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      18.08.2002 20:15
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      F1 World Grand Prix For Dreamcast This formula 1 racing game follows the 1998 racing season. Therefore, all the 11 teams and 22 drivers are set out as they were in that year. At the time of the game’s creation, the Williams team did not have two drivers, so one of the drivers for the Williams team is listed as, “Williams Driver.” The game has 4 main playing options which are, Single race Championship Time attack Match race (2 player option) If you are looking to just have a short go on the game, the single race option is just the ticket. However, if you want to follow the season from start to finish, you may want to enter the championship option which takes you through all 16 rounds of the 1998 season. If you want to try and better yourself, you can enter the time attack option whereby you try and beat the fastest lap time for a race circuit. If you want to challenge your friends at a race, there is the match race which is for a 2 player, one on one mode. Around each of these options are the set up options. Some options can be set up from the outset, but others are options for a single race, such as car settings. The main options in the menu are language, display, sound and controller options. There are 4 languages available, English, French, Spanish and German. The display options allow you set up the camera view of your car, and what is displayed on the screen during game play. The sound option allows you to set the volume levels of the separate sound effects present during game play. The controller options have 3 set up features. There are 2 controller set up defaults, named “A” and “B”. The 3rd option allows you to customize the controller set up yourself. The game menu also allows you to load and save files on to your VM unit. Therefore, you can save a game if you are in the middle of a championship, or you can save car settings for a particular race circuit. When setting up a game, you can select the difficulty levels for both yourself, and the CPU controlled cars. You can enter as a novice or professional driver. The novice setting is more forgiving, whereas the professional setting is much more realistic. Therefore, I would advise newcomers to select the novice setting to get used to the controls and race circuits. The CPU controlled cars can be set at different skill levels ranging from easy through to super hard. This really means how fast they go!! Therefore, the easy setting makes them all go slow, making it easy to win. There are also 2 options for assisting with acceleration and braking. This basically allows you to set off without wheel spinning or under braking when approaching corners. Once you have set the difficulty levels for yourself and the CPU, you have a few more options to select. These are as follows, Number of laps – 3,6,12,Half,Full Weather – Sunny/Part cloudy/Cloudy/Light rain/Rain/Random Flags – on/off Pit – on/off Car damage – on/off ’98 events – on/off Grid position – 1-22 (only available in single race mode) Safety car – on/off This sets how many laps you have to complete and the weather conditions. Also whether you have to adhere to race flag conditions, if you have to pit for fuel and repairs, if you can damage your car during racing. The game is based on the ’98 season. Therefore, it has preset memory of who went out in each race, and if there were any collisions. You can set the grid position you start in, but only in single race mode. In the championship mode, you have to qualify to gain your grid position. Once you have selected your team, driver and race circuit, you have just one more set of options prior to racing. These are the car settings which are more technical. You can set the following, Fuel level – In laps Tyre type – Dry (soft) , Dry (hard) , Intermediate , Rain Front wing – Angle Rear wing – Angle Suspension – Height Brake sensitivity – 1 to 100 Brake balance – Left or right Steering – Left or right Transmission – Manual gears or automatic gears These settings can be saved to the VM unit. Once these settings have been carried out you can start the race. The race then starts!!!! Whilst racing you can change the view mode. This goes from the driver’s view, above the drivers head, just behind the car or a distant view behind the car. You can also look behind you. The car has side mirrors, but they are small and sometimes you cannot see clearly behind you, Therefore, the rear view mode allows you to quickly check behind you. During race mode you can pause the game. When the game is paused you can change some settings. You can return to the race, change the display and sound setting, restart the race or retire from the race. When the race is over, the game displays the race results. Then you can either playback your fastest lap, save the replay, view the race results, try again or exit to the main menu. The game has a good realism, good graphics and sound. Although the text is sometimes a bit small making it hard to read clearly. The game can be a bit longwinded if you always race a full race of 70 laps or so. It is better to race 12 laps, as you get good game play, and you are not as likely to get bored. I purchased the game about 1 year ago and at the time it cost me £10 from Game. I enjoy the game, and it is good to see how your skill develops as you play it more. It can seem very difficult at first, but if you start off on the easy options, you will soon improve.

