Ferrari Challenge: Trofeo Pirelli - PS2

Also known as: Ferrari Challenge Deluxe

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Also for: Wii, PS3, DS/DSi
Viewed: 3D First-person / Third-person Genre:
Simulation: Car Racing
Media: DVD Arcade origin:No
Developer: System 3 Soft. Co.: System 3
Publishers: System 3 (DE/GB)
Activision (US)
Released: 12 Jul 2008 (DE)
12 Sept 2008 (GB)
26 Aug 2008 (US)
24 Jul 2009 (GB)
Ratings: PEGI 3+


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Ferrari Challenge represents System 3's tilt at the high-speed world of supercar racing, complete with lush graphics and some gameplay elements that are brand-spanking new to the racing genre.

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 television's Tiff Needell will offer 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 did 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.

If you're reading this, it probably means that you dream of owning a Ferrari, but dreams rarely come true, friends. Luckily enough, Ferrari Challenge is the closest you can get, videogames-wise.