“ Developed by Sega and published by Acclaim Entertainment, this is a racing game based on the Challenge Ferrari F355 F1, with 11 different tracks (5 of which you'll need to unlock) to race in three different modes (training, driving and racing). You ca „
F355 is yet another classy racing game around on the 128but monster consoles, unfortunately for Yu Suzuki – it’s on the now rid from the shelves Sega Dreamcast, and can be bought second hand or even new from sites across the country for as little as £10, maybe even less. But for you, that is a brilliant price – the game is shear class, one of the best racing games around – comparable visuals to the mighty Gran Turismo 3. The game features official tracks from across the globe – mostly Japanese circuits, but of course Monza is included – Italy’s f1 track. The cars look very realistic with excellent lighting effects, without being over shiny. You only have a choice of racing F355s, but that’s not such a problem, although I do feel a Ferrari racing game with all the models would be impressive. Racing an old Testarossa against an F60? Fantastic! Plus points: Graphics, they really are superb, with great sound too. Handling, it’s tricky but rewarding, the handling is very realistic. The official licence, the game is one of the only Ferrari games to achieve a licence. Lighting effects. Price! Downsides: The skies may look great, but they cheat – can’t be earth I’m racing on, must be Monza in a country with at least 4 suns! Play the game you’ll know what I mean. Only one car! Overall, well worth your money. 5 stars.
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Why do lemmings jump off cliffs? Even though they know from watching others that it's a bad idea, they go ahead and leap anyway. In the same way, I keep asking myself why on earth I keep returning to Ferrari F355 Challenge. OK, maybe that was just an excuse to fit lemmings into my review, but there are similarities between those strange creatures and my F355 career, and those similarities stop me from loving the game quite as much as I otherwise could. The game looks and sounds great, with the distinctive roar of the F355's engine used to great effect and telltale puffs of transparent smoke showing when your opponents have locked up under braking. However (and this however could put a lot of people off this game), there is only one view available - an in-car view complete with invisible cockpit sides and a floating steering wheel. If you can live with the lack of exterior views then you'll be fine, but Crazy Taxi devotees might find it hard to get to grips with. F355 is probably Dreamcast's most realistic racer (although I haven't played MSR yet), requiring delicate throttle, brake and steering control to stay on the circuit. The car physics are great, with the car reacting well to your control inputs. Speaking of controls, the default controls are well thought out and add to the realism (using the analog L and R triggers as pedals). The collision detection is OK, if slightly unrealistic (you won't suddenly collide with objects that are 20 feet away from you, but hitting a wall - even with a glancing blow - almost always brings you to a dead stop. Depending on how good you are, this could ruin your enjoyment of the game). So what do lemmings have to do with that? Well, not much (alright - nothing), but they fit in well with some of F355's more annoying characteristics. This game is difficult with a capital DIFFICULT. With no qualifying available, you automatically start last, and even scoring
a top three finish on the harder tracks will probably take weeks. Repeatedly trying to improve your championship position would be more bearable if it weren't for one thing. I have christened this 'thing' Lemming Syndrome (bet ya didn't see that one coming). You see, like a lemming, you'll make mistakes, admittedly not on a life-ending scale, but enough to relegate you to the back of the pack. Unfortunately, like a lemming, you'll have no idea why you made them. On certain tracks (especially the Motegi oval) taking the same corner in the same way on two different laps can often bring wildly differing results. One one lap you'll casually sail past half of the field, and on the next lap you'll casually sail backwards into a concrete wall. It's the sort of problem that should have been spotted at the playtesting stage, and one that will cause many people to add this to the second-hand shelves of their local games store. With championship, arcade, split screen and online facilities, F355 is the best Dreamcast racer I've played. It's a shame, then, that it's also the most annoying (even worse than the fiendish Monaco Grand Prix). A good £20 worth of game, but not for everybody.
