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F1 2012 Review

F1 2012 Review

In the past few years Formula One has continued to shine in both the competitive arena and the video games industry. The action on the track has lead to some fascinating races and overall championship victories and thanks to guys at Codemasters, fans have been able to replicate this through their own TV screens. For F1 2012, Codemasters are hoping to continue this streak.

Jumping straight into the action, F1 2012 kicks off with a new tutorial which will help to gauge drive ability, but also get people used to driving an F1 car again. Here, you'll get to pick one of the lower-grade teams and be put through your paces. It'll tackle the basics, such as acceleration and braking, but also help to explain about proper cornering and how to deal with different weather conditions. At the end, you'll need to hone everything you've learnt into one final push.

Once that's out of the way, F1 2012 is at your mercy. You've got the classic Career Mode, but there's also Season Challenge and Champions Mode. Career is as thorough as ever, letting you experience as much of what F1 has to offer as you want. This includes all of the Practice and Qualifying sessions, and of course, the races themselves. Compared to F1 2011, this mode isn't a whole lot different, it's very much a case of "same old, same old". It's a shame, because there's a lot more that could be expanded on here, and it means that the racing is still the only thing worth getting excited about.

For those who want to cut out a bit of the fat, Season Challenge offers a suitable happy medium. It condenses the entire experience down into quick bursts. Gone are the Practice and Qualifying sessions - they're replaced by a single one-shot qualification. You have one lap to set your best time and that's it. Following on from this you go straight into the race, which on the default setting is 5 laps.

One of the cool things about this mode is that it's quite easy to change team. As always, you will start off with one of the teams that helps to make up the numbers, but right at the start you get to select a rival to pit yourself against. Beat them in two races and you'll be offered the chance to join their team. It's all very reminiscent of Formula One games from the olden days, such as Super Monaco GP.

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