Expansion pack announced for RollerCoaster Tycoon 3
Posted Tuesday, February 8, 2005 8:55 AM | Contributed by Rob Ascough
Atari announced yesterday that the first expansion for the strategy game RollerCoaster Tycoon 3 will ship this June for the PC. The expansion will be titled RollerCoaster Tycoon 3: Soaked! and is being developed by British studio Frontier Developments, the team behind RCT3.
Did the game really do well enough for them to create an expansion pack? From what I have been reading, there is hardly any excitement for the game at all amongst enthusiasts, let alone other consumers. Is someone at Atari making really bad decisions, or is RCT3 that popular? Too bad they add all the cool rides to this sinking ship of a game - it would have been awesome to have them in RCT2.
They've added a SkyCoaster, Wipeout, and Huss Frisbee in this expansion pack. While those rides make it very tempting to want to buy it, there's no way this expansion pack will add more than a few hours of playability. I'm sure frustration will set in rather quickly, and leave this game back on the shelf where it has been since the first week I got it.
I also haven't played this game much because of performance issues. Part of that is my computer (now going on 3yrs old) with it's 1.2Ghz processor and 512MB Ram. I did give it a new 5200 GeForce about a year ago which made playing RCT2 more smooth. Unfortunately, it all doesn't handle RCT3 very well and it got to the point where it was more frustrating than fun.
I had a blast playing the scenarios where the parks were small and you didn't need alot of guests to complete the scenarios. Small, peepless parks are about all my computer could handle.
I would like to see proof that this game with it's expansion performs much better than the current release. I won't buy it until I read that others see an improvement.
Let the Pigeons loose! Truly, this will be a monumental expansion. It's like, looking at the pics, i can smell the pretty colours! Honestly, The thoughts of the expansion are the best thing my eyes have laid there hands on in a least a half mile from here. sorry, just thinking like the people that made RCT3... Whoa, maybe it isn't our systems at all, maybe we just needed acid...
I easily recognize FIVE new non-water park related additions in this one screenshot. A Chance Chaos, Zamperla Disc-O? (Octopus themed ride in the shot), Intamin Mega-Splash (River Plunge), Huss Giant Frisbee, and an Intamin Halfpipe.
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