The game offers ten different wrestlers to play, all of which have unique attack moves and fighting styles. The hit-and-run tactics continue in this fight, as I get plenty of use out of Terry's jumping kick. The gameplay in 3 Count Bout feels like it's been assembled from three different pugilistic genres. Blues Hablam is a very large man with a Satanic pentagram painted on his torso and surprisingly dainty little frills at the top of his boots. Thus you have to be very foreseeing when approaching an opponent. The sound effects mostly consist of bashing and smacking noises, and it all sounds just about right.
Holds and grabs obviously have a huge role, because normal punches and kicks do little damage in comparison. The match announcer voice is a nice touch as well even if it does sound a little muffled. Oh, you're back, and you brought a friend. Clone Terry's distinctly un-American tights are making me wonder if he's a fighter for Catalan independence. Pressing A results in a flurry of strikes or in you throwing your opponent across the ring, while the B button breaks out the big wrestling moves: powerbombs, piledrivers and the like. This is a game that is sure to leave you sweaty and sore — for better or for worse. My god, look at this exquisite specimen.
It's Canadian street punk and chain enthusiast Leo Bradlay! Speaking of sartorial choices, Terry makes his entrance while wearing a cape. Any fighter that can hold the enemy for 3 seconds wins the battle. The game can be played in three different game modes. Can you have an acronym inside another acronym? Hit that button as though each press resulted in a member of the English Defence League getting an electric shock to the groin. If you look at the bottom-left of the above screenshot, you might notice a member of the crowd wearing a red baseball cap and a red jacket who appears to have long blonde hair. What this really means is that upon winning the grapple, you get a choice of what move to unleash.
Because 3 Count Bout is an arcade experience about big men picking each other up and then putting each other back down really hard, there's no messing about and the only delay between the player inserting their coin and the action getting underway is choosing your wrestler. That's because this is an Electricity Match. Maybe he finger-painted that pentagram onto himself. I have no idea why he's wearing it during this single-player game, though. A tomato in a massive sombrero. Because there's no rules and no referee, to win a street wrestling match you have to reduce the other wrestler's health to zero and then hit them with a big attack to knock them unconscious for ten seconds.
It was like Saturday Night Slam Masters with a seething hatred for your fingers. I kind of hope it isn't, because if it was Terry Bogard I'd want to play as him in this game. Sure, it has some annoying quirks but the fun factor of it all overcomes most of it — at least until the novelty of the game has worn off. You might think I chose Terry because as he's the first character highlighted I accidentally picked him when I was impatiently tapping the buttons, or that I chose him because he's one of the characters with a name I felt I could reliably spell, but no, it's definitely that first reason. Graphics The graphics in 3 Count Bout are very good. Big Bomberder is just Gochack Bigbomb without a mask.
The Butcher was known to do that out of shock value when pulling out forks or knives out of his tights and then stab his opponents. Oh lord how I hated this game in arcades. I have unconfirmed reports that he fights for the rights of every man. The first two of these styles work well, and combat flows intuitively - there's a button each for punch and kick, a jump button and one that either pins your opponent or makes you taunt, depending on the situation. A trainer watches from the edge of the ring, confused as to which Terry is the one he's rooting for.
I was going to read him some Shakespeare sonnets, maybe offer The Gandhara a foot massage, but if you insist. Aim to become the world's strongest wrestler, and take the champion's throne for yourself! They almost always have a Hulk Hogan copycat, usually defined by encroaching baldness and a big moustache, but not in 3 Count Bout. As I might have mentioned, Leo Bradlay has a chain and he likes to use it, swinging it around in a highly damaging attack that covers a wide area. Even though the game is 2D, it does allow you to move in and out in relation to the screen often referred to as 2. Opponents can react to and counter your moves with ease.
I suppose that's your prerogative if you're the champion, but when he stands around posing that's your chance to get a hit in. I can appreciate that level of tactical thought. Speaking of Slam Masters, Chun Li makes an appearance in the audience of that game, so why can't Terry Bogard be in this one? There's the one-on-one combat and quick-step moves of a fighting game, the multi-plane, light attack combo, separate-button-to-jump systems found in side-scrolling brawlers and elements that are very much in the wrestling game tradition, like grappling and the basic concept of reducing your opponent's energy before going for the pin. The button-mashing doesn't last long, and if you win the contest as indicated by the blue section of the bar being longer than the orange part then it's time for action. Wail on the controls like they just suggested a remake of A Matter of Life and Death starring Justin Bieber. I'll be honest, I'm struggling with the concept of a huge wrestling champ being from The Netherlands.
Hit it until your fingers cry out in agony, and then stop, because that's only half the procedure. The difficulty setting can of course be adjusted, but in its core this game is hard. The battle begins with Terry giving The Gandhara a big slap in the chops. I think it's the former. He's a man of deep contradictions, this one, but the most confusing thing about him is his hands. Seeing these huge and detailed wrestlers duke it out in the ring is quite impressive and entertaining. There are some catchy songs in there and the fake electric guitars make for a rocky soundtrack overall.
That seemed to work, and Terry Rogers claims the belt! Terry Rogers, and there's not much to say about this one, folks. Here it is: after all the blood, sweat and tasers, Terry has reached the final match against the world heavyweight champion: Master Barnes. Fights are ended in the usual wrestling ways. The Game 3 Count Bout is known as one of the only wrestling games that were released on the Neo Geo console. In practice this means that characters use dirty and even supernatural fighting moves such as fire-breathing, knives, chains, clubs and even tasers.