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F1 2015 Review Round-Up – A Lauda game

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F1 2015 (1)

Formula One, a sport where a TIE Interceptor engine is strapped to four-wheel chassis and then let loose on a blisteringly dangerous circuit, is good fun.

It’s the kind of racing filled with left and right turns, with vehicles that zip around at speeds usually reserved for jet fighters that are trying to hit gravity with a Stone Cold Stunner as they take off. It is pretty much the craziest justification of ever spending hundreds of millions of dollars on going really fast.

It’s just a pity that 99.9999% of us will never ever get to drive one of those vehicles. I’m not allowed to, because I got blacklisted after showing up drunk at an F1 track day and vomiting all over the new McLaren cars. That, and I may have confused Bernie Ecclestone for Dobby from Harry Potter, and tried to give him socks.

Still, I’m not blacklisted from playing the digital version of Formula One. Not yet anyway. Here’s what the critics have to say about the game so far:

Dealspwn – 80/100

F1 2015 (5)

Many will see F1 2015 as a major step backwards, and it’s completely understandable given the lack of features present over past games, but for me Codemasters have taken the perfect step forward with F1 2015. The game exhibits an undeniable improvement over the immediate and important features. The driving is realistic, it successfully aims to all audiences and can only excite me at the prospect of what we can expect to see from F1 2016.

Meristation – 75/100

F1 2015 (4)

Codemasters Racing Studio offers the best Formula One game with F1 2015. The EGO Engine improves on new generation platforms and it’s a great idea to include the 2014 season. You’ll miss some game modes and a more realistic AI.

Vandal Online – 70/100

F1 2015 (3)

Codemasters has focused on the gameplay and the visuals and has left behind the some content available in the previous episodes of the series. If you’re aware of it and ok with that, then you’ll get a pretty good F1 game.

DigitalSpy – 60/100

F1 2015 (2)

F1 2015 lays the foundations for the future by getting it right on the race track where it matters most. Ultimately, however, it’s still in need of some bodywork to bring it fully up to speed with feature-heavy past releases.

PushSquare – 60/100

F1 2015 (1)

Ultimately, F1 2015 feels pretty lightweight in terms of content, and if you place it side by side with F1 2014, it’s clear as day that what we have is little more than the bare-bones basics. In isolation, though, this year’s instalment is still a decent game and worthy of any fan’s attention.

It feels like a good starting position for the series’ run on current consoles, and 2016’s iteration will hopefully be a little more fleshed out.

For now, though, we have a very faithful recreation of the sport with superb handling and a reasonable step up in the graphics department. It’s just a bit of a shame that there’s not more to it.

F1 2015 is out right now. We should have a review sorted eventually, but you’ll have to Kimi a break as I’m busy with other stuff.

Last Updated: July 17, 2015


  1. HUNTing for some puns, are we?


  2. Alien Emperor Trevor

    July 17, 2015 at 14:45

    I only read the round-up for the crashes.


  3. Hammersteyn

    July 17, 2015 at 14:45

    LOL Lauda, sick burn…….oh wait


    • Alien Emperor Trevor

      July 17, 2015 at 14:47

      BOOM! …wait


  4. VampyreSquirrel

    July 17, 2015 at 14:47

    Seen a few people complaining about this game… hope it gets fixed.


    • Nick de Bruyne

      July 17, 2015 at 15:45

      It actually has a terribly long list of bugs that I’ve experienced first hand. Unacceptable even. So strange considering how solid Codemasters usually is with that sort of thing. Maybe because so many of the core team members buggered off to Playground Games and so on


  5. Nick de Bruyne

    July 17, 2015 at 14:53

    Taking opportunity for a shameless plug here, but my review is also up on Pennyworth Reviews as well: http://pennyworthreviews.com/f1-2015-review/


  6. oVg Reality is an illusion

    July 17, 2015 at 15:26

    I miss the sound of the old V12 engine 🙁


    • Rock789

      July 17, 2015 at 16:32

      F1 2013 would sort you right out – includes old school drivers, cars and tracks, including the old 80’s V12s and turbos… Over 1000bhp. Now that is an F1 game!!


  7. Rock789

    July 17, 2015 at 15:27

    I got it last week. It’s a good game. But therein lies the problem – Codemasters have made great F1 games (F1 2013, F1 2011)… But this isn’t one of them. Also really don’t like the stripped down features and lack of customisation when it comes to play sessions and gameplay options. On the plus side you get the 2014 and 2015 tracks and teams… And it’s definitely the best looking F1 game (when it comes to the cars and driver animations). I would only recommend it to F1 nuts, like me. If you want great racing and massive amounts of features, get Project Cars instead.


    • Rock789

      July 17, 2015 at 15:33

      Oh, 1 big minus is the framerate… It drops, heavily, in dense environments (like Monaco)… Sometimes to the point I honestly thought my either my in-game car must be having a mechanical failure or my console was falling over… For a racing game, surely that’s the biggest no-no there can be.


      • oVg Reality is an illusion

        July 17, 2015 at 16:42

        They should have locked it to 30fps like they have always been doing. But the competition out there is just to fierce.

        As for a fast paced driving game where 6 inches around a corner can mean a split second, 60fps is a must.

        2016 will be more polished. Thats the problem of having a yearly iteration. No time.


    • oVg Reality is an illusion

      July 17, 2015 at 16:39

      I think most of the time was spent trying to make their first 60fps game.

      How do you compare the formula driving of Project Cars to this. Would you prefer F1 2015 dressed in Project Cars clothing?


      • Rock789

        July 17, 2015 at 16:48

        The handling and physics are really good. And it’s challenging without traction control and things like that. In terms of handling, I think Project Cars nails it. But so does this, to a degree. It’s the little things, the bugs and the lack of options, that really bring this game down. The fact there is so much competition in the genre now (Project Cars, Forza, Gran Turismo, Assetto Corsa – all of which now have F1 cars in them) means flaws stand out more than normal… And I’d say this is the most flawed Codemasters game in years… 🙁 And it hurts to type that coz I’m a huge fan of theirs. My overall feeling of this game is that it’s a letdown.

        Put it this way – I feel like playing a racing game tonight. I’ll most definitely be playing Project Cars!


        • oVg Reality is an illusion

          July 17, 2015 at 16:50

          Cool, Project Cars for the win.


        • FoxOneZA

          July 20, 2015 at 09:15

          And then we have Project Cars missing the extensible depth of Forza and GT. Codemasters have been making racing games for a time as long as T10 and they are falling of the boat.


  8. Maria Parker

    July 19, 2015 at 14:58

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