The Tour de France may have lost some luster due to human growth hormone (HGH) controversy, but the competitive spirit is alive and well in the world of videogames, as Pro Cycling Manager: Tour de France 2008 is headed to the PSP and PC this June.
In the PC version of Pro Cycling Manager: Tour de France 2008, virtual riders will take on the role of general manager of one of 65 official cycling teams, handling all aspects of a professional team’s season. Numerous duties, including team recruiting, transfers, contracts, training and finances, are required for gamers to create and manage the most competitive team.
Throughout the 180 real-time 3D playable races, it’s s up to gamers to determine the best racing strategy by combining tactics, attacks and relays. The management side of the game has been deepened this time around, with an entirely new stamina system, a more-realistic progression curve for each rider and a new young talent-recruiting system with a more-aggressive AI. For the first time in the series, “track racing” events will also be available. Players will be able to choose track events such as Cycle Speedway, Kierin and Elimination to challenge their team’s track-racing skills.
The PSP version of Pro Cycling: Tour de France 2008 will feature the new track races and a re-created version of the Tour de France 2008. The game will include 18 official teams and all of their star riders, all of whom gamers will be able to take online in multiplayer mode via LAN or PSP WiFi feature.