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Ford Racing 3 (Windows)

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Title Screen

Ford Racing 3

Developer: Razorworks
Publisher: Empire Interactive
Platforms: Windows, PlayStation 2, Xbox
Released in US: April 5, 2005
Released in EU: October 29, 2004


AreasIcon.png This game has unused areas.
CharacterIcon.png This game has unused playable characters.
DevTextIcon.png This game has hidden development-related text.
GraphicsIcon.png This game has unused graphics.
ModelsIcon.png This game has unused models.
SoundIcon.png This game has unused sounds.
TextIcon.png This game has unused text.


So very stubbly.
This page is rather stubbly and could use some expansion.
Are you a bad enough dude to rescue this article?
Hmmm...
To do:
  • Cover old builds such as the August 19th PS2 build and IGN Xbox Beta with their differences in a new page.
  • There are more text strings to cover.
  • Specify platform and region differences, such as the German announcer and XBOX Live.
  • Go through all the graphic-storing PCGs once hrjohn finishes his work.

2003 Visos Concept

Hidden in the game's data is this car, which is normally not seen anywhere in the game. It has a complete set of textures and a model located in 3DDATA\CARS\VISOS. The only remnants of stats for it in the ASCII data is just the Chassis.

There's even an announcer clip, found in car111.wav in the speech folder:

(Source: Hrjohn)

Placeholder Map

This is very likely a placeholder map due to the odd and inconsistent nature of getting it to appear. Despite the spawn area being far off most of the tracks, the AI cars still try to follow the path. No model exists of a track this map could be based off of.

Early Racing Lines

In DATA\ASCII\TRACKS, there is leftover racing line data in OVAL1.DAT and OVAL2.DAT, versions of Oval and Racetrack respectively. They were created a few months before the final. The differences aren't very significant.

Text Strings

Used for early builds of the game. Some use of it can be demonstrated in the August 19th PS2 Beta.

TXT_NOTICE_MISSING !!!TEXT MISSING!!!
TXT_NOTICE_WORK_IN_PROGRESS Work-in-Progress Version
TXT_NOTICE_PREVIEW Preview Version
TXT_NOTICE_REVIEW Review Version
TXT_NOTICE_FINAL_QUALITY This does not represent the final quality of the game.
TXT_NOTICE_CONFIDENTIAL Strictly Confidential
TXT_NOTICE_NOT_FOR_SALE Not for Distribution or Sale

Cars that were either cut in development or just simply considered at one point. Note: The 2004 Mustang GT Concept and alternate stock cars were used in Ford Racing 2.

TXT_CARS_VISOS 2003 VISOS CONCEPT
TXT_CARS_58X2000 '58 X-2000 CONCEPT
TXT_CARS_02FOCUSRS 2002 FOCUS RS
TXT_CARS_F350KINGRANCH F350 KING RANCH CREW CAB
TXT_CARS_62SEATTLE '62 SEATTLE CONCEPT
TXT_CARS_03RALLYCAR 2003 FOCUS RALLY CAR
TXT_CARS_FOCUSRS8 FOCUS RS8
TXT_CARS_MUSTANG_2004 MUSTANG GT CONCEPT
TXT_CARS_TAURUS_CLASS_B TAURUS STOCK CAR-CLASS B
TXT_CARS_TAURUS_CLASS_C TAURUS STOCK CAR-CLASS C
TXT_CARS_TAURUS_CLASS_D TAURUS STOCK CAR-CLASS D

Team names? Unsure what this could've been used for, they might have wanted to go more in-depth with the stock cars.

TXT_CARS_TAURUS_TEAM_EJAY TEAM EJAY
TXT_CARS_TAURUS_TEAM_EMPIRE TEAM EMPIRE
TXT_CARS_TAURUS_TEAM_FORD TEAM FORD
TXT_CARS_TAURUS_TEAM_RAZORWORKS TEAM RAZORWORKS

Cut gametypes and their descriptions. Menu options of them were shown off in the IGN Xbox Beta.

