The lights are on
What new ideas the game brings to the table and how well old ideas are presented.
How good a game looks, taking into account any flaws such as bad collision or pop-up.
Does the game’s music and sound effects get you involved or do they make you resolve to always play with the volume down?
Basically, the controller to human interface. The less you think about the hunk of plastic in your hands, the better the playability.
Flat out, just how fun the game is to play. The most important factor in rating a game.
F1 may be the pinnacle of racing around the globe, but for most
Americans and gamers, its souped-up, high-tech cars and rock
star-caliber drivers are more than a little inaccessible. In video games
in particular, F1 cars are generally thought to be too finicky for your
average player brought up with arcade racers or even sim-style
franchises like Gran Turismo. With F1 2010, Codemasters – a leader in
the racing genre – applies its own take on F1 and delivers an enjoyable
and drivable experience.
Racing games have struggled with making
life off the track anything other than just a series of button presses
to get you to the next race, and for the most part F1 2010 offers
activities that not only break up the season’s monotony, but also make
sense. Interviews with the press can help or hurt your relationship with
your race team, and the overall happiness of your team is important. If
they like you, and you’re performing better than your teammate on the
track, you’ll get to control the research and development direction of
the program. The R&D aspect of F1 is cool because you’ll
occasionally get objectives during the practice sessions. These aren’t
that involved (such as beating a certain time in a determined number of
laps), but they’re important in that they give you something to shoot
for in practice – a segment of the race weekend schedule that most
gamers likely skip, unfortunately.
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