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35 of 37 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars F1 2013 Review!
You will be in one of two camps, those of you that will have never tried/played an F1 game before and those like me that have purchased each of the previous 3 years versions. For those of you that are new to F1 games then go right ahead and purchase this game as it offers lots of content including career, online and the new "classic" mode where you can race with f1 cars...
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2.0 out of 5 stars TBH, save your money, dont buy this.
Ive played F1 2010, 2011 & 2012 and ive found them brilliant all-round, the handling was great, the tyres were great until a few laps towards the end (due to wear) never ran out of fuel (apart from rich mix) which always warned you vocally, which I would only use in qualifying.

But F1 2013 is totally different, gone is the grip when you use new tyres because...
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35 of 37 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars F1 2013 Review!, 6 Oct 2013
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MrE (E Midlands, UK) - See all my reviews
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= Fun:4.0 out of 5 stars 
This review is from: F1 2013 (Xbox 360) (Video Game)
You will be in one of two camps, those of you that will have never tried/played an F1 game before and those like me that have purchased each of the previous 3 years versions. For those of you that are new to F1 games then go right ahead and purchase this game as it offers lots of content including career, online and the new "classic" mode where you can race with f1 cars from the good old days in the 1980's. In Career you basically start as a rookie for one of the low end teams and you take part in a full season, along the way you will get targets to meet and ideally beat your team mate and become the no.1 driver, you get car upgrades throughout the season and indeed may be offered a contract from another team to move either immediately or at the end of the season. While there are other single player modes the main two other areas are online which includes co-op championship where you can literally team up with a friend in the same team and battle it out for a full season (personally one of my favorite modes). Online you can either join a lobby or set up your own with a variety of settings from track, distance, weather, assists, rules and indeed whether or not you want to qualify or just race. It all works seamlessly and the menus are easy to navigate.

Perhaps the most anticipated area of f1 2013 is the classic mode, although i must warn you that the full classic mode is ONLY included with the full classic edition of the game which was available as a pre-order only. So if you purchase this version (only version available now) it will only come with 1980's content, if you want the full classic content then you can purchase it separately as a DLC. Personally i feel this is just a money making scam and would have preferred Codemasters (who make the game) to include everything in the one game, at the very least they should have kept the "full classic edition" on sale rather than removing it from sale on day one and expect everyone who buys it subsequently to fork out for the extra content. Having got that off my chest for now i want to say a little about the standard 1980s classic content that is included with this standard edition. You get two extra old school tracks, Circuit De Jerez (which is where they test f1 cars at the start of each season in spain) and Brands Hatch which is just epic and reminds you of what a proper old school track is all about. Included in the 1980s content are legendary drivers such as Nigel Mansell and many others and also the cars to match from Ferrari, Williams and also lotus.

The 1980s content is suppose to give you a sneak peak at what else is on offer should you want to buy the DLC of the full classic content but for someone who isn't that interested in the past and only wants the present then the 1980s content should suffice.

Now i want to talk about the career and indeed online from the perspective of someone who owns and has played each of the past 3 outings. While the graphics and audio are better for the most part career mode is identical to last year with very little innovation. One of the biggest problems with past outings has been the AI drivers who showed little intelligence and coupled to that a trigger happy penalty system that would love nothing more than to give you a penalty for something that an AI driver created, while i can confirm the AI drivers are and drive with more intelligence i can also confirm that the penalty system is still far to trigger happy and by that i mean you can still be hit from behind and given a penalty for blocking even though you were braking for a slow corner. It's worth pointing out for those of you that had last years game that the AI are also far more aggressive and are more willing to challenge you and overtake you in the corners, not just with you but they also now scrap with each other! So rather than 23 other cars vs you, it's more like 24 vs 24 cars. There are still corner cutting issues where you can be gifted a straight penalty for apparently corner cutting even though you followed the exact line of the AI in front and they didn't get anything. There are some good improvements however from last year, you can now save mid-session which is something I've been asking for since the 2010 edition especially when you're doing a full race weekend and distance and all of a sudden need to rush out for some reason, they have also added some new cut scenes of you getting into the car when you start in the garage. Car setup wise it's exactly the same as last year with by and large the same setups working for this year. Generally i would say cars handle more accurately to what you would expect but at the same time are harder to control especially due to the large amount of wheel spin you now get off the line and in low gears. I myself use Manuel gears and need to feather the throttle a lot more than i did last year. Tyres have also been updated and look more realistic as they wear away, there are no tyre delaminations like we've seen this season in real life but be in no doubt the tyre in the game do wear out quicker than last year. DRS (drag reduction system) is now limited to DRS areas during qualifying and not the whole lap which i think is better so now everyone is limited to using it around certain areas.

