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A WASTE OF TIME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

posted by grayson9861 (BEAVERTON, OR) May 1, 2013

Member since Aug 2012

In the beginning you take a stupid tutorial and the turning is horrible. It is hard to turn.

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Very Good

A good racing simulator

posted by AutoEuphoria (MIDLAND, MI) Nov 22, 2012

Member since May 2011

1 out of 1 gamers (100%) found this review helpful

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

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Very Good

Outstanding simulation

posted by TheSolly (COLORADO SPRINGS, CO) Nov 5, 2012

Member since May 2009

2 out of 2 gamers (100%) found this review helpful

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.

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