Gex 3: Deep Cover Gecko
|Gex 3: Deep Cover Gecko|
North American PlayStation cover art
|Developer(s)||Crystal Dynamics (PS)
Gratuitous Games (N64)
David A. Palmer Productions (GBC)
|Publisher(s)||Eidos Interactive (PS & GBC)
Crave Entertainment (N64)
|Distribution||Cartridge, CD-ROM, Download|
Gex 3: Deep Cover Gecko (titled Gex: Deep Pocket Gecko on Game Boy Color) is the last in the trilogy of Gex video games. Red Dwarf star Danny John-Jules provided the voice for Gex in the UK and European release, but comedian Dana Gould reprised the role for the American release, also starring the Playboy model Marliece Andrada as Agent Xtra, the only character that is featured in live-action. Unlike in the last Gex game, passwords are not used for saving, so a memory expansion controller pak (Nintendo 64), or Memory Card (PlayStation) is the only option for saving. Like the previous title, the N64 version is lower resolution, featuring no FMV sequences and rated E (removing the adult content).
When Gex is watching the news on his TV one day, he discovers that Agent Xtra (the agent from Gex: Enter the Gecko's backstory), head of the TV Terrorist Defense Unit, has been reported as missing. She then contacts him via his TV telling him that Rez has returned once more and has kidnapped her to get to Gex. He teleports to the batcave-like lair he has in the Media Dimension, and begins another adventure. Each level parodies a certain aspect of television culture (here the levels exist as stand-alone channels). With the help of his newly hired turtle butler Alfred and new friends Rex and Cuz, Gex manages to destroy Rez once again.
Gameplay remains similar to the previous game, Gex: Enter the Gecko, with the addition of certain vehicles, such as a tank, a camel and a snowboard, as well as a gliding ability available with certain costumes. There are also some aspects of the game that are shared only with the first installment, such as: Gex can only collect bugs in all levels (100 per level earns a remote) and secret levels, instead of the variety of items he collected in Enter the Gecko (skulls, TNT bombs, carrots, TVs, police plates, etc.). He can spit fire and ice, as well as swim. Unlike Enter the Gecko, when losing a life, Gex retains only the amount of bugs collected up to the latest checkpoint; if the level has no checkpoint, Gex has to start from zero. Since there are one hundred per level, collecting bugs can get significantly more difficult than the items in Enter the Gecko. Also, similar to the first Gex game, he can collect footprint icons throughout the game which give him more energy, though unlike the first game, Gex retains the energy (eight hits total) once he collects one hundred footprints. Gex 3 combines some aspects from the first game not seen in the second installment, with the general 3D platforming from the second game. Levels are accessed via a more expansive hub, with more areas unlocked as the player collects remotes from each of the levels. Players can unlock and control three alternate characters, Rex, Cuz and Alfred, during bonus stages, though they play the same.
Four new characters appear in this sequel. Agent Xtra, a live action female government Spy and whom Gex must help rescue from the clutches of Rez. Gex is also joined by his faithful butler, Alfred the tortoise who is a slight character reference to Bruce Wayne's butler Alfred Pennyworth. Alfred basically helps around and maintains Gex's secret lair which is known as "Mission Control". Alfred can be found in parts of most levels and tailwhipping him gives useful advice. The two last are Rex, a red Dinosaur who Gex unfroze from a block of ice in the "Holiday Broadcasting" channel, and Cuz, Gex's cousin, who Gex rescued from gangsters in the "Gangster TV" channel.
Gex 3: Deep Cover Gecko received mixed reviews. Aggregating review website GameRankings gave the PlayStation version 77.20%, the Nintendo 64 version 65.13%, and the Game Boy Color version 70.60%.
- "Gex 3: Deep Cover Gecko (PlayStation) reviews at". GameRankings. 2011-10-24. Retrieved 2011-10-24.
- "Gex 3: Deep Cover Gecko (Nintendo 64) reviews at". GameRankings. 2011-10-24. Retrieved 2011-10-24.
- "Gex 3: Deep Pocket Gecko (Game Boy Color) reviews at". GameRankings. 2011-10-24. Retrieved 2011-10-24.