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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


  1. RSA-Ace

    October 1, 2010 at 17:01

    Don’t remind me about STALKER… Even with patches the game was buggy.


  2. mit5as

    October 3, 2010 at 06:19

    played it today at rage….mmm seems pretty intense but ummm gana save the cash for … GT5?


  3. lans

    October 3, 2010 at 07:03

    mitas goood choice f12010 is annoying me a bit. i really dont like the twitchy handling!


  4. WeRRieS ZA

    October 3, 2010 at 21:36

    My saved game corrupted!!! Workaround….wait for it…dont quit to paddock after you completed and R&D Challenge…I mean WTF!



  5. Atomic

    October 4, 2010 at 09:38

    It has a few bugs: I have the fastest lap, and my engineer keep telling me my team mate is faster than me, and I should copy his set up, even thought I’m like 1.5 seconds quicker than him.

    cars handle good, a bit too good which is also an annoyance


  6. Nick de Bruyne

    October 4, 2010 at 10:37

    I think the engineer is only referring to your latest lap, but I agree it should be sorted if your best lap is blasting your team mate by like 3 seconds.

    Also, have you put tire wear and realistic fuel on? If not then the cars grip like crazy, switch those on and it becomes a WHOLE lot more realistic and requires a lot more care.


  7. RKipker

    October 5, 2010 at 00:45

    I think the game is very good as is, sure it has some bugs, what game doesn’t! One bug is that most folks don’t have a clue about F1 racing games (I repeat, SOME Folks) So many reports about things that are 1) either not a part of F1 or 2) a part of F1 and required.

    Also, many folks have stated issues with some content that was never to be included in the game, as posted by CM during game development.

    Now, don’t get me wrong, I love racing games and feel that many bugs, like the pit issues, tyre problems, FPS issues, and many other few bugs once corrected will make the game even better than anything on the market today with respect to PC Racing games…simulating a race series.

    The entire feeling of being an F1 racers from inside the garage during practice interacting with the crew/engineer through the final interview after the race… you need to love the F1 experience to really enjoy this game.

    Hopefully, the next 5 releases will be fantastic.

    Take Madden 11, look how many years they crapped on the game year after year!

    I say, thank Code Master, good effort for F1 2010 version 1… patch it, make it as good as it can… and develop next years game 😎


  8. BeeJee

    November 22, 2010 at 16:05

    After the patch its still broken and new bugs are introduced. The problem is not so much with the amount of bugs but the severity. Racing full length races is just not an option for me as you lose over an hour just for a bug popping up its head and the chance for that to happen is too big. I used to be a fan of them but codemasters are (for now) on the banlist for coming purchases. 🙁


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