Is Codemasters third outing another fine performance ?
When the first Official F1 game was released on Xbox 360, it was obvious that Codemasters were the right team for the job. It offered the most authentic F1 game to date, and each year, Codemasters have improved on the series. With F1 2012, Codemasters have taking it a notch further. There's some fine tweaks and new features, but it's not a great leap forward. Codemasters are gradually perfecting each game every year, and F1 2012 continues that trend.
Young Driver Test is brand new to the series. This is a more in-depth tutorial, making it easier for newcomers to get up to speed. Over the course of two days, you will be taught the basics, such as accelerating, breaking and overtaking. You will then learn how and when to use DRS and the KIRS speed boost.
Once your raring to go, you can either jump into the Career mode, or check out the new Season Challenge. Season Challenge cuts out all the lengthy work needed in Career mode. Over a ten race season, you can choose your own rival and position goals. It's then up to you to try and beat it. Season Challenge is a great filler, and it will be more helpful to those who haven't enough time for Career
Weather is always a concern in F1, and it plays a big part in the game aswell. This time, weather is used at a more strategic approach. You will still choose which tires to use on dry and wet environments, but decisions are far more trickier. The weather system has been refined. Now, weather can effect different parts of the track. For example, dry tracks can contain puddles of water. It makes choosing the correct tiers more of a task, and it's sure to mix up the racing.
The weather effects looks great too. Each of Codemasters F1 games have been a stunner, and F1 2012 is no exception. Rain trickles down your drivers helmet, and water shines across wet tracks. Everything is authentic and extremely sharp on the eye. It's hard to notice any visual improvements over F1 2011, but it's
F1 2012 is Codemasters biggest improvement to the series yet. With new tweaks and modes to help newcomers, F1 2012 is a welcoming addition. It's not a great leap forward, but Codemasters certainly make all the right stops.
Review by Gareth Smith