F1 2010: Was The Game Released Too Early?

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Earlier this week, I posted that a patch was in development for F1 2010. What I didn’t know at the time was how badly the game needs a patch after browsing through the Codemasters’ forums.

To say some F1 2010 owners are unhappy, is akin to saying World War 2 was a tiny skirmish- a gross understatement.

The people on the forums are not happy with Codemasters, for what appears to be legitimate reasons. There is a 158 page thread (at the time of writing) on bugs and errors in F1 2010. Check the first post for the link on what all the confirmed errors and bugs with the game, and thats excluding the PC-specific problems. God knows whats going on there.

There were even allegations leveled at Codemasters that the AI was “fake”. Codemasters actually posted a lengthy official response about these allegations, since they grew a lot of traction throughout the community. In a nutshell, the car might be two car lengths ahead of you, while the game says its 5 seconds. Also, it was claimed that the crashes were scripted.

As you can see, these were some pretty serious claims made against Codemasters, some valid (the bugs and errors) and some invalid (the “fake” AI).

Nick, as he is the resident F1 expert, and I spoke about this, and he reckons the community has blown some of the issues out of proportion, especially since some of the forum posters didn’t quite understand the problem. People are going off as if this game was released completely broken, which simply isn’t true. One commenter stated, quite openly, that this “fiasco has irreparably damaged Codemaster’s reputation.”

This all begs the question; was F1 2010 released too early?

The answer is quite plainly yes. The game needed more time in the Q&A section of development, since there are far more bugs than is acceptable. Note, all the bugs mentioned in the link above were only offline problems, so who knows what issues are present in the online modes. In my view, this hasn’t “irreparebly damaged Codemasters’ reputation”, since its still a good game that just needs an extra layer of polish. If people want to see a buggy game, they should try the first S.T.A.L.K.E.R without any patches.

Praise must be given to Codemasters for being so active in their forums to allay fears, and they’ve shown a good degree of transparency with regards to the upcoming patch. Hopefully, all these bugs can be squashed soon, so that the F1 fans can enjoy the game the way it was meant to be enjoyed; as a great technical F1 game.

What are your thoughts on the matter?

Last Updated: October 1, 2010

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