F1 2010 Review

| Published Date
08 - Oct - 2010
| Last Updated
08 - Oct - 2010
 
999
F1 2010

    F1 2010 Price in India

  • 999/-

F1 2010 Rating 0100100

Our Verdict

Overall, the game is certainly entertaining, and on Hard and Expert modes, is a worthy game to have mastered. It will also last you a while, with quite a few hours taking you to the other side of the learning curve, and then an entire season to finish, more contract offers and teams to join, multiplayer gaming, and beating your own best times in Time Trial. All in all, at Rs. 999 for the PC, F1 2010 is definitely going to give you many hours of sweat-breaking respect for Formula One drivers, and is a must have for F1 fans.

PROS

  • Realistic graphics
  • Not too unforgiving controls
  • Readily tweakable
  • Satisfyingly long playing time

CONS

  • Some frame stutter
  • Long load times
  • Redundant press interaction

F1 2010: Detailed Review

F1 2010 certainly had a lot to live up to - being the first FIA licensed game to hit the PC in 8 years. Releasing across platforms, F1 2010 was developed by Codemasters, the guys who brought us Dirt (Colin McRae) and Race Driver. It is also the first F1 title to hit the Xbox 360. Other firsts include the inaugural appearance of the Korean International Circuit in the 2010 season, due to take place on 24th October.

You begin your season with a choice of one of the lower, equally ranked F1 teams, from Virgin Cosworth to Toro Rosso to Force India. It was pretty cool seeing the Indian flag depicted on my helmet from the roof cam, and also pretty intimidating – racing for the country – making you remember that this was no Underground Racing League, but the premier four-wheeled championship on the planet.

You are introduced to the world of Formula One racing with a press conference, and if you’re good at choosing diplomatic answers, none of the game’s ensuing interviews should trouble you, inasmuch as denying you a much wanted contract due to bad publicity. F1 2010 has four main game modes, with Career, Grand Prix, Time Trial and Multiplayer. Career is your season, with your player rising up the ranks based on player performance and contract offers. Grand Prix is the equivalent of Quick Race, allowing you to play as any of the drivers for any of the teams. You can also set up a custom season in Grand Prix mode, putting setting up many tracks in succession, mixing them up, and even repeating them. There are also team mate challenges.

If you are daunted by having to race all 59 laps of Qatar when you play, you’d be pleased to know you don’t have to. In fact, the default setting is 20% of the Race Weekend, which can be amped up depending on just how many hand- aching minutes you want to spend on track. This would get you approximately 10 laps out of 60, an hour-long practice session, and twenty minutes of qualifying.

[RELATED_ARTICLE]As far as graphics go, the game is hardly stunning, but that’s not for lack of realism, but more because it’s almost realistically boring enough not to stun you. You’ve got to appreciate the overall look though, with nary a foot wrong. Rain is when you truly see the finer touches to the experience, with the inside and roof camera views rather beautifully obscured, worst in the spray of a car ahead of you. All this makes for some serious load times, even on a rather well-endowed system. However, once race/qualifying/practice/online sessions are loaded, there are no load times anywhere else. There was some frame stutter at some points, but few and far between, and will probably be fixed with a patch or new drivers. 

The plethora of view options is also very satisfying, and very Codemasters, with three outside - from behind views, one inside - cockpit view, one bumper cam, and one roof cam. Sitting inside the cockpit certainly made you see why not just anyone has the right stuff – what it takes to be a real Formula One driver – with the height giving you seriously close horizon or line of sight, something you really want the most of when you have to spot the next corner at 280km per hour. The shake is also very noticeable. I used the roof cam, to best centre myself on the line, while still getting some much needed visibility. Wouldn’t recommend the outside view, no matter how sexy it looks, but then again, I’m more inclined to all things first person.

On the simulation front, F1 2010 follows much of Codemasters’ previously established formula, where controls and physics are accurate enough not to feel arcade-like, yet, are not as unforgiving as you know the real deal would be, especially in the rain. I used an Xbox 360 controller for Windows for the review, and default key bindings, where the trigger buttons were responsible for throttle and brakes. They’re not known for their precision of analog input, and yet, in hard mode, with ABS/Brake Assist off and Traction Control on medium, you don’t slide out with a hastily jammed finger. The game sure expects you to perform well, putting Expert mode as the default setting in first start up. I caught that in time, brought it down to Hard mode.

Read on to know more about the game as a simulation, multiplayer performance, as well as our verdict...

 

Hard mode gets no Driving Assist apart from Traction Control on medium. After finding myself in the gravel more than a couple of times, I decided to turn on the Dynamic Racing Line, netting me a Custom difficulty setting. More proof of this being a Codemasters’ game comes from the inclusion of Flashbacks, which if you haven’t played Dirt or Race Driver should know is a useful feature that sets back the clock on your accidents a limited number of times depending on your difficulty settings. This really shows its worth in F1 2010, which is actually a much more difficult racing simulation than any other Codemasters game so far, and you will be very grateful for its presence if you spin out on Lap 9/10. You get two Flashbacks in Hard mode.

