Excerpt: To many, Codemasters has done a wonderful job with their F1 simulators, although such games can be intimidating for certain players. F1 Race Stars is the answer for those who tremble by just the mere sight of seeing an F1 game on the shelf.
Conclusion: F1 Race Stars is just another karting game that doesn't do nearly enough to make it stand out from the competition and in fact seems trite and lazy in comparison. The F1 license isn't enough to make it worth your time.
Conclusion: F1 Race Stars isn't a disaster by any means, but it certainly needs improvement. More importantly, it needs to take itself less seriously in some areas. There's still some fun to be had here, though. Check it out and see for yourself.
Excerpt: F1 Race Stars is a cartoonified version of Formula One motor racing, fusing real-life locations, teams and drivers with Mario Kart’s combat and F-Zero’s crazy racetracks. It’s hard to imagine it working given the sport’s reputation for regulations and technical minutiae, but with all the serious...
Pros: The simple pleasure of driving, The crazy and thrilling track design, It's family friendly, not dumbed down
Cons: The weapons aren't very exciting, Being told you're going the wrong way, Not recognising everyone on the grid
Excerpt: Kart racing. An art largely perfected in 1992, yet still strangely alluring 20 years later. Try to name a terrible kart racer - it's actually pretty tough. A lot tougher than naming an execrable FPS or a risible RPG, anyway.
Excerpt: My enjoyment of racing games skews more towards the more realistic end of the spectrum. I enjoy both sim-type racing games and those with a definite arcade slant (Need For Speed, for example). When it comes to karting games though, if it isn’t Mario I tend not to pay too much attention.
Excerpt: This week in the family gaming show Adam Rosser invited me to talk about F1 Race Stars and Little Big Planet Karting. We discuss how the these compare with games like Mario Kart and Modnation Racers. Also broadcast on Radio 5 Live...