100 years old this summer 2003, last year's Tour de France game gets a light makeover from Konami Europe's product development team as a way of marking this milestone. Once again featuring a full-to-bursting roster of officially endorsed riders and teams, Le Tour de France Centenary Edition arrives on shelves just in time for the running of the real thing.
With the addition of new game features, enhanced tactical gameplay elements, and six new racing areas, including Lyon, Narbonne and St. Girons, modelled on those of the 2003 Tour, Le Tour de France: Centenary Edition is the most true and complete simulation of the tournament available. Those aforementioned new features include the options to participate in Arcade, Time Trial or two-player Head-to-Head modes, or to go for the ultimately more fulfilling and much improved Career mode. In this mode, you are charged with guiding a rookie cyclist to victory after victory, earning enough cash rewards to improve the training systems available to you, and for potential sponsors to take you seriously. More (bigger) sponsors mean more money, which in turn can provide a better set of circumstances for you to have a pop at the yellow jersey.
Le Tour de France: Centenary Edition is full of gameplay-enhancing touches, such as a new pedalling system influenced by stamina levels, improved cyclist movement - tucking in for extra speed, sitting upright for better turning, for example - and the team element of the race is represented by the ability to request liquid refreshment along the way, or to ask your team for protection from adverse wind conditions in key race areas.
So, if you think you'll look good in a yellow jersey, and you fancy yourself as a virtual Stefano Garzelli or Oscar Sevilla, Le Tour de France: Centenary Edition is the best way to go about it.