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F1 2012 Preview

by Ryan Lineker September 10, 2012

Today Codemasters released the F1 2012 demo for you to get your mits on. Here is our analysis of the demo.

Before you get to put your pedal to the metal and push your car to its limits you have to first complete the Young Drivers Test. You are sent to Yas Marina in the deserts of Abu Dhabi, and presented with a choice of three garages: Red Bull, McLaren and Ferrari. Being as patriotic as I are, I chose McLaren.

The Young Driver Test is set up to put potential drivers through there paces and see if they have what it takes to become the next big name in Formula 1. This is a new mode added to the game this year, that gives newbies a great introduction the to controls and handling of the F1 car.

The first test you have to complete is driving in a straight line reaching a speed of 160mph and then breaking to a stop. This is followed by a ‘Racing 101’ video that teaches you the basics skills required of a racing driver.

Next is the ‘Hairpin Turn Test’, which guides you through the basic cornering procedure. Which is followed by another cornering example and a video that provides an introduction to the KERS and DRS.

The other mode available in the demo is ‘Season Challenge’. In this game mode you are given a selections of challenges over a 10-race season to make yourself the number one in the Driver World Championship. In the demo you get to race on the historic Italian track Monza, for the Williams F1 Team.

Firstly you pick your rival, I chose Fernando Alonso. You start with qualifying. There is no Q1, Q2, Q3 here, just one lap to get your fastest time down on the tarmac. With a great lap I managed to nab pole position from Hamilton setting myself up in a great position to beat our rival.

The race in the demo is a short 5 laps of the circuit. Where you have to hold back the likes of Alonso, Button and Hamilton all competing your podium place. This is while making sure that you still beat your rival. Sadly at the end of the race that is the end of the demo.

In this latest edition of the series there has been a large overhaul of the graphics in the game. The scenery around the track is sharper and more indulging, the mechanics in the garage look human and your racing overalls are visually stunning.

The handling of the cars has changed, I found that I had more grip on the tarmac avoiding spins that encumbered me in previous games. The steering seemed more responsive, especially when taking corners at high speed. You are now also able to change your brake bias from the d-pad.

This brief encounter of the latest F1 game has left me wanting more, and I certainly can not wait for the games full release in a few weeks time.

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