Formula 1 is the pinnacle of high-octane, intense, glorious racing. Everything about it is just incredible; the sights, the action, and the sounds - oh, the sounds. Codemasters are a venerated name when it comes to capturing the essence of racing on-screen, and F1 2018, their latest iteration of F1, is probably their best yet.
Once we take the glits and glamour out of it all, we come down to the fact that Formula 1 drivers are extremely hands on. Not only must they navigate the course with pin-point precision at extremely high speeds, and still deal with all the incredible intensity, they must also ensure that their fuel levels are optimal, monitor temperatures, keep components wear in mind, and so on.
Codemasters have brilliantly relayed this into their game, with the use of the on-board MFD (multi-function display). From here, you can change fuel mixes, check temperatures and component ware, and as well as relay commands to the pit, such as when to pit in, race status updates, and strategy reminders. Although not a new feature, the MFD feels better integrated, and once you get used to it, it becomes integral to winning a race.
A cool new feature is the management of your reputation off-track, where an interviewer fires questions at you based on your performance. Depending on your answers, certain departments will notice what you are saying, and your reputation will shift accordingly. Better your reputation points among the teams and watch how rivalries evolve and how specific racers your team wants to beat changes.
However, this also impacts your reputation within your own team. The higher your rep gets, the better chance you have of becoming the primary driver for your team. It can also impact the rivalries with your team member, and influence who is ‘winning’ the rivalry.
A cool new feature is the management of your reputation off-track, where an interviewer fires questions at you based on your performance.
The particle quality was impressive, with each grain of sand and each water droplet distinguishable from the next.
While it is fairly straightforward to understand if you spend a little bit of time with it, it can be somewhat daunting.
Loves games with deep character development and a rich storyline. Also, shooty-shooties. Loathes microtransactions. Likes to use sarcasm and metaphors.
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PC, PS4, Xbox One, Mobile
24 August 2018
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