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F1 22: The Best Formula 1 Game Ever?

The yearly F1 game is prepared to go live while the real-world Formula 1 season is currently in full gear. The release of F1 22 is scheduled for the following week, and we cannot wait.

Before F1 22 hits the market, there is a lot of anticipation, but will it live up to the hype? It’s a hefty ask, but in this new era of the sport, anything is conceivable.

Which F1 game is the finest one ever?

Although that is a cliche, it is true. You must defeat the best in order to be the best. So, which Formula One game has ever been the best? Both F1 Championship Edition and F1 2020 can contend for that title, but in our opinion, one stands out above the rest.

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The most accurate F1 simulator ever made, Grand Prix Legends was introduced back in 1997. Every race that year, even the non-championship ones, is duplicated by GPL.

Out of all the racing sims, GPL’s handling model is still regarded as one of the most challenging and rewarding to learn. In addition, because automobiles can be retired for a variety of reasons other than collisions and engine breakdowns, its damage model is also one of the most realistic.

GPL has well and truly stood the test of time, with a dedicated fan base who have modded the title to look almost as good as a game made in 2022.

What has 22 changed?

In the year 2022, there was a revolution in Formula 1. Due to a significant change in regulations, the cars have undergone significant aerodynamic alterations.

The front wings have been simplified and ground effect re-introduced to allow the cars to follow closer and aid overtaking. The cars’ total speed has decreased as a result, but the racing is improved.

That will undoubtedly be used into F1 22’s gameplay to enhance the fun factor!

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Other novelties include the debut of Sprint Races and Supercars for the first time. These road cars are F1’s effort to challenge other racing sim series like Gran Turismo and also introduce F1 Life into the series.

TV graphics exactly like those we see in the real broadcasts and a new handling model will also bring F1 22 closer to reality. Manual pit stops, which we haven’t seen since F1 2010, are another addition. will make a comeback on the show.

Finally, new AI and practice programmes also add to F1 22’s appeal. Why then are people worried about this game given all these new features?

Concerns about the new owners

It’s time to address the elephant in the room, EA. EA bought Codemasters last year in a deal worth over $1 billion. We don’t need to tell you how controversial of a company EA are within the gaming world.

EA and Codemasters can revolutionise racing gaming together and EA have promised a “hands off” approach when it comes to Codies and the F1 franchise.

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However, saying it is one thing, doing it is another and EA have an awful track record when it comes to their handling of franchises of late. FIFA is as unpopular as ever and will soon be losing its official licence.

EA have also made a pigs ear of series like Star Wars Battlefront and Battlefield thanks to endemic microtransactions and an all-online focus.

So, will EA keep their word with F1? The proof will be in the pudding, we’ll only know for sure when we first try the game, but there have been small examples of this creeping into the game in F1 2021.

The Verdict

If all of these new features are as good and polished as they seem in the trailer, F1 22 could be an instant classic. It would be the best F1 game made by Codemasters, and in time, possibly better than GPL.

That all hinges on whether EA will exert their influence over the series or not. If microtransactions become all-but necessary for success, it would ruin what could’ve been a truly great game.

We’ll find out just how good F1 22 is next week, but for now, you can check out the latest F1 22 trailer. The Gameplay Features Trailer goes into what new aspects we can expect to see next week and you can check it out below: