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Formula 1 2010:
I have now reviewed several racing games on here and have recently been playing on Formula 1 2010, mainly due to the fact I have been watching the F1 on the TV and have not liked the way that the results have been going and wanted to rectify that.
Price - I wanted to start off by saying that the reason I didn't get this game when it came out was because of its price, in my opinion no game is worth more than £30 and very few are worth more than £20, especially when you can wait and get them at a later date as I did with this at a good price of around £15 (the 2011 game is still £25). This is not a bad price for the game however if you take into account that Blur (my favourite racing game on PS3- see the review) is actually cheaper then maybe it's not such a good price after all.
Teams and Cars:
The first thing that I have noticed, although maybe this is because I am driving in too easy difficultly setting, is that it doesn't seem to matter which team you drive for you can win races and that everyone just seems to finish more or less in the groups you would expect them to, and although this has been the case for F1 this season generally speaking this is not how things turn out. It would be nice if the speed of the cars was truly reflected, just because I am driving in easy or medium or whatever I should not be able to easily win any race when I am driving in one of the minnow teams such as Lotus or HRT. I however am driving for Torro Rosso and with several races left to go in my first season I have wrapped up the title and have won most races with relative ease.
This is one of my favourite but also one of my least favourite aspects of the Formula 1 games in general is that you get to drive all the formula one tracks, however as seasons update the game doesn't why shouldn't I be able to race on the India track? Part of the reason for getting something like the PS3 is that it has the ability to update that is something I would like to see, sure it gives me less reason to buy the next game in the series but hopefully that would help motivate developers to make the next game in the series more worthwhile buying, I only bought this as the last one that came out was years ago and wasn't that great.
Another thing that I don't like about this is that they only have F1 race tracks, now while this is not that hard to accept it is a bit boring, why would I want to do 5 consecutive seasons doing the same tracks again and again and again, I mean it would not be that hard to have it so that you could drive the tracks in reverse and this instantly double the number of tracks, now I am no software developer but I have seen on other games tracks getting stuck together, couldn't F1 do that and make unique tracks where you have different sectors from different tracks.
Now for a little bit less of a moan, the tracks that they do have, the real ones, are great not only do they look real in terms of layout but also in terms of environment and weather which I will come onto in a minute, which means that you can almost believe what you are doing is comparable in some small way to what the F1 drivers are actually doing.
I will cover weather here as well, the weather does change, it is predicted if you do a racing weekend so you can set up your car accordingly however be warned that much like in real life the forecast can be wrong, also be warned that a torrential downpour can start and can finish at any moment, it can only last a few laps etc though your team should advise you on this it is down to you to make the right choice and determine your own fate.
The Racing Weekend Experience:
When you do races or season you have a choice of how long and how in depth you would like to make it, I like this aspect of the game, if I only want to drive a race at 20% the real life length I can do that, if I want to just do qualifying and a race at 50% I can do that (by skipping the 1 practice) and equally if I want to do all practice season, all parts of qualifying (in the short mode it's just a one off like it used to be in the old days of F1. During the season mode you will also get the opportunity in practice to go and try to beat a time to earn an upgrade to your car, I like this concept as it means that you are the one that dictates the upgrades that your team make (though you have to be the no1 driver in order to tell them where to make upgrades).
The Season Mode:
I have mentioned the season mode a lot above and it is really enjoyable, however it is very time consuming, I have not yet completed a whole season and this is not because I don't like the game as that's not true as I keep coming back to it, it is just that I don't always have the time to do a whole racing weekend. Now by whole racing weekend I do mean a short racing weekend I have chosen to play my season with only 1 practice season, 1 qualifying season and a 20% race, these still take about 30minutes on average and is really dependent on how quickly I pick up the track.
The controls and driving experience:
Now although I have said that I have won my first season whilst in a rubbish car it was not all easy, most tracks I had to do some practice on or tweak the car but once I had done this I was several seconds a lap clear of my opposition which meant it was a walk in the park, there have been a couple of tracks where I feel the controls of this game let it down and whether it is just due to sensitivity or something I don't know but I can't get the car round, at least not fast enough, on the street circuits like Monaco and in my frustration actually got black flagged (opps). The controls of this driving game are much simpler than many others as you don't have weapons (how cool would that be?) or anything and just need to hit accelerate or break and turn. Now I don't have the driver aids on because 1) I feel they spoil the game and 2) I find they make me much much slower round the lap but maybe this would help beginners as both my girlfriend and my best mate (who games a lot) struggled to pick this up at all, they were last and spent a lot of time in the gravel.
Doesn't exist, that's right a racing game of this level has come out and it doesn't have multiplayer, why not? I know that getting two people of a similar level together may be hard but my main appeal to games like Blur is the multi-player, simply make it so that different driving aids are available for different players or something as I hate it not having multi-player.
To sum up:
This game is good, but far from great, it is hard to pick up and even more so if you have not played a F1 game before, if you stick with it you will improve but with the limited difference between the cars and the repetition of the tracks I am not sure how long people are going to stick with it and indeed F1 game in general. Overall 3/5 and if you have the choice I urge you to get Blur.
Formula 1 games have been sparse in recent years. Thankfully that vacuum has now been filled by a more than adequate game.
