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This year's special features

Discussion in 'F1 2012 - The Game' started by Bram, Jun 3, 2012.

  1. Bram

    Ezekiel 25:17 Staff Premium

    Is there anything know already what will be the key feature for this year's game?

    Last edition it was the safety car (which I still haven't seen in the 2011 game btw) what will be the big seller for this year?
  2. Tom

    Staff Emeritus Premium

    No, not at all. I guess they're going to sell the "Young Drivers Test" as their key feature for 2012. :)
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  3. Actually yeh, I was just thinking about that. I've played through 3 full seasons and haven't seen a safety car either.
    As far as improvements go, I hope that dynamic strategies come into play, and teams play off each other. As it stands, you feel like a driver racing yourself, not 21 other drivers. You have a defined 'strategy' and you just play it out
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  4. Karl Fuss

    Karl Fuss

  5. Chris

    Ted Kravitz Appreciation Society Staff Premium

    Codies have beefed up their weather system this year. Localised weather system, so it can be raining on one part of the circuit and dry in another part.
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  6. It's good to see you can change the BB from in car and you have to do it during laps for certain corners.
  7. problem with that is they have said that for the last 2 years and it's been rain everywhere.
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  8. Chris

    Ted Kravitz Appreciation Society Staff Premium

    No they haven't. They've said that it's a dynamic weather system, which it still is, but now they've made it so that sometimes it can rain on one part of the circuit and not on another. But there will also be times where the whole track is wet. And yes, I'm pretty sure the latter will be more common unless you're on a big track like spa or silverstone.
  9. Has anyone read this? Its a very detailed article about this year's Codemasters F1 2012 game. (Source: http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/gamesblog/2012/apr/19/f1-2012-codemasters-reveals-details)

    F1 2012: Codemasters reveals first details, plus new family F1 title

    Codemasters has always been skilled at coming into an ailing sports genre and totally reviving it. The Warwickshire-based developer made the tennis sim enjoyable again via its nineties Pete Sampras titles, then brought offroad racing into the mainstream with the brilliantly accessible Colin McRae Rally titles. Then, in 2008 it won the license for F1.

    Sony had given it up. Selling barely half a million of its final title, the PlayStation giant pulled out of the sport. Codemasters took it on, shook it up, pushed its "be the driver, live the life" philosophy, promising to convey every nuance of the F1 competitor's experience. F1 2010 sold 2.5m copies, and in 2011, it was the best-selling third-party racing game of the year.

    Now the publisher has signed a new multi-year deal with the F1 organisation and is working on its third sim in the series. Naturally, F1 2012 will have all the latest drivers, teams and races, and naturally, Codemasters is keen to stress that this is the least of what players can expect. The company is not saying much just yet, but here are the foundations of the game, due for release in September.

    First, while F1 2011 concentrated on improving the multiplayer mode, it seems the 2012 will be all about evolving the lone experience. "We're putting time into expanding the career mode and several other single-player modes," says creative director Stephen Hood. "We've carried out a lot of research and many people do just play it in single-player.

    "Accessibility and rewarding casual players is important. I want to get more people who used to be into F1 or watch it occasionally, who don't know the rules, the complexities of it, and get them into the game. It comes across as an intimidating sport and the TV commentators do a great job of explaining these things to viewers on the race days – we need to capture that."

    Part of this will be via a new introductory mode based around the sport's young driver tests, held toward the end of every season (Abu Dhabi has hosted the last few). This is where the teams leave one car and some race engineers behind for a day and give up-and-coming young drivers a chance to try out an F1 car, often for the first time.

    "It's interesting how the teams go about working with those guys, telling them about the controls and what is required of them," says Hood, "It's not about going out and smashing the fastest lap, it's about being consistent, not damaging the car, getting used to the basics. We want to use that as our tutorial at the start of the game."

    Here players will learn about the intricacies of F1 driving – the use of the apex and the racing line, etc – but tests will also be timed, so more experienced players can also compete for the best scores. Performing well unlocks contract offers from racing teams during the career mode – the better your performance, the better the teams making contact. Interestingly, players will have to complete at least a couple of tests before going into the main game modes.

    What? Why? Well, because this section is used as a kind of set-up sequence allowing players to configure the camera, the controller and other game settings to their requirements. "We want it to be part of the story rather than giving you a load of option screens," says Hood. "We've turned it into an interactive sequence. I think we've got it sorted in terms of the amount of time you have to spend with it."

