F1 Career Challenge is the latest instalment of Formula One racing by EA Sports that introduces a new aspect of the game to set it apart from its competitors. Based on the gaming engine from F1 2002, F1 Career Challenge has been slightly improved over its predecessors and introduces the first ever career mode to any Formula One game that is currently available on the market at the moment.
F1 Career Challenge (Career Challenge) features a variety of different gameplay modes such as career mode, single race and multiplayer modes to give the gamer a wide breadth of racing modes to ensure increased playability.
The main method of gameplay is of course the career mode that lets players race through all four seasons of the F1A from 1999 to 2002. The beauty of this gameplay mode is that the player starts off as a humble rookie who must then race his way to victory over four seasons.
Once you have created your driver, you must then select a team to join who gives the player a set of guidelines and goals that must be met in order for you to gain your racing stripes. Players are also introduced to the initiation scene of Formula One racing where you must pass nine different license tests. Your results dictate what kind of team you will join, so the better you perform in these tests, the more chances you will receive in joining a high profile team.
Never fear though, if you cannot master the license tests at the start of the game, you will have to earn your racing stripes in other ways. Once you are on the official racing circuit, you will receive reputation points for completing and exceeding team goals that allows you to be invited into more experienced teams such as Williams or Ferrari. During Career mode, players are also rewarded for the way they drive on the circuit, for instance if you overtake a more skilled opponent, you are then awarded points that can be used to purchase a variety of accessories for your car such as helmets, vehicle upgrades and even female fans for the pit stop.
Because of the realism of the game, you must also watch the fuel and tire gauge of your car, so be sure that you stop in the pit stops every now and then to ensure that your car is fully "roadworthy". Racing fanatics will also be pleased that EA have included a variety of different car options such as gear ratios and brake response to allow professional gamers to modify their cars to their own personal liking.
In single player mode (& multiplayer), gamers also have the option to tweak the way the races will be run. For instance, you can modify weather conditions, difficulty of opponents and damage settings so that the game caters for a wide variety of racing fans from novice to professional.