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F1: Formula One Championship Edition - Playstation 3

by Sony
PlayStation 3
Everyone
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (68 customer reviews) 74 / 100

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  • Featuring all the official cars, circuits, drivers and teams of the 2006 FIA Formula One World Championship.
  • High Definition visuals, full surround sound, changing weather conditions and authentic vehicle damage guarantees the most realistic racing experience ever.
  • Feel pure Grand Prix pressure with formation laps, interactive pit stops, official race rules, unexpected collisions and full online play.
  • Easy access for drivers of all abilities with driving aids, spin recovery and automatic braking assistance.
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  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B000MIP72G
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 5.2 x 0.5 inches ; 4 ounces
  • Media: Video Game
  • Release Date: February 27, 2007
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (68 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,841 in Video Games (See Top 100 in Video Games)
  • Discontinued by manufacturer: Yes

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As the only official interactive game of the FIA FORMULA ONE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPTM, this is the chance for gamers to rewrite the 2006 season with all the official drivers, teams, cars, circuits and racing rules. Enhanced driving aids allow FORMULA ONE newcomers to enjoy the exhilaration and thrill of the sport while online play will demonstrate whom the real world champion is with a full 22-car grid. Adding to the fun, PLAYSTATION 3's SIXAXIS Wireless Controller will enable gamers to discover a new way of racing with its motion sensing technology. Loaded with High Definition visuals, full surround sound audio, extensive circuit details and lighting effects, progressive car damage and changing weather conditions, FORMULA ONE CHAMPIONSHIP EDITION is the only way to fully interact with the sport. Gamers will experience the real pressure of a GRAND PRIX race thanks to interactive pit stops, formations laps, unexpected collisions and race incidents. FORMULA ONE has evolved, welcome to the next level in racing.

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36 of 38 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Almost Perfect September 20, 2007
By D. Blas
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
Unlike other reviewers, I'm going to base my rating on what the game offers, not what could have offered.

Positives:
1 The game offers a bunch of driving aids for n00bs.
2 The graphics are fantastic even though the output is only 720p you will be amazed when the rain starts to pour down.
3 The tracks and the environment around them are perfectly detailed.
4 The presentation is 99% TV- like. Including displays, commentary, camera angles, etc.
5 You can set up the car just the way you want. You can change more than 15 aspects, including the basics (tires, wing, brakes) and advanced (camber, gear ratio, brake bias).
6 The online mode is really entertaining. There are a bunch of options that allow you to enjoy the race without getting bothered by n00bs or a-holes.
7 You can earn rewards like tracks and cars by playing the different game modes (career, single race, time trial, etc).

The only negative thing I could find is the difficulty mode. Easy mode is too easy, and medium feels almost impossible, forget about difficult, you'll never see the cars infront of you again. And also, when racing in the dark, either dusk/dawn, the track is almost impossible to see, even in hd. You'll have to guess your way around the track for the career mode tests.

Of course as an avid f1 fan I would have liked to see more things included in the game, the pace car, corner workers, marshalls, etc. But that will not stop you from having a heck of a time with this game.
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47 of 57 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Released incomplete but provides fun April 11, 2007
Fun: 4.0 out of 5 stars   
The game was released incompleted, packaged just with the basic funcionality for F1 game. SOME flaws:

1) No replays, unless during the race, we can't get a save not even for one lap.
2) No Pace Car and poor managing the accidents events.
3) Pit stops are dummy, we need to press the 4 controler buttons, when it should be done for itself.
4) No race delegates with flags anywhere, not even crossing the line for chess flag, nobody waving a flag there, just a symbol in top of screen, very poor.
5) Running outside the track and eating the sand or grass don't bring much trouble to car speed or performance.
6) Chase right in back of another car don't shows very good air tunnel effect.
7) Multiplayer: US version DON'T allow on-line play with EURO version and vice-versa !?!?
8) Crashed cars (our ours) disapear from track moments after accident or other event that not allows to proceed in race. Big flaw. If we see one accident, in next lap the track is completely CLEAN, not a clue if any accident happen there. (I raced one lap where I saw one car engine blowing in front of me and when I turn I saw it disapear and I got up one position in race, not realistic at all.
9) I tested Logitech Wheel (Driving Force Pro) with it, no Force Feedback at all.
...and many others flaws, not to forget its based on 2006 championship, not allowing us to update/customize drivers or team names.

...BUT, the game is the best F1 game ever, provides lots of fun and is addictive, mainly because PS3 power provides it, visualy and speed almost make us forget the flaws. This game need to return to dev time and should came a new version as UPGRADE for F1 owners, as its really incomplete.

