Hands On F1 2010 From Codemasters At E3


Fresh off of DiRT 2, Codemasters is returning in September 2010 with their second Formula 1 game but first on the PS3.  After Sony’s licensing deal ran out in 2008, Codemasters acquired the rights to the franchise and released F1 2009 for the Wii and PSP.  The two were generally regarded as only decent games.  That should all change this year as they bring the franchise to the PS3, 360 and PC in style.

Built off of the DiRT 2 engine, F1 2010 will feature every driver and team from the 2010 F1 season along with all 19 tracks.  The game is being designed around the entire driver experience.  During the course of your career, you’ll interact with other drivers, fans, team members and the press and each of these interactions will have an effect on how your career plays out.  You’ll be able to use the media to try and influence your rivals by putting pressure on them before your next big race and even push your team by criticizing them about your car’s tuning and performance.  I didn’t get to see any of this play out in the demo I tried but if handled properly it could be a great addition to the single player career.

Featuring what Codemasters is billing as “the most advanced weather system in any racing game”, you can be sure that any change in the weather will make a big difference in your driving style.  I was racing in a driving rainstorm with full braking assist turned on and I was still having trouble keeping on the road.  The water effects were awesome.  If you played the original version of F1 on the PS3 which was developed by Sony’s Studio Liverpool, think of that cranked to 11.  The water looks great streaming off your screen and even turns into a blinding mess in first person mode when you’re in tight with other cars.  It really gives a feel for the nightmare Formula 1 driving in the rain must be.

They’re going for realism here with an extensive single player career campaign where you can build yourself up with one team or switch teams as you progress.  You’ll compete against your teammate to become the primary driver and work your way to the top of the standings.  Codemasters has also done motion capture on a full pit crew to add to the drama.

They’re also promising full online multiplayer but no details were given.

From what I played, it looks like they have a really strong start here with their first Formula 1 game on the PS3.  The screenshots in this post appear to be from an earlier build of the game as it actually looked much better than these would indicate.  If you’re an F1 fan, you’ll definitely want to check this title out come September.

Written by Josh Langford

Josh Langford

Josh has been gaming since 1977 starting with the Atari 2600.
He currently owns 26 different consoles and 6 different handhelds (all hooked up and in working condition) including all consoles from the current generation.

Josh is currently the US PR & Marketing Manager for Fountain Digital Labs and has recused himself from any involvement on PS Nation arising from posting or editing any news or reviews stemming from FDL.

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