About the Product
- CLASSIC CONTENT - For the first time in the series, F1 2013 features classic content with cars, drivers and circuits from the 1980s.
- ALL THE CARS, ALL THE STARS - Features all the cars, stars and circuits from the 2013 FIA FORMULA ONE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP.
- NEW SCENARIO MODE - Win medals in a range of authentic challenges where defining ‘racing moments' become quick-fire, graded targets!
- EXPANDED YOUNG DRIVERS TEST - Based on the real world event, the Young Driver Test is expanded in F1 2013 to give you all the techniques to progress from rookie to elite driver.
- MULTIPLAYER - Race in split-screen or online co-op championships and against 16 players plus 6 AI to simulate full 22 car grids. Extend your online play with RaceNet which gives you new objectives and challenges every week.
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Make history in FORMULA ONE! F1 2013 features all the cars, stars and circuits from the 2013 FIA FORMULA ONE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP plus, for the first time, classic content. F1 Classics is an expansive new game mode in which you'll race legendary drivers in famous cars at iconic circuits from the 1980s. This classic content can also be played in a range of modes including split-screen and online multiplayer. F1 2013 also features all of the new drivers, team moves, tire changes and remodelled handling to recreate the thrill of racing 2013's stunning roster of FORMULA ONE cars. New enhancements, improvements plus new, expanded and returning game modes combine to deliver the most complete simulation of a FORMULA ONE season in videogame history.
Top Customer Reviews
Regarding the game, is great. Very realistic and a lot of possibilities to play, I like it very much.
This title is now in its 4th itereation with codemasters, and it has generally improved in each outing. The 2013 track schedule, and driver lineups are there, along with some classic cars and tracks added to this year's edition. Driving and handling is generally realistic when all the aids are turned off. These are ultra high performance cars in real life, and take some practice and concentration to drive consistently.
The tracks, scenary and cars are well rendered, and are comparable to the real thing. There is a "young drivers" tutorial to get you started. Don't be put off by negative reviews if you are a fan of racing games - this is a lot of fun and gets the adrenaline going when you get it right!
All the set up options for my G27 are the same. It is the case of CM not making drastic changes to their GUI where long time fans know exactly where to go and how to navigate new releases. However, one of the changes CM made with 2013 is that there is no longer any explanation of what wheel saturation, linearity, dead zone etc is or does. For long time fans this isn't an issue, but can be confusing to the newcomer. In that, while CM keeps its loyal fan base in mind when developing new releases, they also need to make sure there is a reasonable barrier to entry for those new to the series.
As I said, I've only had this game now for a couple of days. I've not started career mode or taken part in the GP yet. I've been spending my time in TT (time trial) mode getting used to the handling of the cars and going through setups. The cars I feel, handle very well. By that I mean its not easy per se, but closely resembles what I was used to in F1 2011. With TCS set to full, I find it odd the back wheels spin coming out of slow corners. In F1 2011 you could do the same thing by either turning the TCS option down or off completely. Aside from that I don't find the handling too much different than what I'm already used to.
To say the handling is good in my opinion, doesn't mean its easy. To someone new it will take some getting used to and a lot of practice. Unlike most console/pc racers, the f1 series cars, much like their real world counterparts, don't make tight turns at high speeds and mashing the brake pedal. If you're used to games like Forza, Gran Turismo or any other racer, than F1 will take some getting used to. And its also my opinion, that b/c of this, this is what draws many F1 fans to the CM F1 series. The tracks also require at least some technicality, even with the racing line on.
As for the graphics, they are better, but not game changing. 11 and 12 are also (STILL) good looking games. And before I forget to mention it, I really do like having DRS Zones in 13. Having the ability to only use it in prior releases being dependent on whether or not one was one second behind a competitor seemed useless, as there we're few opportunities to take advantage of it.
The tracks are just as good looking as ever. And apparently there are a few new ones in both regular type races and classic mode. In closing, I may change my review in the next few weeks as I explore more of the game. But so far so good.
As an update to my prior/initial review, F1 2013 is still deserving of 4 stars. Contrary to my understanding of DRS Zones initially, you still must be within 1 second of the car in front of you to be able to use DRS. I started career mode and had to dial down the AI difficulty from medium to amateur as I was having a heck of a time in the first race and quali (Melbourne). Full weekend quali settings seem a bit exaggerated as I would prefer a good 20 minute quali and set up round before getting to the race and moving on to the next one. Car setups do make a difference and I would recommend getting used to the cars first before applying any advanced setups found on the net and or youtube. The basic setups the game offers are good enough for most beginners and or casual racers, however the more advanced setups, if you aren't adept enough at handling the cars, will have you slipping and sliding all over the place.
I'm still enjoying this game, even moreso now that I've dialed down the AI difficulty to amateur and am using a mix of basic setups with minor tweaks of my own.
There is a bit of a learning curve to some of the finer points of setting up a car for a race. If you don't do this the car is almost un-drivable. I wish they'd show not just Parc Ferme after a race but the podium/trophy presentation. I play on a pad and I'm getting pretty good lap times.