Conclusion: Playing previous racing sims will help, fans of Forza Motorsport 3 and Need for Speed: Shift will feel at home with the style of racing, but fans of Formula 1 will love it more. The only thing lacking is they could have fleshed out the press and backstage bits more, but on the track, they haven't done a thing wrong.
Excerpt: “Come on come on come…, if I can just hit that final apex perfectly then I’ll be right on the back of Button going into the Au Rouge, then maybe, just maybe I can shave an extra couple of tenths off diving through the bus stop chicane. But only if these tyres hold out – I am not repeating that lap four drift again. I can’t, I just have to keep ahead of both Renaults or I won’t have a chance of that Force India drive next year.
Incredibly realistic racing sim with ads and crashes.
Common Sense Media
4 January 2011
Summary: Parents need to know that while F1 2010 is a realistic racing game with oodles of corporate logos. It is an extremely difficult game for younger or more inexperienced players to handle. Its presentation of Formula 1 racing is very detailed and authentic. While this may appeal to hardcore racing fans, it will likely frustrate casual gamers who are just looking to drive fast around a cool track.
Excerpt: The roar of an engine and the smell of petrol will forever remind me of one thing: my dear old Dad. This is because he's a racing driver, you see - well, kind of. Every weekend he traipses off around the country to race 250cc super karts (0-60 in under three seconds, to put that in perspective). Not surprisingly, he has penchant for Formula 1 games too, having played everything from Formula 1 97 on the PSone to Geoff Crammond's Grand Prix 4 on the PC.
Excerpt: When game developers set out to create a simulation of a real-life sport, and focus exclusively on the realism and authenticity of that activity so as to deliver the closest virtual approximation of the exercise in question, the results can be staggering.
Summary: The more I play " F1 2010 ", the less I liked it. The bugs, the slightly random AI difficulty level, and the lack of flashbacks are all pretty annoying. However, the weather, the race weekend approach, the immersion, and the multiplayer do make the game outstanding in several respects.
Excerpt: Codemasters have a long heritage of making excellent racing games, everything from the TOCA series and the pure Colin McRae rallying games to the more recent examples of GRID and the DiRT series. Let me say just this, when Codemasters are developing a racing game I always know that it’s in very safe hands. Now the publisher and developer have turned their hands to making Formula 1 games, having acquired the licence after Sony decided to stop making games of the sport.