TXT_GAMEMODE_HILL_CLIMB_DES YOU ARE AT THE BOTTOM, THE FINISH IS AT THE TOP. HOW LONG WILL IT TAKE YOU TO GET THERE?
TXT_GAMEMODE_PLAY_GROUND_DES NO RULES AND NO TIME LIMIT.
TXT_GAMEMODE_SLEDGE_DRAG_DES HOW FAR CAN YOU PULL THE SLEDGE?
TXT_GAMEMODE_TUG_OF_WAR_DES IT IS FORD VS FORD IN A GIGANTIC BATTLE OF POWER. CAN YOU PULL YOUR OPPONENT OUT OF THE CIRCLE?
TXT_GAMEMODE_HEADSTART_DES YOU HAVE THE HEAD START BUT HE HAS THE EXTRA POWER. CAN YOU STILL COMPLETE THE LAP FIRST?
TXT_GAMEMODE_HILL_CLIMB HILL CLIMB
TXT_GAMEMODE_PLAY_GROUND PLAYGROUND
TXT_GAMEMODE_SLEDGE_DRAG SLEDGE DRAG
TXT_GAMEMODE_TUG_OF_WAR TUG OF WAR
TXT_GAMEMODE_HEADSTART HEAD START

A help feature, may have been a box to pull up at any time in a menu.

