Developer: Codemasters Birmingham
Publisher: Codemasters | Namco Bandai
“It’s lights out, and away we go!” Yes, it’s that time of year again, as Codemasters deliver us their latest annual offering of Formula One racing - putting you in the driving seat against the most highly skilled and highly paid drivers in the world. And Max Chilton. And the big USP of this year’s iteration is that of classic cars and tracks to race around as opposed to just those on the current calendar. But will this addition and the package in general, see you racing to the shops, or leave you looking for an early retirement? And yes, the racing puns get worse.
Firstly let me be really clear on something. I place myself in a (what I hope is a fairly broad) demographic of gamers that love watching Formula 1 on TV, but when it comes to displaying that passion in an F1 simulator game, I’m useless. Seriously, I’m very, very bad at F1 games, and whilst this means that I won’t ever win the World Championship without some help (more later), it does also put me in a spectacular position to critique the game for the less skilled in F1 games, or those new to the genre or series. So strap yourself in, and prepare for the ride (told you).
Your first step into F1 2013 will be the famous ‘Young Driver Test’ that happens each year to find F1’s latest prodigal talent. It’s a way for the game to not only introduce you to the controls and mechanics of the game, but also provides a premise for unlocking teams that you can drive with in the main career mode. The better you perform in each of these tests, the more notice you’ll attract from better teams, giving you more options in Career Mode. It’s a great introduction, both with its pacing but also with its unforgiving policy of performance. If there’s anything newcomers can learn from the Young Driver’s Test, it’s that that driving in an F1 game is all about precision, control and skill. Any wayward braking or cornering will be punished through lack of car performance, and failing tests. It sounds hard, harsh even, and it is, but this is F1, and the sport itself is a specialist sport for a reason. F1 gaming veterans will eat this test for breakfast, with it offering little difference from previous iterations, but as a familiarisation exercise, it still works competently enough.Click here to read more...
We sat down (or rather stood up) with Codemasters Birmingham's Greg Pryjmachuk yesterday to have a chat about the upcoming F1 2013 and discuss how the development team are striving to balance out the simulation nature of the sport itself whilst still catering towards accessibility. We also had a natter about the Classic modes, new to this year's game; how Codemasters have improved the on-track action; and the delights that the new save game mechanism will bring to Grand Prix fans who want the full strategic racing experience, but don't always have two hours to spare.
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Developers: Codemasters Birmingham
I’ve got a confession to make; I was quite looking forward to reviewing this game. Firstly because last week I reviewed LittleBigPlanet Karting – a fairly decent game but a missed opportunity to deliver a great karting experience – and was looking for another karting game to fill the void. Secondly I’m personally a fan of F1 anyway, so I was more intrigued how they had linked in the concept and feel of F1 – a very serious and detailed sport – into the fun and quirky world of console kart racing.
First impressions before I’d touched the controller were pleasing. The visual style was going about its business with a sense of bright colours, and cartoony driver models – making it look like all the racers were out of Team America, in a good way. And the intro movie showcasing the game seemed to suggest vibrant wacky locations with lots of character, mayhem on the track with items going every which way and the drivers being as camp as a box of tents. So things were looking good. But if ever the adage of “looks can be deceiving” needed a PS3 game to embody it, then F1 Race Stars is it.
F1 All Stars sets itself up like the majority of other kart racers out there. There are a variety of tracks to race around, with gold, silver and bronze trophies awarded to podium finishes. And as is customary in these games, there are various items you can pick up throughout the courses to help you to victory or hinder your opponent’s chances. The instant attraction to this game though is that you can choose to race as your favourite F1 star from this season’s crop of racers. So if you feel like showing Vettel and the lads that Karthekayan really can win a race, then this is your best bet.Click here to read more...
DiRT 3, once again, demonstrates that Codemasters are at the very top of the driving games tier. It delivers an unbelievable amount of content, loads of cars, plenty of tracks/surfaces and a massive gymkhana mode starring the legendary Ken Block. ShopTo are currently charging under £15for the Xbox 360 and PS3 versions, which is a beefy saving and a seriously attractive breakthrough price.
This is a beautiful trailer, a really good looking, orchestrally stirring trailer that should have all F1 enthusiasts scrabbling about with excitement. We've been covering Codemasters' latest racing masterpiece pretty closely, and you can check out our hands-on preview and interview for more information. Otherwise, hit the jump and bathe your optic nerves in petrolhead nirvana.Click here to read more...
Codemasters Birmingham has released a new developer diary video detailing F1 2011's co-op championship mode that will allow players to engage in friendly competition as part of the same racing team. Check it out after the break.Click here for the Co-Op Championship developer diary >>
F1 2010 is one of the best racing games I've ever played, so I'm expecting great things from F1 2011 when it hits shop shelves in September. There are plenty of circuits, drivers, and teams to choose from, and once you do, you can take your car out for a spin on the track. Also, the multiplayer'll allow 16 players to compete at the same time, and if you fancy it you can throw in another 8 AI controlled drivers. The Hut are letting you pre-order Xbox 360 copies of the game for £32.85, which is £2 cheaper than the next best offer coming in from ShopTo.
Codemasters know what they're doing. They're the best of British, and frankly, they've done us all proud with a truly epic rally game. It's got more modes, more tracks, more cars and more features than practically any rally title I can think of; not to mention an awesome Gymkhana mode starring the indestructible Ken Block. PC gamers can pick up DiRT 3 from Simply Games for less than £15 - which is a big saving and a major bargain.