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F1 World Grand Prix

video game review video game review Video Game Review: F1 World Grand Prix Publisher: Sega
Category: Driving
Platform: Dreamcast, PC, N64
ESRB Rating: Everyone    Release Date: March 2000

Overall Rating: 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 game.

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