The Y Geek Squad visits a game that’s revving up the true spirit of motor racing in a time when all seems forgotten (and a bit too sane).
With ratings at an all-time low and fans up in arms over underwhelming and predictable races, press for the multi-billion-dollar sporting event, Formula One, has never been lower.
Add to the misery a rant by automotive journalist, media personality, avid F1 follower, and commentator, Jeremy Clarkson, who says he wants races to be “exciting again”, and you’re left with bits and pieces of a sporting event that once was the pinnacle of high-speed racing.
Whether this will cause a wind of change is to be seen – but as it turns out, you can change all that and twist it in any way you see fit with the F1 2019 game.
Want to ram (a smug) Lewis Hamilton out of course and off the tables for a championship lap run, or enter a corner in the famous Monaco circuit with a spectacularly tail-smoking drift? Then this is the game for you.
Available on nearly every console you can currently buy, the game gives you an in-depth look into the world of F1 with just about enough detail and graphical nuance that will have you questioning if this all isn’t just a bit too real.
On the forefront of it all lies the EGO engine 3.0, which has been tweaked to eke heavy renders out with just enough physical accuracy to make you feel like you’re actually in the driver’s seat.
While this can be a blessing to many, it also adds to the complexity of the game. You’re now expected to force your way into the brakes earlier than before (previous titles were much more forgiving), giving the game a more realistic approach to racing.
Plus, the controls are responsive irrespective of the controller. As expected, a Logitech steering wheel set makes for the most interactive game-play, but you can achieve great results even with a regular PlayStation Dual Shock.
Things only get a bit sketchy when there’s a change of climate. The ultra-realism makes way for some challenging races on tight circuits – and you’ll need to learn the track in great detail to make your way around it.
Add to all that the classic series set – with cars from the 1950s – and you can understand how daring it was for the older generation of racers to take the helm of the single-seater race car.
In many ways, that’s what F1 2019 is all about – taking you back to the early days of F1 when race martials were mere point-keepers and excitement between the checkered flags was fought in screaming automobiles that you could push to the absolute limits.
F1 2019, for those very reasons, is a fantastic game. An unapologetically authentic offering that’s worth every penny.
Genre: Racing simulation
Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, Android, PC, and iOS