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Porsche Challenge (PlayStation) review


"Letís be blunt. Thereís more of a chance you know that the American Samoan islands have a soccer team than knowing this PlayStation not-so-classic ever existed. A title that stinks of sheer forgettable-ness has the only redeeming factor of driving around in Porscheís. Still, thatís nothing like the real thing. "



Letís be blunt. Thereís more of a chance you know that the American Samoan islands have a soccer team than knowing this PlayStation not-so-classic ever existed. A title that stinks of sheer forgettable-ness has the only redeeming factor of driving around in Porscheís. Still, thatís nothing like the real thing.

But letís be fair. Porsche Challenge isnít a bad racing game, and far worse do exist, (Big Rigs anyone?). The car handling is no disgrace, but when it tries to simulate the Porsche experience youíre in fact driving cars that have a turning circle speed comparable with a freebie spin-top from a box of cereal. Even as youíre braking, it doesnít stop the car swivelling in whatever direction you choose should you attempt to turn it. The AI opponents are impossible to race against on anything above easy, and even on that the challenge is only kept alive by one other racer who can pull superhuman comebacks.

The features here are about as bare as a white tile. Thereís nothing more than a championship to compete in, and while this may sound fine, the tracks on offer are even less than those who would dare challenge Chuck Norris. Thatís four. The cars on offer are limited to just the one Porsche Boxster, but colours are variable depending on which character youíve chosen. Personalities range from a mechanic and a Dj to a journalist and model, each who react differently to each other in race. Some will not be impressed by you overtaking them!

The track designs are one of the high-points of this title. Scenery is vibrant and bright while being realistic and the tracks starkly contrast. The generically themed courses vary from an evening run in a US town, a midnight dash through a Japanese city, a cruise through the German country and a skid-fest on an alpine road. Each track has their share of challenging twists and turns: the US and Stuttgart racks arenít too difficult, but the Japan track is notoriously curvy and the alpine track is an icy nightmare, as youíll skid over the ice not wondering where the road is. The music, while nothing special, provides cool background accompaniment to the racing. However, a 24 race challenge mode that involves racing round variations of the same tracks soon transpires into an endurance drive down Route 66.

Porsche Challenge is a very average cookie-cutter arcade racer that although playable, youíve probably seen it all before. The car driving is unrealistic and the AI is too perfect, and trying to beat a very stingy clock is quite an arbitrary feature when racing opponents. A few good tracks is better than lots of rubbish ones but itís not good enough here, as track variations donít fool anyone. If you happen to encounter this title, just leave it and let the good old dust do the work. A forgettable ordinary racer that does nothing new, youíd do better to buy a real Porsche instead. Or even Gran Turismo.

Rating: 5/10

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Community review by bigcj34 (April 06, 2008)

Cormac Murray is a freelance contributor for HG and is a fanboy of Sega and older Sony consoles. For modern games though he pledges allegiance to the PC Master Race, by virtue of a MacBook running Windows.

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