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        08.12.2001 16:04
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        Gameplay: Don't let anyone tell you otherwise: This is a sim. If you're looking for an arcade racer with huge jumps and lots of dirty tricks, this isn't it. F1 World Grand Prix has high speeds and fine-tuned controls that will make every sim fan's heart beat higher, but it also requires exact navigation, downshifting for curves and following the racing line. On top of that, it's a tough game to beat with a steep learning curve. But the good news for beginners is that the makers of this game haven't forgotten about you. When you choose your driver, you can pick "rookie" skill and controls that help you stay on the tracks by applying brake and acceleration assistance before and after turns. Anyone familiar with F1 racing will of course go for the "professional" or "champion" difficulties, which lack the default assist options and feature much tougher AI for the other drivers. Sound: While still not perfect and a little to clean, the cars' engine sound real enough, accompanied by a few real-life race samples in the background. It sounds authentic, but I wish there was a little more variety as the crash noises and skid noises quickly get old. I have yet to play a game where you hear that nasty rubber-grinding sound when your wheels come into contact with another car. In terms of speech, Paradigm included basic pit talk advice, such as "your suspension's damaged" or "Coulthard is three seconds behind you." It's limited, but it works and serves as a good reminder to check your rear view and HUD. F-1 World Grand Prix is easily Video System's best game yet. Excellent control and driver AI highlight a hyper-realistic racer that only seems to suffer in one area: smoothness. If you're a graphics nut who can't take an overall lower framerate, or you're not sure that realism is what you want in a racer, you might want to rent this one first -- F1 and sim racing fans, don't even think twice. This game is too hot to pass up. Let's hope this is only the beginning of a long line of racing sims from the Paradigm/Video System team.

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          16.09.2001 06:56
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          As far as F1 games go, I would recommend you play on a PC only with a decent F1 steering wheel with force feedback – i.e. buy Grand Prix 3 and a Microsoft Wheel, it’ll be the best F1 gaming experience you can have, but F1 World Grand Prix isn’t bad at all. It has an official licence, with all the cars and drivers and tracks from the 1998 season – that means Eddie Irvine is still at Ferrari and Mika Hakkinen would be the best choice of driver, and there’ll be some dodgy commentary from a fake Murray Walker!! So, the official status is a must have with any F1 game, but most do, but it’s nice to know that at least one Dreamcast game has a licence. The two player races are excellent, it doesn’t matter how good you are – racing at 200mph is fun, no matter how virtual it is – a lot safer in a game of course. The single player championship is what it’s all about though, but don’t worry – you won’t have to race 70 odd laps each circuit, you can tune and select in the options for whatever suits your needs. Good options package here! Pit stops, good Ai cars, decent graphics – commentary, stupid but ok, and very nice vroooom sounds! Plus points: Great graphics! Sound! Speed sensation. Tuning and options – selections etc.. The astounding two player battles. Downsides: It’s old now. Nothing on GP3. Overall, F1 World GP is official, it has realistic handling that will require a skilful driver – it’s fast, good fun and a challenge. 4 stars.

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            29.08.2001 19:19

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            As far as F1 games go, I would recommend you play on a PC only with a decent F1 steering wheel with force feedback – i.e. buy Grand Prix 3 and a Microsoft Wheel, it’ll be the best F1 gaming experience you can have, but F1 World Grand Prix isn’t bad at all. It has an official licence, with all the cars and drivers and tracks from the 1998 season – that means Eddie Irvine is still at Ferrari and Mika Hakkinen would be the best choice of driver, and there’ll be some dodgy commentary from a fake Murray Walker!! So, the official status is a must have with any F1 game, but most do, but it’s nice to know that at least one Dreamcast game has a licence. The two player races are excellent, it doesn’t matter how good you are – racing at 200mph is fun, no matter how virtual it is – a lot safer in a game of course. The single player championship is what it’s all about though, but don’t worry – you won’t have to race 70 odd laps each circuit, you can tune and select in the options for whatever suits your needs. Good options package here! Pit stops, good Ai cars, decent graphics – commentary, stupid but ok, and very nice vroooom sounds! Plus points: Great graphics! Sound! Speed sensation. Tuning and options – selections etc.. The astounding two player battles. Downsides: It’s old now. Nothing on GP3. Overall, F1 World GP is official, it has realistic handling that will require a skilful driver – it’s fast, good fun and a challenge. 4 stars.

