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27 October 2013

F1 2013: Classic edition

Of course there's a new F1 game this year, but this one's quite different... really!

Dan Read
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Every year, Codemasters shows us a new version of its F1 game. And every year, we say it’s very realistic, but should probably come with a spare pair of thumbs in order to keep the cars on the track so you don’t crash and melt. This year, it’s a bit different. Still no courtesy digits, but at least now you’re more likely to enjoy the excellently detailed environs without actually smashing through them at speed.

Because the developers have finally remembered we’re not racing drivers or – for the most part – hardened gamers, and therefore require some help when it comes to steering and stopping and other stuff crucial to good health.

So now the settings – things such as traction control and brake assistance – have more stages to help newbies get to grips with things.

This makes the whole game more approachable. You can work your way up the grid, gradually turning down the driver aids until you’ve elevated yourself from bumbling back marker to full ruthless Schumacher.

As the only officially licensed F1 game, it’s still the only one to feature this season’s teams, cars, drivers and circuits. It plays by the current real-life rules and – thanks partly to some technical consultancy from Anthony Davidson – it’s even accommodated the effect of this year’s tyre updates, which should make things exciting at Silverstone. And if you fancy giving the computer a break, you can manage your own race/season strategy. Good luck with all of these things.

But here’s the best bit: there’s now a Classic Gameplay mode, featuring some grand prix heroes from the Eighties, including the Williams FW07B, Williams FW12 and Lotus 100T.  You’ll get to play drivers such as Mario Andretti, Gerhard Berger and Nigel Mansell, complete with digitache. When playing in this mode, the whole screen takes on a golden glow, as a reminder that you’re reliving the good old days.

For an extra few quid, there’s a further Classic download pack, featuring cars and drivers from the Nineties. There’s a 1992 Williams FW14B and 1996 Williams FW18, as well as David Coulthard, Jacques Villeneuve, Eddie Irvine and Alain Prost. Plus a selection of manly tracks such as Brands Hatch, Imola, Estoril and Jerez. If that wasn’t enough to turn back the clock, the intro is voiced by Murray Walker. And how could we knock that?

Rs 3,299 (consoles), Rs 1,499 (PC)

Tags: gaming, game, f1, formula one

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