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 a number of years Electronic Arts have been the biggest publisher in the gaming world. Since the Mega-Drive and SNES days of the early nineties they have been associated with a number of enduring sports series based on (among others) basketball, ice-hockey and football. In recent times, EA have ruthlessly tightened their hold on the market by expanding to cater for cricket, rugby and formula one, and whilst they have taken severe criticism for their lack of...
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: My previous experience of Formula 1 games was that the cars were hard to control and I often found myself spinning out on the track. Well thats what happened to me at first when I bought Formula 1 Career Challenge. After a few hours of playing it however, I began to start enjoying the game more as I had got to grips with the basics of controlling a Formula 1 car and could actually start to challenge for a position higher than last place.
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.
Pros: Fast Cars
Cons: Bad Graphics, Terrible AI, Car Handling is Rubbish
Excerpt: Unfortunately, I made the mistake of getting interested in F1 just as it started getting boring. All through the 90s I could have taken an interest, but no, I gotta start watching all the races when the outcome is basically a foregone conclusion - M. Schumacher will win, unless someone runs him off the track. Fortunately for you, gamer, you can change the course of history. Run a four year career, from 1999 to 2002, and see if you can end Schumi's dominance.
Pros: Great engine sounds, good career mode .
Cons: Poor graphics, difficult gameplay, not a lot to keep you interested for long
Excerpt: Formula One championship has ended for some time now. Generally speaking after the changes that some basic rules underwent, the nature of the championship was more competitive than before and more funs maybe for the first time in the recent years were very interested to see the results and they were following along the championship. Having that in mind,definitely a game as F1 Career Challenge came at the right time.