This review is an unedited version of the review written by Zombie Dredd and published in the Tech Magazine: Issue 51 November 2017.
Another year, another F1 title. If you’re worried that this year’s entry in the franchise is just F1 2016 with new vehicle liveries, you will be happy to know that plenty has improved and F1 2017 marks the best version of the game yet.
F1 2017 is not an arcade racing game. It is a serious game for the serious racer. It requires plenty of patience and strategy to succeed. And the racing itself is only a part of the experience. With vehicle and tyre wear, pit stop strategies and research and development are all crucial to grabbing the podium spot and the coveted championship. All this forms part of an expanded and very comprehensive career and team management mode.
The game comes packed with all 20 cars and tracks from this year’s Formula One season, as well as historic Formula One cars and other race modes and weather conditions to test them out on.
The cars in the game handle brilliantly and with a racing wheel, the response and enhanced force feedback is pretty satisfying. The cars and tracks are all vibrant and more realistic than ever but the character animations and podium scenes almost seem to have been lifted wholly from previous entries into the franchise. The cars also sound fantastic (especially with a good headset) – further emphasising the immersive nature of this year’s game.
Let’s cut to the chase shall we: what you have here is possibly the most authentic Formula One racing game ever. At least, I would assume so if I have ever had the good fortune to actually race in a Formula One car. But I would suspect that getting F1 2017 will certainly be the best opportunity (and closest you will get) to experiencing that thrill of being on the starting grid in real life.
Available for: PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC
Distributed by: Apex Interactive