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From a Youngen'
on 22 October 2002
I am from the generation of PSone's and Sonic the Hedgehog, i however do know a good thing when i see it and play it. after getting F1 2001 for Christmas, although it looked the part, i didn't really get on with it as the tracks were mostly mickey mouse and the gameplay was boring - in the sense that once you had one good setup for you at one track, you could almost certainly use it for every track with a few adjustments and off you would go and win.
i then heard of GPL from an internet message board and searched the shops for it but to no avail, so i used the net to try and find this hallowed of all games. when i found it here [...], i thought "at this price, it doesn't matter if it's bad" so i [...] got it, played it and never stopped playing since. it is simply that good that when you first get onto the track (i reccomend Spa or the classic Nordschleiffe), it simply blows you away. now try telling me that F1 2001 or whatever game is better when you're screaming around Monza in a Ferrari racing with Jim Clark or Graham Hill or carving your way through the Nurburgring of blasting down from Masta to Stavelot at Spa.
it is so fun...BUT...and this is a very big BUT: it takes some time. beleive me - you'll be wondering why exactly you spent [money] on something that will frustrate you so much that you'll be scorning and spitting acid because it is very very very hard when you start out. we're talking a month of absolute humiliation, frustration and a few hysterical laughs and tears (the kind you get when you've completely lost the plot)...but...then...out of the darkness...one day you'll get on there - usually at the Nurburgring and it will *click*, you'll be carving smoothly around the track, taking corners at speeds you could have only dreamed of yesterday and you'll jump up from your seat after doing a 9m30s lap and shout "YES, YES, YESSSSSS" so much so, that your neighbours will be considering calling the police and your family will shift uneasily further and further away from you in their seats.
when you buy it, be prepared for supreme frustration but the greatest high when you're finally decent at it. my advice as well is: start off with the aids (they're there for a reason), then slowly ween your way off of them one-by-one. another thing, start off with the basic trainer and work your way up. i started off with the GP and F2 cars and thus, im still learning the ropes. finally, the greatest thing about this game is that millions of people have it and there are some really good drivers out there from which you can download setups from, so as to spare your hair for when you rip it out and save the game from being deleted from your hard drive. other than that, buy it and enjoy the greatest game ever to grace my computer.