F1 22 Reviews
F1 22 maintains this series' run as the most fully-featured and accessible mainstream motorsport sim on the market, but the flashy new F1 Life mode feels largely pointless.
And yet for all that there's a nagging sense of overfamiliarity, of running the same races in slightly more bloated cars in what's now a slightly more bloated game. F1 22 is a remarkably broad game too, it should be pointed out - one that can be enjoyed by the growing audience the sport now enjoys. It's a remarkably familiar one too, mind, that through no fault of its own never really feels like the measure of last year's model - a predicament the sport finds itself in now, as it struggles to match the fireworks and fury of the classic that was the 2021 season. In that way, perhaps F1 22 is a little too authentic for its own good.
Another superlative career mode, but the avatar customisation and tacked-on supercars feel like bullet points.
Brilliantly replicates the thrill of driving this year's F1 cars and even the cynical F1 Life, and it's awful microtransactions, can't spoil the excitement.
F1 22 is an iterative entry in the F1 series that focuses heavily on an authentic recreation of a new era in the sport, with fantastic results on the track.
The verdict, then, is that F1 22 should appeal to hardcore fans, who expect true-to-life fidelity in the vehicle performance, as well as more casually interested newcomers approaching this video game with a spectator’s curiosity. That blend of depth and accessibility is a hard needle for any sports developer to thread, and it rarely results in a transformative work. F1 22 isn’t one, but it didn’t need to be one — creating new cars, and the organic challenge of learning how to drive them on the limit, was transformation enough.
F1 22 is very continuous with respect to its predecessor, despite the change of regulations that occurred in Formula 1, but, even so, it is very competitive on the track and its virtual races faithfully recreate the duels that Red Bull, Ferrari and Mercedes are starring in reality.
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F1 22 is like a slice of birthday cake a couple days after the party. Someone (probably your dad) has pinched the glacé cherry from the cream splodge on top of your Black Forest Gateau, but your mum's put some regular cherries, banana and apple slices on the plate to it to make up for it. The fruit doesn't make sense, but the cake's still pretty good. Still, you're left dreaming of what next year's cake will be like. Maybe your cake engineer will be smart enough by then to actually know who you're racing against, and maybe Will Buxton will get some new jeans that don't look like they've carved out of stone. Maybe it'll be a carrot cake.
F1 22 is still worthy of picking up if you don't own a VR headset, if only to experience the new car designs, new circuits, updated team rosters, and re-mastered sounds. Outside these flashy new features, the core of the game is unchanged from previous versions, for better or worse. As with many other EA annual titles, I wish more time was spent improving the guts of the series, particularly the AI behavior, instead of adding social features such as F1 Live, but the new VR implementation gives me hope. One can dream, right? Now excuse me, I'm due for another front wing replacement. Elbows out in turn 1, drivers!
F1 22 is the epitome of Codemasters and EA's simulation games expertise, providing an extremely rich and enjoyable experience for F1 fans and newcomers alike. The game has seen minor but impressive improvements to gameplay mechanics, car design, and motion physics, resulting in the best simulation experience of Formula 1 races so far, whether you're playing solo or competitively online. on the other hand, there was no point in adding modern sports cars separately, let alone the disappointment of the absence of an interactive story mode that appeared in the previous title.
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Skip, unless you're a hardcore F1 fan.
F1 22 is amazing on track, delivering great fun and thrilling action to all F1 fans. Physics and the new driving model, even if through the usual simcade lens, stage unpredictable and intense races. On the other hand, F1 Life and Supercar are shallow addition, very far from Codemasters standards in terms of quality and attention to the details. Overall, the New Era of F1 is brilliant of track, while not-so-new in terms of experience outside the paddock.
Review in Italian | Read full review
F1 2022 is as authentic as you can get, with superb handling and stunning visuals, but a follow up to Braking Point would have been nice.
Codemasters' video game take on Formula One keeps pace with the sport's sweeping changes
Supreme playability is sidetracked by a new mode designed to let players live the gilded life of an F1 driver – and start paying for it
With the new gameplay physics, reworked handling and updated tyre models, combined with the updated track layouts (Spain, Australia, Abu Dhabi) and the new Miami circuit, F1 22 feels like the most realistic Formula 1 game to date. The addition of VR, refreshed audio and tons of small tweaks make this one of the most immersive F1 games ever and even hardcore F1 fans won't be disappointed.
F1 22 is a flawed entry that has been tainted by its desperation to seemingly appeal to casual players. Even so, the driving mechanics carry the game, and it still manages to be a fun racing experience. Against all of the odds, F1 22 pulled through and is something worth playing.
Codemasters have dutifully updated their F1 template with the new car designs and the up to date roster of circuits whilst ditching the Story Mode for an entirely unrelated and pointless avatar clothes shop featuring microtransactions. While the racing itself remains superb, there's an increasingly hollow corporate veneer which undermines the core of the well-crafted game engine. I'd be inclined to stick with F1 2021 until the nouveau riche supercars and furnishings are jettisoned for 2023.
Given the big changes this year to F1, Codemasters have crafted an impressive technical showcase that is accessible to players of all skill levels.
F1 22 manages to improve on last year's game by evolving its driving model based on the new Formula 1 regulations. Unfortunately this happened to the detriment of the amount of content present in this iteration. Right now we have a foot in the new era, but the other is still in the past.
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