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Exceeded all expectations,
This review is from: Formula 1 2010 (PC DVD) (DVD-ROM)
My system spec.
AMD Phenom 9650 Quad-Core 2.3 ghz
ATi Radeon HD4870 1GB
3GB DDR2 Ram
23" Samsung Syncmaster 2333HD Monitor
Thrustmaster Ferrari GT Experience Wheel
With my system spec I am able to run the game with 1920x1080 resolution, 4x MSAA and all other display settings on high. With these settings I haven't experienced any noticeable frame-rate drops or lagging at all. My experiences so far have been primarily within the career mode (expert difficulty, 50% races).
Having played rFactor and F1 Challenge 99-02 in the past, F1 2010 was always a must-buy and it is easily the best racing game I have ever played.
These are just some of the positive aspects of the game, and it certainly isn't an exhaustive list.
- The graphics are fantastic at the above resolution and the visual experience enhanced during wet races in particular.
- The handling is challenging enough to be rewarding when you post a fast time or string a series of laps together during a race.
- On expert difficulty the AI is genuinely difficult to beat, to the extent where finishing 18th in a Lotus can sometimes feel like a victory.
- The small details, such as the ability to adjust wing angles and engine settings during the race makes the game seem that bit more realistic.
- The career mode, whilst not perfect, seems to give the game longevity offline. The possibility to rise through the ranks from a team such as Lotus to one capable of challenging for and winning world championships is exciting, particularly when any respectable result in a lower team seems like such an achievement early on.
- The game is more immersive than any other racing game I've played. The changing weather conditions, strategy calls, tricky AI and generally realistic race results all adds to the enjoyment of the game.
There are some areas that could be improved
- Lack of safety car
- Penalty system sometimes over picky
- Questionable AI in wet weather. I was able to qualify 10th in the wet in a Lotus at China.
- Frequency of punctures (although I am experiencing these less often as I become smoother and less prone to off-track excursions!)
- Lack of podium celebration
- Replay system not brilliant
Appreciating that this is the first current gen F1 game (after F1 2009 on the Wii) codemasters has developed, the positive aspects of the game far outweigh any negatives and after 3 or 4 days of playing, I haven't experienced anything other than enjoyment.
I would recommend it to anyone with any interest in Formula One, and if my experience so far is anything to go by, you really won't be disappointed.