The third police quest game opens as Sonny Bond's wife is brutally attacked by the brother of Jessie Bains. Combined with ritualistic killings in the city and his wife clinging to life in the hospital, Bonds must catch the killer and find the attacker of his wife.
You might have thought that all was well now that the threat from the Death Angel was finally over, but peace is rare in these troubled times. Jesse Bains' brother is out for revenge. You took his brother so he'll take your wife! It is up to you to bring peace once again to the city of Lytton, and to bring the criminal behind bars. This episode of the series is dark, mystical, brutal and insane… it will take Sonny everything he has and more to keep him alive.
The rating of four is due to the graphics more then anything else. The game is based on real-life police work, and so they have tried to make the game also look as realistic as possible. It's a great idea, but to my critical eye they have not managed this. The game is still fun to play though and it brings hours of exiting gameplay. As for the controls in the game, it rounds up the quest series with complete mouse control.
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Jessie Bains is dead and Sonny and Marie can live in peace again. Sonny has been promoted, they got married and everything seems to be fine. Then Marie gets shot and is in a critical condition. Who's behind this?
The introduction of the point&click interface to Police Quest series. This means easier game play but for some reason the game is quite unstable and likely to crash every once in a while. PQ3 is the most complex in the series and has the best story so far. A true masterpiece.
I still remember playing Police Quest 3 on my 386 computer. I'm not really a fan of these type of games but I still enjoyed it. Back in those days Sierra had some great titles.
Anyway on with the review. Police Quest was released in 1991 by Sierra Entertainment. It was a pretty similar game play as the Leisure Suit Larry series which was a pretty good game as well. Even though I believe the story line is a little bit boring, both the graphics and characters of the game make it worth while playing the game.
Police Quest 3 is pretty much like a re-build of the Police Quest series meaning that the characters from the original Police Quest has been killed off and in Police Quest 3 you start of with new characters. As well the characters, places from the original Police Quest has also disappeared. From this aspect I believe Sierra was trying to attract more people who were not familiar with the Police Quest series, however, from someone who enjoyed the original Police Quest, they should have left the characters and places as it should be.
It is pretty hard at the start of Police Quest 3 which is why I'm not really a fan of the puzzle type games genre. I mean you could really only do so much at the beginning of Police Quest 3 before it gets boring, but after downloading the walkthrough everything actually mad sense. Driving around in Police Quest 3 was also a bit difficult at first but once but you soon get the hang of it.
Did I also mention that the soundtrack to the game isn't that bad. I believe Jan Hammer actually wrote the music for the game, who was also the composer to the popular Miami Vice theme, which leads me to believe that Sierra was trying for a Miami Vice type game.
Overall, I think this is the best of all the Police Quest series. Even though there a few problems I still enjoyed it and it is definitely worth looking at. Dare I say it you need DOSBox to play this game. I'm hoping one day they re-vamp the series and make a Police Quest 4. With technology nowadays the possibilities for a storyline and gameplay is endless.
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