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.
posted by shooterjunkie56 (COLORADO SPRINGS, CO) Dec 11, 2012
Member since May 2011
F1 2012 is one of the best racing games I've played in a long time simply because it offers what most racers lack, A CHALLENGE. If you're one of those people who rage if you don't win a race or have to crash everyone to win, then you shouldn't be playing racing games. Codemasters did such a great job on fine tuning this game it's unreal. The cars are tricky to get a hold of because they're very sensitive. They will steps out very easy on you so be prepared to correct.The career mode is the same well layed out career we've seen before but with much more engaging AI. The graphics are great, the cars look great and the backgrounds are absolutely beautiful. This game is hard but it keeps you coming back because it makes you think, "I can beat them at the next track" if you practice and tune your car enough this is one of the best racing simulators of all time.