We’re just about halfway through the real-life Formula One season for 2021, which means it’s time for Codemaster’s annual Formula One game, with F1 2021. This is the first Formula One game from Codemasters after being acquired by EA last year, and it’s off to an impressive start with no other changes to what we know and love. F1 2021 is full of returning modes, refined systems, and all-new story mode that’s got heart. Codemasters continues to make the series accessible for newcomers and challenging for its advanced players. F1 2021 is clearly a team effort, and Codemasters have pulled out all the stops, making this by far the best one yet.
Fanatec has been at the apex of simulation racing hardware for years now. They make hardware that everyone who takes racing seriously, wants. Fanatec solves and creates a problem with the ClubSport Light (CSL) Elite set, something I wholeheartedly embrace. The CSL Elite set works out the desire to have multiple wheels for various purposes to facilitate the immersion of the sport you’re racing in. It also creates a mess of things because of the same reason; you’ll be wanting more than one wheel for all your virtual racing desires. Fanatec’s CSL Elite F1 Set provides lifelike force feedback and responsiveness that actually makes you a better driver. The Fanatec CSL Elite F1 Set is an excellent starting point for anyone serious about F1 or GT class style cars, where the steering wheel is an essential part of the experience.
Formula One has just begun its racing season after delays for obvious reasons, and F1 2020 arrives just in time to be a great companion for what remains of this truncated season. Thankfully, there’s no shortage of content to be found here, and Codemasters has crafted another masterpiece in F1 2020 that hits all the right notes. This is a Formula One game that’s accessible for all players with casual to pro settings and immersive modes that offer dozens of hours of gameplay. If you’ve been wanting to play this series for any reason, F1 2020 is what you’ve been waiting for.
F1 2015 is two sides of the same coin. It is equal parts the best Formula One game to date by longtime developer, Codemasters. It is then also the weakest F1 game in terms of features and modes. If you haven’t seen previous F1 games and are on a new console, you’re likely not to notice the gaps. This is otherwise the best use of the F1 license, likenesses, locations, and experience of F1 racing you’ll find.
The F1 series from Codemasters is annualized for good reason. Each year, FIA Formula One introduces new technologies, and makes interesting changes. Instead of Codemasters being the ones making changes and creating new gameplay mechanics to serve a yearly game (i.e. Madden NFL), the gameplay is served by the changes to the racing it is based on. And for this, the series greatest strength is from the sport itself.