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Jet Moto 3 a futuristic racing game that will crash with speed fans


Jet Moto 3

For PlayStation
989 Studios
ESRB Rating: Everyone

Grade C+



 

By Brandon Franks
Daily Cougar Staff

If you have a need for speed and love to crash and burn each time, Jet Moto 3 might be the game for you.

989 Studios has had success with the first two Jet Moto games, but it's really a toss-up on how this game will be accepted.


The very fast racing game Jet Moto will leave you crashing into walls.

Photo courtesy of 989 Studios

Right off the bat you'll wonder why you keep crashing into walls and flipping your vehicle at every turn. Granted, you will get used to the turns and familiar with the courses so that you'll be able to glide through the races a little easier.

You'll still have problems trying to beat the other racers, though, because it seems they have no problem going through the courses. Even in the novice mode, it's almost impossible to catch up to second or third place.

The modes are pretty basic. There's a championship mode, single race, practice and the two-player mode. It's just your basic futuristic race game. 

This isn't a bad thing, though, and the fact that it's a futuristic racer where you hover over land and water is pretty sweet. It's just hard to get used to having a vehicle that is lighter than air and that flips over at the slightest touch.

The graphics (from what you can tell at the speed you're going) are decent. They aren't the best in the world, but you really aren't concerned about it when you're clocking nearly 200 mph. 

The music is pretty rippin' and fits the mode of the Jet Moto 3, but that won't matter since you'll be concentrating on the race and trying to get to third.

As you might figure out, the challenge in Jet Moto 3 is trying to keep from running into the walls, flipping your vehicle and trying to keep up with the other racers. 

There is some help throughout the courses via poles you can grapple in those tight turns. The only problem is you can grapple at long distances, and this makes you spin out of control at certain points on the track. 

Another problem is that the grappling poles are located in a few places along the track and sometimes it's hard to see them before it's too late.

The bottom line is that Jet Moto 3 simply isn't as good as the old ones. Speed is great, but too much is a bad thing -- especially if you keep flipping out of control when you hit a wall.

If you're looking for a good racing game, you might want to go with a car racing adventure instead of Jet Moto 3. The most you'll get out of this game is maybe a month before you get bored of trying.

Pros: The racers and their vehicles are pretty cool.

Cons: It's really hard to control the vehicles. You crash way too many times no matter how good you are.
 

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