F1 Race Stars is a new game that has been announced by Codemasters which is based on their popular F1 franchise, but this time, they’re going a little off-track by taking elements from other racing games and incorporating them into something… unlike most other Formula 1 games.
When you see that the characters are small, you wouldn’t be wrong in your first thought in the region of ModNation Racers due to small bodies and big heads, then you have the cars that are scaled down into what you could call F1 Karts.
The only thing that makes F1 Race Stars different is the use of official cars, names and tracks (not like that’s stopped others in the past), otherwise, you would probably just pass it off as some kind of clone that’s attempting to cash in.
Does the end of that video look a little familiar? If Trackmania is what sprang to mind, then yes, you’re not alone in thinking what are Codemasters doing by putting together something that’s so similar to games already available.
Chris Gray, Senior Producer, F1 RACE STARS, said:
“We’re really excited to bring the whole cast of FORMULA ONE into a fun new world of racing. We’ve really let our Art and Design teams off the leash to bring F1 stars’ personalities alive in a new way and create a game where racing fans of all ages can jump into all-action solo, split-screen and online multiplayer races. It’s the game we’ve wanted to create for a long time and, building on our strong relationship with Formula One Management Limited, we’re now able to bring Codemasters’ long-standing expertise in track design and AI to create a FORMULA ONE racing experience quite unlike any other.”
Pardon me for being cynical, yeah it looks like a fun game, but I just can’t help feel that maybe it’s not a necessary game. It reminds me of when SEGA took Virtua Fighters and made a Kids version, it was just to cash in on a popular franchise and while it was a fun game, you kind of felt it was just to try and add something new and different when it really didn’t.
Lewis Hamilton, Fernando Alonso and Sebastian Vettel, Monaco, Silverstone and the new Circuit of Americas in Austin, Texas will be featured in F1 Race Stars and expect plenty of strange stuff from loop-the-loop to vertical hairpins in 4 player local split-screen racing or take it online and race against 11 others.
Coming to Xbox 360, PC and PlayStation 3 gamers in November, visit www.f1racestars.com to see the official website.