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I bought this game back in 1998 and at the time I wasn't a massive F1 fan. After playing the game the experience made me into a fan for life. The game provides an authentic F1 experience, with all the teams and drivers included and the driving aspect of the game is also top quality.
You can race individual Grand Prix either alone or split screen with a friend, or you can try for a full F1 season and become world champion. The cars handle well, and if you are not a big driving game fan you can change the settings to privide various driver assists (such as breaking) which mean you can have a lot of fun without being a born racer. Also, there is a decent challenge mode based on situations from past Grand Prix. The challenges give some back story and a race position you must achieve. These challenges either require you to hold of challengers when your race strategy goes bad or the take places when you have the optimum set up and others are stuggling, usually due to the weather. The AI is not great and drivers sometimes drive all over the place, but this is rare.
Compared to other games at the time the visuals are not stunning but do hold their own. Cars look good, the cockpit camera view provides a decent level of detail. The tracks look great and are recreated down to the last detail. You get a good sence of speed on the straights and handling on the corners.
The engine sounds are good and add to the realism.
An excellent F1 game. Great experience for fans of F1 and I think there is something for neutrals too.
This is the first racing game that succesfully computerised F1 for me. The graphics were good for the time of its release, all 17 tracks are realistic, the 97 grid had some spectacular race names and the game was a pleasure to play. The N64 had other F1 related titles but none of them were as good as this gem. The game is perfect when compared to F1 Pole Position or Monaco Grand Prix.
In reality though, the game isn't without its faults, some of the factors that made it easy to play, also made it rather unrealistic, being able to turn damage off enabled you to ram through the pack of cars if you'd lagged behind, in easy mode your car was considerably faster than all of the others and taking liberties with shortcuts never slowed you down as you could fly across grass almost just as quickly as tarmac.
You can tweak your car in many different ways with regard to wings and brakes and this has an effect on your car's performance, the difference between the easy level and the expert level is wildly different and the expert level really is quite hard to master which gives you plenty of hours of gameplay.
The graphics still look good today, there's some nice effects especially when it comes to weather and lights, the game was always reported as having a frame rate issue but strangely enough my game never suffered from this. The majority of racing games pump out weird music, F1 sticks to the original sounds of the track and engine, this unfortunately is rather boring and whiney and most people who get into this game will probably just turn the volume down!
One of the most unique aspects of this game is that it takes some real-life situations from the 1997 race season and allows you to take part as the driver to see if you can win the race
Hours of fun with this truly classic racing game!
Ever wondered what it's like to go from 200mph to 0mph in a couple of seconds? Well play this game and maybe you'll find out!
Yesterday i decided to pick this game up again, after owning it for a few months, i put the game on rookie difficulty and tried the first race at Melbourne, i was 4 seconds behind the nearest driver in the qualifying, not exactly a good start.
When we started the race, i foolishly floored my car, this resulted in tonnes of wheelspin and i was several seconds behind before we had even hit the first corner. I retired the race at this point.
Just from those 2 paragraphs you can already see that this is a hard game, i'm not a bad driver, i drive racing sims on the PC, i play Forza 3 regularly on the Xbox 360, i still play Gran Turismo 2 on my PS3 as well. But the problem with this game, is its not a realistic simulator, it doesn't matter if your the best driver in the world, if you don't understand the little quirks in this game, you won't be able to win any races.
We'll talk about the physics first as they're the main reason why i lose every race, for a start if you go round a corner too fast, your car will enter what i can only call a powerslide, although theres actually no chance of you spinning your car, instead it acts more like your driving straight and you've just got some wheelspin, so a dramatic decrease in acceleration out of the corner is all you suffer. Then theres the brakes, probably the worst physics i've ever seen in an F1 game, you probably initiate your brakes about 1 second before you hit the corner, maybe a bit less, as you can stop your car almost instantaneously, i contribute this to my constant failures, i brake too early expecting the brakes to act like they would normally, instead i end up stopping miles away from the corner. Skipping the track is faster for me, as all you suffer is a lower top speed, and as i can't do the corners anyway, it's most likely a faster route. Plus you can't be disqualified for driving off road (duh).
Even though the developers didn't have a great deal to work with back in the N64 days, i've played PS1 games that had decent physics, better graphics and proper F1 rules. As the N64 is more powerful than the PS1, they had no excuse to come out with this game. Even though space on a cartridge is limited, i hardly think they used all the space on the cartridge to make this game.
If your an F1 fan, you might want to buy this just to own another F1 game, otherwise i wouldn't bother with this, try and find a better F1 sim on the N64, or better yet, the PS1. If you really want a retro F1 game that is.
As far as F1 games go on the N64, this is probably the best one there is.
I picked it up for about £2 on Amazon UK marketplace, well worth it in my opinion.
The physics in the game are fairly basic, its quicker to cut corners instead of actually driving the track properly. When driving around corners, your back end may swing out a bit if you steer to hard, making your acceleration out of the turn fairly poor until you regain traction. Although this does seem to denote some form of advanced physics engine, its actually a very basic process.
