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F1 Championship Season 2000

by Electronic Arts
 Ages 3 and Over
3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)

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  • Stunning graphical environments including uniquely modelled cars
  • Advanced dynamics intensify the excitement as cars now flip, spin and crash
  • Complete 22-man motion captured pit crew
  • Includes all the races, including the U.S. Grand Prix at Indianapolis
  • Scalable gameplay brings the beginner smoothly up to speed
  • Full wet weather racing and advanced environmental effects
  • CPU cars with personalities and actions that reflect the real-life drivers
  • Officially licensed by the Formula One World Championship Season
  • Real-time pit crew feedback
  • Complete Formula One rules including stop-and-go penalties, pit lane speed limits, and flags.
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Game Information

  • Platform:   PlayStation2
  • PEGI Rating: Ages 3 and Over
  • Media: Video Game

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  • ASIN: B000056HSA
  • Release Date: 15 Dec 2000
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 27,056 in PC & Video Games (See Top 100 in PC & Video Games)

Product Description Review

It is surprising that EA relaunched F1 Championship Season 2000 with the complete 2000 season quite so soon, but eventually every EA Sports title takes to the annual update trail.

For statistical die-hards the game is up to date until Spring 2001, which some may perceive as an advantage over Formula One Grand Prix 3. If your machine is powerful enough, all the visual trimmings to make the race the way it's watched at home can be re-enabled.

The radio link purports to be the same as heard by real-life drivers. In real life it's doubtful that common sense is spelled out to the driver like, for example, the necessity of staying on the track. It's another feature that would be tried and forgotten other than for the lap time updates--if you don't have the seconds necessary to read the onscreen displays.

Then there is the pace lap, EA's homage to televised Formula One racing coverage. Sadly it's a waste of time when you want to get your hands dirty competing. It's not all bad, however, and the best new feature is the driving school where your general skills are tested, including achieving a certain manoeuvre or distance in a given number of seconds, and graded by shades of medal. As a training mode it's quite effective.

That training is affected when set to ultra-realistic and the cars slide across the track as if still in arcade mode. The physics have improved, but in the benchmark GP3 the car's visual reaction fits the handling. If you have the original EA F1 2000, it's best waiting for the inevitable 2001 edition for this problem to be addressed rather than settling for this interim update. --Kenneth Henry

Product Description

Re-live the gladiatorial battles between Michael Schumacher and David Coulthard, or tear up the record books and take an outsider to World Championship glory. With in-depth, behind-the-scenes technical support from the Orange Arrows and Benetton Formula One teams, the player enters the world of Formula One racing in great detail.

Formula One Driving School. Train to become one of the Formula One superstars with the all-new Formula One Driver Career School.

Full wet weather racing and advanced environmental effects, with implications for race strategies and driving styles.

Use of the renowned two-seater Formula One race cars.

Unprecedented realism with updated car models, dynamic texture shading, multiple rear wings, and improved force feedback.

Graphical effects featuring a dynamic racing line driver assist, realistic tyre smoke, and particle effects.

Race Responsive Pit Crew. Constant radio feedback on race situation from the team pit crew.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good easy fun!! 9 May 2002
I was taking a risk when i bought this. Could I buy the mor up to date and so thought better Formula 1 2001 Platinum or this, an old, out dated game by EA? I bought this and am very glad I took the chance!!
The game is a very basic interpretation of Formula 1 and is all the better for it. No over complex setting up and braking points, just pure fun. The cars handle well, if feeling a bit light and the damage is challenging but fun at the same time. Its a case of 1 crash and your out but then you can take alternate lines through corners avoiding the battling computer cars. The graphics are pretty stunning with No-Pop-up and very highly detailed cars. Even the deflectors down the side are modelled as they are usually stuck to the car models. The damage is also very good with the wings rubbing against your tires and slowing you down and engine failures also play a part. Its a laugh when Michael Schumacher is miles ahead and you shoot past him with smoke pouring from his engine.
Also, the damage has a noticable effect on your car with the handling worsening when the wings are lost.
I bought it new for a tenner and am very happy!! I can't recommed the Platinum 2001 game over this!! Get this if you love F1
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5.0 out of 5 stars This is the best F1 game ever release 21 Mar 2001
By A Customer
I could not wait for this to be release on the PS2, and as soon as it did it wound up on my console.
It's fantasic, the graphics are superb, sounds is an improvement over the other F1 games on the and the gameplay, whilst being v difficult, is great once you get used to it.
I have brought every F1 game for the PS1 over the years and always had the same problem - turn it on, select Medium difficulty and a full championship and I would pole + win every race bar Monaco and when the engine died. Even on Hard I won the champinship easily.
But with this one it took me 6 or 7 races even ti finish as the controls are so realistic, and now whilst I can still win most races on medium you have to be very careful when you lap or you need a pit stop and when in the pits you have to watch your speed.
Oh and one final thing when the car rolls, COOL!!!!
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1.0 out of 5 stars Oh dear EA 18 Feb 2001
By A Customer
If you're going to avoid one game for the PS2 make it this one. Rarely have a played such a bad racing game. I makes EA's last effort on the pSX look good. Where shall I start with what's wrong with this? This graphics look pathetic for a console of the PS2's capacity, the handling is dreadful, the races are deadly boring and completely pointless. In fact the only thing I like about this game is watching the rather nice pitstop. I think it speaks volumes when I say I have an F1 game on the PC that is 6 years old yet still beats this hands down in every way. For the love of God EA, give the sports sims to somebody who can develop properly.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Something to get your teeth into on PS2 20 Dec 2000
By David
After having gone to who knows what lengths to get a PS2, the laucnh titles have left a bit to be desired. It's a bit like getting a new car without the keys - you can look at it but you can't really do much with it. Until now...
F1 Championship Season 2000 undoubtedly won't be the best game for petrolheads on PS2, but it is a great start and will keep many of us amused over the Christmas break. PS2's fast-loading times are evident from the start, and some of the graphics are just sumptuous. When you run up close behind another car, it actually looks like a car - not a motley collection of pixels. Monaco in the sun is amazing, but it's a bit worrying when you pause at 180 mph to notice the construction detail in the spectator stands, and Silverstone on the "wet" setting has, well, just a familiar ring to it.
There are plenty of set-up options to help make it easy for first-timers, but the level of difficulty noticeably changes as you make adjustments. Even with damage at "forgiving", the early loss of the front spolier makes the rest of the lap treacherous until you get get to the pits. And then..
The pit stops are shown at a distance, with a team of mechanics doing the necessary. It's good fun to watch at first, but I have seen more urgent tyre changes on the hard shoulder of the M25, and somehow that thrill of sitting in the cockpit poised to go just isn't captured.
Apart from losing about 150 spoilers so far, my other driving shortcoming is the horrendous wheel spins on the grid. There's certainly a case for using the analogue sticks to control the accelerator here, rather than the on/off of the X button (and accompanying sore thumb).
On the whole, if you've got a PS2 and you like F1, then you know you'll buy this, and, on the whole, you won't be disappointed. There will be better racing games to come, I'm sure, and each of the sub-genres will be filled in time, but this is a cracking start for PS2.
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