TXT_GAME_MODE_DRAFTING_RACE_HELP YOU MUST GET BEHIND YOUR OPPONENT AND FOLLOW THEM CLOSELY WITHOUT TOUCHING THEM, THE POWER BAR ON THE SCREEN DECREASES AS YOU FOLLOW YOUR OPPONENT BUT INCREASES IF YOU HIT THEM
TXT_GAME_MODE_DRIVING_SKILLS_HELP THERE ARE GATES POSITIONED AROUND THE TRACK AND EACH GATE YOU SUCCESSFULLY PASS ADDS ONE SECOND TO A COUNTDOWN; YOU MUST COMPLETE ONE LAP BEFORE THE COUNTDOWN ENDS
TXT_GAME_MODE_ELIMINATION_RACE_HELP A RACE AGAINST 5 OPPONENTS OVER 3 LAPS, THE LAST TWO VEHICLES ARE KNOCKED OUT ON EACH OF THE FIRST TWO LAPS, THE FINAL LAP IS A HEAD TO HEAD RACE TO THE FINISH!
TXT_GAME_MODE_ONEONONE_RACE_HELP A 3 LAP RACE IN WHICH YOU HAVE TO DUEL AGAINST 3 CHALLENGES IN SUCCESSION; WINNING EACH LAP STARTS THE NEXT WITH A NEW OPPONENT
TXT_GAME_MODE_RACING_LINE_HELP BEAT THE TARGET TIME WHILE DRIVING ON THE 'BEST RACING LINE' THAT IS MARKED ON THE TRACK - WHEN YOU DRIVE OFF THE LINE IT CHANGES FROM GREEN TO RED AND YOU INCUR A TIME PENALTY!
TXT_GAME_MODE_SECONDS_OUT_HELP TIME BONUSES ARE POSITIONED AROUND THE TRACK AND EACH ONE YOU COLLECT TAKES ONE SECOND OFF YOUR LAP TIME; YOU MUST BEAT THE TARGET TIME TO WIN
TXT_GAME_MODE_STANDARD_RACE_HELP A RACE FOR FIRST PLACE AGAINST BETWEEN 1 AND 5 OPPONENTS OVER BETWEEN 1 AND 9 LAPS
TXT_GAME_MODE_TIMEATTACK_HELP IT'S JUST YOU AGAINST THE TRACK: CAN YOU SET A NEW LAP RECORD?
TXT_MENU_BUTTON_HELP_CHALLENGE COMPLETE CHALLENGES TO WIN NEW VEHICLES, TRACKS AND RACE TYPES FOR YOUR FORD COLLECTION
TXT_MENU_BUTTON_HELP_COLLECTION CREATE YOUR OWN RACES WITH THE VEHICLES, TRACKS AND RACE TYPES YOU HAVE WON IN THE FORD CHALLENGE. COMPLETE COLLECTION RACES TO WIN TROPHIES
TXT_MENU_BUTTON_HELP_DRIVER_DETAILS VIEW STATISTICS, RECORDS AND TROPHIES FOR THE CURRENT DRIVER
TXT_MENU_BUTTON_HELP_EXIT EXIT FORD RACING 2
TXT_MENU_BUTTON_HELP_MULTIPLAYER RACE IN SPLIT SCREEN AGAINST ANOTHER PLAYER USING VEHICLES, TRACKS AND RACE TYPES THAT HAVE BEEN WON IN SINGLE PLAYER
TXT_MENU_BUTTON_HELP_OPTIONS ADJUST THE GAME'S SETTINGS
TXT_MENU_BUTTON_HELP_QUICK_RACE DIVE STRAIGHT INTO THE RACING ACTION!!!
TXT_MENU_BUTTON_HELP_SAVE_GAME SAVE YOUR CURRENT PROGRESS
TXT_MENU_BUTTON_HELP_SINGLE_PLAYER COLLECT AND DRIVE OVER 30 DIFFERENT FORD VEHICLES ON 16 DIFFERENT TRACKS AND IN 8 DIFFERENT RACE TYPES
TXT_MENU_BUTTON_HELP_XBOX_LIVE POST YOUR TIMES ON Xbox Live
TXT_CAR_THEME_HELP SELECT THE CLASS OF VEHICLE THAT YOU WANT TO RACE
TXT_CHALLENGE_OPTIONS_DIFFICULTY_HELP THE DIFFICULTY LEVEL AT WHICH YOU WIN A VEHICLE IN THE FORD CHALLENGE DETERMINES THE MAXIMUM DIFFICULTY LEVEL YOU CAN SET FOR THAT VEHICLE IN FORD COLLECTION RACES
TXT_CHALLENGE_OPTIONS_LETS_RACE_HELP START THE CHALLENGE
TXT_CHALLENGE_SELECT_HELP SELECT A CHALLENGE. COMPLETE THE CHALLENGE TO WIN THE VEHICLE, TRACK AND RACE TYPE
TXT_CHALLENGE_THEME_SELECT_HELP SELECT A CHALLENGE THEME. EACH THEME CONTAINS A SET OF CHALLENGES
TXT_OPTIONS_DISPLAY_HELP_MIRROR TOGGLE THE DRIVING MIRROR ON OR OFF IN THE BUMPER VIEW
TXT_OPTIONS_DISPLAY_HELP_RACE_CAMERA SET THE DEFAULT CAMERA AT GAME START TO EITHER BUMPER VIEW OR CHASE VIEW
TXT_OPTIONS_DISPLAY_HELP_SCREEN_MODE SET THE GAME'S ASPECT RATIO TO EITHER 16:9 OR 4:3 TO SUIT YOUR TV