The AI is extremely challenging, even on the easiest difficulty setting, the AI will pose a difficult challenge. Melbourne was probably the easiest track for me, as you can cut the corners without too much of a speed loss, which means you can catch up fairly well at each corner, although it is hard to overtake the other cars.
There is a 2 player head to head mode, unsure if it contains AI, although I can't really imagine a F1 game which only allows for 2 drivers in a race.
The tracks are fairly good detail, and there are quite a few of them, it contains tracks such as Monte Carlo in Monaco, Melbourne, Silverstone and many more.
The game contains the F1 drivers of the 1999 season, so I think there are 22 drivers and 11 teams/cars.
Sorry about the sketchy info, I actually don't like F1 much, I only play it in a few games, I dont actually watch it or follow it.
In the absence of a new Formula One video game i've found myself dabbling with some of the old classic racers to try and get me hyped up for the already mouthwatering new F1 season. Not having a new F1 game to play feels strange when you consider that ten years ago you could play three or four different titles a season and is even more surprising against the backdrop of the most exciting period in F1 since perhaps the days of Senna and Prost.
I love the Bizarre Creation games that were available at the same time for the original PlayStation, particularly Formula One and F1 97 but the launch of F1 World Grand Prix on the Nintendo 64 in 1998 opened my eyes to what an F1 game could be. It wasn't afraid to go down the route of simulation which is rare in a console game and it gave you a lot of control over car set-up and strategy with the ability to fine tune things like front and rear wing angles as well as fuel loads and tyre choices.
F1 WGP was one of the first F1 titles to introduce variable weather conditions and the first one i'd played where these changes in conditions actually affected the gameplay. As you approach the racing weekend, the game presents you with a weather forecast and it gives the skilful player the chance to get one up on the competition with the best set-up before you've even left the garage.
The racing itself follows nicely on from the tuning menu with a very good attention to detail with the addition of practice and qualifying sessions as well as proper pit-stops. Some of the 'real' aspects of F1 don't always transfer so well to game such as the qualifying which isn't as challenging as it could be. At the time (this game is based on the 1997 season) drivers were allowed twelve qualifying laps which usually meant four flying laps with an inlap and an out lap for each. In the game this usually proves to be more than enough time to snatch pole position but I think a single flying lap would better replicate the pressure of qualifying.
Compared to the Bizarre F1 games on the PlayStation at the time, F1 World Grand Prix initially feels slow but after a while it just feels like a better pace that's well suited to racing while on the PlayStation my races were often over by the first corner mainly down to the breakneck speed of F1 racing. At the time the game was graphically a noticeable step up from other racers with an impressive roster of tracks and solid 3d car models with realistic shading. The good presentation extended to the on screen furniture like the Tag Heuer timing screens and list of positions which was identical to ITV's F1 coverage at the time and really helped to immerse you in the game especially when you were doing full race distances.
Unlike the PlayStation games with Murray Walker and Martin Brundle, F1 WGP unfortunately didn't have commentary, instead using a radio from the pits to inform you of updates in the race. This may have been for contractual reasons but Nintendo's cartridge format was famously more limited for storing audio compared with the Compact Discs used by Sony.
The one thing I remember most fondly about this game and one i'm surprised hasn't been developed and added to later games is the scenario mode, where you're presented with a real scenario from the 97 season and you're given a list of objectives and on completion you're awarded a rating which in turn helps you to unlock harder challenges. Examples include holding a position on worn tyres or taking a place in a limited amount of laps. The fact that these scenarios are based on actual events is a real treat for F1 fans and makes up for the fact that upon release the game was a year out of date.
Unfortunately when played today like most early 3d games, World Grand Prix looks at best ropey and at worst unplayable with the soft blurry graphics the N64 is famous for and very limited draw distances that were the limit of the older hardware, nevertheless after i'd found my rose tinted specs and popped them on it really helped and underneath it all I found a really good template for F1 games in the future, if they ever make one!!
OK, you're a formula one driver, you'reracing around various tracks.
what else can you say about the actual game?
This has fast become a favourite of mine though.
The steering does take a bit of getting used to, at first I was coming off the track allover the place,even on the striaghts lol.
You will soon master the steering though, and race 16 cars around various word racing tracks.
