The annual release of Formula 1 video games is always a highly anticipated moment, but with the relatively new partnership between EA Sports and Codemasters, the 2022 edition promised to be something different, billed as a generational update to match next-gen F1 cars. in real life. The game isn’t quite what we’d hoped for, but aside from unnecessary EA flair, F1 22 retains the already familiar qualities and is guaranteed to be a summer hit.
During our extensive experience with the Xbox edition, we found some notable improvements and also notable drawbacks in F1 22. First, we would like to remove the bad things to finish with the positive. Please note that all these comments are subjective and we did not find any technical issues with the game.
- EA Nonsense
- Return of the Podium Pass
- lack of history
- F1 Life— Brown or gray sofas, sir?
- Poor quality super sports cars
Speaking of EA, evidence of Codemasters’ new owner is everywhere in this game. Last year, EA bought Codemasters for a whopping $1.2 billion and promised a hands-off approach to letting Codies do what it does best. Unfortunately, it appears that EA simply bought Codemasters a new outfit. An outfit that wrinkles the nose.
Return of the Podium Pass
The game greets you with a pop-up message encouraging you to purchase a Podium Pass. As you level up in the game, you’ll unlock various cosmetics like helmets, car skins, and furniture (more on that later). But to unlock the real cool stuff for each level, EA wants you to buy this Podium Pass, with real money.
Leveling systems like this now seem to be the norm in games, but we still can’t help but complain about it. It’s one of the few annoying frills I’ve noticed: a byproduct of EA sinking its corporate claws into a racing game loved by F1 addicts the world over. They introduced the Podium Pass to the game last year, so it’s no surprise that it’s back this year. We are disappointed. To the next.
We get F1 Life, we lose story mode
This year there is no story mode. Personally, we’re bummed out, but it doesn’t take us away from the game completely. However, that additional ownership has been taken over by another EA creation: F1 Life. Reminiscent of Test Drive Unlimited’s home and driver customization, F1 Life lets you customize an Instagram-friendly living room with lamps, sofas, wall art, and more, along with various clothing items for your avatar. Of course, if you want the really cool stuff, you better whip out your credit card.
It’s a draw for casual racers or new players looking to try out their first F1 game, but for hardcore fans of the series, it’s a hack. Fun for 10 minutes, not much beyond that.
Poor quality super sports cars
Another new feature is the addition of eight super sports cars, ranging from the Mercedes-AMG GT Black Series to the Ferrari F8 Tributo, which you can display in various areas. This is pretty cool, until you realize how little you can do with them. There is a list of challenges called Pirelli Hot Laps, which consist of objectives such as drift and time trial challenges. But, that’s really all. You cannot compete with them against AI or online players. You can basically just look at them, groan at the horrible screeching of the tires, and be taken aback by their binary handling.
Okay, enough complaining. To the good stuff!
- Career mode is better than ever
- My Team returns as a diverse and detailed experience
- F1 and F2 cars feel precise
- Racing is an all-out war exciting and terrifying
Career mode is better than ever
Focus your vision and go straight into career mode. This is where you can choose to do the Pilot or My Team options. No matter which one you choose, this is where F1 22 throws off its EA shackles and returns us to the F1 games we love.
The driver path allows you to jump straight into a Formula 1 season or start as a Formula 2 driver. My Team is the right approach to management and the good things that happen behind the scenes in F1. Both are highly customizable and detailed while providing an immersive experience.
Racing is an all-out war exciting and terrifying
On the track, the cars feel similar to previous titles, and the race itself is a riot. Some opponents are really looking for overtaking and will capitalize on your tiny mistakes. Getting to your braking point, figuring out how to turn smoothly, and control oversteer take some learning time, but doing so becomes rewarding once you get the hang of it. From there, you’ll be able to fine-tune your driving and improve as the season progresses. Oh yes, and the ‘porpoising’ is nowhere to be felt, rejoice!
Multiplayer seems to have weekly events alongside the classic game, where you can choose which groups to join based on your ability, or you can create your own. Crossplay was anticipated to be available at launch, but unfortunately it was delayed. You will have to wait a bit to compete with your friends on other systems.
mixing it all up
In short, to get the most out of F1 22, you’ll need to ditch EA’s nasty layers of gibberish. But once you get to the heart of the game, it’s as good as ever. Ignore the interior decoration and lack of proper handling of super sports cars and bask in the brilliance of Codemasters as you sit behind the halo of F1’s next-generation space rocket.
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