Top Gear returns to shred more SNES asphalt. Although the racing action is familiar, this game includes a terrific four-player option.
You've probably raced games like this before. Top Gear 3000 seems like the 3000th game with behind-the-car racing on forward-scrolling highways. The usual options are here: Win races, and you win car improvements in everything from engine to tires.
As you progress deeper into the game, you acquire special abilities like weapons, but Top Gear's mainly a racing game, not a Road Rasher, so the weapons aren't integral to the action. The best option is the head-to-head simultaneous racing, where the screen divides into four square boxes for good four-player fun.
ProTip: Rather than gradually spending money on lots of different parts, quickly buy the most expensive Nitro Boost that you can afford.
The graphics are above average. The 47 tracks take you to various spacey locales throughout the galaxy, though many of them look suspiciously Earthlike. The cars are big, but you only get spinouts, not wrecks. The four-player boxes make multiplayer racing easier than it is in Street Racer, which gives its four drivers thin, layered strips of track.
The sounds are pretty ordinary. Rumbling engines and mild tire screeches rev up the action, but there are no voices or dynamic tunes to keep your ears excited.
Adjustable difficulty and smoothly handling cars that are easy to win with make this game a good choice for drivers who don't yet have their license. Top Gear 3000 isn't at the top of the winner's list, but its running fine.
- If you're having trouble passing, slip briefly outside the track if you have to. Don't linger, or you'll hit an obstacle.
- Fire up your Nitro Boost before the race even starts, especially if you have a bad pole position. You might get a jump on your competition.