Excerpt: Remember a time when F1 games were bigger than God? And now they seem little more than an afterthought? Can this title change that? I mean, it is on the super powerful PlayStation 3 and an exclusive at that.
Excerpt: racing has become a phenomenon. All around the country, hillbillies…I mean racing enthusiasts gather around their TV’s cheer for their respective racer to be ahead of the traffic in an endless circle.
Excerpt: Formula One Championship Edition is the first PS3 game I have had the chance to review since the system’s launch and it is also the first F1 game to hit North America in quite some time. While I’m still not convinced of the system’s price tag, F1 Championship Edition does a good job of showing what the system can do, at least from a visual standpoint.
Excerpt: Formula One is a strange beast. Over the years the hugely popular motorsport has evolved into something quite different from the 'must see' Sunday TV it most certainly was during my younger years. Today the sport suffers from a lack of on-track excitement, is far too focussed on qualifying performances and generally lacks the spark it had when Nigel Mansell was flying the flag for Great Britain.
Excerpt: Formula One racing games have always appealed to a small group of hardcore fans. With learning curves the size of Everest and races that could be measured in hours instead of minutes, F1 is decidedly not for everyone. Formula One Championship Edition is the first F1 game that I know of that has taken steps to bring the sport to a larger portion of the gameplaying public. They may be baby steps, but they are steps in the right direction nonetheless.
Excerpt: The first thing I do with any video game I get to review is to see what descriptors the ESRB gives. I want to know what things they found wrong with a game, so I have a starting point (knowing how broken and flawed the ESRB really is). Mild Lyrics is the only descriptor, but Sony has listened to the previous Family Friendly Gaming reviews, and included an easy way to turn off the offensive lyrics in the Options menu.
Summary: While the technical racing offered in
Formula One: Championship Edition probably won't appeal to more casual
players, those looking for the depth and complexity of a racing simulation
should find plenty to like in this release. It definitely takes some
practice to become proficient in the racing, but the many assists should
help to get you in the swing of things.