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Type: Racing / Release date: 2007-03-23

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      11.08.2010 16:16
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      Best formula one game to date.

      When I purchased a Ps3 on it's release this was the game that came with it along with a demo. With me not playing the ps3 before I was just excited at playing any game on it. With me enjoying racing games though I was looking forward to playing on the Ps3 even more so.

      Price

      Even though I got this free in a bundle I have looked round for the price and found it to be around the £18 mark. To think that this would of set you back around £45 when buying seperately a couple of years ago means it is a good price now. For people who enjoy these types of games will love this one and it is extremelly life like which I loved about it.

      Gameplay

      What I really enjoyed about this game was how similar it was to watching it on the tv. You have the opportunity to go through a practice session on friday, qualify on saturday and then race on sunday. Like me you might think ' I dont need to practice ' I found though that i took every given chance to test the track out to the car. With it being so much harder to play than ever take any chance you get trust me.

      Tracks In order of appearance ( Track Name )

      Bahrain ( Sakhir )
      Malaysia ( Sepang )
      Australia ( Albert Park )
      Italy ( Imola )
      Germany ( Nurburgring )
      Spain ( Barcelona )
      Monaco ( Monte Carlo )
      United Kingdom ( Silverstone )
      Canada ( lle Notre Dame )
      Indiana ( Indianapolis )
      France ( Magny Cours )
      Germany ( Hockenheim )
      Hungary ( Budapest )
      Turkey ( Istanbul )
      Italy ( Monza )
      China ( Shanghai )
      Japan ( Suzuka )
      Brazil ( Interlagos )
      Spain ( Jerez )

      Career Mode

      Career mode for me was totally different to what I thought it would be. Normally you join a team go up the ranks and race for ferrari and win back to back titles. With this game however it is so much more difficult because even if you race a near perfect race you may not even be on the front two rows. When playing other version of Formula One games I never used to lose so this was a different feeling. When you start you do the basics like name, appearance and nationality. After this you will get an email from a team ( Before you get excited it won't be ferrari ). You then have to earn your seat and do the best you can. They will give you set targets and it is your job to reach them. Don't get me wrong you can get to the top but it really isn't easy and you find yourself pushing yourself extremelly hard.

      In Race

      Like previous versions you can drive with automatic and manual. I prefer driving with manual as I feel automatic just isn't worth playing with, if your going to play the game play it properly. When formula one games first come out you could just smash into cars and knock them off the track. In this version however a little nick off another car and you will damage your car. You can also actually see what is wrong with your car just by looking which I think is a brilliant feature to have. You need to be realistic also when you play because if you start from the back of the grid I guarantee you won't win. This game just doesn't allow you to take over car after car like previous version and for this it is brilliant.

      Rewards

      As I stated in the career mode, the better you do the more chance you have of getting a drive for one of the big teams. The chances are you will progress up and not just jump from bottom to top. Also once you win a race you will unlock that specific trophy so you can analyse how good you are on that specific track.

      Overall

      I really rate this game highly, with it being the first game I owned on ps3 I did play it a lot. If you purchase it you will probably find it will take you a while to get used to it because you can't just dramatically slow down when entering a corner. You have to really ease the car into the corner to go round it. If you don't do this then your going to go off and damage your car in the gravel. If you have never played this game before I really do recommend picking it up to play it before Formula One 2010 gets released. Brilliant game all round as far as i'm concerned.

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        24.08.2009 20:18
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        We need a new Formula one game to come out even though this is such a great game!!!

        This game is a total must for all Formula One fans worldwide. For a game which came out around 2006 - 2007 the graphics are very realistic along with the commentry. When you are in a race just like on TV the position board pops up at the side. The whole race weekend option is great you start off in Friday practice do the session there then progress to the second Friday practice. Then after that onto Saturday morning practice then onto the famous Grand Prix qualifying then after that onto the big race.

        But one aspect of the game is very annoying in the race if u touch a car even a little bit it will automaticaly retire you from the race preventing you from going to the pit stop to put a new nose cone or something like that.


