Final Lap 3

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Final Lap 3
Final Lap 3 flyer.jpg
Arcade flyer
Developer(s) Namco
Publisher(s) Namco
Composer(s) Masahiro Fukuzawa
Platform(s) Arcade
  • JP: September 1992
Genre(s) Racing
Mode(s) Up to 8 players simultaneously
Cabinet Upright
Arcade system Namco System 2
CPU 2x Motorola 68000 @ 12.288 MHz,
1x Motorola M6809 @ 3.072 MHz,
1x Hitachi HD63705 @ 2.048 MHz
Sound 1x Yamaha YM2151 @ 3.57958 MHz,
1x C140 @ 21.39 kHz
Display Horizontal orientation, Raster, 288 x 224 resolution

Final Lap 3 (ファイナルラップ3, Fainaru Rappu Tsurī), as the name suggests, is the third title in the Final Lap series, released by Namco in 1992; like its precursors (as well as Four Trax, and Suzuka 8 Hours), it runs on Namco System 2 hardware, and allows up to eight players to play simultaneously when four two-player cabinets are linked together. It features four new tracks set in England, France, Italy, and Spain - and for the third time, the players must take control of either the Williams, McLaren, March or Lotus cars (which have again been redesigned), in a Formula One race on one of the four tracks. In the single player mode, the player's score will again be based on how far his car travels until the timer runs out or he completes four laps of the chosen circuit, and hitting another car or a billboard will again not cause a player car to explode, like it did in the two Pole Position games, but it can still send it (or the other car) spinning off the track, costing valuable time; in the multiplayer mode, up to eight players can again race simultaneously, which shall again allow for better lap times, as the plain green CPU-controlled cars (which have again also been redesigned) will appear less frequently. Barcelona is the easiest one of the four and is recommended for the novice players - and once a player has mastered it he will be ready to move on to Imola, followed by Paul Ricard (which had been replaced in 1991 by Magny-Cours in F1). However, Silverstone (in 1987-90 configuration, without the 1991 overhaul) is the hardest one of the four and is therefore only recommended for the expert players and the ones who had managed to master Suzuka in the two previous titles.

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