[RELATED_ARTICLE]Formula One would be nothing without racing technology, and the innumerable tweaks possible in the paddock. So while you can upgrade your car over the course of the season, you can also mess with a nicely detailed list of performance settings, from engine to gearbox to balance to tyres. Mid-race, apart from fooling around with Driving Assists, you can also adjust wing, tyre and engine settings. You can also choose from Quick Car Setup presets from all the way from completely Dry to Wet, with 8 degrees in between. While I normally love tweaking all the performance settings in other games, I relied on Quick Car Setups and upgrades to get me through the game, not wanting to fool around with the physics in F1. Next time round, I’m going to start experimenting.

Multiplayer is surprisingly entertaining, requiring just a Windows Live ID. My wireless broadband modem was very flabbergasting-ly up to the task, and even got me a few wins in the Quick Races, without any impression of seriously high ping times. Kudos to Codemasters and Windows Live! You can also set up a custom multiplayer Grand Prix season. LAN gaming is also possible.

Overall, the game is certainly entertaining, and on Hard and Expert modes, is a worthy game to have mastered. It will also last you a while, with quite a few hours taking you to the other side of the learning curve, and then an entire season to finish, more contract offers and teams to join, multiplayer gaming, and beating your own best times in Time Trial. All in all, at Rs. 999 for the PC, F1 2010 is definitely going to give you many hours of sweat-breaking respect for Formula One drivers, and is a must have for F1 fans.

Rating: 9/10

Details
Genre: Racing, Simulation
Studio: Codemasters
Publisher: Zapak Games
*Platforms: PC (MS Windows), PlayStation 3, Xbox 360

Price:
PC (MS Windows):Rs. 999/-
PlayStation 3, Xbox 360: Rs. 2499/-

*Reviewed on PC
HD 5830 - Phenom II X4 B50 - 2GB DDR3 1333MHz 
 

Latest Forum discussions on F1 2010

  • F1 - 2010 entry list.three new names added.

    The FIA published the entry list for the 2010 championship on Friday, with three new names - [B]Campos Grand Prix, Team US F1 and Manor Grand Prix [/B]- joining the existing 10 Formula One teams. The three new teams are all expected to run under the FIA's voluntary budget cap and all have three-year engine contracts in place with Cosworth, who...

    1. Drvarunmehta12/06/2009
      Most of these teams have only agreed to a conditional entry subject to the FIA scrapping the proposed rules for 2010. Since the FIA has shot down that demand, they likely won't be racing next season.
  • Help help ..f1 f1 f1 f1 f1 f1

    My sys-Win 98 and Win Xp--win 98 boots fine--when selecting xp the boot screen shows up and an error is shown in a big blue screen.. :cry: ***Cant load registry..file systemroot/system32/config/software is missing or corrupt or cant be written*** :cry: What i did is from win 98(into D:/ my xp partition) i copied the software file in repair...

    1. Gxsaurav27/09/2004
      reinstall, the only way to go
    2. Cooljeba27/09/2004
      alt+f4 alt+f4 alt+f4 close everyting and just reinstall it man .... ..:: peace ::.. Jeba
    3. Freshseasons28/09/2004
      Boot the system using windows XP original Cd and during setup select repair windows xp ...will save u a lot of time than reinstalling.... :?
    Show More
  • Plsssssss help me ! ! ! f1 f1 f1

    Hi guys..... i want to kow 4 things from you..... 1)Can anybody tell me a good speaker sysetm(2.1 or 4.1) which will be available for

    1. Kl_ravi05/06/2006
      [quote=anish_sha]4)I have a lot of collection of old photos which i would like to scan and store in VCD format by giving some background music..i hve come across PINNACLE STUDIO 8, which does this..what i like most inthis software is that the HOLLYWOOD FX transition effects..which is ealy awesome..but the video quality is Average...:-(..Does any1...
    2. Vyasram05/06/2006
      dont try win mov maker it sux try ulead video studio or adobe premiere with aftereffects as 4 ur speakers, buy creative inspire 2.1
  • F1...f1.... frndz!

    HI! THANX for your reply! but see frndz this is not the solution to my problem! You see I can be a bit specific.... once i installed WINDOWS WASHER I kinda' had this problem... then I as a panicky user RESTORED my system and the problem was gone. But now again it creeped up.... may be this is due to the unknown deletion of any "DLL''...

    1. Alib_i16/01/2006
      Which problem ? where ? will you keep creating new threads for every post ? Reply in you relevant thread plz. (Reporting) ----- alibi
    2. Nemesis16/01/2006
      Please refrain from starting new threads when replying to an existing thread. USe the existing thread itself for all discussions pertaining to that topic. Thread Locked.
  • F1 2011 discussion

    Codemasters has already announced the game will release on 24 September 2011. I didn't get much chance to play the first one, but in bits and pieces, it was a solid game with superb graphics, particularly the environment, and effects on the car were also pretty cool. So before this version release, I am planning to finish off the 2010 version. In...

    1. Gameranand08/07/2011
      Well it does looks good. But previous one was full of bugs and all that I hope this is good afterall its codemasters. :)
    2. Skud08/07/2011
      I guess, game publishers have started giving us freebies with their games. Ubisoft had their dreaded DRM, others like EA are giving away free bugs (remember Crysis 2?). Previously they were bug-free, now there are free bugs. :lol: btw, have you finished the previous version?
    3. Gameranand08/07/2011
      ^^ Nah played it for sometime but didn't completed it. I got Bulletstorm when I was playing this one. :P
    Show More