But then, misconception is a great thing, as I really didn't think F355 would be up to much after learning that there would only be 1 in game view, 1 car and incredibly difficult handling - I was quite pleased to have been proved wrong! After some extensive play testing, I am now able to write my review on the 3rd best racing game on the Dreamcast. Metropolis Street Racer and Le Mans 24 being the top 2 (I cannot really decide which order – it’s a matter of personal preference), but Ferrari F355 Challenge ‘Passione Rossa’ is a very impressive racing simulation. However, when Daytona USA Online arrives, I think Yu Suzuki’s game will be removed from the podium. Here goes! Firstly, only get the game if you are willing to learn how to play it – if you are patient and willing to accept that this will take time to get to grips with then get it, if you aren’t then don’t worry – maybe rallying games are more your sort of thing (V-Rally 2 and Sega Rally 2 are the best rally games on Dreamcast). Now, you may or may not be aware that Sega released the game over here only a couple of months after putting the single player arcade machine in arcades nationwide, but to be honest there were hardly any of them, so you’d have been lucky to have played the arcade version. F355 excels as a single player simulator, but the 2player option is essential in today’s racing games, so it’s good that F355 has this as well. I’m not going to rave about F355 for the whole opinion, because it isn’t perfect, nor is it anywhere near perfection. Sure, it has its good points, but there are a lot of issues that should be changed if and when the sequel arrives! But let’s start with the basic information! When you put the disc in, you know that it will be something special – that famous prancing horse as the badge, you know that Ferrari must have liked this game, as they don’t let man
y publishers/developers attain licenses to use the Ferrari name or cars. Start your Dreamcast up, select the frequency (i.e. 50hz/60hz) and watch the stunning starting intro. You’ll see a Ferrari 355 pull away from a posh Ferrari resort (Maranello most probably), trees, a ‘ristorante’ and all sorts all graphically replicated scenery in superb detail – the 355 gets the camera’s full attention – focusing onto the badge alone, and then cutting to an actual race – it all looks so realistic! Then press start of course, listen to the incredible engine sound and find a rather impressive menu screen! Here’s what you can do: Arcade mode: choose the track you want (1 of 6 to start with, more will be available when you unlock them) select this one to train, drive or race after you select your skill level. In training mode you’ll be treated to the luxury of an on track line – the line where you should really be driving at, as well as an instructor tutoring you ‘step on brakes’ and ‘great timing’ among other things. This is a great place to get to know the tracks inside out – and when you’ve finished you can then drive, race or save your driving data to view it at any point in time whilst playing the game. Firstly, you’ll notice that you cannot change the view – you’re stuck with the ‘cockpit’ view, which isn’t very realistic to be honest. You cannot see anything other than the steering wheel top (which does move though), the driver’s hands occasionally, part of the dashboard and a dash of the car bonnet. However, you’ll forgive them for this – as the cloud effects will truly blow you away! They really do look real, very, very good texturing and visuals I must say. You must try the race though to get a proper sense of speed – the single car experience doesn’t really seem all that fast. Nonetheless, a great mode
to get you started. Next down is the Championship mode: compete for the highest points in 6 races! You can have a test run before each race so that you can select the car settings should you require to. You have to race against 8 AI cars – all of which are of a very high skill level, but you have to start from the back row! It’s possible to win a race, but I (having just played the first race as I type), managed 3rd – not bad! You get 15 points for a win, 12 for second, 10 for 3rd, 4th gets 8, 5th just 6, 6th 4points, 7th 1 and even 8th place gets a point! Out of sympathy probably! You can watch a digest replay – the only time in the game where you’ll be able to see the outside of you car, or continue to the next race. Here’s the order: Motegi – aim for a 40second lap or under! This is the easiest track of all. Suzuka Short – very short, very windy, not too difficult and easy to overtake the others, but also very easy to spin off, as I have just found (finishing in a rather splendid 8th place!) Monza – the Italian track where Ferrari are most welcome – superb track, very good to race 2player in, but you have to brake at the chicanes – this is one point that you should take very carefully – braking is the most essential part of F355! If you mess up a lap, then you’re race is over, try to out-brake the AI cars, but don’t brake too late. Sugo – the fourth track to be raced on, it’s very hard, but the computer-controlled opponents like to make mistakes. Be careful on the first right hand curve – slow!! Suzuka – the main Japanese track in all it’s glory – not as difficult as you might think, but you will have to practise first! Long Beach – the USA track that’s given different lighting effects – hooray! Very good track layout mixing 10 with 200mph. If you don
