Monday, September 27, 2004

RollerCoaster Tycoon 3 Demo

You are going to hate me for writing this.

RollerCoaster Tycoon 3 lacks the quality of the previous titles. The day and night cycles are like someone just turn a light on or off. No gradual change or anything.

  • The buttons on the interface are all very small and pixalated. And I am constantly having to rely on the mouseover tooltips, but the interface is just generally bad.

  • When people get onto your rollercoaster they sit with their arms waving and the air as if they are riding, but no they are just waiting for the ride to start. They look like robots or somekind of automated scarecrow.

  • The screem the guys make when they are riding only happens with acceleration. So when they start moving onto the lift system for a coaster they scream!

  • Animations are horrible in general. If you go to place a workman on the map, you will see a tarrible looped animation. In the two previous titles we had a very nice swinging animation, but what they have now is worse than a placeholder.

  • No option for antialasing! So everything looks very pixelated.

What went wrong! I was so looking forward to this!
I want to say something nice, but even the camera annoys me because it won't stay tilted. And since the two previous titles where exuding quality, the third one just feels cheap.