A few more reviews of Formula One Championship Edition have been placed online since we did our roundup, and while they both also fall into the trap of making NASCAR comparisons, they’re worth reading. The first comes from GameSpot, with a 7.2/10 review:
Given how long it had been since the last Formula One game was released in the United States, many felt that Formula One Championship Edition would never see the light of day in North America. Perhaps it’s just here because the PlayStation 3 needed some original content, but regardless of the reason, Formula One CE has now been released in the US, and the PlayStation 3 is better for it. The touted rearview-mirror feature didn’t make it into the final game, but the visuals look great and the gameplay is quite good.
Then there’s Shacknews, who don’t give the game a score, but spend a good bit of time detailing the controls:
F1 CE can be driven with either the d-pad or the analog stick on the Sixaxis. It can also be configured as a wireless wheel. While the car handling wasn’t bad with the traditional solution, using it as a motion-based substitution for a wheel was not as exciting. It will mainly serve to give rumble fans ammunition for their argument that Sony should have included the rumble feature in its PS3, and will likely urge others to invest in Logitech’s supported steering wheel and pedal setup to get a more authentic feel. Some more tactile feedback while watching my car rub dangerously close to another F1 racer, or in hanging onto a hairpin turn while skirting a gravel embankment, would have added to the experience. While Monster Games’ Excite Truck (Wii) worked just fine with its take on wireless action, it is an arcade racer in which arm twisting fits in with the offbeat fun of its gameplay. In trying to weave in and out of traffic in F1 with the Sixaxis, working with the light, tiny controller in alongside the conservative action onscreen felt awkward.
So, there you have it. This is surely one of those games some will love, some will hate, and while those two groups are arguing the rest will feel decidedly “meh” about the whole thing.