’t want the hassle of a championship the go for the single play – it’s like a time attack really. A great place to tune your car up! The ‘versus mode’ is very good though, and irrespective of your skill level – every race is exciting, well most are! You can have a time lag race (after the leading driver passes a checkpoint, the race will only continue until there is a difference that exceeds the set time lag tm – i.e. 9 seconds), but it’s easier to play the standard race. Ok, so it’s a fairly good offline game – some superb races are there to be had, you could even set up a tournament with some friends if there are more than two of you (or you could get Le Mans 24), but F355 is quite ‘odd’ online. You CAN race online, but it’s not quite right. Basically, Sega didn’t want you to race with a time lag due to the 33.6k Dreamcast modem, so you have to firstly log on, and then choose which track you want to race, you may not necessarily race on the track that you want – it depends on how many players select the same track as you! Either way, get ready to qualify – only the top 8 of 16 qualify for the actual race so be on the edge of your seat and very prepared! If you do qualify you’ll be able to race against 7 of the world’s many F355 players. You won’t actually see them online, but when the race is complete you’ll have to watch the replay – a very impressive replay, with cars going through each other, but it will take a while – the uploading times are very long, so it will take around 10 minutes to complete a race. That’s only 10p, but you will become addicted for a couple of hours online! It’s good, but Daytona USA online will be so much better I am sure… There aren’t many games that have good in-game music, and unfortunately F355 has awful music! It’s not at all right, very odd roc
k sounding, but never mind! Had F355 offered more views, more tracks (there are a few more to be unlocked), and a better choice of music, then it would have probably received the full 5 stars – it doesn’t matter that there is only 1 car available – it just makes it easy to choose from! You can change the car number, colour and settings – so don’t think you have only to be the Ferrari red or yellow. The graphics are very sharp and crisp, the car bounces around very realistically, and the game physics are superb. The online play would have been better with a 56k or broadband modem, but it’s still a bonus mode to play in. Excellent lightning and reflection effects, a brilliant game cover and helpful manual, and a very reasonable price of just £19.99 (look around for the best deals) make F355 a very worthy purchase, further cementing Dreamcast as the console to own for top quality racing games. I look forward to F355 2. 4stars, but it was close! D1A1
Why I cannot think of a better game have I played in ages! The graphics fail to disappoint and yet there’s something far deeper than any polygon can show! The game plays like an absolute dream, and in fact if this were not a Dreamcast game it would persuade me to buy the console for which it was on! F355 is superb to play as I have already said, the game houses all the best tracks from around the world, and despite the ‘1 car’ deter, I think more people will get this as it’s a true hardcore racing game! The lighting effects will simply blow you away, and despite the awful music, you’d really believe you were in an actual Ferrari 355. The car bounces over the track, there’s definitely some kind of virtual suspension going on here, and the handling is spot on – faultless I think. If you’re into your racing games, then I’d say there is no better single player experience than this Acclaim published Sega game. The level of difficulty can be changed, but it’s incredibly challenging (hence the name) at all levels. I’ve had many online games with opponents across the Dreamcast world, people from Japan and the USA, but the two-player mode outshines this in my view. Really shiny cars on some exquisitely detailed circuits make this a superb racing simulation that should be played by all. If Yu Suzuki had to choose just one genre to develop games for I’d hope he’d go for racing, F355 is an instant success in my eyes!
