Summary: F1 2012 adds a bunch of new modes, streamlines the career, ups the challenge, and slaps on a fresh coat of paint on an already great looking game to create the best Formula 1 game on Xbox 360 yet. It isn't quite as accessible for novice players as last year's game was, but hardcore F1 and simulation fans will still feel right at home. F1 2012 is just a solid playing, fully featured, nicely presented game all around that race fans won't want to miss.
Excerpt: Codemasters has turned in their 3rd installment of the F1 series, hoping to pick up a few new fans by refining key aspects and simplifying others. Last year we were introduced to the DRS and CURS systems without a whole lot of explanation as to what they were for or how to effectively use them. This season the opening tutorial, missing from previous years, covers not only basic controls but also these advanced racing perks.
Excerpt: Motorsport can deliver incredible drama. So far the 2012 season has been exciting and intense, despite Maldonado's attempts to hospitalise every driver on the grid. Codemasters' F1 2012, however, packs a lot less surprise but just the right amount of drama. Even though Noel Gallagher’s nasally ballad ‘What A Life’ reverberates into earshot during the opening pre-roll, there’s no glamorous, champagne-spurting superstar lifestyle here.
Excerpt: There is a big difference between playing a game and experiencing the events in real life. Imagine a roller coaster game: You will see everything through the eyes of your character, but without the wind in your hair and the gravitational pull on your guts until you lose your lunch – some might say that’s a perk. But for some, the idea of realism is very appealing.
Excerpt: There are some people who do not think race car drivers are athletes. Sure they have to sit there for lap after lap without any breaks. Sure they have to turn the wheel at the right time, slow down, speed up, and reach the finish line first. Bouncing around damages the human body, and those extreme speeds can lead to death.
Conclusion: The Achievements get a score of 8/10 The Multiplayer sees you racing on a real Grand Prix season agains other people (Not sure how many will edit when confirmed) Endurance is 25% of the Grand Prix and Sprint is a 3 lap race only session. You also get CO-OP Championship where you and a friend race together in a full season. Get this game brand new as it comes with a free Online Pass otherwise you can download one for 800MSP . Your choice.
Summary: " F1 2012 " is two steps forwards and two steps back. The improved graphics, the new gameplay as a result of this year’s regulations and the new menus are all great, whilst Champions mode is also fun. However, the new career structure, continued prevalence of bad glitches and the way online functions are pretty unacceptable after three attempts at trying to get this right.
Excerpt: Forgive me if any of this begins to sound familiar. The content may be unique, but the crux of my review is almost the same as it was last year, back when I reviewed F1 2011 : namely, if you’ve yet to purchase an F1 game this generation then look no further because this is the one you should buy. If, however, you’ve been here before, then you may want to keep on walking. As a franchise, Codemasters’ F1 series got off to a good start in 2010.