F1 World Grand Prix 1999
F1 World Grand Prix 1999
by Eidos Interactive
ESRB Rating: Everyone
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GameSpot Review: F1 World Grand Prix is the second VideoSystem title to bear the name. The first was released a little over a year ago for the N64 and was a solid simulation of F1 racing. Unfortunately, F1 World Grand Prix on the PlayStation suffers from many problems that its N64 counterpart didn't. The largest offense is an inconsistent frame rate that drops when too many cars appear on the screen at once, lowering the overall experience well past the point of being acceptable. The one plus the game has over its competitors is that it has tons of different options and features, letting you set up everything from the cars' performance to specific situations on the track. The game features real teams and drivers, as well as the actual courses from the 1999 F1 racing season. The number of different settings and racing options is truly staggering. Controlling the cars takes some time to get a handle on. Since the game's frame rate and overall speed slows down when too many cars appear on the screen at once, it's hard to consistently steer the car with the appropriate force when you are playing the game with an analog controller. Modifying your car's various settings, such as wing angles, tires, and gearbox ratios, drastically changes the vehicle's performance. Fans of F1 games who appreciate the subtleties of F1 tweaking will surely enjoy the vast options that F1 World Grand Prix provides. However, fans who just want a visceral racing experience that doesn't require any knowledge of car physics will find the game's control to be a mystery.
Visually, F1 World Grand Prix looks a little washed out. The car models are accurate, as are the tracks. Unfortunately, as mentioned before, the game's frame rate takes a dip when too many cars are on the screen. This slowdown hampers your efforts and often leaves you wondering exactly what happened, especially when a collision occurs and your car is left disabled. In the audio department, the game does a decent job of representing the sounds of an actual track. The cars' high-pitched engine sounds scream in the key of annoyance, and the tires squeal as you slide off the track and bang into the wall. In the end, F1 World Grand Prix's inconsistent frame rate prevents the game from being playable. While one certainly can appreciate all of the simulation options that the game has to offer; the gameplay and graphics simply don't back it up, and what results is a total mess.--Ryan Mac Donald
From the Manufacturer: Developed by Lankor, Official Formula 1 Racing brings players to the next level in racing simulation. Based on the 1998 season data using the official FIA License, players can choose to take part in an entire season, or jump in and race on any of the 16 circuits. All 11 teams and their cars have been represented in the highest detail. The advanced graphics and stunning lighting ensure the cars are visually stimulating. All 16 circuits from the 1998 season have been included and modeled to the most minute detail for ultimate realism. Supported by the Official FIA License, includes all 22 cars, 16 circuits and official data from the 1998 World Champion season. Features Multi-player support for up to eight players. Also features fantastic graphics and speed, 3D accelerator and Force Feedback support, accurate simulations and fun-to-play arcade modes, over 20 camera angles and ability to create your own new camera positions, informative helicopter fly-over to each circuit, 3 difficulty settings, and realistic and changeable weather conditions.
This is for the '98 game, December 9, 1999
Reviewer: A gamer from Honduras, C.A.
The best in simulation of an F1 race. Can't wait to buy the '99 version with Sepangn included!