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Name: Graduation 3 ~ Wedding Bell ~
Type: STG
Platform: PSX
Company: Mixx Games
Release date: 1998
Reviewed by: Tamahome

Most SLG fans should have heard of the Sotsugyou or Graduation series. The series started with Sotsugyou 1 which was released in 1988. So Graduation 3 is the 10 year anniversary game of the graduation series. Those of you who has played the graduation 1 and 2 will probably know that both 1 and 2 has the same female characters and that the player, the teacher is suppose to teach the students to graduation and eventually ending up marrying one of them. Graduation 3 is completely different. The old characters are no where to be seen and 5 new ones are introduced in this game. They are Kyoko Ozaki, Nozomi Kikuchi, Yukari Saito, Misaki Matsuyama, and Kazue Watanabe.

The story in the game is different from the previous 2 installments as well. The game begins with the teacher, aka the player married with one of his students. The principal finds out and asks the student to be expelled from the school. The teacher strucj a deal with the principal that this secret life with his students will not be revealed to the public and he also promises that he will coach his students all the way to an A when they graduate. I haven't played the Saturn version before, so I cannot really comment on the difference between the two. In general the game has really nice voice acting, every piece of conversation except the teacher has voice tracks programmed in. There are very few FMVs in the game, actually all that I've seen that is animated is the intro, the rest of the game is presented in still jpeg format. The basic gameplay of the game is that the player is suppose to set different schedules for the students to study during the week and during the holiday, the teach er and his other half will choose one of the 6 places on the town map to visit, and depending on your luck, you will or will not meet up with other students, if you do meet up, then the weekend is spoiled, if not then you will see a nicely done CG of the wife in different places :)

There are a total of 66 CGs for each of the girls, and the objective of the game is to get all of them I guess, why else would you play a SLG game. The game is not hentai though, I REPEAT not hentai, so don't go buy it if you are looking for hentai scenes in the game.

Gameplay: 7/10
Your standard slg bring up game, where you have to control the girls for a whole school year, gets overly repetitve after 1 semester.

Sound: 7/10
The music in this game is nothing to boast about, but the game does have very nice voice acting :)

Graphics: 8/10
Most of the pictures in the game are still pictures and not animated, but comparing to competitors of this genre, there are ones that are much better, such as pia carrot 2.

Overall: 7/10
Overall this is an okay game, wouldn't go crazy over it, the cgs are nice to look at, but they can easily be hacked with a gameshark, the replay value of the game is close to nill. Even the six mini games are not that interesting. I would recommend this game for fans of the series and the genre, but for people who hasn't played a game of this genre before and wants to start, this game is not what I would recommend.
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