Test Drive: Ferrari Racing Legends

Game review by
Marc Saltzman, Common Sense Media
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Decent racing game, but straight-out marketing.

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Positive Messages

This game is all about racing cars professionally around various tracks.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Unlike many character-based games, there is no main protagonist here, so there isn't a role model at all (good, bad, or otherwise).

Ease of Play

On one hand the game can be fairly easy to play, with more arcade-like handling in the earlier levels, but on the flipside this video game can be difficult to control, like a simulation, in other modes and levels.

Violence

Drivers can crash, and real-time damage can be seen on the cars.

 

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Consumerism

This game is an officially licensed Ferrari product and contains more than 50 authentically-modeled Ferrari race cars.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know Test Drive: Ferrari Racing Legends is a racing game for players older enough to handle the controls. It does not contain any violence, sex, foul language, smoking, or drinking. But because it can be played online, with unmoderated full voice support, players could engage in conversations with strangers or hear inappropriate words or phrases. Parents can decide whether or not to let their kids go online.

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What's it about?

As the name suggests, TEST DRIVE: FERRARI RACING LEGENDS is a car racing game that lets players climb behind the virtual wheel of various Ferraris. The goal of this officially-licensed offering is to provide racing fans an authentic look and feel of Ferrari cars, in a number of race types including Formula 1, Rally, and GT -- and spread between solo and multiplayer modes for up to eight online participants. Along with more than 50 different cars, the game offers an assortment of challenges set throughout the history of this celebrated Italian automotive brand -- including facing off against rival riders, finishing a track under a specific time, or staying behind a partner within a few seconds. All versions of the game -- Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PC (via digital download) -- look and play the same.

Is it any good?

Test Drive: Ferrari Racing Legends is best enjoyed by serious Ferrari buffs who enjoy a straightforward, track-based racing game. Why? The difficulty is inconsistent, for one; sometimes the game delivers simple, arcade-like handling, while a few minutes later it's an authentic simulation that's difficult to control without any assists. Yes, you can select one of three skill levels in the single-player campaign, but the game's controls seem like they lack consistency between tracks, and the difficulty seriously ramps up toward the latter half of the game. Second, while the cars are attractive and there are many different events to enter, the courses aren't much to look at (neither are the menu screens, for that matter), there is no music (only sound effects), and the story is dull. Yes, it's true most people don't buy racing games for the story, so this isn't a major issue. Overall, this Ferrari racer could've probably used a few more months of spit and polish before it hit the track.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about why Ferrari would want this game created. How does this game help them to sell cars?

  • Would you rather play a racing game with friends or by yourself? Why?

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