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F1 2018 Review

Price: $59.99


A year has passed so new entries in various sports-related video game franchises have come out, and today we are looking at F1 2018, the follow-up to F1 2017. This game, like those before it, is developed by Codemasters and officially licensed as the video game of the respective year's FIA Formula One World Championship. This means they are more than just racing games, as they offer a simulation experience. Formula One race cars are astonishingly complicated vehicles and this game seeks to recreate that better than those before it, but also recreate various aspects of being an F1 driver. For example, one of the new features is having to answer reporter questions, and how your responses to these questions can impact how your team and other teams view you. The impacts this can have I will cover later, in the Gameplay section.

Something I should state early on, and possibly in more than one location, is I have only played this game using my Steam Controller. The analog inputs controllers offer with joysticks and triggers can be very helpful in a game like this. While I do have a Dual Shock 4 (PlayStation 4 controller) and Xbox 360 controller I can use, I prefer the triggers on the Steam Controller, which is why I chose to use it instead. Obviously, use whatever controller is most comfortable for you, but at least at the time I am writing this, I have not tried to play using my keyboard, and I do not think I want to try. Analog control over the throttle does come in handy at times, so I do not want to be without it. I did not make any changes to the default configuration for my controller.

The Steam Controller is not the only peripheral I used the entire time while playing F1 2018. It, like its predecessor, has support for eye and head tracking via the Tobii Tracker 4C and I do enjoy the camera being able to follow where I am looking. This allows me to look ahead on the track more easily, peer over to the mirrors with a glance, and look around parts of the car with great ease.

Something else to note about my review playthrough is I decided to capture the bulk of it so I can share it. As capturing video does put an extra load on my CPU, the objective performance data I have was not recorded while capturing the gameplay, but over ten hours in Career mode are up on YouTube for anyone interest. While the game itself is rated E by the ESRB, unfortunately, I failed to keep my language under control at frustrating moments, so the 'Review Playthrough' videos, that do include my microphone audio, are not necessarily safe for everyone. However, the separate and higher quality videos I have only have the game audio, and so are as safe as the game itself. For the first few recordings though, the microphone audio was quite quiet as I forgot to configure it for live mixing. The screenshots in this review should also be as safe as the game itself.

(I used OBS Studio to capture the gameplay and had it configured to use x264 to encode the video. For streaming the encoder was set to use a constant bitrate of 8000 Kbps. These YouTube stream archives are the only copy of the complete playthrough as I did not local save all of the videos. I did have the replay buffer going the entire time and occasionally also did record the gameplay locally. For these recordings I still used x264, configured for variable bitrate with a maximum bitrate of 30,000 Kbps and target CRF of 15. The x264 preset was Faster for both streaming and recording.)

The key for F1 2018 was provided to me by Tinsley PR for Deep Silver.

I believe that covers everything I need to cover here, so how about we get on to the meat of this?

  1. F1 2018 Review - Introduction
  2. F1 2018 Review - Graphics
  3. F1 2018 Review - Gameplay
  4. F1 2018 Review - Additional Gameplay Media
  5. F1 2018 Review - Conclusion
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