My 4 starts goes mainly for the addictive fun we can get from it.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I have died and gone to racing heaven !!! March 1, 2007
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
I am addicted, plain and simple. I am a big NASCAR fan. I don't follow Formula 1 on TV, but when I saw the demos for this game and the graphics of those demos, I was hyped to give this a try. I was not disappointed. The look of this game is AWESOME, the physics of the game are AWESOME, the adaptability and varying modes for this game are FREAKIN AWESOME !! There are so many options that make this game appealing to hardcore racing sim lovers and newbies alike !! I am so used to EA's cheesy NASCAR games where cars flip 4 times and recover with no damage and finish the race. This may sound weird, but having experienced that, I was thrilled when I braked late in this game and destroyed the front of my car. BAM and I am out of the race, the way it oughta be !! Now, that may frustrate me later, but right now, the realism is exciting.

Another cool point...I was driving and made a turn going down a straightaway and I suddenly found myself mad at the game because I couldn't see hardly where I was going because the sun was in my eyes...but then I thought....holy cow, the SUN IS IN MY EYES !! Like it would be in a real driver's eyes !! Talk about realistic !!

The speed in this game is also very realistic, you actually FEEL just how fast you are supposed to be going. The sounds and environment are great also.

Bottom Line: This is one of the games to use to show off your new PS3 !! We had to wait a bit for this game, but it was worht it. If you are a fan of racing games at all, then stop reading, grab the wallet and head to the game store to get F1 Championship Edition !!
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Technical Paradise March 5, 2007
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
After a long wait, F1 is finally back to the US in the best format available: PS3. A lot has been sad of graphics and sound, but when it comes to recreate a sport that is son technical, Sony has done an outstanding job. By now, it is obvious that this is no arcade game. I've tried several F1 games in the past, but none capture the essence of the sport, specially when EA sports was in charge of licensing. Car setup is very detailed. I haven't seen this amount of options available since the PC game Gran Prix II from Micropose, back in 1992. Starting from the downforce all the way down to manage individual gear ratios, this game takes the simulation to a next level.

Unlocking classic race cars from the past was my favorite feature. Driving a Lotus and just enjoying the sound of those V8 engines is simply priceless. Great detail too!

Minor details could be improved, such as more commentaries from the pits and commentators, a better celebration at the end, or a more interactive pit stop. None of these however, will change the fact that the game rocks.

One thing that could improve though, is the multiplayer options. There is no mic option available, and the interface is a bit confusing. Trying to get realistic is a challenge, for example, if somebody ignores a pit stop and rans out of gas, he will just be re spawned in the track with more gas. The lenght should be bigger, I know there are several fans dying to try a full scale race, with the actual qualifying session. For what the games costs nowadays, multiplayer support should be something to keep in mind. Anyway, this games is 99% solo game, career mode is quite a challenge. Simply the best F1 simulator out there.

PROS

- Sweet Graphics

- Great Sound

- Incredible attention to detail

- Very technical

- Addictive multiplayer

CONS

- Multiplayer rules and interface could improve

- No voice chat option
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great product!
Published 1 month ago by David Chavarria
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Received as advertised and satisfied
Published 1 month ago by William & Erika
5.0 out of 5 stars gift
This has been an enjoyable asset to the home. Nice to have games that are engaging, and clean for the whole family.
Published 5 months ago by sharon elwell-cuddy
5.0 out of 5 stars Great game
This is one of the best F1 racing games ever. The tracks, sounds, music, and art is very well done. Not too many F1 games released after this were able to match the same level of... Read more
Published 12 months ago by John P. Adams
2.0 out of 5 stars Worth buying
The biggest drawback to this game is that it is a formula one game which means if played properly then it will be almost completely void of any excitement or fun. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Mr. James Irvine
5.0 out of 5 stars "WFO" = WIDE FULL OPEN !!
VERY CHALLENGING INDEED AND A BLAST TO PLAY!! I LOVED RACING AT THESE FAMOUS FORMULA 1 TRACKS AND EXPERIENCING HOW DIFFICULT THEY ARE AND CAN BE TO THESE HOUSEHOLD F1 NAMED DRIVERS... Read more
Published on April 28, 2012 by NASCARFAN
5.0 out of 5 stars best formula one game out there,
formula one championship edition is the best racing game out there today. f1 2011 is like a cartoon game low quality .not worth the money this one is far better than that .
Published on February 6, 2012 by brokenarrow
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice racing game
This is a fun racing game that was a great deal. It's a nice game to have for any racing game player.
Published on January 11, 2012 by Tim -South Bend, IN
3.0 out of 5 stars Okay; but not up to the newer releases
This game was okay (although my PS3 had some difficulty with it, it wasn't a problem with the game), but having tried the newer releases this one falls short in a lot of areas.
Published on October 15, 2011 by RonE
5.0 out of 5 stars steering wheel setup
This is not a review of the game instead I am writing this to pass on a solution to expensive driving seat setups. I am a drummer who already had this solution in storage. Read more
Published on September 15, 2011 by Gary L. Birch
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