Critic & User Reviews
System 3 Set A Goal A Year Ago For The Wii And....
posted by miko25 (LARGO, FL) Sep 2, 2008
Member since Nov 2004
7 out of 8 gamers (88%) found this review helpful
Anyway; this is a brutal title (AI too); and the camera makes it harder because the view is in the car. The controls are intuitive and responisve (the menu is streamlined), Also the tracks and cars look nice for the Wii. However there is no multi-player, and it is not that fun making it a title to try just for the experience.
A Racing Game Not for Beginners
posted by JMichaud (BETHESDA, MD) Sep 1, 2008
Member since Jan 2008
7 out of 9 gamers (78%) found this review helpful
You are given the chance to drive one of several Ferrari's over up to 18 courses.
But in order to get to those courses, you'll have a few choices.
First, you can try to make your way through the Arcade mode, starting with four tracks on Beginner setting. Finish third or better in all four races to advanced to the next four tracks in Intermediate mode. Finish third or better in all four of those races to move on to the next level, and so on until you got all 16 tracks.
Or you can take the Challenge mode and race over three areas of the world. Each area (North America, Italy, Europe) has six tracks. Each track you have to race one solo lap, then two nine lap races against the AI. Each race scores points on where you finish, and if you score enough points to finish third or better, you move on to the next race.
With all these choices, it can get hard to pick which route to take or which track to race on. To make matters worse, the Quick Race and Time Trial options make no sense; they offer fourteen tracks, but only four are unlocked. And those four tracks don't match up with many tracks in Challenge or Arcade mode, so you can hardly use it to practice before taking on Challenge/Arcade mode.
And you'll need practice; the controls are not forgiving. Make one mistake and you'll go off the track. But they will respond properly if you use them correctly.
The other drivers, on the other hand, easily makes the turns, which will anger some players.
What will also turn off players is the visuals (can't read the speedometer) and lack of any kind of multi player mode.
For those of you looking for a challenging driving game for the Wii, FCTP is it; take it for a test drive. For those easily frustrated, look elsewhere.
posted by marioman86 (TEWKSBURY, MA) Jun 10, 2009
Member since Jun 2005
1 out of 3 gamers (33%) found this review helpful
Good: the card game is kinda fun, kinda fun to customize paint jobs
Bad: EVERYTHING ELSE!!!
rachael riley's review
posted by rachael (PORTLAND, CT) Feb 25, 2009
Member since Feb 2009
1 out of 3 gamers (33%) found this review helpful
posted by bfjklz (WAPPINGERS FALLS, NY) Nov 17, 2009
Member since Nov 2009
1 out of 5 gamers (20%) found this review helpful
Best racing sim on Wii, but does that say much?
posted by hekifier (WINCHESTER, OH) Apr 27, 2011
Member since Apr 2011
The controls are sharp, whether you use the nunchuck combo or Wii wheel. You still need to accelerate and break with precision, and the game feels and breaths like a simulator should. The racing engine here is solid, and no other game on Wii can match it.
The graphics won't wow you, but they look alright compared to other Wii games. The ugly particle effects when you collide into a car are bad though. The sense of speed is really intense. The soundtrack is forgettable at best, worthless at worst.
And here's where Ferrari Challenge starts to crawl. The game modes. The basic challenge mode is a series of races spamming across different countries like North America and Italy. You'll need to do a cup of three races, with a default 15 minute time limit! When the time limit exceeds, then it will be the last lap. Then after that, you need to do it again! That's 30 minutes on the same track!
Arcade mode isn't much better. The first few levels are basic challenges, get 3rd or better or 2nd or better respectively, but the last two demand you to stay in first while not running off track, and stay in first and never once lose it! Unlocking the other tracks is difficult, and not worthwhile because they're similar to the ones you start with. At least the Ferrari cars behave differently.
You'll collect challenge cars where you can do a number-comparing guessing game with an opponent, which is a nice extra. But there's no multiplayer, online or offline! This really hurts!
The loading times are unbelievable. You have 15 seconds to wait before starting and ending a match, and the menus need time to load too.
Considering the lack of competition, this is the best racing sim on Wii. But nowhere near as good as high profile games like Gran Turismo and Forza Motorsport. Decent, but has weird design problems.
THis game is so bad! (and not in a good way)
posted by pouncer30 (GRAND FORKS, ND) Oct 16, 2010
Member since Oct 2010
Would be better if it allowed more players
posted by justdeb (SPRING, TX) Jan 11, 2010
Member since Jan 2010
Now THIS is racing!
posted by 1thatGuy1 (NEWBERG, OR) Dec 15, 2009
Member since Dec 2008
It is a very great game, especially with the camera angles, and graphics! The camera angles are great, especially with the addition of the Cockpit view, which i haven't seen since Race driver GRID. And the graphics...oh the graphics...Purely amazing! I mean it's not an Xbox 360, but for the Wii, AMAZING! The immense detail, especially in the damage model, and engine! I still want to know, how they exceeded the Wii's supposed graphical capabilities, and still avoided lag!
The tracks, are just so real! When your using the Wii Wheel, in the Cockpit view, it seems like your actually driving the track! You get to sort of experience the Prestigious, Trofeo Pirelli racing experience!
If your looking for a true racing game, but can't afford the purely amazing ones, this is the way to go.
Do not rent the game. It was whack.
posted by cutie123 (Bronx, NY) Oct 18, 2009
Member since Oct 2009
Good, but not good enough
posted by SergeantPope (CHARLESTON, IL) Apr 29, 2009
Member since Apr 2007
Good game, let down by awful controls.
posted by Armchair (BOULDER, CO) Nov 3, 2008
Member since Oct 2008
There are two types of control methods in Ferrari Challenge:
1. Nunchuck/Wii Remote Combo: The directional pad on the nunchuck controls steering, the trigger on the nunchuck controls the breaks, and the Wii remote's B button controls the acceleration. All's would have been well if the buttons were pressure sensitive.
2. Using the Wii remote only; the horizontal access of movement controls steering. The vertical controls (pulling up/pulling down) controls shifting. The steering is actually not bad...except once you turn/rotate the wheel more than 30 degrees, the wheels of the car reset to being straight. In real life, you should be able to feed more throttle AND steering input. You cannot "feed" throttle. Too much steering input, and your car just goes straight.
Aside from the controls, the graphics are acceptable, if not a bit blurry through the composite video cables. The sound, even through the nicest of of home theater systems, is just acceptable, and not the chest reverberating experience when a Ferrari Enzo flies by you at WOT.
This game is strictly a rental. Were this game comptable with the Wii's Classic controller, it would probably be very good.
Weak game, Great name.
posted by Billio121 (BLOOMINGDALE, IL) Oct 23, 2008
Member since Oct 2008
Graphics are not up to par, either. The Wii can stand up to 500 Million polygons per second. This doesn't use very much of them at all!
And lastly, final thoughts. Well...in my opinion I am giving it TOO much credit! I am disappointed. What happened, Activision?