F1 World Grand Prix on the N64 by a huge margin. For it’s time it was incredible. It was also my first computer game :D, I got it probably a year or two after I started watching F1.
At the time I was a huge fan of Schumacher watching him fight off Hakkinen. Ever since then I can’t bring myself to play Schumacher in a racing game because I never felt I’d do him justice.
I used to play Irvine a lot. That’s also when I became a fan of Minardi and Trulli.
Other notables? I liked F1 Pole position 96, again on the N64, not so much because of the graphics, or physics, (both of which were… old). But it was fun and the key point, you could re arrange who the drivers drove for, and what engines the cars had.
I always used to put hill in the Forti just so he didn’t win everything, and he’d still always get points.
I’ll be honest, if they did something like that in a modern F1 game it would increase my play time 20 fold.
Honestly speaking, F1 2011 is the best available today, but taking into account what they could do given more freedom? it’s a long way off. (Granted most of that blame rests with the rules the FIA/Bernie/person responsible sets them)
…..nostalgia … :D
I agree with Spud and Fer No.65, the challenges were great.