Ace Gamez: Ferrari Challenge Trofeo Pirelli Review

Ace Gamez writes: " The spiritual successor to Yu Suzuki's seminal 1999 racing classic - F355 Challenge - arrives on PlayStation 3 in the form of Ferrari Challenge Trofeo Pirelli, ready to take the racing crown on a format that is still waiting for its definitive racing experience. While Gran Turismo 5 will almost certainly steal that accolade when it arrives, with no sign of an official release in the near future and GT Prologue offering little more than a glorified demo, publisher System 3 has every opportunity to take its place at the front of the grid. While many would argue that Race Driver GRID already has pole position, Codemasters' change of direction and more arcade-friendly handling means that it is no longer in direct competition with the more simulation-centric racers of this world.

Whereas titles such as GRID and Project Gotham Racing sit on the fence between realism and arcade, Ferrari Challenge is unquestionably built as a simulation of real world driving. You may be able to kick the back end out on corners, but braking early - very early - is all but essential if you plan to stay on track. If you still have any doubts as to the game's simulation sensibilities then just try taking off the driving aids, especially in the rain. While this does offer a potentially extremely rewarding driving experience, newcomers will certainly want to begin with the majority of driving aids activated."

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