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.
Im a seasoned Gran Turismo veteran...as far back as the older PS formats. Sure there's F1's you can get/buy/drive but nothing comes close to F1 2012!! There's nothing that even comes close. From beginner to advanced it will school you like you just got your learners permit!!! Hard mode? can you saw PWNED??!?!?!? The graphics are smooth, and the sound effects taken straight from the different motors found in the Formula series!! Crackles and pops, high revs and rev limiters, downshifting booms, and back fires, spinouts and crashes with LEGIT damage that can simply cripple you enough where its game over. You can't drive likes its nascar either, you will get penalties and black flagged quicker than you can say "HATERADE". So rent it, buy it, borrow it, whatever... just get it and DRIVE IT.
I will say this isnt so much for the novice driver as it is for the more seasoned. ESPECIALLY NASCAR drivers, you bump or rub in this kind of racing and its over. Sure there's gonna be some banging but you have to be careful, its not like diving into turn 2 at Bristol!! Turn 2 @ Suzuka will wad you up and spit you out stamping LOL on your forehead.
Its technical, but well made. I just wish there was an option to save replays. Realistically though, if thats really the only complaint... i still think its a WIN!!!
If they would only make a NASCAR one with this much detail and focus, there is no SUPER BOOST here..only KERS and DRS which is pretty dang legit ( there's that word again ).
So, pop it in your Q and get ready for the most detailed professional racing F1 game out there. Im sure there will be some haters, and thats fine... those are the people on Gran Turismo with the NASCAR rooms with BOOST @ max and race dirty, its the only way they know how to race. F1 is clean, tight, well made, and detailed..... its almost derpa derpa PROOF :)