"I slipstream past F.Massa on turn 5, blasting down the straight at Melbourne Park, in 6th place, as the radio crackles in my ears...'Take this guy down..he's a slowcoach.' As the silver car in front of me whips into the chicane right in front of the lake, I step on the throttle, hurtling my VJM03 Force India past it on the cut-back, realising that it is Michael Schumacher. Alonso is now in my sights...approaching him three laps later, and I dupe him by going wide before taking the inside lane, and he has to give way....the battles have unfortunately taken too much time, and Button has escaped my clutches. I settle for fourth place, starting out from tenth, happy to pick 12 points...."
I had been waiting with bated breath from the very first time I heard about F1-2010. When my 360 game plopped into the letter-box I was ecstatic.
Loads of laps later, and I am still hooked. The physics on this simulation are nothing short of amazing. Graphics are top-notch and the sound on my huge Sony speakers is nothing short of astounding.
The exhilirating feeling of creeping up on a car, tucking in on its slipstream and using the extra power to whip out in front is absolutely breath-taking...
The UI is also good, and I especially liked the way you start out with one of the 'smaller' teams, and opting for a 3 or 5 year season contract. Naturally one has also the option to participate in 'Time Trials', driving any car on any circuit, trying to beat your best time. And here is probably about the only gripe I have, although it is crucial. In the time trial, the smallest contact with a wall or bit of sand, invalidates your lap... do it again and your NEXT lap is also invalidated.
This is nothing short of idiotic, and a slap on the wrists for the programmers. I can understand getting a penalty for cutting corners, but not for the merest offence. The act itself is already going to lose you precious time, and for purists, driving the perfect lap is paramount.
I also thought podium celebrations were sadly missed...but not too much to manke an impact on my enjoyment...
Apart from that little grumble, I have to admit that I am enjoying this game immensely. Money well spent, and a joy to play.
And after the race, just sit back and watch your race efforts in glorious flowing video.
This is a must-buy.