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?
Summary: Loop-the-loops, boost pads, and red "seeker" missiles are not the kinds of fodder you expect from a game boasting the official Formula One license and featuring the likes of Sebastian Vettel, Fernando Alonso, and Lewis Hamilton on its cover. Seeing these motor racing superstars inhabit a cartoon world that staunchly defies the rules of physics and fair play is, initially, equal parts bizarre and enticing.
Pros: Multiplayer can be fun, Some good weapons
Cons: The aggression of the AI leads to frustration, Tracks lack the necessary elements to make them memorable, Product placement sits uncomfortably within the cartoon world
Conclusion: We want to like F1 Race Stars, we really do. There's something inherently appealing about it, but it's too concerned with hitting the casual market and being a bonding experience that mum, dad and the kids can all enjoy together. That, presumably, was the goal from the get-go and it achieves it.
Excerpt: A charming and bubbly racing game isn’t something you’d expect from Codemasters, who normally go for pushing gorgeous graphics and realistic visuals for the motorsport games they publish. F1 Race Stars is a new style of racer for the company, a game that aims to bring more people to the brand of F1 that don’t enjoy the realistic gameplay of F1 2012 .