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            22.08.2001 08:34

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            I'm blue blue blue blue this game is true true true. It is wikid wikid I have a blue house with a blue window, blue is the colour I thought that i'd wear she is so blue. The cars in this game are blue if you get a benneton or another blue car yum yum yum. let's dance blue house if you got the feeling then house blue blue blue! YAYAYAYA. I am so vrooooooooooom, neeeeeeooooooowwwwwwnnnnnn I am a fast car yeah dont reck my dream squid boy.

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            13.05.2001 00:29
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            The N64 has a reputation for excellent racing games (except Crusin' USA), for example: Beetle Racing, V-Rally and F-Zero X to name a few. F1 World GP is the best of them all. Stunningly addictive gameplay, excellent graphics and a realistic sound system all add to the superb atmosphere of F1 World GP. Unfortunately, it is surprisingly easy, but makes up for that addictive gameplay. The sound system leaves much to be desired, which I hope will be fixed in the sequel, which I tip to knock Mario Party off number 1. I recommend you play as Pyrite, Hill, or if you cheat, Silver and Gold. It doesn't really matter though, like most racing games, the cars are mainly in contrast with one another, the two features being speed and handling. M. Gold is the fastest racer, but if you are new to the game, it is hard to control his car, so you are better off opting for a slower character.

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              21.12.2000 05:30
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              F1 World Grand Prix is the most realistic racing game I have ever seen. I also have F1 2000 on PC, but this is much better- the shape of the car, driver and the crashes effect on you is just so much more realistic. Formula 1 Grand Prix has superb graphics, as aforementioned and it has got to be the best racing game on the market at the moment. The colors are sharp and textures blend nicely, with hardly any rough edges standing out. The only noticeable prob;lem is really when loads of cars get bunched up, and the game slows down a bit, but this is only a minor fault, and causes nowhere near as many problems as it did on PC. The sound effects for the game are to be expected; screeching tires, weather, speed, gears, and crashes are all portrayed at an above-average level. Overall, Formula 1 is a game for a hardcore racing fans; the controls and learning time are too steep for an average game player. Where the game truly shines is in the customization category. Every imaginable setup in the game, from driver and weather effects to track type and car color, can be customized. The game has well-done graphics, but suffers from slowdown in some instances. Overall, Formula 1 is the type of game that racing fans will appreciate but may not appeal to casual gamers, because you need to know what F1 is all about to appreciate the brilliance of this game. Just a brilliant game!!! Overall, a simply superb game and I recommend all Dreamcast Owners buy it now!!!

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              12.11.2000 02:12

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              some people say that computer games are for people with nothing better to do and there probably right I really don't have anything to do so I have become the ultimate games reviewer the game Im really talking about is f1 wrld grand prixits graphics are great and even thougth my freind who never played it before started to beat me after the 2nd try I still love the game Even if you don't have a dreamcast you can find the arcade version which is pretty much the same to liven up your sad and miserable life.

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              08.11.2000 03:17

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              F1 world grand prix for the dreamcast is, as the name suggests, a racing game based on the f1 teams and racers of the 1999 season. The controls, as in every f1 game, are a pain to control because you have to break about 200 yards before each corner. Compered to Monaco, F1 world grand prix for the dreamcast is a very well made and good game. It is not perfect, (It is a bit slow and a bit hard at first), but it is a very good game. Well worth buying.

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              24.09.2000 19:12
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              This F1 game is a fair effort, and boasts full official FIA status - but who cares, the game is, although not awful, pretty boring. With incredibly hard controls and limited modes the game lost appeal right from the start for me. So the graphics look ok, better than anything on the N64, but the game feels so - dull. I completed the championship in a few days, but then found very little point in keeping the game, why should I bother with it? Unless you're an F1 avid support then I don't think this is for you. With so many others to choose from, I'd now recommend you wait for MSR - that will be great. But also the sequel to this game - F1 World GP 2 looks far better and feels a lot better - on the demo version, so maybe that will be better.

