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3DO Interactive Multiplayer

1993 - 5th generation system

The 3DO Interactive Multiplayer, commonly known as the 3DO, was a video game console released by Panasonic in 1993. It was one of the first consoles to feature a CD-ROM drive for game storage, which allowed for high-quality graphics and full-motion video. The 3DO was also notable for being developed by a consortium of companies, including Panasonic, Sanyo, and GoldStar, rather than a single manufacturer. The 3DO was initially priced at $699, which was considered to be very expensive at the time and likely contributed to its commercial failure. Despite the high cost, the 3DO had a relatively small library of games, which further hindered its success. Some of the more popular titles for the console include "Road Rash," "Star Control II," and "Need for Speed." The 3DO was also known for its high-quality hardware, which included a 32-bit CPU, 2MB of RAM, and support for stereo sound. However, this hardware came with a high price tag and was not enough to save the console from its ultimate commercial failure. The 3DO was discontinued in 1996, only three years after its initial release. Overall, the 3DO was an ambitious and technologically advanced console that was ahead of its time, but its high price and limited game library ultimately led to its downfall. There were a variety of games released for the 3DO Interactive Multiplayer, but some of the more notable titles include: "Road Rash": A motorcycle racing game developed by Electronic Arts. It features high-speed races and hand-to-hand combat with other racers. "Star Control II": A science fiction action-adventure game developed by Toys for Bob. It features real-time combat and exploration, and is widely considered to be one of the best games for the 3DO. "Need for Speed": A racing game developed by Electronic Arts. It was one of the first console games to feature realistic car physics and handling. "Return Fire": A tactical action game developed by Silmarils. Players control a tank and must capture the enemy's flag while defending their own. "Wing Commander III: Heart of the Tiger": A space combat simulation game developed by Origin Systems. The game features full motion video cutscenes and a branching storyline. "Total Eclipse": A shooting game developed by Crystal Dynamics, in which players control a spaceship and must defend the Earth from alien invasion. "Killing Time": A first-person shooter game developed by Studio 3DO. Players must escape from a haunted mansion while fighting off hordes of monsters. "Gex": A platform game developed by Crystal Dynamics. Players control Gex, a gecko, and must navigate through various levels while collecting power-ups and fighting bosses. Some of the titles mentioned were considered to be critically acclaimed at the time of its release and are still considered as cult classics today.