        In career mode you basically choose what you want to look like in the game and what your name and nationality is and then to choose a helmet. From then on you are officaly a driver but with no job. When you get onto the mail you will see a trial with one of the Formula One teams mostly Torro Rosso. You will then go to a track and perform to your best to try and get the right time to get yourself that job in that team. After that you can go into the Formula One Grand Prix races all the sessions can take a while so instead i skip to the qualifying and then straight to the race. After the race if you win the race you unlock the race trophy for whatever race you were in . Gradually through time you get interests from other teams, as you gradually become a better driver.

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        10.06.2009 14:06
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        Out of date in terms of drivers but still a very good game

        Formula One takes you onto the track and allows you to race for Championship glory as your favourite formula drivers. This was one of the first releases for the PS3 and sadly they have failed to produce a newer version. This version is from the 2006 season and contains some teams that aren't even around anymore.

        Apart from this game being slightly outdated it is a fantastic game. I am not really a fan of the racing game gene but I do love Fornula One. If like me you simply enjoy watching the grand prix on a Sunday and think to yourself "I could do that" then you'll buy this game like I did.

        The realism of the game is as close to the real thing you can get unless you actually become a Formula 1 driver. All the track are perfectly detailed and are all the real distance and layout. There are 2 main objectives of the game, the first being simply pick your favourite driver and compete to win the championship by winning all races. There is also a carrer mode where you are signed up by a team and as you improve and progress through your career you are able to move onto bigger and better things.

        The game as a whole is excellent although it can be time consuming as you are able to race real-time and simply completing a grand prix can take as long as the real thing.

        The only complaint is that it is out dated but if you arent bother by that then this is an excellent game.

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        04.06.2009 00:15

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        Brillant fun for those who never made it to f1

        The first time i put this on i thought wow stunning graffics and to be honest i exspected another f1 game that is hard to control and after a bit of play looses its fun. Not so with this little beuty its great and be set us in differnt ways so that if you want it, all the really hard stuff can be done for you.

        It has differnt modes and by far the best is the career mode. You start without a drive and you get the oppertunity to test. Pass the test you get a drive and then you go for it. You can go to the practice sessions and to the qualifying sessions to try and get a good grid slot. The weather is changeable, all the cars feel differnt to drive and you can damage your car and put yourself out the race. As in a normal formula1 weekend you pick up points and try to win the season.

        Your team and manager communicate with you through email, you get praise when you do well and critisized when you fail.

        It really brings you into the heart of the action.

        The only bad thing about it is the online play isnt any good but theres enough to keep the f1 fans happy

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        09.04.2009 22:43
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        Great Racing Sim

        I didnt know the first thing about Foruma One when I got this game, I just fancied a decent racing game (which at the time were few and far between for the PS3). I'm also something of a snob when it comes to game editions (I like big shiny 2009 numbers on the box, and this is really just a port of F1 2006), but for the sake of this game I decided to get over it.

        To strat with, this game is tough, dont be expecting an easy time with it. No other game can really prepare you for the number of hours you need to put into this in order for it to be a rewarding experience. I actually think its a reasonable representation of what actual competitive driving would be like, something which Need for Speed, Forza, and even the Gran Turismo series has never achieved.

        Most of your time will probably be spent playing the 'Career Mode'. You start as a rookie driver with no team and nothing but a couple of trials from some of the rubbish teams to do. If you are successful in any of the trials then you will get to join them, probably as a test driver. You then need to do the best part of a season doing time trials and other challenges as the test driver, and if you are good enough you might get promoted to second driver, then eventually first. Once you are a main driver you have 2-3 practice sessions (each lasting an hour) for each Grand Prix, followed by the 3 phase qualifying (if you are lucky to get to all 3 phases), then finally the race itself. You will find that doing a single Grand Prix will take you somewhere in the region of 4-5 hours to complete, and save points are a little scarce.

        Dont expect to gain pole position or get a win after your hours of work though, as if you have not yet been headhunted by one of the top teams then you basically have no chance of winning (which is realistic). To give an indication of how realistically tough this game is, during qualifying, the amount of time difference between pole position, and last place (22nd) can often be as little as one second. The miniscule benefits of the Ferraris and Mclarens really help even on this tiny level.

        The game gets very rewarding, and is very addictive once you get used to the tracks, and then start to see hundredths of a second been shaved off each lap as you slowly improve, then eventually go on to win your first race.

        This is without a doubt the most realistic (and therefore time consuming and often frustrating) race sim I've ever played, and now years after release I still set time aside to play it).

