F1 2015 has emerged from the pits gleaming and ready to race. Sporting a brand new engine, it's rebuilt from the ground up, both in terms of visuals, content, handling, AI and presentation.
That's a good thing too, because we had to bring out the Safety Car for F1 2014. "To be honest you're best off ignoring it and investigating next year's effort instead," we wrote in our review, criticising its recycled content and lousy GamePad controls. There was fun to be had with the right racing wheel, but it's clear that Codemasters had their work cut out.
Now that we've been able to get hands-on with "next year's effort," I'm delighted to report that F1 2015 is a very different beast. Though there's work to be done, it's clear that Codies are dead-set on finishing in pole position and are well on the way to doing just that.
Seeing as we're talking about a racing sim, it's only fitting that we start with the engine. F1 2015 is powered by EGO 3, which is brand new and built entirely from scratch. Every asset is therefore completely original, from the models and textures to the re-recorded engine sounds for each manufacturer and even the race engineer banter, which will now burst forth from your DualShock 4 if playing on PS4. Lighting and frame rate has been boosted across the board with PC and current-gen systems in mind. Booting up the Singapore circuit during a vicious midnight rainstorm, I was keen to put Codies' boasts to the test.Click here to read more...
The big question to be posed to the latest in a line of yearly, iterative games is always "what's new?" People won't drop fifty quid for a game that makes the odd cosmetic change or just swaps old rosters for new. We like progression, we like to envisage some sort of movement forwards in the quest to create the most authentic, awesome representation of a sport or pastime, as if there's a perfect goal to be reached that yearly series creep closer to each year.
Of course, when a new batch of consoles have been released, but you're still tethered to the old bunch, I would imagine that keeping up, let alone trying to improve in meaningful fashion, can seem like a Sisyphean task. Unfortunately, in a year where games are shinier and sparkier than in previous ones, you have to make some strides in terms of gameplay.
Sadly, F1 2014 doesn't really do that. In fact, in many ways it does the exact opposite.Click here to read more...
GRID: Autosport releases this Friday, and in case you're interested, it's really rather good. Grippy handling, a wealth of content and great AI make for a huge and polished racer -- which is definitely worth buying on PC to benefit from the full 1080/60 visual experience, 4K texture pack and a longer-lasting community. Amazingly, CDKeys are charging a paltry £16.25 for a limited black edition Steam Code, which saves you roughly £14 versus the standard edition.
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Developer: Codemasters Racing
GRID Autosport doesn't have an in-car cockpit view. It has two in-car cockpit views.
Despite releasing a scant twelve months after GRID 2, Codemasters' latest track racer addresses every criticism that fans levelled at last year's mixed effort. And then some. Awkward drift-heavy handling has been replaced by tight grippy simulation. Instead of no driving assists whatsoever, we can access every optional helping hand imaginable, letting us scale the experience to our specifications. An idiotic story about social media gives way to a freeform campaign that Milestone would be proud of, complete with five totally different disciplines and AI that fights back, preparing drivers for an enormous multiplayer suite powered by the RaceNet sevice.
In short it's everything that dedicated racing fans wanted from GRID 2... but by tuning, tweaking and expanding upon practically everything in the package, GRID Autosport is also deeply impressive in its own right.
You could even argue that it's five track racers in one, spanning TOCA to tyre-shredding street showdowns.Click here to read more...
As much as we're looking forward to another racing game from Codemasters, we're undeniably disappointed that it's not coming to the PS4 or Xbox One too. With nothing on the horizon for next-gen until the back-end of the year, this will at probably be the racing game of choice for the summer for anyone not tempted into buying a Wii U for Mario Kart 8. Expect race track and road circuit racing again from sports, saloon and open-wheel cars along with some extensive tinkering options under the hood. Now Codemasters, we assume this is missing next-gen because you're making a next-gen rally game? Right? Please?
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F1 2013 is out today on PC, PS3 and Xbox 360, so what better way to celebrate than watching an aptly dramatic launch trailer?
Well, technically, you could go to HMV Oxford Street right now and get involved in the public launch party. That's an option.Click here to read more...
If you're in London tomorrow afternoon and love a bit of Formula One, why not stop in at the F1 2013 launch event at HMV Oxford Street? During the festivities, you'll be able to play the game, test your tyre-changing skills and even win some nifty prizes if your hot laps are fast enough. Details below.Click here to read more...
