244w ago - Released in late 2008, Ferrari Challenge was a labour of love for System 3 founder and professional race driver Mark Cale.
Combining 60 years of sumptuously detailed Ferrari car models with a handling engine tuned by GP2 and soon-to-be F1 driver Bruno Senna, Ferrari Challenge was a hardcore racing fan's dream game.
Press Release: DLC FROM SYSTEM 3!
Publisher Re-Affirms Commitment to DLC
London-based publisher System 3 today re-affirmed its PlayStation 3 downloadable content plans for racing simulation game Ferrari Challenge: Trofeo Pirelli. This content will come in the form of five brand new Ferrari models and one new track, and is set to launch in May 2009 (PAL territories - NTSC details tba). Each car also provides gamers with a brand new Trophy to race for. The DLC pack includes:
Car 1: 430 Scuderia
The 430 Scuderia is just one of five stunning new Ferraris available to download and throw around the tracks of Ferrari Challenge! Visually striking with a distinctive exhaust sound, every last detail of the Ferrari 430 Scuderia exudes uncompromising sporting finesse as a direct result of its close links to Ferrari Challenge racing. And with the car's development process aided by none other than Michael Schumacher, it's not hard to...
273w ago - Web site PS3Trophies.org has revealed the full 46 trophies that will be heading to Ferrari Challenge on the PS3 next week via patch update.
The patch is expected to go live on or around September 17th.
Making up the 46 totla trophies, there are 36 bronze, 5 silver, 4 gold, and 1 platinum. They are all detailed below for those interested:
• Trofeo Rame - Achieve 1st place in the F348 Challenge Tournament
• Trofeo Ferro - Achieve 1st place in the F348 TB Tournament
• Trofeo Perla - Achieve 1st place in the F355 Tournament
• Trofeo Topaz - Achieve 1st place in the F355 GTB Tournament
• Trofeo Carnelian - Achieve 1st place in the F360 Modena Tournament
• Trofeo Tourmaline - Achieve 1st place in the F360 GT Tournament
• Trofeo Mercurio - Achieve 1st place in the F430 GT2 Tournament
• Trofeo Malachite - Achieve 1st place in the F550 Maranello Tournament
• Trofeo Diaspario - Achieve 1st place in the F550 Maranello GT Tournament
• Trofeo Accacio - Achieve 1st place in the F575 Maranello Tournament
• Trofeo Bronzo - Achieve 1st place in the F575 GTC Tournament
• Trofeo Argentino - Achieve 1st place...
285w ago - Any console that can play the upcoming Ferrari Challenge, take one step forward. Not so fast Xbox 360! At least if System 3 CEO, Mark Cale is to be believed when he says, "The PS3 offers the most powerful opportunity in the global marketplace."
Barring some phantom super-console lurking in the E3 rafters, we suppose that's fair. Though, the fact that Sony's better established throughout Europe, and that continent's insatiable appetite for racing titles probably shouldn't be counted out either.
"1080p resolution is a better solution than just HD," boasts Cale while taking a light jab at the 720p Forza 2. Certainly, no one's clamoring for less "p", so news of this nature will surely do its part as red meat for forum trolls who absolutely obsess over tech specs.
Although, the very same people, those combing over every progressive pixel, may also take issue with the game running at 30 frames a second. Cale claims that you may need 60fps in an action game like Devil May Cry 4, but in a racing sim where you're heading forward at all times 30fps is more than adequate. And judging by our hands-on, we're inclined to believe him.
Performance aside, what does this technical powerhouse offer in terms of gameplay? Well, graphics are just the tip of the iceberg....
286w ago - Some racing games tread the fine line between realism and fun. If it's too realistic you need to be Hamilton to get around the course without writing off your motor, and if its too forgiving, hardcore gamers cast it away as arcadey.
But it's this balance that Ferrari Challenge seems to have struck just right. When you slam down the accelerator, the eruption of the engine and the speed on screen gives you a great sense that you're powering along in a super car. It's that feeling of raw speed sims like Gran Turismo usually lack.
In that sense, it's a thrilling racing game that the not-so-serious gamer can get a real kick from. But then, the more hardcore of you will get kicks from its other handling intricacies, like the need to break really early to make it around bends. The game is relentlessly realistic in its approach to how long it takes in bringing a ton of metal down from 180mph.
You slam on the brakes and feel the weight of the car lunge forward as the rear becomes unsettled as you throw it into the apex. Then, on the exit of the corner you've got to nurse the car's 500 horses slowly into the rear wheels. Slam the accelerator while you're still turning and you be going sideways - not the fastest way to go.
You can feel all that happening in the pad and it's good. It feels...
326w ago - The game itself is called Ferrari Challenge, and it's aiming to offer nothing less ambitious than the entire Ferrari production line since 1947. There's one rather large caveat there, in that it will ship with 30 different models at launch, but System 3 hopes to fill out the rest of the catalog with monthly update. There's no solid information yet on pricing, but System 3 seem keen to take the microtransaction route via the PlayStation Store.
The same will go for tracks in the game, with the 13 available in the boxed copy being expanded with new ones each month (and Monaco as soon as the game launches). In the meantime, there'll be seven from Europe and six from America available at the start, four of which were available in the demo that we played at Ferrari's very own Mugello track in Italy. Sadly, that particular track wasn't on offer this time (it was last seen in Forza Motorsport 2), but Monza, Silverstone, Misano, and Paul Ricard all looked to accurately represent their real-world equivalents.
While the game might not feature Forza's blistering frame rates, it's still looking really good.Graphically, Ferrari Challenge doesn't look to offer the eye-melting detail of Project Gotham 4, nor will it offer the 60 frames per second of Forza 2. What it does offer are some impressively modeled, authentic-looking...