TXT_OPTIONS_DISPLAY_HELP_SCREEN_POSITION_PS2 ADJUST THE GAME'S SCREEN POSITION TO FIT YOUR TV SCREEN BETTER
TXT_OPTIONS_DISPLAY_HELP_SPEEDUNITS CHANGE THE SPEED READOUT BETWEEN KILOMETRES OR MILES PER HOUR
TXT_OPTIONS_DISPLAY_HELP_TRACK_MAP TOGGLE THE IN GAME TRACK MAP ON OR OFF
TXT_OPTIONS_CONTROLS_HELP_BUTTONS_CONFIG VIEW OR CHANGE THE CONTROLLERS BUTTONS
TXT_OPTIONS_CONTROLS_HELP_BUTTONS_MAPPING BUTTON MAPPING
TXT_OPTIONS_CONTROLS_HELP_CALIBRATE_AXIS CALIBRATE THE CONTROLLER
TXT_OPTIONS_CONTROLS_HELP_COMBINE_PEDAL_AXIS DO THE PEDALS USE TWO AXIS OR ARE THEY COMBINED ONTO ONE?
TXT_OPTIONS_CONTROLS_HELP_CONTROLLER_TYPE SELECT WHICH CONTROLLER YOU WOULD LIKE TO USE
TXT_OPTIONS_CONTROLS_HELP_FORCE_FEEDBACK_ENABLED TURN THE CONTROLLERS FORCE FEEDBACK OPTION ON OR OFF
TXT_OPTIONS_CONTROLS_HELP_FORCE_FEEDBACK_STRENGTH ADJUST THE AMOUNT OF FORCE FEEDBACK YOUR CONTROLLER USES
TXT_OPTIONS_CONTROLS_HELP_INPUT_ACCELERATE ACCELERATE
TXT_OPTIONS_CONTROLS_HELP_INPUT_BRAKE BRAKE
TXT_OPTIONS_CONTROLS_HELP_INPUT_CHANGE_DRIVING_VIEW CHANGE VIEW
TXT_OPTIONS_CONTROLS_HELP_INPUT_GEAR_DOWN GEAR DOWN
TXT_OPTIONS_CONTROLS_HELP_INPUT_GEAR_UP GEAR UP
TXT_OPTIONS_CONTROLS_HELP_INPUT_HAND_BRAKE HANDBRAKE
TXT_OPTIONS_CONTROLS_HELP_INPUT_MAPPING SELECT CONTROLLER MAP
TXT_OPTIONS_CONTROLS_HELP_INPUT_RACE_MENU RACE MENU
TXT_OPTIONS_CONTROLS_HELP_INPUT_REVERSE_VIEW LOOK BACK
TXT_OPTIONS_CONTROLS_HELP_INPUT_STEER_LEFT STEER LEFT
TXT_OPTIONS_CONTROLS_HELP_INPUT_STEER_RIGHT STEER RIGHT
TXT_OPTIONS_CONTROLS_HELP_PLAYER_ONE SET CONTROLS FOR PLAYER ONE
TXT_OPTIONS_CONTROLS_HELP_PLAYER_TWO SET CONTROLS FOR PLAYER TWO
TXT_OPTIONS_CONTROLS_HELP_PRESSURE_SENSITIVITY TURN ANALOG BUTTON PRESSURE SENSITIVITY ON OR OFF FOR STEERING, ACCELERATE AND BRAKE
TXT_OPTIONS_CONTROLS_HELP_SETTINGS VIEW AND CHANGE THE SET UP OF THE SELECTED CONTROLLER
TXT_OPTIONS_CONTROLS_HELP_VIBRATION TURN THE VIBRATION FUNCTION OF THE CONTROLLER ON OR OFF
TXT_OPTIONS_CONTROLS_HELP_WHEEL_DEADZONE ADJUST THE AMOUNT OF DEADZONE YOUR CONTROLLER HAS
TXT_OPTIONS_CONTROLS_HELP_WHEEL_LINEARITY ADJUST THE AMOUNT OF LINEARITY YOUR CONTROLLER HAS
TXT_OPTIONS_GAME_DIFFICULTY_HELP SELECT THE DEFAULT DIFFICULTY LEVEL THAT WILL BE USED WITHIN THE GAME
TXT_OPTIONS_GAME_AUTOSAVE_HELP TURN AUTOSAVE ON OR OFF. IT IS RECOMMENDED THAT THIS IS TURNED ON TO ENSURE THAT YOUR PROGRESS IS AUTOMATICALLY SAVED AT THE END OF EACH RACE
TXT_OPTIONS_GAME_AUTOMATIC_GEARS_HELP TOGGLE AUTOMATIC OR MANUAL GEARS.
TXT_OPTIONS_GAME_ANTI_LOCK_BRAKES_HELP ABS [ANTI-LOCK BRAKING SYSTEM] STOPS WHEELS FROM LOCKING UP DURING HEAVY BRAKING ALLOWING THE DRIVER TO KEEP THE CAR UNDER CONTROL, IF YOU TURN THIS OPTION OFF YOU'LL BE ABLE TO BRAKE FASTER BUT YOU'LL LOSE ALL STEERING CONTROL UNDER HEAVY BRAKING
TXT_OPTIONS_GAME_DRIVING_MODEL_HELP SELECT VEHICLE HANDLING TO SUIT YOUR DRIVING STYLE. STANDARD: PICK UP AND PLAY DRIVING. ADVANCED: A MORE REALISTIC DRIVING STYLE FOR MORE ADVANCED PLAYERS
