Formula One Championship Edition
Formula One Championship Edition is the
latest next generation PS3 game to arrive on the world's most powerful
gaming console. Players will finally be able to play the entire 2006
championship season with their favourite drivers, all in an attempt to
become the world's Formula One Champion.
Sony have really outdone themselves in this current incarnation that not
only features improved gameplay but also improved realism that is the
closest most of us will ever get to racing a Formula One car.
Experience High definition visuals, full surround sound, extensive
circuit details and lighting effects, progressive dirt and car
damage make for the most realistic racing experience to date.
True Realism Feel
the buzz of the paddock and the excitement of race day with
authentic pre-race car preparations
Warm up your tyres and get ready for the race with the parade lap.
Live Action Racing
Experience the real pressure of a GRAND PRIX race thanks to
unexpected collisions and race incidents.
Introduction of the
Safety Car Choose the correct race strategy when the safety car is
out: will you make an early pit stop to avoid being stuck in the
with PSP system Widen your playing field with interconnectivity
applications with PSP (Details TBC).
There are a variety of
gaming modes in this title, however the main aspect of this title is the
career mode which starts the player from bottom of the pack, until they
cruise through different racing teams until they become the best driver
in the world.
Other modes let you jump straight into a race, go for a new
best lap time or attempt a standalone World Championship. Races can be
set to be as long as you like, so players who wish to race for a few
hours can do so, and you can save mid race and come back to it later.
Finally a save feature on a racing game!
Although this game is
firmly geared at the Formula One fan, those who have never played a
racing game before may feel a little overwhelmed at the various racing
options they will encounter, however fortunately the developers have
even catered for the newbie and will give a variety of driving aids to
assist you complete the race. However, until you have the tracks
memorized, it would be a good idea to leave the racing line on, until
you are ready to handle these intense speeds.
However with the said,
Formula One driving is rather unforgiving when compared to other car
games and one wrong move (depending on difficulty level) and you will
have failed to get a decent position. However once you have mastered the
control system and you can drive with some regularity, you can then move onto shaving seconds
and then tenths of a second from your best time.
If you get into the
groove you'll fall into something similar to a hypnotic state, with laps
flying by and times all falling within an almost unbelievably close
range. You have to be dedicated though, and get used to the rather
twitchy controls. Some effort has been made to solve this by introducing
tilt steering with the Sixaxis but as much as I tried, it never quite gelled.
Apart from the introduction of the Sixaxis, the developers have also
implemented up to eight players to play online that is really
Visually, Formula One
isn't a huge achievement since the PlayStation 2 version, however as
soon as the camera pans across the racers on the starting grid you know
you're playing a game on a nextgen system and these fancy visuals are for more
The most striking improvement over previous games in the
series is in the sense of speed. On the PS3 this sensation is
practically unrivalled and the way your car reacts to each and every
bump on the road is superb, when you drive over a curb it sounds right
too but the lack of rumble does hurt your overall immersion.
If you've been following the development of Formula One for PS3 you'll
have no doubt already seen the quite wonderful rain effects that the
development team have managed to create on the new hardware. In wet
weather the game really does look superb, although it still looks great
during plain old sun.
To round things off, it moves at a nice solid
frame rate too, even when numerous cars are filling the screen. Formula
One in general might lack some of the spark of other motorsports but
it's hard to pick out any single area of presentation that lets the side
In conclusion, Sony's
Formula One is definitely one of the better franchisea on the market and
considering the lackluster showing on the XBox 360, this Formula One
game is definitely a must have for all racing fans who own a PS3 or are
considering to purchase a PS3. New gaming modes, great graphics and
online play definitely make this a number one contender.