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Finally the new-gen instalment of Codemasters F1 series is here with F1 2015. But will it stall at the starting grid or race triumphantly past that chequered flag? Find out in our review.
Codemasters' latest F1 title may be construed as feeling a little rushed - perhaps pushed out from under the rug as the team focus production on DiRT Rally, but there's still a lot of fun to be had in this title, even if it's not a whole world of difference from the previous outings and the brief frame-rate issues.
F1 2015 delivers on its promise of a hard-core simulation F1 experience by including both the F1 2014 and 2015 seasons, along with a great selection of tracks, impressive graphics and the ability to race for whichever F1 team you wish.
We're not exactly seeing what the wait was for when it comes to F1 2015. The game is clearly rushed, riddled with bugs and lacking in some relatively basic features. You might spend enough time on track to watch that achievement for spending 10 hours in your car just reset itself and never pop (again, due to a bug) and have a fair amount of fun while you do so, but there's a more likely chance that you'll run into so many issues that you just don't bother turning up for the next race.
There is nothing majorly wrong with F1 2015 but there is nothing that is really going for it either. It is simply 'another F1 racing game,' except this time following the 2015 season. Graphics are good and the cars feel fast, yet it feels very basic in its gameplay.
The game mode strip down this year by Codemasters with F1 2015 is evidently step one of many for a reboot of the popular franchise. Where modes have been taken, major improvements have been made. A whole new game engine giving advanced visuals and handling makes F1 2015 the best yet.
But then there will always be the thrill in shaving off hundredths of a second from the best lap times, and F1 2015 is remarkably effective in subtly digging its claws into you and convincing you that yes, with just a touch more practice and precision you could take that difficult corner a little better.
It's a crying shame that's a fantastic racing experience lurking beneath this shell of a game. There's an undiluted thrill to racing at 200mph; it's intense, nerve-shredding work, demanding damn near perfection from avid racers. Codemasters normally has an excellent track record when it comes to feature sets, which makes it even frustrating when it feels like we aren't getting the whole package. Having waited patiently for that generational leap, my advice to you would be wait for the no-doubt feature-packed version next year. That is unless you're a die-hard fan keen for those roster updates, at which point you've likely sold yourself on F1 2015 regardless.
For die hard motorsport fans, F1 2015 is certainly the champion. For everyone else, it's one race you'll struggle to finish
Codemasters has lost a lot of goodwill for their F1 series in the past few years. In a perfect world, everything here (minus the updated racing info, of course) would have debuted last year as F1 2014.