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4.0 out of 5 stars As good as last year?, 1 Oct. 2012
= Fun:3.0 out of 5 stars 
This review is from: F1 2012 (Xbox 360) (Video Game)
This is the second time I've written a review on this game but the first one didn't get published for some reason.

FOr the most part this is an improvement over last years game with the menus and in game graphics looking as good as you're going to get. Menus are the biggest visual improvement over last years game with everything looking smart and easy to find. There are several modes to play from career, season challenge (basically a small career mode), champions mode (specific challenges), time trial and online. Each of these areas adds something to the game with season challenge being quick and fun to play... Online seems a bit watered down probably because the achievements have been reduced to two complete 15 and 30 races (co-op games are included) so within a day or two you will have completed the online achievements... from my view point codemasters have created this years game to be much more single player based (which makes the fact that you need a code to play online even worse, although you get the code with a new game if you buy preowned you will have to lash out on a code which costs around £8.

As i said earlier game graphics are pretty good and certainly on a par with last years game but with noticeable differences, now the front wing actually bends and moves around when you bounce over a curb and tyres look as they should when you pick up rubbish. Tyre wear is better this year in my view and much more manageable, the point at which they go off the boil is much more predictable and added to this the loss of grip is more realistic to what it is in real life.

It's not all good however, the penalty system is probably as bad as you can imagine and for many reasons. As an example which occurs more than you think... during career if you start near the back of the grid you will undoubtedly get hit by the computer controlled AI, you will spin off with a broken wing most probably but here is the key, YOU will get a penalty for the crash and not the AI which instigated the crash. This happens all too often and if you ever come into contact with another car regardless of whos fault it was i guarantee you will get the penalty. Similarly, the corner cutting warning system is far too trigger happy and isn't consistent. Meaning you can go over a curb at the same spot for 10 laps with only one wheel on the curb and the other on the track and all of a sudden the game decides to give you a penalty for corner cutting (not even a warning not to do it again, it just gives you a straight penalty). Now this is fine every now and then but when you get penalized all the time and when you see the AI cut corners and they don't get any penalties it does make you a bit cheesed off! Also during qualifying (both career and online races if you have AI in them) you will find the AI Don't get out of your way when you're on a flying lap and often block you by moving across your path supposedly to get out of your way but instead you end up hitting them at full speed and the end result is a broken front wing and a penalty (usually a 10 place grid drop).... in a nut shell the AI even on legendary setting are stupid and lack any form of intelligence.

PROS: Excellent graphics, different modes makes the game more exciting, DRS and KERS system works as good as ever, Tyre wear is vastly improved, 3rd person view of the pit crew is far better, Dynamic weather is fantastic!!

CONS: Penalty system is messed up, corner cutting system is too trigger happy, AI are so stupid they will drive you nuts, Some of the achievements like get gold medals in each of the champions challenges and gold in time attack are very hard unless you are better than most people.

VERDICT: This is a good game and is an improvement over last years game BUT the penalty system really does spoil the career mode and the fact that AI willingly hit you off the track and they get nothing and you get penalized for it really ruins it for me, They've expanded the single player aspect of the game at the cost of online which is still very much there but slimmed down so you'll have more to do offline and many achievements require multiple seasons in different modes to get. I can fully recommend this game to you and it is an improvement over last years game just be aware of the penalty system and the corner cutting issue and you'll be fine, hopefully they will patch it given time.

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Initial post: 18 Feb 2013 09:19:25 GMT
Andreas says:
Can the penalty system be disabled, in career mode? If not this game should only appeal to masochists...

In reply to an earlier post on 18 Feb 2013 16:52:52 GMT
MrE says:
hi, you can reduce the realism of the rules so as to make it more easy and less likely to get a penalty but you can't turn them off completely and the same applies to the multi-player. Turning the realism down does help and makes it more enjoyable when playing with friends but even then it can be trigger happy!

any more questions please don't hesitate to ask!

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