3 Count Bout


Review by Matt Paprocki



Graphics: 8.5

Sound: 8

Gameplay: 7.5

Overall: 8

For a majority of the population, video games are as close to a squared circle as most of of us will ever get. Actually, a majority of people would like to keep it that way too. While it may not feature any burning tables, ladders, or 15-foot high steel cages, 3 Count Bout offers a decent representation of the sport and will please a majority of fans.

3 Count Bout holds the distinction of being the first Geo game to break the 100-meg barrier. Let's just say that it shows....Huge characters fill the screen and feature a phenomanal amount of animation. The 10 playable characters each have their own distinct personality and everyone will pick a fave. Also, not all of the stages take place in the ring. A majority take place in parking lots, factories, backstage areas, and just about anywhere else a pro-wrestling match has taken place. Weapons will litter the area and even fans can be tossed around!

The game feature set is dissapointing to say the least. The only modes are the tournament and 2-player brawl. No tag matches, no battle royals, nothing. However, the gameplay is enough to keep most gamers happy. Heavily relying on button mashing, players are allowed to perform a nice assortment of moves, provided of course they hit the buttons faster. Basic moves include punches, kicks, and weapon shots. While not the most satysfying amount of moves, it can still provide hours of fun.

Each character comes down to the ring with style, including their own theme music. While none of them are particulary great, a few will stay in your head for a while. Music also runs throughout the match, but most will ignore it while listening to wooden crates being bashed over their opponents heads. There are also some ambient sounds in some of the stages, but again, most of these are nothing special.

Wrestling fans looking for a great diversion from todays wrestling games will be extremely satisfied with this title. It's simplsitic style of gameplay makes it easy for anyone to pick up and play and the presentation is great. While the button mashing may turn some people off, the vast majority will love the challenge and great looking graphics.



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Last updated: Wednesday, December 10, 2003 02:15 PM