PROS: Better than ever graphics and audio with the game-play (racing) feeling silky smooth, cars handle like they should, updated driver line up, Computer controller AI are vastly improved from last year and will race you and push you to the limits of your capability, the ability to save mid session is a HUGE bonus and those who played last years game will appreciate this the most, 1980s classic content may be limited but offers good value and gives a good insight to how they look and perform on track

CONS: As fun as career is with the improved AI it's basically a carbon copy of last years career mode, destruction of the cars is the same, penalty system still fails to detect who caused the collision and blames you regardless although it's only fair to say the AI can get penalized too (albeit a rarity), tyre wear is off the chart, already online is full of retarded people who try and ram you off the track at the first turn rather than having a proper good natured race, lag between players from different geographical locations leads a synchronization glitch where on some players screens you may have hit someone while on yours you were clear, AI can sometimes go unrealistically longer on a set of tyres, limited classic content with the standard edition so if you want the full package be prepared to fork out for the DLC. No next generation version coming so you'll have to wait till F1 2014 for that!

VERDICT: Personally i would have liked to see more innovation and change as otherwise what's the point to a new game if by and large it's the same as last year and when you take into account how much money games are these days (i paid 39.99 for this standard edition from a high street retailer), so when you factor in how much has been ported from the previous years game you realize that the 40 you've spent doesn't get you much in the way of new content besides the 80's classic stuff. A friend of mine plays F1 on PC with a wheel and although he's just as nuts as i am regarding f1 he has decided not to bother getting this version and wait till next year and i can partly understand why, certainly as a returning customer from 2012 there is little reason why you would upgrade to this years version unless you specifically wanted this years to add to your collection (as i do) or this is your first time playing an f1 game.

If you are new to f1 games then i FULLY RECOMMEND this game to you, yet if you've previously bought last years version then unless you specifically want the game i would wait till next years "next generation" version as there is quite a bit of recycled content. Alternatively you could wait for the price to drop making this game better value which is sure to happen given time. On a side note in general games like this that come out year after year tend to suffer from recycled material making seasoned players less likely to buy them every year, my final verdict and recommendation is if you are new to f1 games or didn't get last years game but maybe got 2010 or 2011 then this would be a good choice! Definitely the best F1 game to date but i do question the speed at which they are moving!

RECOMMENDED RACER!!!
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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Everything You Could Want in an F1 Game (minus Ayrton Senna), 5 Oct 2013
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This review is from: F1 2013 (Xbox 360) (Video Game)
I'll get it out of the way at the start- Ayrton Senna is not in F1 2013. Whilst it is a disappointment, it was not possible for Codemasters to get Senna into the classic content for the game this year for licencing reasons... and the same goes for classic McLarens too.

Right, now that's out of the way...

F1 2013 is pretty much what you'd expect (if you've played F1 2012)- an evolution over last year's game instead of a wholesale change. The handling is very much the same for the 2013 cars- just a continuation of what worked well last year- and I will say now that if you are new to F1 games, you will find it difficult to start with.

The same game modes are all there- Multiplayer (exactly the same as 2012), Co-Op Championship, Time Trial and Grand Prix mode is back! So you can create a custom season instead of just a single race (as in 2012). Champions Mode has evolved into Scenario Mode- exactly the same principal only there's a lot more challenges- yes, some are quite fun but once you've completed them, you won't bother doing them again.

All the same modes apply in F1 Classics, which is this year's game's big new feature because without it, this is just F1 2012 with a new paint job. It is truly magnificent though! 5 cars from the 1980s from Williams, Ferrari and Lotus and 12 from the 90s (if you have the Classic Edition or extra DLC). 3 from Williams, 3 from Ferrari,including Nigel Mansell and Damon Hill's title-winning cars. In addition, each car has a unique sound, handling and is meticulously recreated. There's also plenty of top drivers although the combinations are a bit odd. For some reason, Jody Scheckter is in a 1999 Ferrari (?). Alain Prost is also in a 1999 Williams and David Coulthard in a 92' Williams. Apart from that, there is no fault with the classic side of F1 2013. Four tracks are featured as well, Jerez, Brands Hatch, Imola and Estoril- all are very quick, fun circuits (although Jerez is quite tricky in my opinion). Furthermore, the Classic Cars CAN be raced on modern tracks and 2013 cars on classic tracks. Classic cars are also available for use in Multiplayer but you cannot mix-and-match car eras. And with voice over from the mighty Murray Walker, F1 Classics is truly brilliant to the point that it is just about its own game, bolted on to the 2013 offering and an ode to golden era of Formula 1 racing.

