Sunday, August 29, 2010

F1 2010 - The final look

Codemasters' official racer heads in to the final stretch.

F1 cars are ferocious things. If you've ever been lucky enough to stand on the banks of Becketts at Silverstone, or indeed at the side of any race track around the world, you'll know this; you'll be familiar with the shrill pitch in the distance that fast becomes a deafening noise, the cars displaying a violence that's sadly neutered on television.

Codemasters' F1 2010 nails this. It's not just in the handling or the speed – though both those aspects acquit themselves well –but in the sound that the first official HD game since 2006 really excels. At the lower end of the power band there's audible grunt; get nearer the redline where an F1 car conducts much of its business and everything seems to raise a decibel or ten as the engine's eight cylinders noisily threaten to eat themselves.

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