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          31.10.2008 08:05
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          Formula One: Championship Edition is fun and realistic game for everyone.

          Sony held the exclusive license for F1 games this year, and they handed Studio Liverpool the role of creating a great launch title for the Playstation 3. This is a great game, for everyone, if you like F1 or even if you don't. It is just a great racing game. The game is based on the 2006 Formula 1 season, so it is quite old.

          The graphics are fantastic, it is just great to see a F1 roaring around the track on a HDTV. It looks realistic and will please the eye. They even look great a couple of months after release when it has become a budget title.

          First, the game is great for many reasons. It is very realistic with a very indepth Career mode. You will trial for teams and then become a test driver or a full driver. You could also get dropped or premoted. You can pick the game up at any time and play as it as easy as a few clicks to get into a quick game.

          However, the game also has some issues. The game only has the 2006 season, even when released this was old. Nevermind, its still fun even without Lewis Hamilton, you will have to make do with Kimi. The AI is also rubbish in the game, they will crash into if you are trying to corner or if you brake early. A major issue with damage switched on.

          In conclusion, this game is fantastic and even better as it will be available at a budget price now.

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          26.08.2008 13:53
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          Great game.

          Formula One Championship Edition is a racing game for the Sony PlayStation 3 games console.
          In this game you can go through the 2006 formula one season with all the cars and drivers that you would expect. Sadly that means no Lewis Hamilton but atleast you get Michael Schumacher.

          The gameplay in this game is immensely scalable, if you are new you can drive with all the assists on.

          The game will basically controller everything for you you only need to press forward and steer for the corners, breaking and even small adjustments to your position on the road will be taken care of by the game.

          Once you get very good you can take them off for a much more challenging and realistic experience. However do not be tempted to jump straight in with no assists if you are totally new to racing games as you will get annihilated!

          You can get this fun racing title for about £20.00 and it is a must buy especially if you are a fan of Formula One.

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          13.08.2008 20:13

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          Top racing for the PS3

          This was one of the "free games" I got in the bundle when I bought my PS3 and being a huge fan of Formula one I was prepared to be disappointed by the game - this however is not the case.

          The game is modelled on the 2006 season - so no Lewis Hamilton, not a bad thing though as it does mean Michael Schumacher is still bombing round the track in his Ferrari, in arcade mode you can choose to race as any of the drivers from that season, however my favourite mode of the game is the career mode where you start at one of the lesser formula one teams and build up a reputation that one day will see you driving for the big boys.

          The graphics on this game are fantastic and providing you turn off all the driving aids it gives you a good competitive drive around some pretty realistic circuits, to date I think this is still the best racing game on the PS3 (although I'm sure Gran Turismo will take care of that in due course.)

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          06.07.2008 18:41
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          A great racing game that could appeal to gamers at any level

          Formula One Championship Edition was launched very close to the 2007 season but focused on the 2006 season. This is great for those who want to drive with Michael Schumacher with better graphics and game physics for the last time.

          Graphics

          The graphics great! they are definitely a great step up from the previous versions, the edges of the tyres don't look like part of a polygon and the lighting is great.

          Accessibility

          This game does well to address different types of gamers, it provides braking and steering assistance and a default easy mode that beginners can use whilst include improved game physics for more hardcore gamers. Having said that I still feel that this game can be vastly improved on with the power of the platform it is running from.

          Good Points

          Weather is realistic even the rain drops on the camera is realistic and so is the driving in those conditions. Overtaking is hard just as in real life; you cannot cut corners to take a place as penalties will be awarded. This makes the game realistic and means that driving must be more sensible.

          The online mode allows eleven people to play simultaneously and is by far the best online mode yet on formula one game's. The career mode has mode depth in it than previous versions. You can have a racing seat at one of the lesser teams or even be a test driver. You are given you targets that have to be met to be in the team and good performances open up doors to a prosperous career.

          Bad Points

          The damage realism still has some way to go; wheels tend to go flying with some impacts, though having said that it is a vast improvement on previous PS2 versions of the game. Also the pit lane still seems far from the real thing.

          The game needs to improve in a few areas; perhaps it could have more saving points in the career mode between practices and sessions. Also the pit lane which has been somewhat simplified could be a bit more lively! Overall I feel it is the best formula one game yet and its accessibility reaches out to a wide range of levels from beginner to a pro.

