F1 2018 – Game Review

F1 2018 (https://store.steampowered.com/app/737800/F1_2018/) in the newest racing game in the Formula 1 game series developed and published by Codemasters. It is officially licensed by the FIA (Formula 1). The game aims to have the player becom+e absorbed into the world of Formula 1, through its career mode. The game has a decently steep learning curve depending on your settings.

The gameplay of F1 2018 varies with what your difficulty level. However, in my opinion, the game is a lot more fun when it is challenging as it forces you to make sure you don’t make a mistake. There are a few different Singleplayer modes available as well as Multiplayer.

From the Grand Prix Mode

The Career mode is great, and I think it is the best way to play F1 2018 as you get to manage all aspects of your car such as car development, setups, what parts are in your car (parts do get worn down and need to be changed) and other things.

In the Career mode you chose a team if you do well, you may get promoted or receive contracts from new teams. Furthermore, there is a new press feature in the game where you answer questions and build your driver’s personality. There is also a new contract management system in F1 2018 where you negotiate contracts. There also is a Grand Prix mode where you can play as a driver on any team on any track you want (it’s more of a free play mode).

On to the actual racing, it feels great, the car has power and you should apply thought into every important move you do. Furthermore, when you have less assist on, you have to be aware of everything you’re doing at all times. The AI in F1 has always been pretty good, and this year they’re even better as they are more unpredictable. The game can be played with a wheel or a controller and they both work flawlessly. However, if you decide to play with a keyboard, you may have issues adjusting as the control scheme is very untraditional (A and Z to shift, arrow left and right to steer).

The graphics in F1 2018 have continued to improve, primarily the cars and tracks. In my opinion, the character models (primarily the faces) could defiantly be improved, but they aren’t bad. I think one of if not the best thing about F1 2018 are the sounds, they’re very well done and definingly help build the atmosphere. The UI is quite clean, my only issue is when you need to change fuel mixture or brake bias during a race, it sometimes gets a bit distracting (you may crash into a wall or mis a braking zone). However, this a more a problem with getting used to the system than anything else. The Control Scheme is quite good by default, but in the event you want to change something, all controls are able to be changed. The settings menu is also pretty good, there are a lot of settings that are able to be changed.

There isn’t much to say about the optimization of the game, I didn’t have trouble running on all high settings at around 90 FPS (with a 6 GB 1060 and an i7-8750H). Something I want to add is that Tobii Eye Tracking is supported (in case you have a compatible laptop or monitor).

In conclusion, F1 2018 is a great game with a manageable learning curve. It runs well and looks great and sounds even better. There isn’t much wrong with this game, in my opinion, however, there isn’t much of a change since F1 2017 with the main new editions being the Halo, the ERS and interview features (other features earlier). Consequently, I think that if you already have F1 2017 it’s a 5/10 (average, nothing too new). Though, if this your first game in the F1 series, it’s quite worth it if you are looking for a more intense racing game 9/10 (as long as it’s below $30), If it’s at retail price, I think it deserves a 6.5 to 7 as even though there is a lot new, there is not enough to warrant buying a new edition.

Final Score: 7.5/10

Plays way too many games and should probably sleep more.

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