Game Review: Formula 1 2010

By | September 25, 2010

Formula 1 2010 Game

If you’re like us, you’re counting down the days until your pre-ordered Gran Turismo 5 arrives at your door. But what do you play for the next 38 days? What can you do to hone your virtual driving skills on world class tracks with world class competition? The answer is easy: Play Formula 1 2010.

The creators of the famed “Dirt” games have applied their craft to the world’s greatest racing series with stunning visuals, dynamics and accuracy. This game is the closest most of us will get to the dream life of being professional race car driver.

The game begins by throwing you right into the mix as a rookie driver at the beginning of the 2010 F1 season. You are given a chance at the driver’s seat with one of the “newer”, less developed teams. Just as in real life, you have to earn your way to better teams and better cars.

Formula 1 2010 is perfect for everyone, from the casual video game driving enthusiast to the hard core F1 fan. Everything is adjustable to fit your skill set to allow you to comfortably test your metal in the game. Casual gamers can choose from shorter careers and race weekends, experiencing only the high points of a season. Conversely, hardcore F1 fans can run an entire season just like the pros do with 3 2-hour practice sessions, a full 45 minute qualifying session, and a full length race for all 19 rounds.

Actual game play is fantastic with realistic driving dynamics, accurate to the grass blade scenery, and an audio soundtrack full of high revving V8’s. As in real Formula 1, everything on the car is adjustable. As a driver you can adjust things yourself or trust your team engineer to set it up for you. Depending on what difficulty you have the game set to, the AI is surprisingly accurate. It reflects the actual driving styles of the F1 pros like Alonso, Hamilton, and Vettel. Don’t be surprised if you are obnoxiously blocked by one of these pros while trying to make a move on them.

On a scale of 1 to 5, with 1 being Joust (the worst) and 5 being Goldeneye (the best), we would rate this game a solid 5. You do have to do some tweaking and customizing (which the game wisely allows), but once you do, you get the full F1 experience.  Now if you’ll excuse us, we have a Grand Prix in Australia to go win!

[Brandon Christiansen]

1 Comment

Chad Waite on September 26, 2010 at 4:17 pm.

Dude, this looks amazing. Game night at your house?

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