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            13.06.2008 14:30
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            Good fun and good online play

            This was the first game i played when i got my PS3 last March and at first was a little worried that it was going to be a let down. It did not blow me away and leave me thinking it was the best game of all time but i did enjoy it. The first thing to mention is the sensational look of the game. I was massively impressed with the graphics of the tracks, cars and especially the weather conditions which were very good. It was a little annoying that all the drivers were a season out of date, so no Lewis Hamilton for example, but this wasn't a major issue for me. I liked being able to go through the ranks of formula one driving, from starting out as just a test driver for a lesser team to one day getting signed by one of the big boys. A fun game to play for definite.

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              28.04.2008 22:08

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              A must have game for any driving fans!

              Firstly it is wort mentioning that this game is from 2006, therefore in the world of formula one Lewis Hamilton wasn't even a first team driver. However please do not let this put you off the game. The game is fantastic. It's STILL the most realistic driving game on the PS3 and you wont be disappointed by the graphics, as they are phenominal especially when used with HD tvs. You can race in the F1 Championship as one of the famous named drivers or my favourite is career mode where you get to be yourself. You start as a test driver for a smaller team where they make you try different tyre compounds etc to improve lap times. Soon enough they like your quick lap times and you get promoted to first team driver. At each team you have different goals all of which are challenging until one day you are at a team like Ferrari and expected to challenge for the title. Online game play is great fun too. Damage is very realistic and you do have to be really careful when around other cars which i really like as its realistic. If you like racing you need this game and if your one of those people waiting around for the new version to come out.... i wouldn't as from what i've heard they aren't making another F1 game or at least nobody has bought the rights yet. I would definately recommend this game, it is extremely good.

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              19.03.2008 15:59
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              Good game if your not looking for something too serious!

              When this game come out it was already outdated with the 2006 Season being the tone for the game. If you think you will be racing with Hamilton or racing at Fuji Speedway then forget about it. When I brought my PS3 I just wanted a good racing game not to be too realistic but with good fun, this game delivers that! with great racing and damages! You also can unlock driver helmets, Unlock Jerez Tarck and unlocking old cars like the Williams which Damon Hill won the championship with. It has a great online multiplayer with max 11 online players racing against each other from the world. You also have a career mode lasting for 5years. You can have 3 test with 3 teams and if you do well! the teams will offer you a driver or a test drive and the decision you have is to pick the better team. You can also set up your car to how you like and to the specification of the track you are racing on.

              All in all I found this game to be really good fun and I play this game quite a bit!

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                01.08.2007 12:27

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                Amazing game. Definately worth playing.

                This game really gets you off your feet. The first time i played this game was on a HD screen and the quality of the graphics was amazing. It is a game that takes time to get used to and i am not going to lie, but i crashed many times. The thing that impressed me about this game though, is the way it is so realistic. In comparison to games like NEED FOR SPEED or BURNOUT, where no damage occurs to the car, the F1 car crashes and damages realistically.
                It is these small things in a game that make me think it is worth playing.
                This game can be purchased very cheaply:
                £29.99 from Amazon.

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              Developed by the highly experienced team at Studio Liverpool, FORMULA ONE CHAMPIONSHIP EDITION uses the inherent power of PlayStation 3 to deliver an unprecedented level of realism in recreating the Formula One experience, allowing players to get closer to the sport than ever before. As the only official interactive game of the FIA FORMULA ONE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP, this is the chance for gamers to rewrite the 2006 season with all the official drivers, teams, cars, circuits and racing rules. Enhanced driving aids allow FORMULA ONE newcomers to enjoy the exhilaration and thrill of the sport while online play will demonstrate whom the real world champion is with a full 22-car grid. Adding to the fun, PlayStation 3's SIXAXIS Wireless Controller will enable gamers to discover a new way of racing with its motion sensing technology. Loaded with High Definition visuals, full surround sound audio, extensive circuit details and lighting effects, progressive car damage and changing weather conditions, FORMULA ONE CHAMPIONSHIP EDITION is the only way to fully interact with the sport. Gamers will experience the real pressure of a GRAND PRIX race thanks to interactive pit stops, formations laps, unexpected collisions and race incidents. Formula One has evolved, welcome to the next level in racing.