Codemasters 2009 F1 game wish list

Formula 1 World Championship Edition, Playstation 3

We learned last week that Codemasters had snatched the rights to produce the official Formula 1 game from Sony, and the first installment in the series will arrive next year.

Codemasters have a clear choice in how to approach this. They can cynically exploit the F1 brand and just stick the official drivers and team colours on a bog-standard racing engine.

Or they can create something truly original that will court both young newcomers to the sport and long-term fans; those looking for a quick race, and those hankering for an immersive, long-term challenge. Here’s what I think they should do with the new F1 game.

Cater for both crowds. Racing game fans are generally split between those who want pick-up-and-play arcade fun, and those who are happy to while away hours with a realistic simulator refining setups and chasing lap times.

Geoff Crammond’s excellent Grand Prix series proved you can create a game that caters for both crowds. Turn all the driving aids on, and you can ricochet off the Monte-Carlo walls to your heart’s content. Turn them off, and try tackling the same event with full race distance and the weather changing as you drive, and it suddenly becomes exponentially more demanding.

Proper career mode. Inevitably the game will have to be based around the current season. But why not throw in a few of the last years’ teams, drivers and tracks as well?

If the new game covered the seasons from 2001 to today then fans of Kimi Raikkonen, Fernando Alonso and Felipe Massa could re-create their heroes paths from the likes of Sauber and Minardi to to Ferrari and Renault.

Why not take the idea a step further and offer expansion packs bundling different seasons together? A ‘Michael Schumacher years’ kit would go down a storm in Germany and I’d love to have a go on a ‘turbo era’ version.

Challenge mode. While we’re nicking ideas from the past, let’s merge F1 history with Gran Turismo’s ‘Challenge mode’. A sub-game could re-create famous moments from F1’s past – you could be Nigel Mansell chasing down Nelson Piquet at Silverstone in 1987, or Kimi Raikkonen racing from 17th to first at Suzuka in 2005, or Juan Manuel Fangio reeling in the Ferraris of Mike Hawthorn and Peter Collins at the Nurburgring in 1957. Complete the challenges to unlock bonus tracks or cars.

Evolving cars. We all know that a Ferrari at Monza looks totally different to one at Monte-Carlo. The graphics should reflect that, with tea tray wings on the super-fast tracks, and aerofoils bolted onto every available surface at the street races.

Checklist. No official F1 game should go to market in the 21st century without the following: race control modelling including safety car periods, car damage and reliability modelling, online play, changeable weather and convincing computer driver intelligence.

What do you want from the new Codemasters F1 game? What other racing games should it borrow ideas from? And what should it avoid?

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312 comments on Codemasters 2009 F1 game wish list

  1. matt said on 20th June 2009, 12:34

    offline multiplayer and more dramatic races.

  2. david palmer said on 25th June 2009, 8:34

    Just a few things. First can you make it come out soon and don’t be like polyphony and gran turismo 5 lol. Also Don’t make it anything like grid or dirt. find a way to involve kers, if it’s still around next year lol. Improve on crash damage since ea didn’t have any really. And just make a good gameplay :D .

    also make online racing even cus when you race online in f1 ce some people run ridiculous lap times because you can turn on aids or they have a wheel, so they say. Just make like a sim online thing so all cars are equal and it is the driver who really drives with no aids.

  3. i think the thing is that if you wanted a press conference or an interveiw it would make the game more realistic but as you just said some people won’t like this feature and after race after race it may get repetitive so therefore there should be a feature to switch this off.

    what i would really like to see is us being able to create our own teams and tracks and watch your team start from the bottom and make its way to the top in f1. and for our created tracks they should have to be a certain distance and have to have the correct features (such as far cry 2 when you create a map to play online) and you’ll have to remember about the pit lane and the coventry box and not just the track.

    give me feed back of what you think about this, thanks

  4. At the end of each grand prix season there should be new teams introduced so tht theres variety and not the same drivers and teams in each season.

  5. lolsokje said on 27th June 2009, 18:59

    It either would be cool if you’re able to move the camara by yourself. It would make your replays way better!

  6. scott said on 28th June 2009, 16:47

    i wish they would have marshal’s around the track that looked like proper characters not paper cut outs.. and when there was an accident the safety car would actually come out !! would make it so much more realistic.. but when the safety car came out it wouldnt put a cap on your throttle so you could overtake safety car and get black flagged make it more realistic basically !!

  7. scott said on 28th June 2009, 16:49

    i think they should also introduce a manager mode, were you dont race but control everything that goes on behind the pit wall like strategie’s ect ect

  8. Revind said on 29th June 2009, 11:38

    I wish that after you have completed the race, you can have a slow down lap and slowly drive the car into the pits. Then you can control the driver you are using to get out of the car and press buttons to celebrate your win and walk up to the podium and celebrate your win or podium by controling the driver to spray the champane.

  9. Paul B said on 2nd July 2009, 12:19

    Look, a good F1 game boils down to very little.
    Honestly people we don’t need to change to toe in camber from 4 deg to 4.5. Life is too short. If you want to do all that level of detail study aerodynamics at uni and build a race car.
    The nuts and bolts of the game would be one where the computer tries to stop you over taking, where you can’t close up on them and breeze past like they aren’t moving.
    Where the computer tries to over take and isn’t afraid of wheel to wheel. Switches strategy and such.
    If you could have AI drivers that mimic the real drivers, e.g. Alonso will not let you past ever, and Piquet will fall off the road if you get too close for too long.
    An idea I had a long time ago is that the difficulty levels are not representative, there will be countless people on here who, like me have started last at Monaco in the worst car they can find and still won by miles on the hardest setting. There should be a way of driving the circuits with each car and the AI then using the lap times and similar lines to you, otherwise you crush them everytime.
    This is why the time trial with the ghost car is often the most challenging bit.

  10. Jez said on 2nd July 2009, 15:19

    Paul B has is sussed… Of course I like my contribution too. :)

  11. lolsokje said on 2nd July 2009, 17:20

    and when you’re driving in Brazil, barichello and Massa have the most fans, in England Hamilton, Button etc. That would be fun I think!


  13. hearts said on 13th July 2009, 12:00

    SO WHEN IS IT COMING OUT????!!!!!!

  14. Rainmaster said on 16th July 2009, 13:45

    I don’t know if this suggestion is allready in here somewhere, but me and a couple of my friends race the f1 calendar on the tuesday before every live race and have to keep an table to keep track of points etc. A tournament online mode for friends where you can specify which tracks to race and also to have your own car setup for the online racing, not a defualt there you go setup as it is now. I assume online chat will be enabled as we have to use skype to avoid any major incidents. Also the time difference between the car in front and behind you will be nice, but only when you cross the start/finish otherwise you will have to much commentary and not enjoy the f1 engine sounds. Also as an extra bonus, please include all previous f1 tracks (Maybe even the extented Hockenheim circuit)

  15. hearts said on 16th July 2009, 16:41


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