Tomorrow, F1 2012 by Codemasters releases for two major consoles (Xbox 360 & Playstation 3) and the PC (via Steam). I, on the other hand have had the game since last week (perks of the job) and I have put several hours into the game so I could come to you today and let you know my opinion on it and if it is worth your time and hard-earned money. So for a complete video review of F1 2012 scroll down below. Also below are new screen shots of Monza, and a short pros & cons list. Enjoy!
Just as the 2012 Formula 1 season is about to go underway Codemasters announces the release date (September 2012) of F1 2012as well as announcing that a new game mode “Young Driver’s Test” will be included in the next installment. In the game the Young Driver’s Test seems to combine a tutorial along with career mode. The game will walk the players through a few driving techniques then they will be sent out to earn a spot on a team. It is likely that a players performance during the test will determine what team they will end up on. In the first development diary for F1 2012 game directors Paul Jeal and Stephen Hood visited the real Young Drivers test at the Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi to see if playing their game helped the drivers with their test. How helpful is the game when compared to the real thing? You will see all that from the young drivers themselves in the video below.
On the heels of their successful launch of F1 2011, Codemasters is on the verge of launching “F1 Online The Game”. F1 online attempts to bring the fun of F1 racing in a “top-down view” browser based free to play online game. Players can manage their own team, run licensed teams, design their own liveries, and more. There are also several types of game modes including grand prix, quick fire challenges, and obviously multi-player racing. If this sounds like your brand of apple juice then head over to F1OnlineTheGame.com to sign up for a shot at the closed beta. The full version of F1 Online should launch sometime in the first three months of 2012. Check out the first official gameplay video below.
We have all been stuck in hopelessly boring situations: waiting in line, stuck on a long plane trip, listening to people. All those those aforementioned things suck! However there is a new and awesome way to pass time, especially if your a Formula 1 fan. Codemasters has released F1 2011 for the Nintendo 3DS handheld system! So not only can you race around the world on the go but you can do it in 3D with no dorky glasses! This is not a super condensed version of the console game either. Players still get all the teams, cars, and tracks from the 2011 F1 season, multiplayer via LAN or wi-fi with up to four players, season co-op mode, and there is even an exclusive 3DS feature in which players can put their fastest lap-times up against passers-by via the 3DS’ “streetpass” feature.
You can find the game at Best Buy or Gamestop or any other major retailer for about 40 bucks which makes this a great and easy to find gift for the racing fan in your life, just make sure they have a Nintendo 3DS. If not you can pick one up for about 170 bucks. If you are the racing fan and you are reading this then trust us when we tell you this game is a must for your wish list this year. Stay tuned for more suggestions!
Very early this morning (or late last night depending on where you live) Codemasters announced via the official F1 game twitter account that F1 2011 WILL include a saftey car. This is something that fans of the game have been requesting since F1 2010 was released. For a long time most thought it would not happen since it would require some legal gymnastics and permissions to license the saftey car for the game but it appears the team at Codemasters finally pulled it off! To confirm the F1 2011 game communcations manager Andy Gray used his cell phone to tweet a screen shot of the Mercedes SLS AMG saftey car in action. No word yet on how much players can interact with the safety car of if the saftey car could single handedly ruin an entire race but we do know a few things: it is not controllable by the player, players will still have some control over your car while following the safety car, and the saftey car will be a part of online play. As soon as more information is made public we will try to update this post ASAP. We can’t wait to review this game!