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F1 2010 by Codemasters
Release Date: US: 09/22 EU: 23/09 UK: 24/09
I might be alone here as I'm not sure America actually cares about Formula 1 (or that Formula 1 cares about America given some of the previous races they had). But I'm sure a few of us remember what used to be a mainstay of videogame racing in the form of Geoff Crammonds F1GP. Anyways, after a decidedly long absence from most of the formats, F1 Racing is back, in a fashion. It's not a simulation (might want to try rFactor or iRacing in their various guises if that's what you're after), but it is something that should be familiar to those who enjoyed Codemasters previous hits (Dirt 2, Grid).
Having skipped the '09 release on the HD consoles, codemasters have committed themselves to putting in a real effort and not just a quick license cash grab. And the results are looking pretty impressive with enhanced weather effects being the in thing for this update to the Ego engine, and all 19 tracks from this season included as well as all the teams and drivers.
Isn't Formula 1 really boring and no one can overtake?
Race Edit: Canada
Actually, aside from the season opener 2010 has been a pretty great year, formula1.com do some pretty nifty race edits which are worth checking out.
So what's the game all about
It's about adjusting your front wing and engine maps, obviously.
It might not be a full on simulation, but a lot of detail has been put in the game. Tyres will degrade, suspension can be tweaked, breaks can be biased. There's a full career mode that sees you putting in the practice, developing the car, racing your team mate, dealing with the press. And then there's the online mode which has up to 12 people taking part. But for most of us it'll be you vs 23 other drivers straight from Formula 1 on any one of the 19 tracks. In the sun in the desert, at night in the city or just you against the rain.
Rain? What's that got to do with anything?
It makes things wet and hard to see. Any wet race is a good race, as it makes things unpredictable. There's the active track technology as well, which calculates the grip on every square 30cm of the track as the race goes on and rubbers in. Rain washes it all away but it can also pool, allowing you to cool off your tyres.
It's obviously no Gran Tourismo but they've put in the effort - see the flying McLaren at 1.11.
But the mirrors on the Ferrari are all wrong!
Very observant of you! All the cars got signed off a few months into the season, so they're pretty much locked now. There's a fair few other things missing unfortunately, marshalls, safety cars, formation laps, no Dx11 support either although that might get patched back in. Apparently they got Button's new helmet right though.