I think about now is the point I run over some improvements and poor points about the game:

The Good:
- Penalty System can be turned off (hooray), or set to corner cutting only (hooray) and in Multiplayer too!
- Handling hasn't varied too much
- F1 Classics is superb
- Shinier graphics
- No more race objectives in Multiplayer
- More creative variety of helmet designs
- Just a generally well-rounded and more complete game
- Tyre scaling has returned (hooray)
- Mid-Race/session saves are in a Codemasters F1 game for the first time- and can be used in any game mode (apart from multiplayer obviously)
- Scenarios can be completed online in Co-op
- New AI difficulty between Professional and Legend (Expert)

The Bad:

- Time Attack is still in the game
- Career has not changed since F1 2012
- Very little change between F1 2012 and 2013 in terms of the modern content
- Young Driver Test is tedious and dull (but useful if this is your first F1 game)

This game pays great homage to the heritage of F1 and excellently recreates the dynamism of the 2013 season and is at its heart an evolution of F1 2012 with the addition of gems from Formula 1's long history.

F1 2013 is more of the same but also a positive bridge between current-gen and the inevitable first next-generation offering next year....
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Gets better with every release., 5 Nov 2013
= Fun:4.0 out of 5 stars 
This review is from: F1 2013 (Xbox 360) (Video Game)
Formula 1 as a sport is vastly complex. The physical properties of the machines that we love to see go racing are only fully understood by a select few. Yet Codemasters have done a superb job with emulating how the cars look and feel to drive, and made the game extremely fun to play.

Graphically the game has seen a slight improvement since 2012, with colours seeming deeper and sharp edges looking cleaner. The audio has also been improved with the 'spit' sound of changing gear wonderfully integrated as well as the roar of the engines sounding better.

The handling is where this game excels. Gone is the exaggerated understeer of 2012, and in its place is a much more refined system that rewards both aggressive and smooth driving styles. The consequences of the former, however, play a huge part in the outcomes of races as tyre wear makes a bigger impact this year. With Pirelli tyres wearing away quickly in this season's real-world F1, Codemasters have tried to make gamers think about how they use their tyres in races and punish those that tend to drive flat out for the entire race, something that isn't possible in real-world F1. Players now have to think about how strategy, setup and driving style will affect the life of their tyres, which will drastically affect their finishing position. The game requires thought, skill and patience.

The AI also seem to be better, as they seem more intelligent and can see gaps and actually go for them on a more consistent basis.

This year's game also sees the introduction of the new classic mode, which brings in four classic tracks (if you have DLC, something that isn't convenient). Brands Hatch is brilliantly fun to drive around, with a short lap and fast apexes. Estoril is similar, with fast and winding corners that make up a brilliant first sector, with Jerez and Imola adding to the fun as well. The number of cars and drivers from the 1980s and 90s in unfortunately limited, with the headline non-addition of Ayrton Senna. But this doesn't take away the thrills of driving the powerful turbo cars of the 1980s that demand the driver to hang on for dear life when exiting corners. What's more, you can drive modern cars around classic tracks, and vice versa.

Negatives would include an unchanged career mode and season challenge, as well as issues with online lobbies. It seems that people without DLC cannot join a lobby hosted by someone with DLC, regardless of whether you intend to race DLC tracks or not. There are several bugs as well, with safety cars and lapped cars, pit-lane problems and re-occurrence of the four-second lag. But aside from these problems, the game has definitely improved this year, adding the tactical side of modern F1, and the fun of classic cars and tracks. A must purchase for any racing game fan.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars, 15 July 2014
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This is a great game and is played at least once a week.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 14 July 2014
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Brought for my 18 year old and he loves it
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very pleased., 7 July 2014
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Fast delivery as it was a birthday gift. Very pleased.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great game!, 27 May 2014
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Bought this for my brother-in-law, delivered perfectly as always by amazon! I haven't played it yet but he really likes it!
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4.0 out of 5 stars OK game, 18 May 2014
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The games OK but not as good as the previous f1 game it a lot more difficult because the cars do not handle very well
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4.0 out of 5 stars Fine but not the easiest game ever, 14 May 2014
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The 3+ rating would make you think a 3 year old would have the ability to play the game however the driving skills are very complex and it is not the easiest game to master, but once you have the hang of it, it is addictive
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5.0 out of 5 stars Update to franchise, 2 May 2014
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Kids love it and tell me it is a big uptick from last years offering, better graphics, updated cars etc.
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