As a Formula 1 fan I have been waiting for a simulation based game to use on my wheel for a long time. Many a game has come and gone leaving a path of bad reviews and unsatisfied enthusiasts until now!
Codemasters have hit this bang on the button. Don't get me wrong it has its fall points but I will get to them later.
Firstly I am going to talk about the menus and set up. First of all you choose your team, and answer a few questions about yourself. This is then used to set up your season. The menus are then located in the Paddock next to your team hospitality suite and motorhome. Looks impressive and is also very easy to use.
The pre-race menus are then set with you sat inside your car in the pits ready to go out. It does a really good job of making you feel like you are part of a real F1 team!
Secondly the Graphics and weather. Codemasters are extremely proud of their dynamic weather system. If you are clever you can actually spot the changes in weather based on cloud cover, colour, temperature etc. The rain on the track looks phenomenal.. I have never seen such a good graphical representation on a game, and to top it off as you are driving round as it dries up, the racing line slowly becomes dryer than the rest of the track!
As you are driving round the track you can see the tyre marbles begin to build up around the outside! How awesome!
You can taylor the handling to your skills by adding and removing the assists such as ABS and traction control.
I have to mention how it responds with a wheel. If I am honest then I will have to say it is not the best force feedback I have encountered. Please bare in mind though that this is comparing it to real simulations such as R-Factor which sole purpose is to make it feel like a racing car. F1 2010 provides you with a high end experience of racing Formula 1 including teams, strategy, tyres, set ups and more!
Main problem though is the lack of a safety car when there is a crash... Hopefully something for 2011?
I still love playing this game a year on, and I cannot wait for the newer version to be released!