Ferrari Challenge: Trofeo Pirelli - PS3

Also known as: Ferrari Challenge Deluxe

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Also for: Wii, DS/DSi, PS2
Viewed: 3D First-person / Third-person Genre:
Simulation: Car Racing
Media: DVD Arcade origin:No
Developer: Eutechnyx Soft. Co.: System 3
Publishers: System 3 (GB/GB)
Activision (US)
Released: 11 Jul 2008 (GB)
26 Aug 2008 (US)
24 Jul 2009 (GB)
Ratings: PEGI 3+


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Ferrari Challenge is System 3 taking a full throttle crack at the high-speed world of super car racing, complete with next-gen graphics and some gameplay elements that are brand-spanking new to the racing genre.

Yes, it is indeed a racing game, just on the off-chance the title didn't give that away. It's a racing game that's all about Ferraris, so expect finely detailed visuals depicting fully licensed cars and great tracks and scenery.

For newbies, the game offers a number of assists to help you get used to playing. Initially you can take a spin around the training track, where Tiff Needell will give you hints, encouragement, and the occasional admonishment. Once you've finished you'll be presented with a pretty comprehensive selection of marks to show how well you din in a range of categories such as apex accuracy and adherence to the racing line. The racing line is also an assist you can activate - and will be well advised to do so at least during your first few races. The line shows where on the track your car should be positioned, and the colour of the line changes from green, through yellow to red to indicate whether you should be accelerating or braking. if you follow the line and the throttle cues, you will not go far wrong.

Once you feel that you've mastered the training track enough to move on, you are given the choice of several single player options, but the meat of the game is the Challenge Series, and you will have to progress through this to unlock the tracks and cars that enable you to progress through the game, and the challenges that give you targets to aim for as you do.

Once you're done with that, you'll find a 16-player online feature to sink your teeth into. There is also a new feature called challenger cards, similar to Top Trumps, where you chose a statistic of a chosen car see if you... well, trump your opponent.

You'll probably never own a Ferrari (sorry) but that doesn't mean you can't get the thrill of racing one.