Game Info: (Box Display)
- System: PS4, PC, Xbox One
- Publisher: Codemasters
- Developer: Codemasters Birmingham
- Release Date: Aug 25, 2017
- Rating: E for Everyone
- Genre: Racing, Simulation, Sport
- Players: 1 (Online Multiplayer)
- Official Website: http://www.codemasters.com/game/f1-2017/
Who it Caters to
What to Expect
Upon starting F1 2017 up, you’re going to be met with several options. You’re going to start by making a racing persona—using pre-set character faces/genders and various other things—then you can choose the game modes. Players of F1 2017 can go into the long career mode—which we’ll dissect in a moment—multiplayer mode, Grand Prix, Championships, Time Trial and Event. Each of these modes bring various styles of play and while Time Trial and Grand Prix mode are just straight up races with various altercations on your end, the other modes are where players will get probably the most out of F1 2017. Nonetheless though, F1 2017 gives players a large amount of ways to play. If you were worried that you’ll get bored of being in one particular mode, you can put those fears aside.
As we said the most amount of time most players—at least those who don’t wish to play online—will invest in comes in the form of career mode. Here you’re to take up the mantle of a new driver for one of the ten teams available and race your way through a long career to rise up in rank and become number one. Players will find it feels almost like a RPG here where you can upgrade your vehicle via a giant skill tree—seriously we mean giant—and even customize your car in terms of performance and various other mechanics. Developer Codemasters Birmingham clearly wanted players to feel as if they had literally just entered a team. If you wanted control over multiple faucets in a racing game, then the career mode of F1 2017 is going to be your place of Zen truly.
For those who want some more interesting races, you’ll find event mode and multiplayer to be your means of play. Event mode is very interesting as every several days—real world time mind you—players can download via a free update several events that have the player dealing with various restrictions or problems. An example comes in the event we played where you start the race with a damaged car nose and must figure out how to handle it so you can still win the race. This adds a random racing element that is both fun and almost puzzle like. The multiplayer mode also is very robust giving players multiple ways to play online with either friends or random players.
Now while all of these cool modes and large amount of detail in game are impressive, they wouldn’t matter if the gameplay wasn’t up to par. Luckily though F1 2017 plays incredibly well. Cars feel responsive and the various issues that you may deal with such as rain and car damage add to that gameplay feel. What’s also neat is if you have a microphone you can actually talk to your crew and ask for updates regarding the weather, car performance and track issues. Simple ideas like this give F1 2017 a truly gripping gameplay feel that we were wowed by.
Graphically and sound wise, F1 2017 is pretty dang impressive. While character models don’t look that great at times and the various environments off the track look about the same, the real focus is going to be the tracks and cars which look splendid. Whether it’s a sunny day or a massive rainstorm, F1 2017 will blow you away with how realistic everything looks and seems. Tracks are very lifelike and the same can be said of both the modern day cars as well as the older ones. Same can be said of the sound which gives your car a nice sound. You can tell developer Codemaster Birmingham captured either live sounds or made sure they used only the best in the sound department.
Now let’s talk about the very few issues that we had while playing F1 2017 and being honest there aren’t many. While we love racing games here at Honey’s Anime, F1 2017 is only going to appeal to those who are diehard about the F1 scene. The dizzying amount of detail in F1 2017 is a boon to those who love the sport but if you’re a newcomer be prepared to invest some time into looking up details of what stability does and how fuel can cost a race, seriously that’s how much detail went into F1 2017. If this sounds like too much than your experience with F1 2017 may not be that great. Besides that and the ho hum character models/off track environments, F1 2017 is basically perfectly fine and we can’t find much fault in it.
Honey's Gameplay Consensus:
- Very realistic graphics
- Deep Single Player Career Mode
- Massive amount of detail for car management
- Classic Cars and Modern Cars
- Excellent Gameplay
- Great multiplayer
- Character Designs are hit and miss
- Obviously for those heavy into the F1 scene
- Can be a bit overwhelming to newcomers