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Sunday, 29 March 2009

Ferrari F355 Challenge (Dreamcast/PS2)

Ferrari F355 Challenge is a racing game that was released in 2002 on the Sony PS2, and before that was released on the Sega Dreamcast. It is a port of the classic arcade version, which when run side by side look almost identical. The arcade version was split into three screens, so that you had a view simular to if you were driving the vehicle, where as the home versions obviously do not have this, they come pretty damn close to the feeling of the arcade cabinate version.

Some people complain that this game is too hard, runs too slow or did I mention already that, it's too hard? Well, forgive me, but those people ain't nothing but a bunch of wuss's! This is arcade driving with realistic physics. This is a game where you have to concentrate in order to progess. I have been playing it for over 10 years and the best I have ever achieved is second place in a full on race! But, working your way up the track is a rewarding experience. When you are engrossed it does feel fast enough, this is not a rocket ship, it's a Ferrari!

The PS2 version has more to offer than the Dreamcast version, it offers more tracks straight from the box, it offers an external view instead of just the internal view, and it offers different game modes (other than just Arcade mode). But overall, they're both worth getting your hands on.

Graphically, I love the way this game looks. Played through a PS3 and upscaled the PS2 version looks just sweet! The Dreamcast version through a VGA cable also looks very good. Differences between them both are few and far between, so if you ever decide to play this game, it does not really matter which version you pick up.

So, all in all one of my favourite racers. I can happily play this alongside Ridge Racer 7, Grid and other classics such as Sega Rally and Daytona. 8/10