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

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  1. Keith Collantine (@keithcollantine) said on 7th August 2008, 17:08

    Not a fan of that idea I have to say, eD, I want a racing game, not an interactive soap opera.

  2. Lol :(

  3. On fifa 08 for example you get asked questions by the media and you answer gives you more or less fan support, respect from you team and job security. Thats what i want

  4. If you have a ps3 when this games comes out add me. my name is dcfc321

  5. The computer drivers should be better because on my current game i can start in 22nd and finsh first by a landslide after like 5 laps!!!

  6. ice man said on 9th August 2008, 18:11

    A safety car is a must , scrap those 6s penalty’s and add like a drive threw penalty , more realistic fuel option and tyre wear,also add the new tyre soft/hard compound.
    Make a realistic career mode where you actualy get outside sponsors ,so that you can earn money $$$.
    Also somethimg where you can design your own helmet etc..Use a great deal of detail on the cars (sound, performance, looks, aerodynamic parts).
    And also alow you to change your statergy during a race .
    Pits more realistic where errors can be made by m e the driver or the pit crew and maybe just before you pit a options screen could come up and let you decide on fuel loads, tyre options.
    Allow you to drive to the gid … then do the parade lap (and whre you actually have to stop the the car on in your starting position (make it an option).
    Damage..more carbon fibre flying off the car ,brakes explode etc..
    other drivers must be way more competitive and actually put up a fight.
    In the career mode different stages of difficulties should be availible jus like in Fifa ’08

    Well done Felipe Massa for that BRILLIANT start, just a pity the engine failed.

  7. ice man said on 9th August 2008, 18:16

    Uhm.. does this wish list actually get sent to code masters so that they could read through some of the good ideas everyone has … And hopefully their will be a seperate F1 manager ’09 game.

  8. I hope so!!!

  9. If you do get outside sponsors in career mode you need to be able to re design the look of the car with their name on. (unlike the football shirts on fifa 08!)

  10. iceman522 said on 9th August 2008, 23:16

    1. Have an option to have wet-dry race
    2. Allow you to change your strategy mid-race
    3. Softer compoud tyres give you that extra bit of performance
    4. Better AI i.e overtaking and defending

    And finally
    5. BE ABLE TO HAVE A 2 PLAYER RACE WEEKEND

  11. They promised a safety car last time , it never happened. That’s the main thing missing from F1 Games , and maybe when cars do crash on the track , abulances and tractors come to clean the track up ! Maybe im askin 2 much ….

  12. The ability to create our own racetracks and use them online !

  13. I like the idea of being to create racetracks but I don’t think it would be easy to use the m online because if everyone made racetracks they would all want to race on that racetrack. You would get very lonely if none of your friends were online. See what I mean.

  14. nazzo said on 13th August 2008, 10:51

    i want the new f1 2 have the 2 tyre choices that u have 2 use. and i want it 2 have the safety car 2 make it more realistic and u should be able to edit the teams and drivers so u can add different aerodynamics like the dumbo ears that are now being used.

  15. Chris said on 13th August 2008, 21:34

    I would like to see Codemasters re-create the magic of the early Toca Touring Cars games. They were awesome, with a real feel to the cars, well balanced and challenging computer drivers as well as a good set up menu’s. They also had some awesome bonuses, with tanks etc, but a lot of points made in this forum would be awesome.

  16. SaneCr213 said on 15th August 2008, 14:28

    HELLO TO ALL CURRENTLY RACING ON PS3 CHAMPIONSHIP EDITION!!!!!
    CAN’T WAIT FOR NEW 09′ GAME TO COME OUT.. L8R

  17. SaneCr213 said on 15th August 2008, 14:33

    I AGREE WITH THE 2 TIRE CHOICES NEEDED IN THE NEW GAME. I FEEL THEY MAY HAVE ALREADY FIGURED THIS ONE OUT.

  18. Stefano Muntoni said on 17th August 2008, 16:11

    You guys have great idea’s i really like them but what i also like is creating your own team, you start with a small budget of course and buy parts for your car, choosing the colors and paintjobs, hiring a team mate, and the more races you win the more money you can get so you can get better parts, i would really enjoy that, and this has to go above all, make it as realistic as possible i don’t want only arcade style racing. than this game is perfect for me

  19. ice man said on 18th August 2008, 13:59

    thats why they shud make a seperate game ‘F1 manager’

  20. SaneCr213 said on 20th August 2008, 13:04

    WITH NO AMERICAN DRIVER AND ALSO NO AMERICAN RACE IN 08′. IS THE 09′ GAME GOING TO BE BASED UPON THE 08′ SEASON? IT SEEMED AS IF THE F1 CHAMPIONSHIP EDITION GAME WAS BASED ON THE 06′ SEASON. ON THE OTHER HAND , I WOULD REALLY LOVE TO HAVE A SINGAPORE NIGHT RACE IN THE NEW GAME.

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