This is certainly a love or hate game. If you love F1, this game will appeal to you, but if it bores you rigid, then so will this game. I'm a bit late with the review, with its releases an entire 2 years ago, but I thought I could at least share my 'self-appraised' wisdom! F1 '06 is a good and realistic game, and is the only official game of its kind. Being a keen Formula 1 fan myself, I was hoping for another release with the likes of Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel soon. But my wishes seem to have gone unnoticed. There is a broad range of selection at your disposal, for example;
Race Weekend - A weekend of F1 racing. You choose the track, the driver and get to compete in Friday practice sessions, Saturday practice sessions and of course, Qualifying and the race itself.
Career Mode - Here you can work your way up the ranks. Starting as a test driver, you will finally make your way to the number 1 racing seat and compete in Grand Prixs every weekend.
Championship Mode - Lots of Race weekends in a row.
If you can't handle the pace of a Formula 1 car, there are always assists that you can choose from to make driving a little more easier. These range from brake assist to stability control, all the way to spin recovery and traction control, every assist possible is at you disposal. The difficulty levels are somewhat hindered, the easy difficulty is really easy, medium is also really easy, but then difficult is seriously hard. There seems like the developers have missed a beat with this one.Furthermore, there are many faults with the game that make it very unrealistic. If you cut a corner to much or get shunted of the road, then the car gets limited to 100 mph for a limit of 2,6 or 14 seconds depending on the seriousness of the cheating. I call it cheating but really it's a fault. However, a way to avoid cars getting passed of you, just swerve all over the racing line. Haa, they won't dare overtake you now! Penalties otherwise are fairly realistic, other than the green flag. This is when a car in front of you has to let you pass in order to lap it or qualifying, but they always seem to choose the most difficult of ways to do so and never do it when asked by the marshals.
The character list is the racing line up of that in 2006.
Ferrari ; Michael Schumacher, Felipe Massa
McLaren Mercedes ; Kimi Raikonnen, Juan Pablo Montoya
Renault ; Fernando Alonso, Giancarlo Fisichella
Honda ; Jenson Button, Rubens Barrichello
Toyota ; Jarno Trulli, Ralf Schumacher
BMW Sauber ; Nick Heidfeld, Jacques Villeneuve
Williams ; Mark Webber, Nico Rosberg
Red Bull ; David Coulthard. Christian Klien
Toro Rosso ; Antonio Liuzzi, Scott Speed
Midland ; Tiago Monteiro, Christijan Albers
Super Aguri ; Yuji Ide, Takuma Sato
So, as you can see, a lot has changed. However in career mode you get to choose your drivers name, which undoubtedly everyone goes for Lewis. Obvious. Also, there are a few unlockables for all you hardcore racing fans, such as cars from the past and if you collect all gold medals on time trial, you unlock a secret test track. I'm so proud of myself for doing that.
The graphics are disappointing really, I'm sure you could squeeze a bit more out of such a powerful machine. Crowds are lifeless and the cars and very 'pointy'. The game will keep you going for a while, every time you watch a Formula 1 race, the very next thing you will do is turn on the play station and load up F1 06. Sad as that may be, it's a fact. You can't argue with science!
There are a few new components added from previous additions to make it more playable, like parade laps and track overviews. For all the petrol heads reading this, you can manually change pretty much everything that makes the run. Such as camber, ride height, wing height, down force etc. Qualifying is the new up to date system which is pretty fun in all honesty, but other restrictions have not been emplaced. A good F1 game for you racing fans, but I cant see this game being a big seller, with its good gameplay and graphics, a must have for F1 lovers, but this game would not be my first pick choice if I were looking for a good racer! Have fun!
Formula 1 2006 was a game that came out too soon after its predecessor - Formula 1 '05.
The older brother of formula 1 2006 brought about a new revolution in playstation gaming formula 1 racing. Finally, it was about genuine racing, and not about who was best at cutting corners.
The main issue I have with formula 1 06 is the lack of development in making the game. Apart from the officially lisenced change of teams, drivers and even the tracks, there was not much really that encouraged you to buy the new version.
The pitting was the same, the racing and driving style, the team speaker/pit guy, the levels were all exactly the same. Even the tyres and racing conditions failed to change.
The new version (F1 06) also failed to add commentary... how long has it been since the legendary Murray Walker or Martin Brundle were in a good F1 game.. last time I remember was F1 97... 10 or so years ago!!!
The game itself is still good, with the franchise/season mode proving very addictive and great fun!
The issue though is the lack of development from F1 05....
Looked around for this for ages after my mate had bought it with his PSP. After many attempts at winning it on eBay, I was finally successful.
I looked forward to racing against my mate, and proving who is the champion of driving games. Unfortunately this is where the game falls over big time. There is no multiplayer option, I repeat, there is NO MULTIPLAYER OPTION. This is criminal considering the PSP's ability to connect wirelessly to the internet and to other local PSPs.
As a single player simulation, the game is good, but not brilliant. You have all the teams, drivers and tracks of the 2006 Formula 1 season, and the rules are pretty accurate.
Each grand prix has a couple of practice sessions where you can "evolve" the car, tweaking the fuel and tyres, the camber, the brake balance and the suspension. This can be quite tedious as you need to complete clean laps in order to make any progress, this means that if you happen to drift a little too much on a corner and go off the track, the lap is no longer clean. Whether or not your times improve due to the evolution, or whether it's because your knowledge of the track improves, I'm not sure.
Once you have evolved the car, you need to qualify for the race, which is in three stages, just like the real thing. And finally the race, if you have qualified in pole position, you have a clean track ahead of you, if not, then it is far too easy to crash into the other cars, they seem to brake earlier than they need to. Any contact like this is considered to be unsporting behaviour, and you are given a penalty, which restricts your speed. Unless they have changed the ruling and I am not aware, I would have thought this would be a stop-and-go penalty.
In addition to the career, and single grand prix weekend modes, there is also a time trial mode, where you compete against the times of others, in an unlocked car of your choosing. So far I have unlocked a classic racer, although admittedly I haven't tried the time trial mode.
I have WRC, which is a rally game, and even though Rally runs are done with a lot of time between cars to avoid contact, WRC actually has a multiplayer ability. You can race against the shadow time of your opposition. If they can do this in a rally game, why not in a Formula 1 game?
I also must point out that this game has crashed on me a number of times now. Not come across a console game crashing before, very strange.
If you're a fan of Formula 1, then this is worth a look, if not, then there are other driving games around that offer more, and the option to race your mates. Hopefully, if they release a new game for the 2007/2008 season, they'll add this needed feature.