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Hm.. Money grabbers springs to mind.
on 11 October 2013
I should probably start this review with, if you haven't played 2011 or 2012, buy this game as the fresh new experience definately gives this a 4*/4.5*.
But to those who've played the previous ones, there's not really a big reason to go ahead and buy this one.
The big advertisement for F1 2013, is the introduction of old school F1 cars and drivers being introduced. Now initially when I heard this, I thought, what a great idea! It's not until you install the game to come to realize, it's only 5 cars, and 2 tracks you're given. (Legendary ones)
Sure as a Brit playing as Mansell is great, but does it change the experience? No, not at all.
The old school cars themselves do feel differently, not a huge amount. Of course the interior and exterior look completely different, and it's more careful driving. You can't attack the corners like you wouldn't in the modern f1 car or you'll spin out immediately. So I wouldn't say they was overly fun to drive in. Also there's no grand prix for these cars, you can only use them in exhibition and online (Which is probably where it is best used, online)
Other than that, a few minor tweeks changed, I noticed you're spin out easier through tight corners if you're keeping your finger firmly down on the accelerator. Game forces you to ease your way into it. Also a good feature added is the ability to save midway a race, seeing as the lap length is extremely long in career mode.
Everything else is the same. Does this warrant a release of an entirely new game? For me personally, no. The new stuff added could have easily been a cheap DLC added. There was a time a properly licensed F1 game would come out once every 3 years, and I think it should stay that way. Bringing an f1 game out each year is ultimately going to lose it's great feeling in time, and I think 2013 does that when you've bought the previous titles.
For those buying f1 2013 as their first F1, by all means, buy it! It's fantastic. For those who've played the previous ones, I wouldn't bother, you'll feel like you've wasted your money. (Although for 20 quid it ain't bad for the PC)