F1 is one the most followed sports in the world and while we’ve had some solid F1 racing games in the past I don’t think any of them have ever captured the enjoyment and technical excellence that defines Formula 1 racing, until now.
Maybe it’s just that I’ve never really played an F1 game with the correct setup or maybe Codemasters have really accomplished something special in this years F1 title but my short time with F1 2012 yesterday in the comfort of a Thrustmaster Playseat was easily the best F1 experience of my life.
This Playseat mimics the driving posture of a real F1 car and definitely takes some getting used to as I smashed into more than a few walls before I remembered which pedal was actually the brake, however the real experience comes in from the racing wheel itself which is a mock up of a real F1 steering wheel and includes all the buttons, knobs and gizmos that you’d expect including the flappy paddles and DRS and KERS toggles.
After getting to grips with the wheel and pedal and driving style I started getting around the corners perfectly and picking up incredible speed on the straights, there is nothing better than taking the long sweeping bends in a F1 car and just kissing the curb knowing that you’ve just perfected a turn and kept the most momentum possible as you ease the accelerator down to get back to those blistering top speeds.
Unfortunately our time with the seat was limited but if you are a huge F1 fan and have the spare cash to get this seat then I can promise you that you’re not going to regret it. I could spend hours behind my TV in this thing and drift off into my very own F1 fantasy land.
It’s a testament to the quality of the game and seat that something so unreachable by the masses can now be enjoyed in the comfort of your own home.
Last Updated: August 16, 2012