Conclusion: For the rest of us however, we've got a game that is so detailed it's off-putting, and if you do choose to ignore the mechanics and race anyway, it becomes far too easy. However, if you're trying to convince a friend to buy a PlayStation 3, demoing this game will most likely make them a convert. System 3 have made a decent little title, hampered only by its own aspirations: sometimes balance is a hard one to get right and sadly the team were a little off with this one.
Excerpt: This is the second quiz game from National Geographic to be released on the PlayStation 3 that is in line with games such as Buzz! but unlike the aforementioned trivia game, National Geographic Challenge! is more about real-world facts as opposed to entertainment and music questions. For those that don't own a PlayStation 3, National Geographic Challenge! is also available for the Microsoft XBox 360 and the Nintendo Wii.
The Difficulty Curve Makes This Racing Game Feel Like a Relic
22 September 2009
Conclusion: Concept: An old-school sim racer with demanding gameplay and few frills
Graphics: It looks fine, but lags well behind the photorealism of Gran Turismo
Sound: I love the dramatic Lord of the Rings style choral music in the menus, and the rest is a nice mix of electronic and rock tracks
Playability: Extremely challenging, but there are some options for beginners like track lines and brake assist
Entertainment: A well-made game, but it lacks the diversity and depth of the...
Summary: Like buying a Ferrari without power windows or remote entry, you can't help but miss the complete package despite how this racer drives. Ferrari Challenge is the racing game for impatient people. You start the game with a Ferrari F430, which is sort of like being born Paris Hilton in that your life's been spoiled by fortune. The game's sense of progression is further halted by the fact that you can't modify these cars.
Summary: Activision's Ferrari Challenge is a realistic racing game, developed by Eutechnyx, from the famous Italian sports car manufacturer, with the official license of the motor sports series with the input of professional racing drivers.
Conclusion: With a solid roster of Ferrari models (old and new) to choose from, a realistic representation of the Ferrari brand and various race tracks, and very intuitive gameplay mechanics, there isn't a reason not to find enjoyment within Ferrari Challenge. Considering this title will be compared with the likes of Gran Turismo and Forza Motorsport, Eutechnyx did a great job on giving this title its own legs to stand upon.