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Supercar Challenge

Too realistic for its own good

There are things we like about Supercar Challenge. In the face of razzle dazzle racers like Colin McRae: DIRT 2 and Need For Speed: SHIFT, dripping with over-the-top production values, it's refreshing to play an honest simulation racer.

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Especially one that features a wealth of real-world circuits, a high-end line-up of motors like the Maserati MC12, Koenigsegg CCX, McLaren F1, and of course, enough Ferrari's to make the Sultan of Brunei jealous.

Learning curve
However, the actual driving - the meat of the game - left us disappointed. The simulation handling mode provides a real challenge - in fact, it goes a bit beyond. Turn off all the assists and you're opting for realism at the expense of gaming, but herein lies the game's biggest flaw.

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In a real car, assessing braking distances, entry speeds to corners and whether your tyres are at the limits of their grip is a physical and aural experience that Supercar Challenge simply can't replicate.

Here, 70mph feels like 40mph, which makes all the difference between making a corner and sitting in a gravel trap. Yes, you can override judgement to overcompensate, but it just doesn't feel right.

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This isn't the game's only problem either. Dense AI and a lacklustre damage model make matters worse. Supercar Challenge has a decent stab at attempting Gran Turismo-like racing, but it's still not front of the grid.

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The verdict

Not terrible, but not as good as racers like GT Prologue.

7.4
Format
PlayStation 3
Developer
Eutechnyx
Publisher
System 3
Genre
Racing / Driving

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