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.
Excerpt: The F1 racing franchise gained a lot of steam with a stellar 2011 entry that made many aware of the series. It was a top-shelf game in every regard, with impressive graphics and excellent racing action – even if it was hurt by a somewhat sterile presentation. Last year’s game refined what made the highly-polished racing experience even better with a rewind feature to make the demanding gameplay a bit more user-friendly.
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.
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...