Developing games is child’s play no more. These days, you can look at them in the same light as films or music production. It’s incredibly difficult to strike the right balance between realism and the boundless freedom that the virtual world offers. Codemaster’s latest game – F1 2010 – tends towards the realism side of it, putting you right into the F1 driver’s shoes for an entire season. The gameplay is ultra accurate and real, which means learning is a frustrating, yet ultimately rewarding experience. You’re mostly going sideways into the wall at 180 mph if you turn off the learner-friendly driving aids at first. Even once you get the hang of it, you’re kept on your toes, the challenge remaining undiluted. Graphics, as you’d expect, are top-notch, as are the dynamics, car models, environments and weather modelling. Such realism also demands that you play with a steering wheel controller – it’s not just a recommendation, it’s an absolute necessity. You can select between a gruelling full season, quick race or a customized racing program. We still have very fond memories of spending hours on Codemaster’s other series – Colin McRae Rally, mainly – and you can bet this game isn’t going to be any different. Back to the game, then, with a little more downforce dialled in this time around.
CODEMASTERS F1 2010
PLATFORMS: PS3, PC, XBOX, Wii, PSP
AVAILABLE AT ALL MAJOR STORES.
DISTRUBUTED BY – MILESTONE INDIA