The graphics on this game are top class. I first played this game on a HD projector, and did a few laps of the Monaco GP. Within a few minutes i was in love with the game, and the level of realism. All of the tracks are the same as the real thing, and the cars look superb, along with the dynamic weather conditions.
The game has lot of differing difficulty settings, and the contrast between them is huge. On the easiest mode, the car breaks for you and the racing line is on the track. Damage to your car is also minimal. The most difficult setting, is very challenging and simply keeping the car on the track becomes an ordeal. This allows everyone to have their fun with this game. The gameplay is realistic, and with the right camera angle driving replicates the high speed of F1. However the game still disappoints in a few aspects. When racing against the cpu, which is your only option as their is no multiplayer, you feel that you are the only one likley to crash, and also your tyres apper to wear quickly. Ive also had a few glitches with pit stops. All of these led to me feeling happy with the game, but also wanting more. I believe that the game needs a slight bit of polishing to be an excellent game and the exclusion of a multiplayer mode, other than the excellent online mode is a travesty.
==drivers, tracks and teams==
F1 2010 has all the drivers, teams and tracks on. A huge bonus of the game
At the start of the game, you are given an agent. You are signed up to a lesser team and you compete in seasons. I have found despite my success, winning the drivers champ in first season, i struggled to gain offers from the top teams such as ferrari.
overall, a good fun game, but still needs a bit of work.
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F1 2010 does an excellent job of bringing Formula One to consoles and offers a number of nice gamelay touches not seen on other games. The main purpose of F1 2010 is to make you feel like a racing driver. You can talk to your engineer, tweak car setup and tyres, discuss contracts with your agent, take part in full race weekends and even give post-race interviews to reporters. This is a unique approach to the game and suceeds in giving an interesting an insight into the life of an F1 driver.
Most of the game is spent in the drivers seat. You can race individual Grand Prix, try to set fastest times in time trial mode or take on the full F1 experience with a 3, 5 or 7 year career. The driving is solid and game settings cater for players of all abilities with the possibilty fo change traction control, braking assist and cornering assists. For hardcore race fans you can even take the level of contol to the max and have manual control of applying the pit limiter when entering the pit lane. Stearing is realistic enough not to shater the illusion of being a real race driver but there are other games which provide a more realistic driving experience.
The game looks great. The cars and tracks have been meticulously recreated and look near perfect, even the inside of the garage looks good. The cars also sound authentic as they scream out of corners and wail on the limiter on straights.
BETTER THAN COMPETITION
For a fan of F1 I would recommend you by this game. For people who like racign games in general, there are better games out there (Need for Speed:Burnout and GT5).
If you're thinking of buying this game then you're likely one of two type of people: A Formula 1 fanatic or a casual racing gamer. Headline facts: if you're part of group 1, get this game! If you're part of group 2, read on and decide for your-self.
Formula 1 2010 is the 2nd F1 game to appear on the PS3 and allows the player to assume the role of any of the 2010 F1 drivers and their respective cars. Alternatively you can create your own driver (with a rather weak character creation process) and drive from one of the bottom teams through a number of seasons aiming to gain a big time contract with one of the big teams. There is also the standard time trial, which you can upload online and quick races. Local and online multiplayer is also available.There is no story, you drive from race to race, through practice sessions, qualifying and race day.
The game allows the player to vary the level of detail each session goes through, for those F1 fans you can do the 3 tier qualifying or just a one session best time qualifying setup. The race can be set to a percentage of the total race (20 / 30 / 50 / 75 and 100% race distance). Tyre damage and vehicle damage can be toggled as can the traction control and the steward strictness. This really allows a beginner to race and set reasonable pace and win races, but also allows the hard-core F1 fans to set a difficulty level challenging for them.
The simulated driving itself is fantastic, never in a race game have I really felt I experience the speed of the car. The scenery flies by and the overtake manoeuvres feel quick. If you catch and apex perfectly a full throttle and get the exit perfect you really will feel satisfied. The same applies to the acceleration and deceleration of the cars, it feels spot on and again getting a brake, turn, accelerate right will put a smile on your face (especially when you see a green sector flash up on your HUD).
The qualifying if done via Q1,2 and 3 can be really exciting as you have to factor in your out lap, tyre choice and nail the perfect lap, often one mistake will cost you several places on the grid. The game does offer a replay button allowing you to rewind up to 3 times a race for about 30 seconds, this allows you to redo a corner you may have gotten wrong, it can really help ease the rage quit when you nail all but on corner.
One of the best things is the feel you have for your car. Dependant on your tyre setting, certain tyres will grip better and degrade quicker. Normally only a real F1 driver would notice the subtle loss in performance when a tyre goes off boil. However this game really does allow you to experience this.
When your tyres go past their best you notice the lack of grip in turns, the increased braking distances and slower acceleration. You have to address your driving style, brake points and turn speeds accordingly. The same applies for the soft and harder compound tyres, the softer tyres really do offer half a second a lap and you can really sense this.
The only down side to this game is the lack of 6 axis compatibility. The previous F1 game allowed you to use the PS3 controller as a steering wheel adding to the driving simulation. Unfortunately, this game does not have the same feature and whilst it doesn't affect the race quality, it really would have made the game a definite 5 star must have.