Codemasters Racing have released a full list of the legendary 1980s and 1990s cars, drivers and tracks that will appear in F1 2013's Classic Mode - depending on the edition you buy. The trailer and upcoming mess of bulletpoints will make everything clear.
If you're a longtime Formula One fan, you're going to be in for a treat.Click here to read more...
Just a quickie: Codemasters Racing has confirmed that F1 2013 won't require an online pass to access its multiplayer component. It's great to see publishers following EA's lead, though of course, they popularised the system in the first place.
F1 2013 releases on October 4th for PC, PS3 and Xbox 360. It will be available in two editions: a standard version and a 'Classic' Edition that includes a new mode featuring 1980s cars and commentary from Murray Walker.
Codemasters Racing has confirmed that F1 2013 will release on October 4th for PC, PS3 and Xbox 360, following its reveal last week. In preparation, they've released some new footage of the Hungaroring track, complete with technical advice from consultant Anthony Davidson. Check it out below.Click here to read more...
F1 2013 has been officially revealed by Codemasters Racing, packing all of the new rule changes and transfers of the season, as well as several gameplay additions. Interestingly, however, it will be available in two flavours: a standard version and a Classic Edition that includes 1980s racers and Murray Walker commentary.
We've got three trailers, all the details and some screens after the break.Click here to read more...
Developers: Codemasters Racing
Can we stop with this whole "narratives don't belong in racing games" business now please? I like context, it shows a modicum of imagination beyond the mechanical and, while story and setting should never be a smokescreen for poor gameplay basics, it provides something to connect to outside of racing your chums online.
The heyday of Codemasters' Race Driver series was a shining beacon for squashing narrative and racing together. Yes, it was often a bit cheesy, but it was also frequently highly entertaining. Such is the story of World Series Racing when it comes to GRID 2. You are a plucky young street racer, and Patrick Callahan is an utterly minted entrepreneur with dreams of starting a global league of racing carnivalia. He packs you off across the world to race in his livery, to drum up fans and sponsors, and to impress your fellow professional petrolheads across a range of driving disciplines.
There are 14 locations across three different continents, and every race type you could want from simple point to point speed fests in the hot Middle-Eastern sun, to snaking, drifting challenges on hazardous coastal roads where amateurish sliding can lead to fatal falls, to overtaking as many pickup trucks as you possibly can as a Parisian crowd roars your name. You'll race through five seasons with WSR, and the game, though, slow to start, explodes with mock social media drama, news bulletins and ESPN-esque presentations of your victorious feats. Rivals present themselves, and there's always someone to beat, new fans to be won, and that enigmatic millionaire backer of yours to impress.Click here to read more...
Codemasters' decision to not include cockpit view in their latest racing title -- GRID 2 -- has proven something of a controversial decision. The console crowd are, of course, stuck without it, but not so the PC lot.
A whole bunch of modders have been crafting cockpit cams for the racer, with a number of works in progress available to check out here. We've embedded a video above of one of the mods in actin, courtesy of siroja00. [via VG247]
Our comprehensive review is coming later this week, so stay tuned.
GRID 2 is out today on PC. PS3 and Xbox 360, so why not celebrate by looking at some fast cars, visiting glamorous locations and admiring the beautiful scenery? However, if you can't afford that frankly magnificent lifestyle, I guess this launch trailer will do at a pinch.Click here to read more...
Codemasters Racing have revealed a one-off special edition for GRID 2 that can do 0-60 in 2.8 seconds.Click here to read more...
We've got three GRID 2 trailers awaiting your inspection after the break, one of which shows an 'Eliminator' race taking place in Dubai, while the other two focus on the Abu Dhabi Yas Marina circuit and touring cars in some glamorous globetrotting locations.
The rather pretty racer is out next week for PC, PS3 and Xbox 360.Click here to read more...
The latest trailer for Codemasters' GRID 2 focuses on its BMW lineup, including the BMW E30 M3 Sport Evolution, BMW 1 Series M Coupe, BMW M3 Coupe and BMW Motorsport 320 TC. If you're a fan of Bimmers, you'll probably get a kick out of this.
GRID 2 launches on PC, PS3 and Xbox 360 on May 31st in Europe, with a North American release three days earlier as per usual.
Towards the end of last week, Codemasters slapped a 45-minute video of upcoming racer GRID 2 onto the internet, showing off three tracks - Barcelona, Chicago and Red Bull Ring - and giving players a look at the game in action.
It's tea-time, so we've stuck it above so you can enjoy a spot of petrol-fuelled awesomeness with your battenburg and Earl Grey.