“F1 2010″ by Codemasters was reviewed here last week in its Xbox 360 and PS3 incarnations.
Since then there have been some complaints about the game which Codemasters are set to address by issuing a patch for the game. They have denied claims the AI of rival cars is faked during races.
Here’s a look at the PC version of “F1 2010″ and some information on what will be in the patch for all formats.
“F1 2010″ for PC
The PC version of “F1 2010″ is pretty much a straight port of the console version of the game.
At present the game only supports older generation DirectX 9 graphics cards which mimic the capabilities of the Xbox 360 and Playstation 3.
However Codemaster say the advanced capabilities of DirectX 11 graphics cards will be exploited in future patches – though not the first one. This will mean players of the PC version will eventually be able to enjoy a better-looking version of the game.
Already some enthusiastic PC game-players have enabled some DirectX modes by hacking their copies of the game. However this also causes some graphical glitches so it’s best to be patient and wait for the official patch.
This being a PC version you can play it on the keyboard if you really want to, though it’s even more frustrating than using a gamepad. You can customise controls to your heart’s content and fine-tune a steering wheel and pedals if you have one.
Beyond that, the PC version plays as well as the console versions and gets the same score. If you’re playing the PC version, look me up on Games for Windows Live using the user name ‘keithcollantine’. See here for a list of other F1 Fanatic Users’ Gamertags for all three formats.
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The “fake AI” controversy
Some “F1 2010″ players have voiced concerns that, because rival cars away from the player cannot be viewed in replay mode, they aren’t actually there, and the player is in fact racing phantom cars. Discrepancies in lap times seem to support this view.
Codemasters say the AI is not ‘faked’ during races. They say the other cars are there, and the reason you cannot view them in replay mode is because cars out of your field of vision are being rendered at a much lower level of quality to allow the cars and the part of the track you can see to be shown at the highest possible quality level.
I can’t help but think that many PC players with graphical performance in their systems to spare will be disappointed that compromise was made.
However Codemasters confirmed that during the practice and qualifying sessions the other cars aren’t on the track when you can’t see them.
They say this is because of the desire to have a “fast forward” button allowing you to skip through the session quickly. As that creates the impression of accelerating time up to 30-fold, the complexities involved in having the cars lapping at over 6,000mph were too great to overcome.
“F1 2010″: The first patch
Interestingly, Codemasters referred to the forthcoming update as the “first” patch, suggesting there are more in the pipeline.
Among the changes in the first patch are various modifications to the artificial intelligence of rival cars.
These are likely to include changes to the racing lines, such as the problem with turn 19 at Valencia which was noted in the review. The team say they have a “list of corners” where the rival cars are too slow.
Improvements to the rival cars’ behaviour in the pits are expected – including fixing one bug where rival drivers fail to pit and another where the player’s car is held in the pits too long.
Codemasters added the time spent working on patching “F1 2010″ will not affect the time spent developing next year’s version of the game.
“F1 2010″ PC videos
The videos and screenshots below were created using a Geforce GTX 480 supplied by NVidia:
“F1 2010″ PC screenshots
“F1 2010″ by Codemasters
- “F1 2010″ – The F1 Fanatic review
- “F1 2010″ – Checklist
- F1 Fanatic Users’ Gamertags Thread (Forum)
- “F1 2010″: The Formula 1 game made by F1 fanatics (Interview, Part 1)
- “F1 2010″: The Formula 1 game made by F1 fanatics (Interview, Part 2)
- “F1 2010″: are you going to buy it? (Poll)
- “F1 2010″ – first play (Pictures & video)
- Codemasters’ F1 game wish list
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