Atari launches new RollerCoaster Tycoon 3 site, announces features

Posted Thursday, July 1, 2004 12:23 PM | Contributed by Jeff

Atari, the publisher of the forthcoming RollerCoaster Tycoon 3, today launched a new Web site for the game that features screenshots and video, revealing a number of new rides. New video clips show complete point-of-view video of several coaster varieties. They also announced the addition of a fireworks editor, where players will be able to design their own fireworks shows and set them to music.

Visit the official RollerCoaster Tycoon 3 site.

Saturday, July 3, 2004 9:00 PM
Wow. Wow. Wow.

I'm speechless...Okay, maybe not. I know that some people think that the company is trying too hard to "give the fans what they want", but so what? It looks as if all the core stuff that we need is going to be in here with exciting new extras that surpass just having new themes on rides and scenery. You want to theme a ride to a specific part of your park? Got it. You want different types of scenery? Its here too, and I'm sure there will be more in the expansions. Want more flats? Plenty of new ones in the screen shots. MP3 imports? Gottem. Nite time mode? Looks like the sun is setting there too. Fireworks? Not only did they put them in the game, but You have control over them as well! Better AI? Do I even need to keep on going?

As long as they deliver what they promise, a fully 3D version of Roller Coaster Tycoon with all the favorites as well as what the people want and even a few surpises here and there, I think that this will be the game to get for anybody in 2004.

Thank you, Chris Sawyer, for starting me on the road to an obsession, and thank you, Atari & Frontier for bringing us more than we could have hoped for!*** This post was edited by TeknoScorpion 7/3/2004 9:04:14 PM ***

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Sunday, July 4, 2004 5:56 AM
Oh my, this looks definately like the ultimate "quit your job, lose your partner, unplug the phone and lock your door"-game.
I was very impressed by the wooden coaster POV. In previous screens the woodies looked very clumsy.
I don´t care for the fireworks and there is still the open question of water-rides.

As TechnoScorpion said, they seem to satisfy all the wishlists that were out there and there is nothing bad about it. I hope that with all the stuff that seems to be in the game, the creativity of the gamers will not be limited due to an abundance of features. (does that make sense? ;) )

After all the crap that was thrown at us in WW and TT, it is great to see that this time they try to step into the right direction again. By adding classic, vintage rides (ZIPPER!) and state of the art Euro-stuff (Top-Scan) they really offer a great variety of playing.

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Monday, July 5, 2004 1:37 AM
One thing that I do want and am wondering if they have(looked like they do in one screen, but I couldn't be for sure) is the ability to paint ties, rails, spine, and supports all different colors. You could obviously do spine & ties one color rails one color, and supports one color in the other 2, but I hope they have it so that the spine and ties can be different colors...:)
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Tuesday, July 6, 2004 10:11 AM
Jeff if I upgraded the video card would I be able to run this game, cause I bought this computer mainly for this game....that would be crap if even if I upgraded my video card I still couldnt run this game...

Looking at the specs I would think I could run RC3 on the lowest settings, but with you saying not a chance, that has me alittle worried.

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Tuesday, July 6, 2004 10:36 AM
Jeff's avatar Dude, I was messing with you. You can read the specs as well as I can.
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Tuesday, July 6, 2004 11:06 AM
hahaha, I figured just as much. I went from a 500mhz 182mb RAM, 8mb Video Card...so this is all new to me....

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Wednesday, July 7, 2004 1:14 AM
Q: What are the system requirements needed to playRollerCoaster Tycoon® 3?A: In order to play RollerCoaster Tycoon® 3, you will need a PC running Windows®. (A version for the Apple/Mac computers is NOT planned at this time).Hopefully the same group that ported Halo will bring this to the Mac...

The amount of detail in this is amazing....I love the true-to-life track and trains...namely the Intamin...
*** This post was edited by Im a Grover 7/7/2004 1:20:54 AM ***

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Wednesday, July 7, 2004 5:12 PM
I've exhausted the 9 vids (5 vids and 4 coaster cams) and all the screens so I decided to post the list of rides I've seen so far:

Coasters- Wooden,Arrow Corkscrew, Looping,Twister,Inverted, SLC, Suspended, Launched, Air Thrust, Intamin, Junior, Mini (Car), Virginia Reel, 4d, Wooden Wild Mouse, Bobsleigh, Reverse Free Fall

Flats - Circus, Ferris Wheel, Double Ferris Wheel, Carousel, Round Up, Enterprise, Observation Tower (single and double), Double Inverter, Pirate Ship, Magic Carpet, Tea Cups, Bull Ride. Top Spin, Motion Simulator, Spiral Slide, Fireball/Huss Frisbee (couldn’t tell), Gravitron, Rockin’ Tug, Top Scan, Slingshot, Crooked House, Go Karts, Zipper

Transportation - Monorail, Trams

Water Rides - Splash Boats, Jet Skis, Dingy Slide, Submarines

What'd I miss?

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