As the name suggests, this is a racing simulator of exclusively Ferrari cars. I guess it's alright to include just those, because we all want to drive a Ferrari, right?
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.
posted by pouncer30 (GRAND FORKS, ND) Oct 16, 2010
Member since Oct 2010
Wow talk about a lot of noise for nothing! I hated playing this game. Not only did you have to go through specs and stuff before you actually race, the handling and turning was SO OFF! Def a only 1 star game.