Those clever bods at Digital Image Design really stuck gold for Ocean Software with this one.
Robocop 3 was released for the Amiga in 1992 - and was met with a lot of high praise. Once again you got to take the part made famous by Peter Weller and protect the innocent. But this time you didn't always have to uphold the law.
So, this classic game was based quite closely on the movie of the same name. To be honest it was far better than the movie too.
The back story was that old Detroit was being demolished to make way for a brand new 'Delta City'. This meant that innocent civilians were being evicted from their homes, and soon a resistance had been formed to fight against these rehab officers who were doing the dirty work.
Enter a conflicted Robocop. You could server the public trust by obeying the rehab's orders, or you could protect the innocent and join them against the rehabs. In a neat twist the game allowed you to make this choice, so there were two paths to completion.
The whole game was 3D based with stages that involved driving and intercepting criminals, entering buildings for some 1st person shooting combat, and some one on one combat with another robot from a sinister organisation.
Each stage was linked with impressive cutscenes featuring well known characters from the film. The media break presenters were there, seargeant Reed, the evil McDagget and so on. The animated cut scenes were (at the time) a real thing of beauty.
The game oozed atmosphere with haunting music to set the scene at the beginning (as the game loaded up it was presented to you in a movie 'style') and during gameplay the music changed accordingly to match the current stage of the game.
The graphics were, for the time, state of the art with fully explorable 3D environments, buildings with working elevators and bad guys appearing from the gloom to take pot shots at you.
In my opinion the weakest part of the game was when you had to don the jet pack at the final stage. Controlling a jet-packed robo with the mouse was very, very difficult. Maybe I was just crap at it.
The variety of levels, excellent graphics, atmosphere and overall polish made this classic game a must have for your Amiga. It was always nice to see a movie tie-in that was good too.
All in all this is an arcade game that really showcased what the Amiga could do in the hands of talented coders. It was extremely playable, superb to look at, atmospheric and captured the spirit of Robocop nicley.
If you like arcade games, like a challenge, then this game is for you. In fact - this game is for any fans of 3D gaming.
We recommend getting hold of the real Amiga hardware - but if not then download an Amiga emulator and download Robocop 3. Alternatively you could try and play it online.
Please see our other Amiga game reviews - all links are listed in alphabetical order. Cheers guys
GENRE: Arcade Game (3D shooter)
RELEASE DATE: 1992
RELEASED BY: Ocean Software
DEVELOPER(S): Jamie Cansdale, David Dixon, Ian Boardman, Shaun Hollywood, Paul Hollywood
PRICE: £25.99 - UK
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