Having played both the previous Codemasters F1 games 2010 and 2011, I was not so sure this years offering was going to offer enough of an improvement to justify purchase. Thankfully it does if you are a dedicated racer.
It is more accessible with the difficulty balance much improved, not just for the hardcore but also the standard pad player. I have never been able to drive really confidently with traction control off in the championship, but in 2012, you can. Somehow the controls are more responsive and feedback through the car is better giving you more confidence to push, without making the experience easy.
Of course you can still customise the game to suit your play style and experience.
Presentation is very slick, as we have become accustom with Codemasters, and the visuals have been suitably improved, the weather effects looking very nice.
The better you do in the young driver section at the start, gives you access to to a higher placed team, so its worth pushing, as it does not look like you will be able to win with the lower placed teams, which adds to the realism.
All in all I'm very happy after my first impressions, the game is much tighter, which I feel will make the game more enjoyable over the coming months.
If you are an F1 fan, now is the time to take the plunge and give the game a go, Codemasters have delivered.