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  • Platform: Game Boy Advance
  • ESRB: Everyone
  • Genre: Racing
  • Players: 1-2
  • Online: No
  • Developer: MTO
  • Publisher: THQ
  • Suggested Retail: $29.99
  • Graphics: B
  • Sound: B
  • Gameplay: A
  • Replay: A
  • Fun Factor: A
  • Reviewer's Wild Card: A-


Racing at its finest on the Game Boy Advance

By Troy Roberts     March 19, 2003

I always start a good Game Boy Advance review by saying how I can't believe that the Game Boy Advance can push these types of graphics or how the game is an excellent port of an older game but new to the system. I don't think I can really say this about GT ADVANCE 3 PRO CONCEPT RACING, though, because while it does look pretty and is an excellent game, the graphics don't make this one.

GT ADVANCE 3 is the newest title of the series to appear on the Game Boy Advance. While it is technically only the second game in the series (somehow the game overseas got misnamed or something...I got confused just reading it), the game really does improve on the first game. GT ADVANCE 3 now boasts over 90 authentic cars from 10 different manufacturers. The cars can also be upgraded to get more power from your cars, whether it is speed, handling, or acceleration.

While the 90 different cars are really a testament for the Game Boy Advance's power, the fact that there are 46 different street and road circuits that you can race on just adds to it.

GT ADVANCE 3 is a pretty game, but realistically, the developer MTO took the engine form the previous game and just upgraded it a bit. That's not to say that GT ADVANCE 3 lacks in the graphics department; like I said, the game is pretty. But I was really expecting just a bit more from the game especially with the features that the game has.

Where the game really shines in my opinion is the control. I don't think I've ever played a Game Boy Advance game that handles as well as this one. While the original game in the series handled pretty well, there were some collision detection problems that would pop up quite often. Safe to say, MTO has fixed these and tweaked the gameplay engine enough to make it a more enjoyable game.

The biggest complaint about the first game was that there was no auto-save feature. Thankfully, a battery save option is now allowed and you are able to save the game whenever instead of having to write down a horrid password (which was the main downfall of the first game).

The music hasn't gotten a lot better, although the sound effects have been improved. Obviously they don't sound extremely realistic, but they are close enough - and hey, it's the Game Boy Advance! The multiplayer mode adds some replay to the game, so you and a buddy can hook up and go head to head in one of the many races found in this cart.

GT ADVANCE 3 is one of the best racing titles available on the Game Boy Advance, and if you're going to be on the go, there aren't a lot of better titles you can pick up that will take a while to complete.


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