|System: PC, PS3, Xbox 360*|
|Dev: Slightly Mad Studios|
|Release: July 3, 2012|
|Screen Resolution: 480p-1080p|
The biggest flaw in the game is its crushing difficulty. Even with the physics and difficulty turned all the way down, some of the later races are nigh unbeatable. There is less a difficulty curve and more of a difficulty spike in Ferrari Racing Legends. You'll be casually taking first consistently, and then all of the sudden you'll struggle to get out of last place in the next race, even if you give a near-perfect performance. This will very quickly cause the game to start whittling away at your patience. It's rather obvious that the designers meant this game to be played primarily in multiplayer, as the A.I. seems to range from incompetent to unbeatable.
But is Test Drive Ferrari Racing Legends worth it, even when you consider the game's multiplayer modes? That's a tough question, honestly. Ferrari Racing Legends does one thing well and one thing only, and that's racing. For a racing game, that should be enough, but sadly it doesn't feel like this is the case. There simply isn't enough variety here to keep you coming back If you are anything but the most hardcore of racing fans. This seriously narrows the market for Ferrari Racing Legends in the long run. The game is fun and it's not even poorly designed. It just doesn't have a whole lot of staying power.
As a rental, Test Drive Ferrari Racing Legends will give you an awesome couple of nights of high-octane racing with you, a bunch of friends, and a couple beers. But as a permanent addition to your collection, I'd say avoid it unless you are a serious hardcore racing fan. If that's your thing, however, then go nuts, because Ferrari Racing Legends is certainly made for Ferrari-obsessed gearheads like you!
Angelo M. D'Argenio
Date: July 10, 2012