My 7 year old loves this, and again is better than mommy at it!
we've played this game for a marathon 4 hours in a row, so you can see it's a favourite game, it'seasy to play once you do get the hang of that steering
From the outside it looks very good, an official licence means it is far more realistic over other games. It doesnt include Jacques Villeneuve, which to me is a letdown considering he's my favorite driver, other than that there are all the other drivers and circuits of the 1997 season. That's 4 years ago, so it is getting on a bit. There are all the usual modes of play as well as a challenge mode where you have the chance to change what happened in 1997. There are offencive, defencive and problem challenges, each different and each getting harder the further you progress. The season is rewarding, earning you secrets as well as the champion celebration screen. The cars handle a little unrealisticly at times, especcially when cornering, as it seems to be hard to corner the car in a realistic manor, as the car tends to pivot rather than steer. Play with an onboard camera and you don't notice this. It seems that the only real way of assing the cars is to pass them in the middle of straights rather then out-breaking them into corners, with is a little unrealistic. This suggests that the AI of the other cars could be inproved, and has been in WGP2. There is a replay mode for the last lap, which is a nice touch, this feature has become more common now in F1 sims partly due to the success of it on this game. The results are almost always very realistic, with the better drivers finishing better. The other cars tend to spin when under the pressure of you if you stay close to them for long enough, although it isn't the kind of game where the racing order changes drematicly on the last lap. I would recommend that you always chosse to have more steering than is reccomended for each track. To make sure you don't run wide with under-steer and so you dont miss any chicanes or hit nyone because you cant get out the way quick enough. As i said before, your overtaking 90% of the time comes from passing cars on the st
raights so run a lower wing angle for a higher top speed, your extra steering should also cope for the lower downforce needed for this higher top speed. Overall it's good. I bought it because i like F1 a lot, if i didnt like F1 i don't know if i would have got it, but i probably would have. It has been as good as i hoped from almost start to finish. There are cheats to ear bonus circuits and cars to add a new dimension. WGP2 is better, but not by very much, still an excelent game all the same.
After a racing game for your Nintendo 64 but unsure where to go? Look no further, ‘cause F1 World Grand Prix is here. I’m a fan of Formula 1 but believe it or not, this was only my second F1 game (the first being World Grand Prix on the Sega Master System II). I saw it advertised for £10 in Electronic Boutique and I figured I’d give it a shot, if I didn’t like it I could always take it back. Well, here we are months after purchase and I’ve still got it since it is good – very good in fact. This game is amazing. It looks pretty good for a N64 game, with no polygon popups and actually is realistic. Unfortunately the sound is terrible, in mono with a few engine grunts. You get your team manager shouting in your ear but he does get annoying after a while. All the courses are available and you can choose how many laps you want to do, from just four up to the whole race length. There are various gameplay modes also – from the time trials against no-one to a whole season career! The handling is superb and just seems perfect. You can fiddle with the wings, tyres and even the gearbox. There are assists for the beginners as well as three difficulty levels. A great N64 racer that got improved later by F1 World Grand Prix II a year later. Go to your local shop and pick one of them up cheap now.
This is one of the best racing game ever to grace the N64. It offers a very realistic racing experience. This is no arcade racer, in that you will not be able to take a hairpin turn or chicane at 180mph. Almost as soon as you are on the throttle you need to be on the breaks. This is because every track that you race on is just the official F1 tracks. This only follows since the entire game has all of the official drivers and teams and most of the sponsors. Concerning gameplay, it is difficult to get used to, especially on Champion mode, but in the end, it can be picked up. You'll learn to brake before the turn, aim the car at the apex of the corner, pick out the racing line, and a whole bunch more. A must for all racing fans even if you don't like F1.
You have probably seen in all the magazines that they rate this game real high . This is what brought me to buy it and I must admit this game has put me off all racing games for life . The car you drive doesn't turn like a normal car would it seems to turn from the centre of the car like a roundabout . Also every time you go round a corner this gas starts flying out of your car and you slow down to a stand-still . Maybe this is F1 but if it is then I'd go and buy another racer such as Diddy Kong Racing or Mario Kart . The graphics are good as you would expect on the N64 but they are very drab everything seems to be in a shade of grey . You have to be a Formula One fanatic to enjoy this game and even then its hard . Please don't just go out and buy this rent it first and you'll see what I mean . I was conned don't let it happen to you !
Racing games have never been my favourite genre, but when the idea of an F1 game was presented to me for the first time, I gathered that it really would be fun attempting to overtake people when, basically, as in F1, it was VERY difficult to do so. However, I did not find it fun. On the 1st difficulty level, you could go faster than everyone else, so the challenge was not there and it became tedious. Naturally, I decided that the higher difficulty levels would give me what I was expecting. Here, it was difficult, but there was something I did not anticipate. To do well, you really have to memorise each individual corner, work out how to tackle it, then memorise it (i.e....what speed you should, do I HAVE to apply the brakes here? e.t.c.). I regard myself as a gamer with patience, but this I soon got bored of. By the time I knew the 1st track (and began to enjoy it), I had to learn a whole new track....and then I began to forget the old one. I suppose an F1 game will never be my style of game...you need either patience, or you need to be fan. However, technically it was excellent, it is difficult fault (although the 2 player mode is too jerky). So, while a decent game, I’m off back to shooting and adventuring.
I have this game for the N64 and I like it, but it is easy to get bord of as I have found out like any other person would with the game. For me this is a good racing game but it has old racers in old teams that is what I think is bad and makes the game bad. Others wise the graphics are very good and the tracks are the same in real life that is great. This game should get 4/5 in a few peples book.