Formula One racing is a sport for the dedicated because it tests your patience and demands your attention. Creating it all in video game form is not an easy task, however Codemasters appears to have done that with the release of F1 2017 which is the successor to F1 2016. The simulation aspect of the game is much more refined now while offering a wealth of customization options to the users. The game never fails to amaze with its realistic driving model that attempts to mimic real-life situations like a weather condition or vehicle fault affecting the overall race for the player.
F1 2017 attempts to bring the casual fans to the series with the introduction of an A.I difficulty setting slider. You can simply tweak the way the A.I works in the game therefore making it easier for you to attempt the races, or harder if you want to challenge yourself. The game also features a full career mode that lets you race through the story of a Formula 1 player while offering you a chance to participate and jump ahead in rankings. I was pleasantly surprised by the attention paid to the career mode, which also features some cutscenes for the purpose of advancing the story.
Formula One racing is not about being the fastest in the race, it also requires you to be the smartest. F1 2017 has implemented this aspect of the sport ingeniously letting you consider how to approach each situation during a race and weight the positives and negatives of doing each task. It is up to you to tweak your car or let is race as it is, and it will all have an affect on how the race plays out, making you either the winner or the loser in the race. The customization options for a race and the pit stops all work together to simulate the life of a formula one racer. Imagine being the leading man in the race only to realize that you are now stuck with a vehicle that has lost most of its potential. Any wear and tear in the vehicle has to be evaluated so that you are not left with a headache in the middle of a race.
There is one thing that can be said about the game though, it is not for everyone. Formula one racing is complex on its own but with the game, you are dealing with the underlying tasks of being a formula one racer and without proper knowledge, you might have difficulty in understanding how it works out. The A.I difficulty can be tweaked but the rest of the choices are still made by the player, so if you have no understanding of how it works, you won’t be able to get the full enjoyment out of it.
The main career mode offers you limited parts forcing you to carefully manage them through each race. The official F1 rules are now utilized for this game so you are restricted in how you can customize and work your way through each season. The joy is in working under these restrictions to make the most out of every race. If you are tired of long races, you can also opt to ‘truncate’ them saving you some time, but of course there is no thrill in doing it and it won’t match the joy of successfully winning a full formula one race.
The career mode is the one that has received the most noticeable improvements for this year. You have a large variety of R&D upgrades available this year. You can try to make progress in the career mode with limited parts and use R&D to improve the wear and tear on your car, but since they can take some time, you will have to carefully consider and make each decision. F1 2017 attempts to depict a realistic scenario of formula one racing in its own and if you are a fan of the sports, it will be hard to miss out on F1 2017 since it is the only game right now that has come close to the actual management aspect of it.
Aside from the career mode, you will be able to spend some time with the championships that work with a different set of rules. You are able to choose the rules for it letting you either go with the official F1 rules or customize them to fit your need. Most of the racing will be done with the modern cars but you can select from some of the classic F1 vehicles, among the manufacturers featured here include cars from McLaren, Ferrari, Williams, Renault and Red Bull. These cars range from the year 1988 to 2000 so you have plenty of choice to pick your favorite vehicle here.
F1 2017 is absolutely gorgeous looking on the PS4 but the visuals are enhanced even further on the PS4 Pro. The game supports up to 4K resolution on the PS4 Pro with downsampling implemented so if you want a visual showcase for your PS4 Pro, F1 2017 is exactly the game for it. It offers a crisp and clear image for those who play it on a native 1080p screen while those with 4K screen will be able to enjoy its visual in full 4K glory.
F1 2017 Review (PS4)
Game Reviewed on: PS4
Game description: F1 2017 is a racing video game being developed and published by Codemasters and set to be released for PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Windows on 25 August 2017.
One of the best formula one racing simulator that is currently available on the market. Codemasters have managed to outdo their own work.