F1 is an Official Formula One Racing Game. There are two modes of play available: "Arcade", "Grand Prix". In both of these modes you complete a certain number of laps (4, 8, or 12) and select which circuit that you want to race on. The circuits include San Marino, France, Britain, Germany, Italy, Portugal, Japan, and Australia. Some circuits are easy, while some are difficult.
There are slight differences between the two modes. For instance, "Arcade" allows you to select the circuit in any order that you like, whereas "Grand Prix" only allows you to fine-tune your car before starting a race. You also need to race a circuit in the order that they appear on the circuit selection screen, but you can skip a track if you want.
F1 is a 1-2 player game, meaning that if you have another player handy, you can compete against each other.
F1 World Championship Edition is a highly underrated F1 racing simulation, released in 1994 by Domark. The game gives you a chance to drive an F1 car in all 16 circuits on the FIA calendar in that year.
F1 World Championship Edition offers several options: you can choose between different game modes (Arcade, Training, Racing). In the moment when you will config your car settings in preparing to the race you have to choose whether you want automatic or manual transmission, and the number of laps in the race. It's also possible to play against another friend by using the internet which is a very important feature in the game. In this game you have a scale with 4 types of difficulties to choose being: Novice, Amateur, Expert and Professional.
Before you begin playing the game you have to go to setup, and map your keys. The Arcade mode is in my opinion the best of the game, because it's where you feel the most the game. You can almost make it through every turn without losing the brakes - not very realistic, but it gives you a lot of fun. Finish in the top 3 in each of the 5 tracks, and you'll win the game.
The Racing mode is of course more realistic and longer: you have to complete the season of F1, starting with qualifying rounds. You can use the set-up for your car before the race, and visit pit stops during each race for re-fuelling and little adjustments. Steering, and controlling the car are more difficult than in Arcade mode, and a lot of practice is need to good in this game, especially since computer opponents are hard to beat.
F1 World Championship Edition will give you many hours of fun, especially when you are driving downhill at 200 mph, or your car bumps into other cars and flies in the air. It is not a serious racing simulation, and if you are looking for an F1 game full of realism, you will be disappointed with this game because it is an arcade-style racing game. I give it 3 of 5 stars.
F1 World Championship Edition is an updated version of Lankhor's Vroom, a highly underrated F1 racing simulation, first released in 1991 in Europe. The game features all 16 circuits on the FIA calendar, while keeping the clean graphics and interface of Vroom intact.
F1WCE offers the standard range of options: you can choose between different game modes (including Arcade, Training, Racing), automatic or manual transmission, and the number of laps. It's also possible to play against another human by using a null-modem cable - a nice addition. The Arcade mode is in my opinion the best one in the game, because it's where the game's arcade focus shines the most. You can almost make it through every turn without losing the brakes - not realistic of course, but a lot of fun. Finish in the top 3 in each of the 5 tracks, and you'll win the game. The Racing mode is naturally more realistic and longer: you have to complete a season of F1 racing, starting with qualifying rounds. You can tune your car before the race, and visit pit stops during each race for re-fuelling and adjustments. Steering is more difficult than in Arcade mode, and a lot of practice is required, especially since computer opponents are no cakewalk.
F1WCE is a lot of fun - especially when you are driving downhill at 200 mph. It is not a serious racing simulation by any means, so if you love MicroProse's World Circuit or Papyrus' racing games for their realism, you will be disappointed with this game's obvious focus on arcade-style racing. If you are a fan of games like Street Rod, you'll find that F1WCE delivers a similar adrenaline rush and wonderful feeling of speed, despite its simple graphics, with fluid animation and intuitive controls. Recommended for fans of arcade-style racers everywhere.
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