Summary: I came to this game after a long drought from F-1 on the Playstation, since I used to have a PS1 Formula 1 game in the late 90's, I believe by Psygnosis. I picked F1 Career Challenge for PS2 up at half price, and while it's fun, I feel rather disappointed. I'm a little surprised if this is an official F-1 game. It definitely doesn't feel as sophisticated as I'd expect, 5 or 6 years after the last F-1 game I owned.
Summary: The reviews sounded good, but after playing this game for one evening I am a little disappointed with the latest rendition of Formula One racing from EA Sports. For those of us who have played prior versions of F1 in "normal" mode, be prepared for a rude awakening. This game is simulation only - in any mode. Additionally, you can't decide on the weather and you can't decide on the level of damage (in career mode).
Summary: With high hopes based on the reputation that EA has stablished with its line of F1 simulation over the years, I was looking forward to the F1 sim that actually put YOU in the driver's seat. You didn't have to be JPM, Schumi or DC, but you can finally be "John Smith" working on a career in F1... Well, I must say that I am a bit dissappointed.
Summary: Things not in this game. #1 no driving assists #2 no basic handling method (so steering is super touchy) #3 no straight season for just racing #4 no difficulty settings Otherwise the game looks good to go but looks to be cut throat hard.
Summary: While the general idea behind this game is superb, the execution is a bit wayward. The short races (with no option to extend them) in the Career mode are a big disappointment as I prefer the full length races. The handling is also slightly twitchy. It's a shame that EA never got to build on this concept as the results may have been spectacular, but, despite the faults, this game is decent value and worth a punt.
Excerpt: "...for their lack of innovation, F1 Career Challenge is something of break from the norm. Released in 2003, F1 Career Challenge (F1CC) is an arcade-slanted formula one racer which, just as with Sony's official series, contains all the real circuits, drivers and teams you would expect to feature. Its key selling-point, as hinted at in the title, is the Career Mode, and the game inevitably lives and dies on the success of this feature. The Career ...
Pros: Very nice visuals, enjoyable and well - structured races, interactive pit - stops, four seasons of play
Cons: Handling may trouble novices, no rewards or extras for success and consequently little replay value, various clumsy niggles, loading times
Excerpt: "F1 is one of my favourite sports so seeing the F1 Career Challenge in my local GAME store I rushed to the counter and paid up. I zoomed home and whacked it into my PS2. The concept of the game is brilliant. Be yourself in the F1 World , start out as a rookie and work your way up the ladder to become an F1 legend. Sounds good on paper. In reality well, read to find out. The gameplay is well below average. The camera is terrible. The car handles ...
Pros: Fast Cars
Cons: Bad Graphics, Terrible AI, Car Handling is Rubbish
Summary: I think that this game is ok but could be a lot better for sure, what you hve to do is gain a superlicence by doing some quite difficult tests - once you have passed this - depending on how well you did, you get job offers from some teams, you then have to do well in this team to build a better reputation thus getting into a better team going over four seasons (1999-2002).
Summary: Overall this is the best F1 game i've played on the PS2. However, it could be alot better. The gameplay is good, with realistic car control and car damage. However the biggest bad point is the graphics. If you look at this compared to TOCA Race Driver or GT3 they are simply basic when you look at what the PS2 is capable of. The games' graphics are more like a PS1 game. Having said that it is an improvement, and a nice new feel to an F1 game.