Generally favorable reviews - based on 15 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 15
  2. Negative: 0 out of 15
  1. 90
    Experienced developers showed again their ability to turn anything they touch into gold. Long-term starving for an F1 PC racing game is over – this one is great in every aspect. [Issue#197]
  2. Oct 28, 2010
    F1 2010 sees formula One return as a videogame for the first time in three years and for fans the results could not have been better! F1 2010 is not the most playable or authentic F1 game to date but a top racing game that will appeal to any petrol head.
  3. Is this the best F1 game this generation? Without a doubt, and it's the biggest advancement the license has seen for a very long time.
  4. Codemasters got the "pole" thanks to F1 2010, probably the best driving Formula One simulator ever made. Its Artificial Intelligence and climatic effects are in the edge of perfection, and its speed feeling, definitely, will leave you astonished.
  5. This title should have existed since two years ago, and for the future it has to improve its graphics and gameplay a little bit (including the safety car as an option). But from what we've seen in this first installment, the future looks bright.
  6. 85
    Easily the best Grand Prix game since Geoff Crammond was on the beat.
  7. With a simulative gameplay, the official license of FIA Formula One World Championship, a complex career mode and a solid graphic engine, F1 2010 becomes one of the best racing games of this generation.
  8. Dec 25, 2010
    For the first time in a good seven years there's a decent Formula 1 game on the PC. An impressive return to form. [Issue#246, p.102]
  9. Lapses like the holds in pit-lane, the AI nuisances, and lousy rules enforcement prevent this game from reaching its full potential.
  10. Dec 16, 2010
    It's not perfect, but F1 2010 is an excellent way of recreating those boyhood dreams of being Lewis Hamilton, and provides a solid base for Codemasters to improve on with future titles.
  11. Oct 27, 2010
    One of the best racers in years. However, AI disappointments and bugs may kill the appeal for some. [Dec 2010, p.60]
  12. With F1 2010, Codemasters fulfilled its contract and managed to offer not only an exhaustive content of the 2010 season of Formula One, but also a great single player career mode which look like a VIP pass to the F1 paddock.
  13. Codemasters manage the near-impossible - delivering a fresh, approachable, and (largely) credible F1 game.
  14. Jan 12, 2011
    "Quotation Forthcoming"
  15. Hardcore simulation fans – the kind of people who build dedicated racing seats and set-ups for their games -- will likely walk away from this a little disappointed in that it's not exactly like driving one of these beasts in real life, but for everyone else, it's an absolute blast and a demanding challenge, all in the same game.
User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 88 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 34
  2. Negative: 12 out of 34
  1. Sep 29, 2010
    The racing is fun and the game could be great, however it's let down by a lot of things, mostly game-breaking bugs, major oversights and poor development choices. The AI is poor, a lot of supposedly 'random' events are actually scripted, there's a lot of oversights and bugs that put the player at a huge disadvantage and can cause you to go from up the field to the back of the field, and the graphics leave something to be desired. It really does feel like a practice by codemasters for the title they really want to release next year. Unfortunately I feel let down by false promises and a £30 lighter wallet. Full Review »
  2. Sep 26, 2010
    All in all I think this is a disappointing game. A lot of bugs, an unstable framerate, a highly simplified driving model and an unacceptable delay between the controller and the effective action transform an uber-awaited masterpiece in a burning disappointment. Full Review »
  3. Sep 27, 2010
    An epic failure. That is what you come away thinking after playing a game of F1 2010. It looks great and sounds great.. but that is it. The computer players break the rules and never pit thus assuring they win. And if you dare pit, say while leading the race, you can be assured you will be held in the pits to emerge just in time to fill in at last place. This has been admitted as a real issue by Codemaster and they expect to release a patch for it eventually. Now how it was missed in all the professional reviews is beyond me. The real paid game critics toute the after race interviews, wich are boring and serve no purpose, and fail to mention the obvious issues plaguing this game. Many a person has shelved this game out of frustration due to all of it's bugs. Of wich this game has MANY. F1 2010 is the very definition of a half baked. It's main purpose so far has been to spotlight how little professional reviewers actually play the games they review. As it is hard to imagine not one single person would have mentioned the obvious bugs. If your into F1, wait for F1 2011.. and then even wait for the user reviews.. and skip all the fake professional reviews. Full Review »