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              16.07.2000 13:58

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              F1 World Championship Racing (F1) if you hadn't guessed is the game of the multi-million pound sport that travels the world and Michael Schumacher dominates. When introduced to the game you get several game options. Single Race that allows you to select your favourite track and race in it. Championship Mode is a full season of racing, across all the tracks from this year. Time Attack is you on your own, racing against the clock or a ghost car of your last lap. When you select either of the three you get to pick which driver you want to play from a list of 22 drivers. All the teams are there but of course Jacques Villeneuve makes no appearance, instead he is called "Williams Driver" which is due to his own licensing agreements. You'll have to go to the PSX's Formula 1 '99 is you want Jacques in there. The tracks are all in there apart from Malaysia which Argentina makes a stand-in for which spoils the authenticity of the full season of the games. Within the actual races there are options galore, you can turn the damage on or off, select the weather or have it on random, use the 98 standings to give you a real feel or you can adjust the skill of the computer opponents. You can also have a little assistance in the accelerator and braking if you don't feel up to it, despite my past performance on such games I decided to shun the Dreamcast's assistance and go for it. As regards to the car you can adjust everything on the car you would expect to on a Formula 1 racing simulator from the gear ratios, angles of the wings to the steering sensitivity. Every little tweak makes the difference between a beautifully engineered car that will slip around the track like butter on a hotpan or make it slip around the course like a dog on a ice rink. The control system is probably my major gripe; those with standard controllers might find it difficult to play controlling the game via the an alogue joystick. It may just be me but my left thumb doesn't really hold the precision movement to steer a formula one car around tight corners especially in Monaco with it's precarious hairpins. The graphics are wonderful, there is no pop-up anywhere during the game. Tthe silhouettes of structures slow come forward and then you streak past them at 100Mph. As you fly past the crowd take photos and then cheers fade into the background as you slip down a few gears into a chicane and then away. Even the rain is glorious as it comes down in sheets as you drive down hills you can see the random patterns of rain form and disappear. The speed of the game really captures the feel of Formula 1, you dare not take your eyes off the track because you know a corner's coming but if you do you'll miss it and slide onto the gravel. That's the great thing about this game - immersion. You feel you are controlling a car that with the slightest touch will go spinning away from you. A touch of wheel on the grass will leave it covered in the green stuff and your wheels spinning as you try and get up to speed. The multiplayer feature is a let down because of it's insistence on a two-player race without being able to have the challenge of a full squad of cars cramming you into the tracks. This lack means you aren't allowed to feel like your one of two rivals fighting for a place in the top six or if your good - the top spot. It's two-player only mode makes a mockery of the four controllers that you can plug into the console. I used to be absolutely awful at racing games, an inability to brake at the right time prevented my avoidance of barriers and cars alike. F1 really ironed out my problems after a few hours of play. Now I am slipping round corners, overtaking cars with late braking, cutting inside their turning arc and blocking them out by sliding in front of them. Still a steering wheel will be a worthw hile investment for those wanting supreme control over their machine.

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              08.07.2000 17:15
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              This has to be one of the hardest driving games I have played on in my life. It is no comparison to the likes of sega rally, but then it is f1. The steering is solid, you cant use the d-pad so it is hard to judge the corners! The levels are all real, and the graphics are good so it simulates a good track! The main thing that spoils the game is the bad handling! The car really flys on the streight but on the s-bends you have no chance. The running commentry is good to although I wouldn't reccomend this game to a friend

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              30.06.2000 07:10
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              Every console needs a formula one racing game if the charts are anything to go by, as they always seem to occupy the number one slot for weeks. this game has great graphics and decent gameplay but once you win the championship I cant see you coming back to play it too often. So not a great game but it is the best formula one game on the dreamcast , much better than Monaco Grand Prix which surprisingly has sold more copies ( whats wrong with you people). If your after a F1 game for your dreamcast then go for this one

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              24.06.2000 23:33

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              This game is one of the only games that dosnt live up to its expectations! Dont get me wrong Its a pretty good game the graphics and all that are sound. The thing that spoils it a bit is the horrable handeling! The difficulty of the game is also one of the factors that spoil it the rest is top! The commentry is good and all of the corses are brilliant. Some people out there probebly like the game but for me and many others the game is just to difficult! It wolud probebly be a lot better if you could use the D-pad to play it with!!

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              07.06.2000 00:39

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              Deeply addictive, in a nutshell! Of course, that assumes you're an F1 fan already..this is great as it's bang up to date and the graphics are crisp. Some of the settings are just too technical for me though - I just want to play the game. Endless permuatations of technical specs if you're interested though. Two player games require a big TV as it splits the screen, but that's a minor point as it's just as much fun one player.

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