F1 2015 - PlayStation 4

Release Date:

10 July 2015

Also on:

PS4 PC Xbox One

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Also on USA.
7.0

Summary:

F1 2015 puts you in the heart of the action with a stunning new game engine that recreates the blisteringly fast and highly responsive racing cars of Formula One and features all-new 'broadcast presentation' that immerses you in the unique race day atmosphere. F1 2015 is the official videogame of the 2015 FIA Formula One World Championship and also features fully playable 2014 FIA Formula One World Championship bonus content. Compete as your favorite Formula One star in the new Championship Season and push yourself to the limit in the challenging Pro Season mode.

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Technical Information

  • Required Disk Space:
    • 17.7GB Minimum
  • Supported Video Output:
    • 1080p
  • Game Format:
    • Blu-ray Disk
  • DualShock Compatible:
    • DualShock 4
  • Average Playing Time:
    • 35 Hours
  • Remote Play:
    • Supported
  • Engine:
    • EGO Engine 4.0
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2015-08-14

Den_Merry

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PS4

6.8

F1 2015 came out for the PS4 (reviewed), the Xbox One, and the PC this past July. The title was developed by the team at Codemasters and it looks to bring F1 gaming to the next generation of consoles. Many old school racing fans may be familiar with the F1 franchise but this will be a new taste for modern gamers as the series has been out of the loop for a few years. With the PS4’s dedication to all things sports we weren’t surprised to see that Codemasters wanted to bring it there. We aren’t huge F1 fans but we wanted to give the game a shot and see if the new console entry was worth picking up, so we plugged it into our PS4 and got right to it.

So it took awhile for Codemasters to get F1 2015 onto shelves. Delays, revisions, and upgrades were all part of the process that turned F1 2015 into a longer awaited title. The last time fans got to play on the franchise was the PS3 and those entries were not exactly reviewed in a glowing standard. So coming into the new F1 fans were likely to be lukewarm at best on the subject. This meant that the team at Codemasters had to knock our socks off for a truly innovative experience if they wanted this to be an enduring franchise with 2015 as the header.

The F1 series has featured ups and downs bigger than most 'annual sports games'. Startign in 2009 on the PSP, F1 steadily grew into a title that emulated the F1 sport to a degree that most people found staggering. You would start the game in career mode as a racing novice and you would race your way to the top, following a progression system that had you getting into the pit with better and better teams. When you weren’t racing you were spending time on TV building your brand by giving interviews. The series hit a crescendo with F1 2013 and the addition of several new classical cars as well as a plethora of new tracks. None of these games were perfect, and many had huge issues, but they were good fun all the same.

The F1 experience that gamers will get in F1 2015 is much more trimmed down and streamlined compared to these older entries. 2015 is essentially a next generation reboot but one that opts to start over rather than build on what was made in the first round of titles. Many game modes have been thrown out along with a few smaller features that added depth and realism to the game, like the safety car. The biggest loss in our eyes is the career mode which is inexplicably absent. This would be like taking 'franchise mode'’ away from the Madden or NBA 2K series, just unthinkable.

In any event we can only review the things we do have in the game, so we’ll move on from the losses and focus on what is still here. When you boot up F1 2015 you will see that you can play two different season modes: 2014 and 2015. Each season emulates the real life season that they are based off of only you get to step into the shoes and helmet of a famous F1 driver of your choice. You change the outcome of the races by putting your all into turning into a champion with your driver of choice.

While this is definitely neutered in comparison to the career mode, the championship seasons still have a lot to offer invested F1 racers. After you pick your racer and team you will get off to a quick start by micro managing your squad. You will set your weekends, schedule your practices, and then try to qualify. You can also select which races you want to race in and how long they’ll be. Your choices for race length range from the full length 50 lap main event all the way to a 15 minute practice race that is only 25% the distance of the traditional game. Whether you are pressed for time or not will alter how you approach the game, making a pretty cool experience no matter what your time scenario is.

We can complain about what isn’t here but we’d rather talk about what Codemasters got right and that is the fundamentals of F1 racing. The driving in the game actually feels good and the PS4’s DualShock controller feels like a gem in your hands as you race. Turning feels tighter than ever and the cars seem to exist on the road in ways that the old versions simply couldn’t match. When you get down your routes and techniques this will be the most realistic and satisfying racer that you’ve ever played. If you are truly obsessed with the sport you can aim for full on simulation mode by turning off assists and driving manual.

A cool addition to further promote the simulation aspect is the engineer chatter. If you leave the chatter on you’ll hear tips from your team radio while you race. It’ll come in through the speaker on your controller and actually give you some helpful advice. Your engineer will tell you when to come in for new tires or when to apply the brakes harder. The engineer gives a sense of expanse to the game, making the race feel like this large and living thing. In short the chatter adds a ton of realism to a simulation that thrives in it.

Other game modes include Pro Season, Time Trial, Multiplayer and the generic Quick Race. There aren’t many game modes and you won’t spend much time cycling away from Championship Season. The lack of split screen multiplayer is borderline offensive but the online system is always busy, making up slightly for the lack of option.

We were at first upset with what F1 2015 lost in terms of game modes but the beautiful 60 FPS graphics and the realistic driving brought us back in. This is a solid title that lacks the potatoes but brings the meat.

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