F1 2012 continues Codemasters' dominant streak of subpar, unsatisfying Formula 1 games. For the first time CM released a demo for their game, showing confidence in their title but yet again it faulters, again crushing the hopes that F1 fans had as they annually tell themselves "this year will be different."
First of all, the presentation really improved. Gone are the clunk interfaces, now we have a clean and sharp interface. Also very welcome are a couple of new modes (Young Driver Test is useless): Champion Mode and Season Challenge.
On Champions Mode we get 7 different scenarios in which we must beat former and current world champions to get medals. In Season Challenge we get a 10-race, alternate F1 calendar season to go select specific drivers as our rivals, aiming to beat them on a best-of-3 race system, which sees their team offer us their drive if we win.
Unfortunately any good in the game is killed by the very sluggish, slow, unresponsive, and numb gameplay/ The graphics are not the best but are serviceable on a regular tv. Codies maintained their annoying blurry HDR filter on the game, by the way. On a sharper monitor you'll see how annoyingly poor they look.
Sounds are loud but not crisply made. There's nice communication with the pit engineer however it can get SO repetitive that you may consider turning way down how much the guy participates.
So there we have it, once again CodeMasters disappointed F1 fans worldwide with their never-improving title (except that some absurd bugs from the past aren't there). It is amazing how there is a lack of bite from the tires, how the steering is poo, and even trying to use a proper wheel like a Logitech G25/27 won't do you any good, as you can't overcome the inherent lag and deadzones.
I have played f1 2010 and 2011 and this game is a step above. The graphics are awesome and the sound is great but this is not a game for beginners unless you understand the formula 1 world. I love formula one and I love this type of racing but for me this game was a little too challenging. For me that challenge of control was so hard that it took the enjoyment out of the game for me. While the visuals are great it was too hard for me to keep the car from spinning out at the simplest of times.
posted by egherb2000 (DAYTONA BEACH, FL) May 22, 2013
Member since May 2013
game looks great and the graphics are wonderful, but it is fairly hard to play. i don't have the racing wheel so maybe that was a factor, but it was very difficult even on the easy setting. plus it has the grand turismo style qualifying to play the single player, so that can get annoying. its definitely worth a rental for graphics alone, but if you wreck easily playing nascar games, don't even bother.