F1 2010 Xbox 360
By Chris Richards
Average rating (out of 10): 8.4
Graphics – 9
Graphically the game excels and looks as close to the real thing as I have seen from any F1 game to date. The cars look great as does the scenery. Weather such as rain is dealt with very nicely and there are plenty of different camera views depending on how you prefer to play racing games.
Audio – 7
This is the one area of letdown in the game for me. Whilst the in game sound is great with plenty of engine noise, tyre squeal when entering corners and the occasional message relayed from the pit crew F1 2010 does lack any sort of in game commentary. A bit like F1 moving over to Sky Sports next year the game lacks the traditional BBC commentary. Even though I can remember the good old days with Murray Walker, I still think the game could have benefited from some commentary to liven things up.
Gameplay – 9
With all the teams and drivers from the last season available the game is very realistic and although not a true driving simulator the game does play very well and has a very good F1 feel to it.
The gameplay itself is very fast and you have to concentrate when playing in order to compete, driving feels very realistic in that when you are driving at top speed it really does feel like it.
There are a few bugs in the game however but these are minor enough not to detract from the overall quality too much the main ones being related to pit stops. While pit stopping other computer cars drive straight through you and also your pit man holds you in the pit until all the other cars have passed you. This can be annoying especially if you are pitting when many other cars are.
Controls – 8
There is not that much to say in this area other than that the controls work very well and feel responsive. I would imagine the game would feel even better with an added steering wheel.
Replay Value – 9
F1 2101 is the sort of game you can either pick up and play for 20 minutes with the quick race or start playing only to realise it’s 1 o’clock in the morning and you have been sat in the same spot for the past 4 hours. Short bursts of gameplay will leave you coming back for more and if you enjoy the career mode then you will be more than happy with how Codemasters have developed this area. There are so many tweaks you can make to the length of race, type of race weekend and difficulty settings which make it perfect to adjust the game difficulty as you progress and increase your skills on the track.
Overall – 8.4
F1 2010 is a really good racer and anyone who has played the likes of Race Driver Grid or any of the Dirt series of games will feel right at home. It has a very similar feel in terms of the in game menu and the way the career mode plays.
The little touches from the ability to change the length of race weekend even down to changing the helmet style for your driver really make this game stand out.
F1 2010 on Xbox 360 is available to buy from Amazon.