Must avoid petrol head cliches…
Supercar Challenge raced into the shops a week or so ago and slid straight past the top ten shelf and into the kitty litter (gravel trap for you non-petrol heads) that is the “shelf in ASDA where you find all of the sub £30 and other rubbish games”
Ah ok, I’m not halfway through this post and I’ve already told you it’s rubbish… no need to read on then, go and read Martin H’s post about the BBC’s windy rhetoric – it’s worth 5 minutes of your valuable time.
Supercar Challenge on the other hand may not be, but only if you have already played Ferrari Challenge, because Supercar is basically the same game with exactly the same amount of t-cut polish but with a few of the DLC cars from Ferrari, a scattering of other Supercars and a couple of variations on some of Ferrari’s circuits… oh and the “Rivera” course that was promised for Ferrari Challenge but never turned up. Are you still not reading that excellent and passionate post about the BBC?
I liked Ferrari Challenge, it was a simple (perhaps too simple) racing game with a very good physics model…. possibly the best “feeling” racing game I’ve played on the PS3. Turning off traction and stability control on an F40 and sliding it around the Infineon Circuit (Laguna Seca) was pure petrol head bliss! I loved the classic Ferraris that made racing so much more about control and skill than full on horsepower and race car computing.
Some of that you will find in Supercar Challenge, including the beautiful 250 Testa Rossa, you’ll also find some Zonda’s, Lamborghinis and Aston Martins… but what you won’t find is very much that’s new in terms of gameplay and circuits… ok, ok so there are some variations of courses we’ve seen before. But since Supercar Challenge has freed itself from the racing pedigree of it’s predecessor why not give us some place interesting to drive around… Paul Ricard may well be my all time favourite race circuit but it’s dull as ditch water to look at… and as the game now incorporates a photo mode you’ll wish for a better backdrop to take pretty pictures against.
While it’s true the user interface has had a nice facelift the game isn’t anywhere nearly as pretty GT Prologue… yet I suppose that doesn’t matter as most of us have forgotten about GT (Will the full game ever see light of day?) Supercar Challenge may have beaten EA’s “Need for Speed: Shift” to the shelves, though given it’s already been relegated to those long lost and hard to find shelves in ASDA (And all other good stores) I think it’s probably not much of a threat to EA.
Although some improvements have been made Supercar Challenge makes too few advances from it’s predecessor. Whilst the sound effects have improved graphics are on the whole the same as before and so too is the gameplay. All in all it’s lacking in originality. However if you are a petrol head the driving physics are some of the best you’ll find, personally I think better than GT!
If you’ve played Ferrari Challenge you might find yourself disappointed, if not then at £25 it might well be worth a punt. Better still wait a few weeks and pick it up second hand!