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POSTED 20/10/13


F1 2013

Codemasters
Xbox 360 (also on PS3, PC)

You see that Red Bull racing car? We touched that, we did.

No, we’re not having a moment, we really did. All we had to do to receive the – unexpected - invitation was drop silly-bucks on one of Renault’s finest four-wheeled rockets as the latest (and definitely greatest) blipmobile.

Yep, we got to go all Melbourne F1 VIP and pit-walky, complete with all-access lanyard. Well, as long as they were a Renault-powered team. Things we learned other than it’s kinda fun feeling spesh just for one day? These F1 car thingies are quite tiny, belying the fuck-awful caterwauling noise that they output. They’re also shinier than the shiniest things you could ever imagine. Seriously, you could assemble Hayzi Fantayzee, Kids in the Kitchen, Vanessa Amorosi and, what the hell, Shannon Noll and the level of shine they could muster would be negligible comparatively.

We’re happy to report that, visually, this latest incremental advance on 2012’s official F1 game brings the shiny. Quite, erm, shinily.

Otherwise, there’s not a lot that’s different. A few tweaks here and there – most pleasingly in the braking department - the latest teams, tracks, cars... There’s a new hypothetical ‘Scenario’ mode, but if you possess F1 2012 (yipes, poltergoost!) there isn’t much to recommend expenditure, unless we’re very much mistaken...

...and we ARE very much mistaken! For – as long as you pick up the slightly more exxy ‘Classics’ version - you get 1980s cars, tracks and drivers to play with, complete with fabtabulous Murray Walkerism. Ah, back when drivers were wranglers of raw grunt, rather than computer analysts able to grasp a rather big game controller (seriously, we held one and they look like cheapo Chinese Xbox knockoffs up close).

If going classic appeals, go F1 2013. If not, like Murray cannily says, it all comes down to money...

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