Ferrari Challenge Ferrari Challenge is System 3 taking a full-throttle crack at the high-speed world of supercar 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 sees 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.
Supercar Challenge From the team that brought you Ferrari Challenge, Supercar Challenge expands its range into 40-plus cars. These include the Aston Martin DB9, the Ferrari FXX and the McLaren F1. Yes, you get to blast these around Silverstone and Spa, the Nürburgring and even the made-up track down at the Riviera. Unlike other racing games, SuperCar Challenge comes with several modes so that even the beginner can get started, learn the ropes, and make their way to the top.
Of course, it also means that experienced players can drop a few gears and have some fun. The modes are Assist, Arcade and Simulation. Assist, as its name suggests, enables you to explore the cars and track combinations and maximise the way that you handle both by helping you around corners, through gearing and more. Arcade... well, it's simple, it's straightforward, it's all about fun. Forget reality, this is about the thrill of driving fast, braking hard and experiencing corners as you would in a really, really fun dream.
Then you reach Simulation, and you're going to have to have your wits around you. Where Ferrari Challenge was noted for its superb handling (once you'd got to know your tools) SuperCar Challenge builds on it. Play it without any assists, and complete it, and you'll know that you're up there with the best. Add to this improved opponent AI and the ability to customise your vehicles out of nearly all recognition, and 'Thrill ride' about sums it up.