There are two main types of driving games – simulation and arcade. Personally I prefer the reality of the simulation driving titles but as we all know, arcade thrills (like in Crazy Taxi) can be a lot of fun too. One game that can only possibly be described as a total simulation is the rather splendid F355 Challenge on Dreamcast. As the title suggests, you’re car is going to be a Ferrari F355 (and cor blimey what a beauty of a car that little baby is). I’ll warn you now – it’s the ONLY car in this game too so don’t let your imagination run away with you if you’re expecting other Ferrari’s as extra cars. You have the expected game options – arcade, championship, single race and versus. In the arcade mode you choose a course and engage in a race not only against the seven other cars but also against the clock – if you don’t make the next check point before time runs out the other drivers will be laughing at you when you get back to the pits. (OK, so they won’t ACTUALLY be laughing at you, but I’m sure they would if they could). The championship mode is the real essence of the game. Here you race on all six of the main courses and your only aim is to finish in the highest position possible. Don’t think you’ll be finishing first often either – this is a VERY tough competition even with the various driving aids switched on. Depending on your position you will be awarded points – so if you do manage to get home in first place more than once you’ll be doing very well indeed. Single race is fairly obvious – choose a track and off you go. Not really much more to say about that one really! Versus – plug in a second controller and race against a friend for split screen action! You’ll be pleased to hear that there is no obvious deterioration in graphics or speed. Th
e Game: Graphics. Visually, this game is quite incredible. The cars look absolutely stunning as do the tracks, scenery and general environment. Everything is extremely detailed and this game goes a long way to show off the power under the hood of the Dreamcast and the F355. Some of the sky backgrounds in particular look so realistic and this really does give this game a fantastic atmosphere. Sounds, Now I won’t pretend that I’ve ever driven an F355 (and I probably never will) but the engine noise certainly sounds powerful and well balanced. Cars that pass you sound just right as do the tyres on those wheel-spinning and skidding occasions (believe me – you’ll be loosing grip the moment you switch those driver aids off!). The in-game music is pretty dire unfortunately with its god-awful cheesy guitar riffs but this can be switched off during the race if it gets too much. Handling, Again, I haven’t driven an F355 but you get a real feeling of power as you race around the tracks. I would also recommend one of the rumble accessories (or force feedback wheel) as the effects are very good, especially whilst wheel-spinning or doing a little unplanned off-roading. Collisions, Sadly some manufacturers aren’t very keen on seeing their prize creations being smashed to bits and sadly this is also the case here. You can drive into anything as hard as you like and the only thing you’ll get is a serious rumble and your car may be facing the wrong direction – the paintwork won’t have a mark on it though and the car body won’t have even the slightest dent. Overall this is an absolutely brilliant game. It may be a little too serious for some gamers but it will have you going back again and again. There are also a further five courses to unlock including the official Ferrari test track (and yes you can use a cheat if you have to!) and you can choose your car
colour and even change the number – all of which can be saved on your memory card. It’s a serious challenge but it’s also seriously good fun and let’s not forget one thing – it’s Ferrari!!
Ferrarri F355 simulates the Ferrarri incredibly. Having played this game for a couple of weeks now I feel pretty confident that if I was to get behind the wheel of one I'd be able to get it round Silverstone at an insane pace. Sounds great huh? then I realised that I had all of the assists turned on. It was like all I had to do was point the car in the right direction and I was still finding that pretty tough. Ferrarri 355 is NOT a game for the casual racing fan they will find it insanely frustrating. Major fans of the ferrarri cars may be in heaven here though. They couldn't have made a more faithful conversion. As you may have realised by now there is only one car in Ferrarri F355, and there are only around 10 tracks to race it round as well. There's also a lack of different views to choose from. Though it does have good online options to make up for this. Overall this is a game for the diehard car fans only.