoto 3 is the tracks. The tracks
in this game just SUCK. The tracks are chock full of twists, turns, and tunnels
to keep down the onscreen poly count, a technique that worked great in the Crash
Bandicoot games but it sure doesn't work well here. It prevents you from hitting
top speed most of the time, which takes some of the fun out of the game, this
being a racing title and all... The game does feature grapple bars, which allow
you to use some sort of electromagnetic beam to grapple onto the bar for tight
turns or jumps in many places, but they aren't as easy to control and or as effective
as the grapple bars from the previous Jet Moto titles, and they slow you down.
The few long stretches they are often bare watery areas that are visually uninteresting
at best. The track design gets worse and worse as the game goes on. It seems like
they just put the best tracks first for in store demonstrations, so that players
would get to unlock the crappy tracks at home.
The control in Jet Moto 3 plays much like the last two games, and works
pretty well, with two exceptions. The first exception is the harder to control
grappling, as mentioned earlier. The other issue is being able to control your
speed with the L3 button, a la "Gran Turismo." While I like this in
games, it just doesn't work too well in Jet Moto 3, being somewhat inaccurate.
The game just works better using the standard buttons to control. This isn't a
big deal, but if they were going to implement it, they should have done a better
Sound is a real weak point in Jet Moto 3. The jet bikes sound like mopeds,
and it really grates on you. All the other sound effects are alright, but overshadowed
by the the horrible high pitched drone coming from the engines of the bikes. Audiophiles
Musically, Jet Moto 3 comes out ahead. The music is just well done in every
area, and often appropriate. The catacombs level even features music from the
best trance group ever, Juno Reactor, which just shows how far 989 went to get
good music into this game. The music in here can hold its own against even the
Overall playing the game just isn't much fun. Unlike the past games, you
rarely see many of the other racers on screen. Gone are the laps against 16 other
racers, instead Jet Moto 3 features 6, which are rarely on screen. This takes
the competitive feel out of the game, which kills most of the fun out of the game.
JM3 retains the familiar stunt mode
from the previous games, but by the time you unlock
it (outside of practice mode anyway, where you get a stunt track early
on) you will likely be so sick of the game you won't care.
To be blunt, I can not recommend this game. If you are hardcore Jet Moto fan (how do you think I ended up with it?) and must have it, rent it first, or buy it at a store that will let you can return.
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