I’ll just come straight out with it. Codemasters have done an impeccable job with the latest installment, F1 2017. I am an avid gamer and have spent a good number of hours on F1 2014, 2015 and 2016. The 2017 game, while not that different to 2016, is light years ahead of the former two. I’ll concentrate on the gameplay and the dynamics of the car.
Graphics in F1 2017 is similar to F1 2016. The attention to detail is better than ever and the drivers resemble their real-life counterparts. The cars certainly help the game, with the newer drives that look and drive much faster. Classic cars are back too. McLaren from 90s, Alonso’s Renault, Hamilton’s 2008 McLaren, Vettel’s 2010 Red Bull; it’s all there. And they drive very differently to each other.
The sound of the 2017 cars, while ‘un-soulful’, sounds identical to the actual cars. The cars are much easier to control. The extra downforce and the wider tires can certainly be felt. If you play this game on a racing wheel, trust me, you won’t be disappointed. Not one bit. The limits can be explored much easier here, but when you cross the line by one bit, you’ll need superhuman reflexes to recover. That I like!