TXT_OPTIONS_GAME_TRACTION_CONTROL_HELP TCS [TRACTION CONTROL SYSTEM] STOPS YOUR WHEELS FROM SPINNING UNDER POWER, IF YOU TURN THIS OPTION OFF AND MINIMISE YOUR WHEEL SPIN WHEN ACCELERATING THEN YOU CAN ACCELERATE FASTER THAN JUST LEAVING TCS ON AND STOMPING THE GAS
TXT_OPTIONS_SOUND_HELP_DOLBY SET DOLBY PRO LOGIC II OUTPUT TO SUIT YOUR AUDIO SYSTEM
TXT_OPTIONS_SOUND_HELP_EFFECTS_VOLUME ADJUST THE VOLUME OF THE SOUND EFFECTS THROUGHOUT THE GAME
TXT_OPTIONS_SOUND_HELP_INRACE_MUSIC_TYPE CHOOSE WHICH MUSIC YOU WANT TO LISTEN TO
TXT_OPTIONS_SOUND_HELP_INRACE_MUSIC_VOLUME ADJUST THE VOLUME OF THE MUSIC DURING RACES
TXT_OPTIONS_SOUND_HELP_MENU_MUSIC_VOLUME ADJUST THE VOLUME OF THE MUSIC IN THE MENU SCREENS
TXT_OPTIONS_SOUND_HELP_SPEECH_VOLUME ADJUST THE VOLUME OF THE SPEECH THROUGHOUT THE GAME
TXT_OPTIONS_SOUND_HELP_STEREO_MONO SET MONO OR STEREO OUTPUT TO SUIT YOUR AUDIO SYSTEM
TXT_OPTIONS_HELP_AUDIO ADJUST THE AUDIO SETTINGS
TXT_OPTIONS_HELP_CONTROLS ADJUST THE CONTROLLER OPTIONS
TXT_OPTIONS_HELP_CREDITS VIEW THE GAME CREDITS
TXT_OPTIONS_HELP_DISPLAY ADJUST THE DISPLAY SETTINGS
TXT_OPTIONS_HELP_GAME ADJUST THE GAMEPLAY SETTINGS
TXT_OPTIONS_SOUND_MUSIC_TYPE_HELP SELECT THE TYPE OF MUSIC YOU WISH TO LISTEN TO WHILE PLAYING FORD RACING 2
TXT_DRIVER_DETAILS_HELP_CHANGE CHANGE THE ACTIVE DRIVER PROFILE
TXT_DRIVER_DETAILS_HELP_RECORDS VIEW ALL THE TRACK RECORDS FOR EACH DIFFERENT RACE TYPE AND VEHICLE CLASS
TXT_DRIVER_DETAILS_HELP_STATS VIEW A STATISTICAL BREAKDOWN OF YOUR PROGRESS
TXT_DRIVER_DETAILS_HELP_SUMMARY VIEW A SUMMARY OF YOUR FORD COLLECTION
TXT_DRIVER_DETAILS_HELP_TROPHY_COLLECTION VIEW YOUR TROPHY COLLECTION
TXT_DRIVER_DETAILS_HELP_TROPHY_COLLECTION_2 VIEW THE DIFFERENT TROPHY GROUPS.
TXT_DRIVER_PROFILES_HELP_LOAD LOAD A NEW SET OF DRIVER PROFILES FROM memory card (8MB) (for PlayStation®2) in MEMORY CARD slot 1
TXT_DRIVER_PROFILES_HELP_NEW CREATE A NEW DRIVER PROFILE
TXT_DRIVER_PROFILES_HELP_NEW_SLOT CREATE A NEW DRIVER PROFILE
TXT_DRIVER_PROFILE_SAVE_PROFILES_HELP SAVE THE SET OF DRIVER PROFILES TO memory card (8MB) (for PlayStation®2) in MEMORY CARD slot 1
TXT_RACE_OPTIONS_AI_TYPE_HELP CHOOSE THE TYPE OF OPPONENT VEHICLES BETWEEN MIX (A MIXTURE OF VEHICLE TYPES) AND MATCH (THE SAME VEHICLE AS YOURS)
TXT_RACE_OPTIONS_DIFFICULTY_HELP SELECT THE DIFFICULTY LEVEL OF THE CHALLENGE - REMEMBER THAT YOU CAN ONLY CHOOSE UP TO THE DIFFICULTY LEVEL AT WHICH YOU WON THE VEHICLE ON IN THE FORD CHALLENGE
TXT_RACE_OPTIONS_LAPS_HELP CHOOSE THE NUMBER OF LAPS IN THE RACE FROM 1 TO 9
TXT_RACE_OPTIONS_LETS_RACE_HELP START THE RACE
TXT_RACE_OPTIONS_OPPONENTS_AMOUNT_HELP CHOOSE THE NUMBER OF OPPONENT VEHICLES FROM 1 TO 5

Tracks that were cut in development, and an entirely scrapped Arena theme. Oval and Racetrack in the final game use OVAL_D and OVAL_C.

TXT_TRACKS_THEME_ARENA ARENA
TXT_TRACK_ARENA_A ARENA A
TXT_TRACK_ARENA_B ARENA B
TXT_TRACK_ARENA_C ARENA C
TXT_TRACK_ARENA_D ARENA D
TXT_TRACK_OVAL_A OVAL A
TXT_TRACK_OVAL_B OVAL B

Developer Texts

Found inside fr3.exe:

Unable to load a debug 3d database, there is already one loaded
Altering the Front spoiler by more than 1 deg. Perhaps a problem?
WARNING: unable to load the track surface textures
unhandled button index for initialising variables