Generally favorable reviews - based on 15 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 15
  2. Negative: 0 out of 15
  1. Sep 20, 2012
    This installment of F1 series is another great hit from Codemasters. The PC Version is blessed with major technical improvements that let it overtake the console ones.
  2. Sep 17, 2012
    Newcomers will find F1 2012 a shock to the system compared to more conventional racing games, but the ample tools provided to get into the sport provide a gratifying experience with just a little bit of commitment on the player's part.
  3. Sep 26, 2012
    This year's F1-Game is much more than an update. With its improved gameplay and graphics and the many Formula-1-contents F1 2012 is one of the best racing games available – although the rules-system and the AI aren't perfect yet.
  4. Sep 20, 2012
    There's no question this is the series' most realistic representation of the sport yet, one that will please fans and newcomers alike.
  5. Sep 17, 2012
    Quotation forthcoming.
  6. 80
    F1 racing game does not differ much from last year's installment – it brings just a few new game modes and slightly better visuals – F1 2012 is a great game nevertheless. [Oct 2012]
  7. Oct 8, 2012
    As it stands, F1 2012 is the best F1 game I have ever played, and for anyone who is interested in the sport, then you really owe yourselves to check out this great representation of F1.
  8. Oct 2, 2012
    New details, great presentation and more balanced gameplay. F1 2012 is the best Formula One racing game on the market, and it's not because there are no other titles. In short, Codemasters do a good job - they listen to the community, they keep the good stuff in the series, they always get wiser because of their previous mistakes. Throughout the evolution F1 2012 is one step closer to the racing game perfection. However, a revolutionary shift in the genre is still awaited.
  9. Sep 26, 2012
    The great thing is, everybody can decide for themselves how much depth and realism they want from F1 2012. Granted, there might not be too much new stuff in this iteration, judged on its own merits, it is still a very satisfying experience, though.
  10. Sep 25, 2012
    It's true that F1 2012 will never compete with iRacing for hardcore driving realism and authenticity, but it doesn't need to. It's a lovingly rendered and refreshingly accessible game that gives racing fans of all backgrounds a prime seat in the world's fastest and most exhilarating form of motorsport.
  11. Sep 19, 2012
    Despite various issues, it's clear that Codemasters Birmingham produced a solid F1 game able to satisfy the need for speed of all addicted to the Bernie Ecclestone circus, whatever the platform and the challenge desired.
  12. 80
    It's impressive how inviting F1 2012 seems in comparison to last year's entry, but the addition of training races, fun new challenges, better car physics and vastly improved technical aspects make this the best game in the series yet.
  13. Oct 28, 2012
    Rather than wheel out a new car for this year's season, F1 2012 is content to dust off last year's model and slap on a new set of tyres. [Nov 2012, p.83]
  14. Oct 1, 2012
    F1 2012 is a very uneven game. Some decisions in terms of game modes are really strange - scaling down the career mode and removing the Grand Prix are not the things one would expect from such a game, and challenges can't be considered a real substitute. Fortunately the racing is still full of positive emotions and an improved driving model makes the game exciting for any virtual driver. Better AI and full usage of KERS and DRS systems are pleasant as well. The new F1 game is also a technical masterpiece, but overall - as a product - it's a little disappointing.
  15. Sep 19, 2012
    The only problem is that there's really very little reason to upgrade from F1 2011 other than the inclusion of new teams, cars and two new tracks. If Codemasters had resolved the numerous bugs and gameplay issues that have been present since day one of the reboot it'd be a different story, but if they can't do it by now, chances are they never will.
User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 105 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 24
  2. Negative: 10 out of 24
  1. Sep 19, 2012
    Codemasters does racing games, thats what they do and I FKIN LOVE THEM. Both Dirt and Grid are awesome but If you specificaly love F1 then there is no doubt, this is the best F1 game I've ever played. Full Review »
  2. mar
    Sep 25, 2012
    Replay is getting better. Fast loading. Graphic is light. The new mode is quickly and interesting. Wet race is good fun with more thrilling.I'm happy to buy the F1 2012 :-) Full Review »
  3. Sep 24, 2012
    F1 2012 is a great game, having previously played F1 2011, I can say I like this new one a lot more. The new look is very snappy, the various modes they've added are pretty interesting, but the driving mechanics seem to have improved to be more realistic. I can't tell you how many times I've spun out or not braked hard/soon enough to be able to avoid running off the track. The traction of cars seems to be improved, in the sense that if you're not careful it's easier to spin out. However the things that prevent this game from getting a 10 in my book are the AI, and the bugs. The AI are still pretty much the same as 2011, trying to overtake on very short straights before having to swerve back behind you because they MUST take the racing line into the corner. They should be able to try and overtake properly on corners by cutting inside or going around the outside, not sticking to the racing line the entire race. The bugs were something else, the one bug where after a flashback your engine would immediately blow out, not due to you racing around the track in first and over-revving the engine so much, but for some unknown reason. Also sometimes after a flashback, in the final 'stage' of the flashback, the game freezes for a short period before resuming. It's annoying, and I hope Codemasters works it out. But yes, definitely a great racing game, definitely go for it if you're an F1 fan. Full Review »