Supercar Challenge (2009, Racing Simulation Game, PS3 exclusive) – 8/10 review

Executive Producer: Mark Cale
Consultant Car Handling & Race: Bruno Senna
Tiff Needell:
Game Designer: Mark Cale
Game Designer: Dave Thompson
Game Designer: Gareth Wright

Supercar Challenge (2009)


The main problem with Supercar Challenge is clear; it’s the full-price charge for DLC-size additional content for Ferrari Challenge Trofeo Pirelli (two new tracks, three additional track layouts, about a dozen new cars). However, this is to overlook the improvements that have been delivered in every area (especially the sixteen-player online racing) and the sweet driving simulation experience that has been carried over intact from the previous game. The most important change gameplay-wise is the ability to choose your own car for the central Challenge mode allowing you to form a relationship with and intimate understanding of your chosen steed (because, unlike almost all other racing games, each car feels different). While the game can be a challenge at times, the driving experience is so satisfying (in a car you like) that battling around in any position is rewarding and overtaking or pressuring the AI into convincing mistakes, especially (grrr) Lorenz Gerber, is absolutely wonderful.

Classified 3+ by PEGI. The game is only suitable for persons who have reached the age of 3 or over.


Forza Motorsport 3 (2009, Racing Game, 360 exclusive) – demo review

Forza Motorsport 3 (2009)

Quick thoughts on the Forza Motorsport 3 available for download today. Graphics are a big step up from the last instalment with no low-resolution liveries on the cars and pin-sharp backgrounds and textures scattered generously everywhere; it looks very nice. The sixty-frames-per-second refresh rate continues to make a huge difference to every other 360 racer. The front-end menus are attractive, airy and clear. Negative comments? The lighting model places it in a firm second place visually against Gran Turismo 5 Prologue both on the track and in the showroom. Gargantuan loading times for the circuit still exist. Perhaps most damningly of all, though, is that all five cars felt (and sounded) very very similar. They shouldn’t. They include four road cars (Mini, Evo, Ferrari California, Audi R8) and one racing car (Porsche) with massive differences in drive trains, weight and engine power and note. Yet moving from one to the other never felt like you were in a different car. Currently released 360 exclusive Race Pro and PS3 exclusive Supercar Challenge have FM3‘s driving model trumped.

Supercar Challenge custom livery competition winners


Eutechnyx and System 3 ran a competition for custom livery creators to get their designs into Ferrari Challenge successor Supercar Challenge and I won with the following designs. The text link takes you to more pictures and a discussion of the creation of the livery while the picture link shows you a larger picture.