and GentlemenůStart your engines. Racing has become one of the biggest
spectacles on this planet. In Eidos' Formula One World Grand Prix you
become a driver in the Formula One racing series. Aside from just driving
the racecar in 3D on very accurate race circuits, you can even take
control of the actual set up of the cars; everything from height of
the wings to the gear ratio.
graphics are amazing and very realistic. I just sat there drooling as
my tires turned green from my car running off the track and onto the
grass, or brown as my car hit a sand trap. The green or brown even slowly
disappears as you burn off rubber back on the asphalt. To complement
the graphics, some outstanding camera angles can be found within the
game, including one through the helmet of your driver.
view for racing was found just above the driver. There you have a better
view of what is coming up next on the racetrack from the next turn to
the other drivers. Also you have a good view of your car in which you
can see your driver controlling the steering wheel. While the graphics
were great, one option did frustrate me-turning on the rear view mirrors.
I did find that the rear view mirror when it was in the middle of the
screen was quite large and blocked so much that I ended up just keeping
the rear view mirror option off.
in the game is as good as the graphics. Aside from just the regular
sounds in a racing game which are the engines and the tires squealing,
the 3D sounds from cars behind you gaining on your car made it very
easy to know where the competition were. With the rear view mirror turned
off, this was a great help. I had no problem with hitting other cars
when they were in my blind spot because of the very accurate sounds.
offers two types of game play for when you are racing. You can either
race in arcade mode or simulation mode. Arcade mode allows the player
to race around the track with very little consequences when you take
a turn too fast. Simulation mode is more realistic in that you can spin
out on a turn or lock up your brakes even if you make a small mistake.
This mode is very challenging and can be quite aggravating until the
player learns what speeds and set ups work well for different turns
and tracks. The worst part of the controls is that if you loose control
or mess up on a turn, it was very hard to gain control of your car and
get it back on the track.
that my car would do an instant 180-degree spin as soon as I would touch
the grass. After watching the Montreal Grand Prix on TV and seeing Michael
Schumacher control his car without any problems while cutting across
the hair pin turn I couldn't understand why this portion of the game
affected me differently. Namely, I ended up spinning out of control
while Schumacher drove away without any problems in real life. This
situation should have been mirrored in the game.
the AI of the computer-controlled drivers, they reacted very well to
the other cars that were passing them. They would even screw up from
time to time and go slightly off course as they gave other cars too
much room. The biggest down point with the AI is that it always seemed
to be the same drivers in the lead during the qualifying session and
the race. It would be nice to have seen certain drivers doing better
on certain tracks, or at least seeing different drivers in the lead.
poor quality of the computer AI is that it never made a mistake in certain
situations. I never saw a computer player mess up on a turn and spin
off, or braked wrong and hit the car in front of them.
the problems with the computer AI, I still found the game to be very
challenging and fun to play. This has to be the best F1 racing game
for the PC right now. Hopefully Eidos will create a sequel to this game
with more realistic AI, smaller mirror and more realistic control when
you lose control of your racecar.
challenging and fun to play
and sound are well done
with the computer AI