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This isn't an arcade game for children or casual gamers. Codemasters put this game together for true motorsports fans and enthusiasts...not people that want to drive a suped up Honda Civic around a cityscape. Simply put it is a racing simulator that has a sparkling finish and F1 authenticity.
There are ways to make this game easier through the AI and user options, but it is meant to be brutally challenging. The level of adjustability you have with the settings is great and really do make a difference in laptimes. The physics and track accuracy combine to make it as real as it gets. The sound and graphics are perfect. The AI is much improved from their first game in 2010.
The only gripe I have with the game is that you have to be very careful not to blow your engine...almost too careful. Even through the proper gearing, you can still have this issue come up at certain points on certain tracks.
posted by TheSolly (COLORADO SPRINGS, CO) Nov 5, 2012
Member since May 2009
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Improvements all around make this game more enjoyable than the previous iteration. It's still a very niche market, but F1 does an excellent job of letting you indulge or ignore as much of the F1 experience as you wish.
I found it more unforgiving to drive, which is more realistic but does mean that people used to arcade style racers may be surprised how little grip F1 cars can have at times. The garage menus are still basic but that they appear organically in the garage rather than just some list of options is immersive.
I would have preferred seeing the 'training' portion done in a lower class of car, or perhaps even a season in the lower class to both serve as training as well as decide what teams available to sign with as an F1 rookie.
If you are into open wheel racing, the choices are pretty slim to begin with. But F1 is a great racing sim that is clearly an effort of passion for the devs, a real joy to drive, and gets better each year.
posted by H8MACHINE (GRANTS PASS, OR) Sep 20, 2012
Member since Apr 2011
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If you are looking for an easy racing game this isnt it by anymeans this installment is right on the $$ they did a fab job with graphics,sound & AI,definatly rent this before you buy it can be VERY VERY frustrating but keeps you comingmback for more,i think better than the last title..enjoy
This game is difficult if you're new to racing sims. Where Forza and Gran Turismo can be both challenging and forgiving, this game (like the real sport of Formula 1 racing) is very reliant on technical skill and racing knowledge. I have been playing the game with ABS on and TCS on medium (mainly because there isn't the feedback through a controller you really need to judge wheel lock and wheel spin that, while in an ordinary game can be balanced out, in this game is a certain spin/crash). I also have been playing with the AI on the lowest level. At this level, if you know what you're doing you can easily win every race. If not, it can still be extremely challenging. I haven't tied a more difficult level, so I can't comment on that.
The career mode is nice, but really lacks something in the way of a "story"...I know racing sims aren't supposed to have a plot, but there is something about the idea of a "career" - starting off as a nobody and working your way up through to the top that really almost demands some kind of story to go along with it to support that emotional attachment.
If you've played the earlier installments of this series, little has changed. I do miss the post-race interviews...that at least gave me a bit of that personal touch I was describing earlier. Graphics are very nice (especially the detail in first person view), and the physics are decent enough for a console-based racing sim that still has to appeal to a wide market.
Be warned, though - it's not an easy game if you're new to racing. You'll need to know racing lines, braking points, accelerator control, etc. to really do well with this game. If you have that knowledge, it's a fun game to pick up and play through. If not, stick to Forza or NFS
In a market where racing games are drifting towards arcade style racing, Codemasters brings us one of the best racing sims to hit consoles. While it can take a little bit of time to get used to, the race cars feel pretty perfect and with a wide range of assists to turn on/off you'll be able to hit your sweet spot with regards to feel. There is a pretty extensive list of things to tune and weather effects will have you swapping out different tire types race to race and even having changing weather conditions during laps. There can be problems with penalties and warnings that will make you scratch your head, but they consist of only one part of an otherwise great game.
If you're looking for more simulation racing than arcade style for consoles, F1 2012 is the game to get.