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4.0 out of 5 stars
Gets better with every release., 5 Nov. 2013
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.