Rolling Thunder 3 is a 1993 run and gun game by Namco released for the Sega Genesis. It is the second sequel to Rolling Thunder, following Rolling Thunder 2. The game was made specifically for home consoles, which allowed the developers to implement more extensive gameplay features that otherwise wouldn't had been possible in a regular arcade release. Unlike its predecessors, Rolling Thunder 3 was released only in North America.
The game's plot is set around the same time period as its predecessor Rolling Thunder 2. With Albatross and Leila currently assigned to tracking down Gimdo, a new Rolling Thunder agent codenamed Jay is given the task to track down Geldra's second-in-command, Dread (a green skinned humanoid resembling Maboo from the first game). The story is presented in a more cinematic fashion than the previous games, featuring animated cut scenes between stages and on-screen text dialogue between the characters. Jay is assisted via radio by a contact named Ellen, who provides him with mission objectives.
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