Its that time again where Codemasters put out there annual iteration of F1. With a very familiar season of events in career mode and any roster driver changes made from the previous version of the game, to Time Trials, Events, Grand Prix and Multi-player. Here are some of the main highlights of the game –
In career mode you select which team you want to drive for and get ready for your first season for your new team. The career mode is more in depth this time around as you can delve deeper than ever before into the new vehicle management features that require the player to balance resource to improve performance, keep the car reliable, and avoid punishing grid penalties. With 3 practice sessions and qualifying you are able to do various tasks to help find the right balance for your car including tyre choice. Tyres really do feel as though they play a huge part this time round as you can feel on the first lap out how cold they are to building up the heat to optimum temperature giving you more grip and confidence in the corners to the “falling off the cliff” where you can really feel all that grip gone , then you really have to manage the car and the tyres around the circuit being careful not to crash or slide into the sidewall or another driver.
The weather dynamics in F1 2017 have been really well developed and look glorious and really do play a huge part in the race. You really do get that feel of how the weather can change in real life, with rain starting to come in you see the dark clouds in the background coming towards you with a message from your race engineer telling you rain is imminent. The rain slowly builds itself up with light rain building up to heavy rain, however sometimes it can be just a light shower passing over. The game does well showing the effects on the track as you see the water pooling up on the track so you are able to see where the rain is building up on the track covering your racing line. If there was a negative to be found with this is that there was never a need to go to full wet tyres when it was heavy rain, even when it looks as though it totally needs them and the game lets you deal with it all on the intermediates, and this is when it starts to feel more like a game than a racing simulator.
Overall this game is a nice update to the previous version with a few new features and a graphics upgrade. The problem with annual games is that this is all it is an upgrade to the previous game and sometimes it doesn’t feel enough, while F1 2017 does feel a fresh update that’s all it is. One area this game really fails is VR support with Codemasters opting to leave this feature out and VR really could have helped this game stand out from the others, with so many other racing sim games now offering VR from day one hopefully F1 2017 will add the feature at a later date.
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Reviewed on PC.
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