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F1 2012 Review : Faster, cooler and more fun to play

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If you are a purist , this post isn’t for you, F1 cars are tough to drive, that’s why they have people with years and years and years of experience driving them. I play with drive assist on and the game is pure pleasure in that mode. A lot of people will say that F1 2012 repackages F1 for the mainstream, we are however ok with that.

Thanks to FreeStyleXtreme for sending us a review copy.

First things 1st, a lot has changed since F1 2011, initially when I received the game I thought that this wouldn’t be much different but Codemasters have really made the game much more enjoyable, sometimes via large changes and sometimes via subtle changes to the experience. Some of the things however do remain the same, you still have an email inbox and a manager who takes care of sending you random email.

Physics/Graphics/Gameplay Improvements:

The Physics in the F1 game is exceptional, whether it’s the bouncing on the kerbs or the rain splatter from the car in front. One can see that enough thought has gone into designing the physics engine.

Another cool feature is the flashback feature, in earlier editions if you got say a 10 seconds penalty, you would have to restart the game or finish in a horrible position by absorbing the penalty,however in the current edition, you can pause, rewind and retake the corner, not causing that accident or cutting the corner and hence avoiding playing the race all over again. There are limited number of such flashbacks available in the game.

The graphics in the game are also top notch, the reflections look realistic and the tracks are beautiful. The game deserves to be enjoyed in HD on a console (unless you have a monster PC). Otherwise you would miss all the finer car details and the stunning fluid gameplay.

Modes:

Apart from the traditional championship modes and time trial attacks present in the 2011 edition too, the game has several new modes added for your playing pleasure, when you start, you are invited for the Young Driver’s test. It’s a series of tutorials as well as scenarios to prove your worth as a F1 driver. It’s a good introduction to the controls for the 1st time gamers. You do want to ace each test here as a good score here would earn you a spot with your favorite formula one team.

Once you are done with the Young Driver’s test and earned your achievements, you can move onto the Season Challenge. The Season challenge is an exciting new part of the game wherein  you compete in 10 formula one races and choose a rival for 3 races at a time. When you beat a rival, you have the option to take his seat. Its fun to say the least.

Another new gameplay mode is the champion’s mode wherein you get to play against six world champions in pre-determined scenarios, the scenarios get progressively more difficult and the adrenaline rush is difficult to ignore in the roaring sounds of the engine.

Overall Rating:

We are addicted to formula one and this game is as close to F1 action that you would get. We are giving it a 5/5 rating, the game offers hours and hours of gameplay.  Comparing to F1 2011, the game is much more evolved and accessible, sometimes at the cost of F1 purity, but that’s ok.

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Written by Formula One Addict

January 21st, 2013 at 3:13 pm

Formula One jungle heads to Texas for its American return

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Indianapolis is known as the racing capital of America, so its natural to assume that almost all top-class world famous racing happens there, however 2012 is going to be different. Whether December is the end of the world remains to be seen, however what is sure is that the formula one race in USA is going to be held in Austin, TX.

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The race is going to be held in the $400 million Circuit of the Americas, a quick Google search tells me this is the 10th circuit to host the race in the US.

As the 1st practice went off, tweets from the circuit’s account told us a whooping 63500 were in attendance for the practice sessions alone, that does paint a rosy picture as the number should swell up over the weekend and during the race. This would of course get the organizers and promoters happy who are hoping for continues Govt. support for the race.

Governor Rick Perry is a strong supporter of the F1 race :

“The U.S. Grand Prix will bring 1.2 million visitors to central Texas, and is an opportunity to demonstrate to people from around the world everything we have to offer in the Lone Star State as a tourism destination, and as a place to live and work,” Perry was quoted.

“This event is adding to our state’s profile worldwide, and represents a valuable opportunity to tell the Texas story to a whole new group of race fans and decision makers from all around the world.”

Bernie Ecclestone, formula one supremo, was equally excited by the circuit :

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It looks very much like a permanent circuit and I hope it remains permanent as far as Formula One goes, Ecclestone said.

We have a contract and we would be happy to stay here.

“It’s absolutely first class. All things we wanted to get done have been done.

