Heya, it's been a while since I've been on here, but since the recent announcement of F1 2013, I thought I'd come along & share my thoughts.
This is why I think this series (and 2013 game) will absolutely fail as a game for me and probably many others.
- It is not arcade enough to be casually fun in a gamey, enjoyable way and lacks creativity in actual game design and game play content.
- It is not simulation enough to justify the time investment, and the whole presentation feels contrived and in your face.
- The whole over simplification of everything will make you feel fenced in. This I think is a main factor for me personally, I feel as if when I play F1 2010,11,12 etc. that I am suck on a train track.
- What's a much bigger flaw is the lag/shitty netcode in online play. It's incredibly hard to have good wheel to wheel racing or to just follow closly behind another car as they aren't always actually in the spot they appear on your screen.
This is exactly why I quit competitively racing this game; simply not worth the time investment to gain skills that don't really translate well to any other form of motor racing at all.
I think you can break down the people that typically play or will enjoy the Codemasters' F1 games into these four categories and if you fit into these categories you would probably enjoy the game with it being a worthwhile buy.
1) People that want to pretend to be an F1 driver in a basic limited way for 20-40 minutes sessions and like the names of the drivers and brands and likely support an arbitrary F1 team in real life.
2) People that honestly think its the most realistic simulation of F1 because they bought into the marketing and don't know anything about PC simulators such as iRacing, rFactor 1/2, Netkar Pro, Asseto Corsa etc.
3) People that enjoy simracing on pc and are dying for a single player F1 game that's in a neat package with all the real world cars and some sort of structure but also want realistic physics but are willing to put up with the shitty physics in F1 2010-11-12 because of it being a package and having all the content.
4) People that just buy anything with cars in it and are happy doing so.
So yeah, they're my thoughts on this series. I'll probably end up getting a cracked version of F1 2013 to see if it's worth it, then buy the game from an online keystore if it is.