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: 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: 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.
Conclusion: I didn't expect to like Formula One nearly as much as I did. But the game is very well balanced, with enough leeway for beginners, and an excellent set of advanced controls for veterans. The game isn't perfect, with the lack of in-system multiplayer and graphics that can be less than impressive at times, but the spectacular audio and beautiful handling of the cars more than makes up for it. This one should deserves to be in your PS3 library.
Excerpt: First Impressions My reaction is Formula 1 is probably the most unappreciated type of racing there is. Not a lot of people truly understand the skill and teamwork that goes into driving in these types of races. Thankfully though, Formula One Championship Edition for the Playstation 3 lets players experience first hand the sheer speed and skill required, while presented in a fairly accurate and visually satisfying manner.
Conclusion: THE VERDICT: I enjoy racing games but I prefer them to make me aware that I'm getting better the more I play them. Formula One Championship Edition is well done but it's too unforgiving for its own good, and that sucked the life out of the game for me. The online mode partly makes up for this. It can be a lot of fun if you have people of your skill level to race against. Ultimately that wasn't enough to save the game for me.