Summary: Not ready to let the 2013 FIA Formula One World Championship season go? Good, because now instead of cheering on your favorite teams in your favorite cars as they blaze around your favorite circuits, it's your turn to jump into the driver's seat. Welcome to 'F1 2013', Codemasters Birmingham latest and perhaps greatest Formula One racing simulator to date. The game is out on PSN, Xbox Live, and Steam, and will soon release disc versions for the Xbox 360, PS3, and PC/DVD.
Summary: Look, you're never going to get to drive a Formula 1 car, so you should be grateful that these simulations exist. And if you (virtually) drive like I do, you should be glad that you'll never drive a F1 car -- we'd all be dead. I suppose there are good F1 players out there, though. The best of them will tell you it's all about patience, understanding, preparation, and control -- all things I think I understand a bit more after spending some time with F1 2013 .
Conclusion: Codemasters is looking to set their own record for consecutive F1 championships with F1 2013 Classic Edition . They've carried over everything from last year's excellent game and they've also added in a timely set of classic drivers and circuits.
Summary: Not a massive update to the F1 2012 game, but a re-tune. And as it is always with re-tunes, it can go either way. For me, F1 2013 is a disappointment in some rather critical aspects, and unless you are pedantic about having the very latest game version in your console, you would be better off sticking to the F1 2012. Important to point out that there is a huge difference between F1 2013 for the PS3 and the same game on the PC.
Pros: Immersive F1 experience, Casual gamers can bypass the Young Drivers Test, Classic Mode appeals to the true F1 fan - awesome collection of cars, and the old tracks like Imola
Cons: Handling of cars on the console version is absurd, Unfair penalties in most cases, Limited to 720p resolution, AI has quite a few bugs
Excerpt: Coming across the line a bit later than past games, F1 2013 brings the expected yearly updates while promising an expansive future for the series by tapping into the sport's history. Players have been waiting for a chance to drive these classic machines and iconic courses, but are these additions enough to keep it from feeling like you're just spinning your wheels?
Conclusion: Concept: Introduce classic F1 cars and scenarios, but add little else
Graphics: A sepia tone is thrown over the classic races
Sound: I swear the audio from your engineer is exactly the same as last year. Regardless, it's very helpful
Playability: The various driving assists and the option to change your difficulty puts the game within reach of all kinds of drivers
Entertainment: I'm not impressed by the addition of historical F1 scenarios, and other than that, there's...