Codemasters have made the F1 franchise very popular. In every release they always manage to bring a little something new to the series to keep it fresh and playable. Having had the honour to try the most recent incarnations over the past few years, I have the fun of giving Codemasters latest addition a bit of game time. 2019 is promising some new and exciting features that should make it the best in the series so far. So let us move to the starting grid and see if this will make a fast start or if it will stall.
Genre: Racing, Simulator
Release Date: 28 June 2019
CPU: Intel i3 / AMD Equivalent
VGA: Geforce GTX 960 / AMD Equivalent
RAM: 8 GB
HDD: 35 GB
Thanks to the publishers for the review code.
Codemasters have the basics of the F1 games down to a fine art. The handling has always been good and the new changes by the FIA each season are always implemented in each new version. So I was very intrigued to see what they did to make the 2019 version fresh and will want to make people buy this if they already have last year version. I wasn’t disappointed.
The two major changes that you notice are the visuals and the user interface. The graphics look very realistic and for most part of the game you would be forgiven that you were watching on a TV screen on a Sunday and not actually playing the game. Then the user interface will be the next update that you notice. The new menu system makes navigating the various options of game simple and a real pleasure to use compared to previous versions.
Probably you are all curious as to how the career mode has been change this year. Good news is you won’t be disappointed as now Codemasters have introduced F2 to the game. You now start lower down and while it is not a complete season, you need to get noticed so that the F1 teams will approach you and make your debut with the big boys at the top. And the F2 is available in all other game modes as well.
In F2 you get rivals in the form of the factional racers called Lukas Weber and Devon Butler. This isn’t very long, but still having a sub-plot in the career mode of the game is quite interesting and fun. Of course outside of these changes to the game from last year, sadly there has not been much changed in the way of the gameplay and the animation, which makes sense as why re-invent the wheel, but still slight changes would have been fun.
Changes have also been made to the multiplayer mode. You can now create custom graphic for the cars, which is fun. You can also change your overall and gloves. This sounds fun but do keep in mind that it needs to be purchased by having in-game currency. There is also a much improved replay system and also leagues system to bring new features for 2019.
F1 2019 has a lots of polished features for this year. While the changes might not be massive, the main modes have been updated and this gives the game a fresh feel and look. Yes you the handling and stuff have not changed, but as the old saying goes if it is not broken, don’t fix it. If you are a fan of the F1 franchise you will want to pick this up as it is worth the money.