Having put a few hours into F1 2012 I have to say I am absolutely loving it. I’ve bought 2010 and 2011 and this one is by far my favourite.
Even with the live the life stuff removed I have actually found myself feeling more involved. It’s odd.
The races are far more fun. The AI make mistakes and get held up out of corners and races feel alive now.
I do miss the scaled tyre wear, and I would like to do a weekend with a practice session and a single qualy lap in Q1, Q2, and a final lap in Q3, but these aren’t big issues for me. The game is more engaging and fun than before.
As for the handling, I love it. I really struggled with 2011 though. It must be the way I like to drive. A friend of mine has the opposite problem. Having watched him play 2012 he breaks much later than me (slowing the car less) and likes the car to turn in more and accelerates later. I break earlier and then turn and slowly ease onto the accelerator through the corner whilst straitening the car up. In 2011 I’d spin out, but 2012 I don’t. My friend always understeers in 2012 due to breaking so late and trying to turn whilst doing it. I guess people with different styles handle things differently, much like in real life. There’s probably a way of setting the car up to improve things.
If I make a mistake in 2012 it always feels like it was my fault, in 2011 it felt like the car had no grip and I was frustrated.
2012 is a major step forward in my opinion and what I wanted from the series. There’s a few niggles (mentioned above) and the pit lane bug is back (I had to wait for the entire field to go past me in the pits – I dropped from 9th to 24th).
It’s a great game though, it’s a 4 out of 5 for me.