EA’s Popular F1 racing game franchise was launched on July 16th for PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, and PC and its launch came with quality graphics, easy instructions for better installments, and at a better time.
The recently released next-gen consoles gave the series the chance to utilise better technology than ever before. Formula 1 has exploded in popularity over the past couple of years, particularly here in the United States, thanks in part to the Drive to Survive series on Netflix.
The 2021 F1 game is more fun than the past installments. This is a great new entry to the series and easily one of the most realistic racing games on the market.
The utilisation of tools and features that come from being on next-gen consoles complements all of the unique gameplay options with a stunning visual.
Each and every track is realistic, from the mountainsides down to the grit of the asphalt. The cars look smooth as the wind around the various courses, moving as they would if you were just watching a race on TV.
And the PS5's DualShock 5 controllers add yet another layer, causing the different terrains to feel unique as your tires roll over them. The triggers work far more like gas and brake pedals than in years past as the pressure, you apply really makes a ton of difference.
F1 2021 is the total package, a Day 1 purchase for racing fans that is sure to win over newcomers with ease. This is about as realistic as you can get for a console racing game, but don't let that intimidate you.
The F1 2021 is a racing game based on the popular real-life sport of Formula 1 where players head to some of the most iconic racetracks around the world to compete in various events games and it is easy to understand. The sport is incredibly entertaining as the tracks are difficult to navigate and virtually racing in it is a bit challenging.
This game doesn't shy away from the tricky aspects of Formula 1 racing — it embraces them. Utilizing your brakes and steering to navigate the tracks effectively takes a bit of practice, especially if other racing games have taught you to go full speed ahead as often as possible. Fortunately, while there is a learning curve, F1 2021 has a multitude of customizable difficulty settings that allow you to truly put the game at your level. Nearly everything can be adjusted, not to make you win each and every race, but to make it so that you're consistently having fun instead of just getting frustrated.
The installment of the F1 2021 game is innovative for a sports game when it comes to new game modes for the game is designed for everyone to enjoy, and it has a wide variety of settings. Every racing game has a pretty standard career mode, but F1 2021 takes things a couple of steps further.
The Braking Point mode in F1 2021 is a narrative story filled with different characters and plot lines, spanning the course of a couple of Formula 1 seasons. Everything you do fits into the narrative, and the game doesn't let you perform poorly and continue on to the next event, ignoring a bad outing like other sports franchise modes tend to do. Each race comes with an objective you have to complete before moving on. The story itself is engaging and interesting, setting up characters and relationships that keep you invested from start to finish.
It's also worth noting that Braking Point dives into the nitty-gritty of racing, and doesn't get hung up on solely winning a championship. Winning doesn't look the same for everyone in motorsports, and it's awesome that Braking Point puts an emphasis on that. It could be a little longer, but the ending leaves plenty of room for potential continuations via DLC.
In addition to Braking Point, F1 2021 also has a standalone career mode that lines up with other games. You create a driver, try to earn a spot on a team, and build yourself up to become the best, eventually. What makes this interesting is that it comes with a two-player career option, so you can run through the gauntlet of Formula 1 with a friend, choosing to become teammates or adversaries as your careers move forward.
Rating: 3 out of 5