Platform: Dreamcast, PC, N64
ESRB Rating: Everyone Release Date: March 2000
2 Stars out of 4
Review by Tom Allen
2 Stars out of 4
(Review of Dreamcast version)
I could swear another game had this exact title, but I can't find it anywhere. F1 games have been
all over the PlayStation, so it's only fair that the Dreamcast gets one, too.
The tracks seem very familiar, obviously using the same real-life tracks as other F1 games. As
with similar titles, the game is extremely difficult and requires a lot of patience and perhaps
membership in the F1 fan club.
Players can customize every aspect of their vehicles, including gear ratio, suspension, front and
rear wing angles, brake balance, brake sensitivity, tire type, and steering to match a driver's style
or the different environments. Renowned racers Michael Schumacher, Eddie Irvine, and Mika
Hakkinen are incorporated into the game.
Each course has a pit stop area which is fun to cross, and race finishes are followed by replay
scenes. These scenes utilize several camera angles, including TV camera, on-board camera,
front suspension cam, and cockpit view.
The graphics are not thrilling in some instances. The rain effect is laughably morose and
moronic (yes, both). Apparently, rain isn't made of water, but rather white tinsel. In addition,
when it rains, the ground looks like it has snow on it, and all rain is accompanied by the thickest
fog mankind has ever seen.
If you thought sex in a sauna was steamy, you haven't played F1 World Grand Prix. Perhaps the
game should have been titled "Fog 1 World Grand Prick."
We found a game play bug in which the back of the car "became" the front of the car; the back
end accelerates first, with some kind of inverted turning problem. Now, you'd think I was just
mistaking the ends of my car, but I looked very carefully, and I was not. I even tried driving as if
the ends were flipped; that didn't help. I'm sure this is a fluke, but if you're an F1 fan, you
might want to rent first. If you like the game, it will only cost you $39.95, a fair price for a fair
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