Excerpt: F1 2009 is the first in a new generation of Formula One video games featuring Lewis Hamilton, Fernando Alonso, Sebastian Vettel and all the official drivers, teams and circuits from the 2009 FIA Formula One World Championship. Published and developed by Codemasters, the new evolution of F1 games has taken pole position in giving the gaming community an insight of what it takes to be an F1 driver.
Excerpt: Ever since Codemasters announced that they had grabbed the rights to develop Formula One games, I’ve been very excited by the prospect. The British publisher and developer certainly know what they are doing when it comes to motor sport, with a long line – from TOCA to Colin McRae – of racing game released over the years.
Summary: F1 2009 will deliver an authentic and accessible recreation of the current Formula One season, featuring a variety of race modes, customizable driver aids, multiplayer support, new aerodynamics, slick tires, the KERS boost system, the Singapore night race, and the debut of World Champion Lewis Hamilton.
Excerpt: Usually in a review, I would go through the game first and then discuss the likes of graphics, sounds and presentation of the game. This time I want to do things a bit differently, because I want to get the whole preconception out of the way that Wii graphics cannot do a game like this justice in the same way that other consoles can. While F1 2009 may not be the most visually technical game of the year, I don’t think it’s a bad offering in terms of Wii games.
Pros: Ability to create your own career, Fun multiplayer mode, Difficult at first making for good simulation, Lots of car and track options to customise your race
Cons: No online mode, Some lagging within the game, Not as visually pleasing as other racing games on other consoles, In-game data already out of date
Excerpt: Despite the popularity of Formula 1 racing, there hasn't actually been a decent F1 game on a Nintendo system since the excellent F1 World Grand Prix II was released on the N64 a decade ago. An exclusivity contract with Sony meant that F1 games were strictly limited to its consoles for the last few years, but when that licence ran out Codemasters swooped in to win the F1 rights. And so here we are, with an all-new F1 game on a Nintendo system.
Excerpt: It’s been years since the last F1 game and it’s a little surprising to see Codemasters test their newly acquired license on the Wii first, but probably a wise decision seeing as Dirt 2 and Forza 3 are keeping the non-Wii crowd busy for now. While Codemasters’ modern classics of Dirt 2 and Grid were developed in-house, Sumo Digital are in the driving seat for this one.
Conclusion: F1 2009 sorprende dentro del catálogo de la consola de sobremesa Wii, por ser el primer juego destinado a los poseedores de la consola que buscan competir en un título de enfoque realista. Esta versión cuenta con un buen equilibrio entre arcade y simulación, destacando por las posibilidades que nos ofrecen los reglajes de nuestro monoplaza y una buena sensación de velocidad, aunque por contra este título no explota la potencia gráfica que posee la consola de sobremesa...