Excerpt: There’s no denying that Codemasters is full of love for Formula One. Buying the F1 licence, rebuilding the franchise into a real winner on this generation’s consoles and transforming a somewhat sterile proposal in terms of gameplay to something that can cater for all comers put the F1 franchise on the top of the podium. So, it initially came as a shock when the now renamed Codemasters Racing announced a karting game in the form of F1 Race Stars.
Excerpt: F1 Race Stars brings the serious world of F1 racing into the comical fantasy world of kart racing. Now let's just say that you're not a big fan of F1 racing, at least to the point where you can't tell your big-headed toon version of Fernando Alonso from your big-headed toon version of Mark Weber, and that you feel that there just aren't enough kart racing games in your collection. Should you be looking to buy F1 Race Stars? Probably not.
Conclusion: Not fast-paced enough for a kart-racer and too crazy for F1, the handling of the cars is nicely done but damage and an inability to win on skill alone ruin a game that had so much potential. Hit; The cartoony feel makes this a light and enjoyable experience. Miss; Not having the ability to do a co-op career that counts for both players is a huge mistake that sorely dents this title. Need; A better balance when it comes to damage. It can be a frustrating mess.
Excerpt: On the heels of its third great F1 sim , Codemasters has switched gears and made an over-the-top Mario Kart –style racer featuring the current Grand Prix season’s drivers and teams. Cuteness aside, the concept of racing cartoon cars as bobble-headed caricatures is a strange idea worsened by frustrating power-up–centric gameplay mechanics.
Pros: + Full licensing with all 24 drivers (e.g., Hamilton, Alonso) and 12 Formula One teams.
Cons: ? Where are past F1 champs like Ayrton Senna and Nigel Mansell?
Summary: " F1 Race Stars " looks amazing. The art style is great, and the karts are cool too. The tracks look amazing, but are far too long. The pace is too slow, and the game is still too much like actual F1 to make it a fun karting game. Too much of the game is spent racing, rather than using the power-ups or modifiers that bring the game alive. Coupled with races and championships that are far too long, and you end up with a lot of style over substance.
Excerpt: F1 Race Stars is a fun and moderately challenging kart racing game, its beautifully created tracks, imaginative power-ups, and the ability to drive as any one of your Formula One race star heroes combine to deliver a solid racing experience. Yet oddly enough it’s these very same Formula One traits that also take a little away from the title too.
Excerpt: The usually austere F1 license and the wackiness synonymous with kart racing are disparate genres that, just like that Emo chick at school who hooked up with that sports-mad bogan, you never expected to get married together. Does the world of Formula 1 racing games, primarily focused on authentic simulations, make for a good partner or is an acrimonious divorce on the cards?