    Elsewhere, the development team is doing new stuff with the weather and lighting, and there are "significant" changes to the underlying physics engine. One aim is to make the game more intuitive to play via the joypad, which is how most people experience it. Codemasters has also changed the tests that drivers need to complete in order to earn vehicle upgrades. There was a feeling that these tasks became repetitive over a whole career, so now they're more varied – but it's still about achieving certain standards so that the team trusts you with fresh hardware.

    Hood also wants the game to look a lot sleeker from the moment it boots up. "There are a lot of sports games out now – most obviously from EA – that have very sexy user interfaces. They might not always be easy to navigate for the new player, but there's a certain standard they've achieved, and I don't think the F1 games have got there so far. There's more we can play on with the history, the logos, the teams, the look of the cars – we're changing the UI dramatically for this season."

    And what else? They're not saying yet, but Hood is keen to stress that the F1 license is an ongoing project – they have grand plans: "There are so many things we want to put into our F1 games that we've been trying to do since 2010. We want to build it around the whole world of Formula One, the kinds of things the commentators go on about: upgrading the cars, beating your team mate, the strategy of the different teams. That's all part of the sport, and we're trying to replicate that."

    Codemasters has also revealed that, alongside this year's iteration of its console Formula One series, and the forthcoming F1 Online team management sim, it will be releasing a third F1 title aimed at families and casual gamers. The publisher would not say anymore, but it is likely this is a reference to the Wii U F1 game mentioned by CEO Rod Cousenslast August. This version is likely to use the forthcoming console's tablet style controller as an F1 steering wheel complete with driving computer. It is due out this Christmas.

    One key thing F1 fans may be able to look forward to in the future – especially in light of the multi-year license extension – is a consistent driver profile, which they can carry through subsequent iterations of the main F1 2012 game. Perhaps the aim is a driving RPG, a Formula One Mass Effect in which decisions and achievements carry on through the years. And on top of that, there is the Racenet community, and the launch next month of F1 Online, a browser-based team management sim with top-down visuals that may remind veteran gamers of another great Codemasters license, Micro Machines.

    This great British survivor has been somewhat pushed to the side of the industry by heavyweight rivals over the past few years. But with Dirt Showdown on the way, a new Grid title surely in the making and a range of F1 titles, it is playing to its strengths once again. It is pushing back.
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  10. there is one thing that lacks in F1 2011, they never had a burger bar beside the track TBH im sure they will entice more people to the game and gain more profits :) ,

    just add a burger bar, the PR coming from CM for that thing will be insane, everyone will buy it.
  11. Devil_Dog

    I walk the line.

    Give us dedicated servers and solid game. Otherwise nothing special.:cool:
  12. I want a franchise mode and I've wanted one long before the new F1 Online game info was released. I would love to be able to manage a team, hire/fire crew, have XP apply to upgraded facilities etc.

    Also, would love to see difficulty modifiers for XP. Annoys me to death there is no XP difference whatsoever for easiest settings vs. the hardest.
  13. Does anyone know if you can choose what your driver looks like will be back
  14. Peter Hooper

    Peter Hooper

    I assume that this new Young Drivers feature is something we can just ignore? It mentions it's the new introductory mode where drivers are introduced to the basics of the game, controls, driving line's, apex's, etc. but surely experienced drivers will not want to go through all that before getting to the actual racing.
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  15. Steve hood said yesterday on Twitter that the Young Drivers tests is the start of your career. And there are 6 teams available from the start, depending how you do in these tests.

    So I guess its almost a time trial also
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  16. Peter Hooper

    Peter Hooper

    OK cheers Dylan, I was hoping it was going to be one of those things you can just bypass as it doesn't hold any particular interest for me.
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  17. David O'Reilly

    David O'Reilly
    A bad quali means I can go forwards in the race.

    Regarding Brams post comments on Safety car.
    We have had in last seasons XBox League probably around 4-5 safety car appearances in 19 races.
    Plus at leat as many in the mid week practice races. It has added a real level of excitment and reaction to the race. You need to know how many laps each tyre will last to quickly change strategy on the fly.
    It has hurt the leader each time especially if he has built a gap (just like real life).
    We voted on it for season 3.
    Pros were as above, cons were its a bit buggy. It was voted back in.
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