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Koei Announces 'G1 Jockey 3' (PS2) - Facts & Features

by Rainier on March 24, 2003 @ 12:29 p.m. PST

KOEI Corporation today announced plans to release G1 Jockey 3, for the PlayStation2. G1 Jockey 3 captures of all the excitement, action and splendor of one of America’s most beloved spectator sports, thoroughbred racing.

“KOEI is proud to finally bring G1 Jockey 3 to North America. The title is the best-selling action-oriented thoroughbred racing game in Japan, and the second top selling horse racing game after KOEI’s Winning Post simulation series,” said Amos Ip, Vice-President of Sales & Marketing at KOEI Corporation. “Bringing the title stateside this summer is part of KOEI’s ongoing commitment to provide a product mix of internationally acclaimed titles that will appeal to a worldwide audience.”

Riding atop a half-ton thoroughbred at lightning speeds requires strength, stamina, and intense concentration. But that’s only part of a jockey’s life. The greatest jockeys are daredevil athletes, clever negotiators, and warrior-like tacticians who know how to get the best ride from champion steeds.

In G1 Jockey 3 players take the role of an apprentice jockey thrust into the highly competitive sport of thoroughbred racing. Over the course of a season, players face fierce competition as they battle to become the world’s top Grade 1 jockey. All the action and the vibrant spectacle of thoroughbred racing are captured in real-time 3D. Players have full control of their steed right out of the gate and all the way to the furious finish.

G1 Jockey 3’s racing features include:

  • 10 tracks and 35 courses, including flat and steeplechase races.
  • 4,000 playable horses, each with its own unique characteristics. More horses than any other racing game.
  • Over 100 rival jockeys
  • Changing weather and track conditions
  • Meticulous 3D modeling ­ from colorful jockey silks to horse markings (“socks” and “blazes”), hoods and blinkers.

Arcade-style racing is only part of the action. From negotiating with trainers to year-end awards ceremonies, G1 Jockey 3 faithfully recreates the drama of the trackside world. Players will:

  • Negotiate with trainers for the best rides. Each year older horses retire and younger horses become eligible for competition. It’s up to the player to find the next champion.
  • Learn racing tactics from veteran jockeys
  • Set-up a racing schedule and work the system of race classes. Ride a horse all the way from Maiden races to the pinnacle of the racing world, the G1 or Grade 1 Class.

G1 Jockey 3 also includes a Training Mode and a 2-Player Versus Mode. Both modes focus purely on racing. Players select a horse, track, and race distance, flat or steeplechase course, size of field, weather and track conditions, and difficulty level.

G1 Jockey 3 is the first game in the series to be released in North America, and ships to retailers in June 2003. Available exclusively for the PlayStation®2 computer entertainment system, G1 Jockey 3 is rated “RP” (Rating Pending) by the ESRB.


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