“We’ve taken the good bits from all the different circuits and tried to put them together. It should make good racing.”

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November 17th, 2012 at 10:34 am

Sebastien Vettel shrugs off Ferrari rumours

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Ever since Ferrari principal let it slip that Sebastien Vettel and Fernando Alonso could get along as teammates, Vettel is being flooded with queries over his ‘supposed’ Ferrari move. And for good reason, the young world champion seems like a fitting candidate for the Italian team who have not seen good fortune for a couple of years now even with a fairly competitive car.

Apparently Vettel has a pre-contract with Ferrari for 2014 and Fernando Alonso has already veto-ed that he wouldn’t like to race with Lewis Hamilton as a partner,

Domenicali had said: “I think they are both intelligent guys and they could easily co-exist.”

Meanwhile Red Bull were quick to counter and had said that they have Vettel under contract for 2014.

Sebastien Vettel meanwhile was cool as a cucumber, shrugging off the rumours :

“I’ve always said Ferrari is a great team with a great history, and with a great tradition in Formula One in particular,” Vettel said.

“But I’m very happy with where I am at the moment. Does it unsettle me? No.

“For now the focus is entirely on this season. If you want to have a say on this year’s championship, you are much better off being fully focused because as you can see it’s extremely tight, with a lot of winners so far, so I need all my focus on this year.”

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June 23rd, 2012 at 5:42 am

Monaco Grand Prix : Qualifying from Monte Carlo

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As we start the session and I switch on the television Sergio Perez bangs into the wall and loses his rear suspension and a rear tyre.

The 1st session is a bit interesting, the top 3 drivers are Hulkenberg, Koayashi and Grosjean followed by world champion Sebastien Vettel. The only issue being that the top3 have already used their super soft compound tyres while the biggies managed to qualify using just soft compound tyres so that they can get better times in their subsequent runs. Perez, Karthikyean, Pique, Delarosa, Heikki Kovalainen and Timo Glock are among those relegated.

In Q2, Nico Rosberg seems to be doing pretty well, Rosberg was also the fastest guy in the morning practice session. He leads from Webber, Hamilton, Alonso and Schumacher, all of them in .200th of a second. Infact, top 11 drivers in Q2 are within 1 seond of each other. Pastor Maldonado and Michael Schumacher have to contend with a 10 place and 5 place penalty respectively. And Felipe Massa just goes P1, apparently Ferrari have asked him to perform or perish. As the Q2 session ends Jenson Button is unable to enter the top 10 and the previous Monaco Grand Prix winner will have to start from P13.

Q3, was whoa ! Straight to the result, Michael Schumacher gets pole position. He is ecstatic and so are we, he is cheering and flashing the victory sign. Its fate’s cruel turn that he has a 5 place penalty to contend with.

More later !

Monaco Grand Prix : Build up

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We welcome you to the most glamorous formula one race of the season, at the track where pole position can almost mean victory as its so difficult to overtake. It’s the Monaco Grand Prix, where the crème de la crème of the glamour and motor racing world converge every year for the spectacular event.

I wonder how it was at the Indian Empress last night, Vijay Mallya again threw the biggest party and everyone’s who is a somebody was there.

Here are some photos which show the Yacht in its full glory during the party :

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Onto the race now, Michael Schumacher already has a penalty to contend with for hitting Bruno Senna during the last race at Barcelona. But he seemed pretty upbeat about it :

“Every time you go to Monaco, you just look forward to finally getting out and driving the track. Of course, knowing that I will lose five positions on the grid does not add to this feeling but this just means that I will have to try even harder,” Schumacher said.

“Monaco is just a circuit of its own very unique character. In a way, you could look at it with a big portion of irony with regards to the contradiction that, for so many years we have successfully campaigned for more track safety, and then we deliberately race in Monaco.

“But in my view this is justifiable once a year, especially as the circuit is really so much fun to drive.

“I’m actually quite confident that we should look reasonably good in Monaco due to the hard work that everybody in the team is putting into the development of our car. So let’s make the best out of the weekend.”

So qualifying is about to start, this post is done ,hope you are as excited as we are !

Written by Formula One Addict

May 26th, 2012 at 12:04 pm