Background: F1 2012 video game is based on the 2012 Formula One season developed by Codemasters. A sequel to F1 2010 and F1 2011 and the fourth Formula One game, it features all 12 teams along with 24 drivers. The game uses the Ego Game Technology Engine (EGO).Synopsis & Feautures: Players will be introduced to the - Young Driver Test mode, a new feature which is simply a tutorial mode to enable new players handle characteristics of Formula One cars as an introduction to the career mode. F1 2012 also introduces a new main menu, a move made to better the navigation in and around the video game. With the modification of the sound system players can now hear the sound of other cars around them. Along with the new young driver test mode, a new "Champions Mode" is also added featuring the six World Champions competing in 2012 season’s (Kimi Raikkonen, Lewis Hamilton, Jenson Button, Sebastian Vettel, Fernando Alonso and Michael Schumacher) styled after traditional end-of-level video gaming bosses. The "Season Challenge" mode is also another added mode designed for those players who opt for a short play time. Player will start as a team lower down the field and over a ten race season the player will move team’s mid-season, which will also depend on their ability to beat rival drivers and meet objectives. With "One-Shot Qualifying" mode the player is given a single lap to qualify for the race.USP: The three stage knock out session is still an option in the game but the career mode has done away with the single 20 minute session. Also the option to include all three practice sessions in a race weekend no longer exist and instead only a single hour session has been included. Players will no longer be able to play races for less than 25% in career mode. The option to make a custom championship has been taken out of the quick play mode instead the player can select a single race.Key Note: Operates on Windows Vista or Windows 7 64 bit
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Yearly sports titles tend to face an uphill battle. While the likes of EA's FIFA and Madden could easily get by on roster changes alone, most other games really need to prove their mettle to get punters to pony up their hard earned cash again. Yet for its third outing with the Formula One license, that's just what Codemasters have done with F1 2012, delivering numerous small-but-notable improvements over the last two years' offerings.
Everything starts with the young drivers test in a meticulously recreated Yas Marina Stadium and racetrack in Abu Dhabi. Taking you through everything from vehicle handling, acceleration, and breaking to the more advanced elements of the sports such as KERS and DRS, a mixture of hands on time and short instructional videos prove invaluable to those either unfamiliar with the sport or new to its digital recreations. Depending on your inherent skill, the young drivers test will take about 40 minutes to 1 hour to complete but this solid foundation in gameplay mechanics will prove time well spent. Even returning F1 players should appreciate this refresher course in basic training, as there are plenty of nuanced differences to pick up on that reflect the changes the FIA has introduced to the motorsport since F1 2011 hit shelves.
Improvement is something you'll have to work hard for though, and rarely does a game make you fight so hard for a fraction of a second's performance on a lap time. The overall difficulty could be placed somewhere between the brutal F1 2011 and the challenging F1 2010 – not easy then. With even minute deviations from the track resulting in time penalties or outright disqualification, learning to control the cars properly will be your number one priority. Given just how specific the game's demands are though, there's temptation to become over-reliant on Codemaster's trademarked Flashback feature; zooming backwards to take one more pass at an awkward hairpin or avoid a collision. As such, it can become difficult to gauge any sense of genuinely improved performance.
While Formula One is a racing sport, F1 2012 is far more than just a racing game. Equal parts simulation and re-creation of the real world events, Codemasters Birmingham has done a magnificent job of capturing the precision of the vehicles and the excitement of individual events. It's a title that demands skill and tactics over thoughtless speeding, and as such will likely lose the interest of less committed players. For those willing to play by the rules, there's an amazing wealth of content to be found here – easily Codemasters' finest Formula One outing.