'Test Drive: Ferrari Racing Legends'
Microsoft Xbox 360 (PS3, PC)
ESRB rating: Everyone
Review rating: 2.5 stars
Racing games used to adhere to two strict categories: hardcore simulations or completely unrealistic arcade-style speed fests! Both require gamers to slam the virtual pedal to the metal, but I always found the latter to be much more enjoyable. Now many simulations offer promising drivers the ability to lessen the realism, and "Test Drive: Ferrari Racing Legends" is no exception.
Ferrari fans can enjoy the vast selection of more than fifty highly detailed vehicles that span Ferrari's well-known sixty-five year history. It truly is nostalgic to begin a career driving an old-school single-seat Ferrari with no roof and end up driving something akin to a rocket on four wheels! Unfortunately, the story is told through boring text instead of exciting videos, and many courses are reused over and over. What good is having 200 events when players get bored after the first 20?
As I mentioned before, some features, including physics and handling, can be tailored to casual players. Sadly, the steering always seems overly sensitive. This results in frequent over-steering and spinouts, which is very frustrating. In addition, I lost control every time I barely nudged another vehicle or obstacle.
Overly sensitive controls are bad enough when playing against A.I. opponents, but they drastically decrease the enjoyment of playing against other people online. Who wants opponents screaming in your ear every time you accidentally, or intentionally, tap their precious fake vehicles? Perhaps professional racing is this difficult in real life, but I don't play games to simulate reality.