Grand Prix 3
|Grand Prix 3|
Grand Prix 3 box art
|Developer(s)||MicroProse Chipping Sodbury|
The game is known for featuring the 1998 Formula One season (with all drivers except Jacques Villeneuve, who is instead replaced by a fictional character, John Newhouse). In August 2001 an expansion pack "Grand Prix 3: 2000 Season" was released, updating the game to feature the 2000 season's cars and drivers, as well as the 2 new circuits on the calendar, the Sepang International Circuit in Malaysia and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway
The game received "generally favorable reviews" according to the review aggregation website Metacritic. It was not quite as well received as its predecessors, but at the time was widely considered to be the best racing simulation available.
In Europe, Grand Prix 3 sold 300,000 units in one month. Italy made up above 30,000 sales of this number, while Spain accounted for 6,500. Multiplayer.it attributed the relatively low sales in Spain to that country's rampant software piracy problem.
In the German market, Grand Prix 3 sold 40,000 units in its first three days of availability. Debuting at #2 on Media Control's computer game sales chart for July 2000, it rose to first place the following month, before claiming fourth in September. The Verband der Unterhaltungssoftware Deutschland (VUD) presented Grand Prix 3 with a "Gold" award at the end of that month, indicating sales of at least 100,000 units across Germany, Austria and Switzerland. The game proceeded to place seventh, ninth and 18th on Media Control's charts through the end of 2000.
Although Grand Prix 3 passed the 100,000-sale mark in German-speaking countries, Udo Hoffman of PC Player reported that it had fallen below Hasbro Interactive's projections by late 2000, and that the publisher was "more than a little disappointed" in its performance. The company's product manager, Thomas Sewing, blamed this outcome in part on high competition from other titles with the Formula One license. Grand Prix 3 continued to chart on Media Control's top 30 in 2001, placing 19th in January, 23rd in February and 17th in March.
In the United Kingdom, Grand Prix 3 received a "Silver" certificate from the Entertainment and Leisure Software Publishers Association (ELSPA), for at least 100,000 sales in the region.
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