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I bought this game when it was released on November 20th 2009, I obviously played it straight away and I found it to be a very fun and addictive driving game. But the problem in what I just said is the release date. was released in NOVEMBER. If you don't know that much about F1, then I can tell you that November is after the end of the Formula 1 season. This means that no point during this game's life on the shelves was it not out of date. All the cars and all the tracks were from the 2009 season which all changed dramatically for the 2010 season, making this game almost obsolete for the next season.
But, that aside, I shall talk about the game now, which I did find to be thoroughly enjoyable. There are three main modes, there is quick race, season mode, or time trial.
If you're new to the game and the controls, the best place to start is time trial, you need to get used to the controls without all the trouble of cars flying past you. The controls are relatively straight forward, especially if you're on automatic, personally i prefer to use a classic controller because I find the steering easier to control than using the wheel that comes with it, but they're both good ways of controlling the game.
The main mode that you will be playing in is the season mode, this is almost equivalent to a manager mode on a football game. You start off with a choice of two of the lower teams, such as Sauber and Torro Rosso, they'll both invite you to do test runs around a track of their choice and if you do it in a good enough time, they'll offer you a contract. You play through some seasons and eventually work your way through to the top teams and win the world championship.
There is not much to be said about quick race, you can do it multi player or single player and basically, you pick your drivers, pick a track and you race against all of the other drivers.
A couple of things I am yet to mention are the graphics and the sound. The graphics are average. They're not brilliant, but they definitely don't hinder your gameplay in any way. There's not much to be said for sound, it's alright, it just sounds like fast cars racing as there is no music or anything. However, if you are doing a race, your mechanics will speak to you through the radio and tell you if there's any problems with your car and when you have to do a pit stop.
In conclusion I think this is a very fun game, but the controls can be difficult to get used to, but if you can get used to them, it's great although it is out of date.
I bought this for my boyfriend last christmas as he´s mad on Formula 1. I thought it was cool that you could use the Wii´s motion sensitive remote to drive a car.
The menues are easily understood and very easy to navigate, so that´s a bonus. If you know a bit about racing, you go in and alter microscopiclal details so you can set up the car exacactly how you want it.
The graphics are ok, not brilliant but not bad. But Nintendo have said themselfs that the whole point with the Wii is not about the graphics - its about the joy you get from playing with the motion sensitive remote. So let´s focus on the joy of playing.
My boyfriend tried it and after a while he claimed it was impossible to control the car properly. I have a lot of experience when it comes to video games, so I said to hand the remote over - I´ll show you how it´s done. But he was right, it was just soooooo difficult to control the car. After about 1 hour I had almost managed to get accepted by a team to have me as their driver.
The control is either to sensitive or you have to twist your arms around to turn a corner. It´s annoyingly frustrating and in the end you will throw the control away.
You can play the game with using the joystick, but that´s not the point. It works fine then, but the whole point is to really drive the car - and that is something that really doesn´t work.
When Codemasters originally announced that the F1 series of games would be exclusive to Wii on the home consoles for 2009, more than a few eyebrows were raised. The most technologically advanced sport in the world on the least powerful console?
First up, the graphics. Yes, theyre not brilliant, but contrary to wii haters thoughts, theyre in the main very smooth, running at a constant 30fps. The cars themselves look like faithful remakes of the originals, the scenery around the track is adequate. It's certainly not the games highest point overall however.
But for me, a racing game is as good as it handles, and this is where the Wii game comes into its own. Never has the wii remote been put to such good use in a racing game. The controls are extremely quick to react, and fluid. it really puts you in the game. The handling is the best of any racing game I have ever played.
KERS is well implemented, as i feared it would be a HYPER power boost, but it does only give you about an extra 15mph when used. However, unfaithful to the actual sport, its spread across all the cars, whereas in real life this is not the case. It takes away nothing from the gameplay however.
Multiplayer is fun but sometimes the display does jutter very momentarily. This is only a minor niggle however, along with the front screens before the game not looking to appealing.
This is the first proper racing sim for the Wii. There have been plenty of racing games, but this is the first that can be a real challenge! F1 fans will love this title, not only for the racing but for the attention to detail. The tracks have been superbly modelled right down to the properties of the tarmac. In fact, to learn the tracks the best thing to do is watch the onboard P1 laps on the F1 official website.
There's plenty here for casual and hardcore gamers. You can adjust driver aids depending on your level and knowledge of driving/F1. Turn all of the aids off, and it'll take a significant amount of practice to get your lap times down.
One major draw-back is that you can only have digital throttle control, which makes it difficult to control an F1 car with no traction control. You can buy a dedicated wheel and pedals (Logitech), and this should be a serious considenation for hardcore gamers.
Overall, the developers have managed to push the Wii to it's limits and produce a fantastic sim.