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  1. Aug 14, 2013
    Is this a perfect game? No. It needs to improve in many ways. If you are a serious driver you can learn so much from it. It is educational you learn so many details of the car setup (interdependence of front & rear wing, camber, toe, tyre pressure, breaks...). I spent hours and hours just preparing for each track, watching onboard clips of of pro drivers on F1 web sites. If you cut off all helping aids it is really challenging. If you want to manually shift gears, you need to learn by heart EVERY corner of each track in what gear, when to break, where is the racing track... If you are 7 years old and just want to press the pedal this is probably not a game for you. Advice Advice: You could benefit from buying a good wheel.
    On the negative side there are so many things Codemaster can do better AI for one thing. Telemetry.
    But the very fact that I spent over 200 hours in the game and am still playing speaks for itself (and in this I am not counting F1 2011 time spent).
  2. Aug 13, 2013
    Formula One 2012 for me has been over one hundred hours of fun and relaxation. This game mixes the realism I look for in a simulator, the fun I expect from a video game, and the fast-paced action I want from Formula One.

    This game can be picked up and played by anyone really. There’s the Young Driver Test, which serves as the games tutorial. It’s completely optional whether or not you
    finish the whole thing, as it can go on for quite a bit. There are a number of settings in this game that assist new players, such as braking assists and the racing line. After you set the game up, you can jump in to any of the game modes.

    The game is stocked with game modes. With the casual quick race and career modes, to the new season challenge and champions mode. Each of these game modes can provide hours of fun. My personal favorite is the career mode. You start out on a small team and work your way up to the top tier teams by winning races and earning points.

    One thing that really sticks out to me in this game is how amazing the physics are. I’m not one to try and crash all my opponents (you actually get severely penalized for doing so), but when it happens to you, or you accidentally do it to someone else, the physics are spot on. Codemasters does a good job with this in this game. I can’t say for sure if they do in their other games, like Dirt 3, but it’s just an overall well done job in this game.

    The career Mode is really in depth, but sadly only five years. If you’re a big fan of this game like me, you want to be able to keep playing this through, but you can easily start your career over once you’ve finished it. There’s an option for it in the settings menu. But that’s not really a complaint. I don’t have any complaints with this game. As of right now, I have ninety-eight hours plus in this game according to Steam. The biggest complaint I’ve read off of other user reviews on this website is the penalties are too strict. That’s really not the case at all. If you learn to play the game properly, you wouldn’t have to worry at all about those penalties. Even if you want to get speeding at two-hundred miles per hour into someone’s rear end, you can turn the penalties down to reduced. Seriously, if you take the time to learn the track, and learn when to break, you can avoid these easily. The game gives you the option to have an hour long practice session before qualifying, just like in real Formula One. This is not a problem, the community is the problem.

    The graphics for the game are beautiful. The rain splashing back onto your helmet from the car in front of you is just stunning. Codemasters has done similar work in the Dirt series, but this game too has some pretty impressive graphics.

    Overall, I’m giving this, my current favorite game, a ten out of ten. This game is loaded to the brim with fun things to do and a lot of replay value. I’d recommend this game to any gamer and especially any racing fan!
  3. Sep 23, 2012
    Does it add lots to the previous years instalment? Not particularly. The game does feel considerably snappier though. Some issues like the AI still being a little stupid can be irksome, but there is only so much AI can do in a game such as this. Things like being able to watch replays from more than one car (instead of focusing on your own) and being able to sit-out a race but still watch it (both things GP4 did fantastic). Hell, even make the instant replay feature a bit longer. If GP4 could keep the entire race in memory 10~ years ago, Codemasters can now. Also, saving mid-race would be nice (see GP4). Moving on, using a wheel and being able to see the cars wheel shake as you're going full speed down a straight but not actually feeling your wheel shake is questionable why it was left out. Licensing issues such as more realistic damage are ignored though. All in all, the game is very much playable. It's great fun and well worth the cost, considering the re-playability. If you're used to more arcadey racing games it might be a little alien at first, but as you begin to get used to it you'll see your times go down and your enjoyment go up. Hope that helps xo Expand
  4. Mar 15, 2013
    Yet again Codemasters have given F1 to the fans in digital form. Yes its not a full blown sim. But there is other places for that. Having the F1 brand, it needed to hit the majority of the fans, Which it did. A true update from the previous, new menus, modes, and an overall refinement of the engine. One issue, and that's not the game, Its the release date. It would be nice if we had it at the start or near the beginning of the season. Not when its nearly over. Expand
  5. 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.
  6. 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. Expand
  7. 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 :-)
  8. Sep 26, 2013
    Simply a blast and really looking forward to F1 2013. It does take a learning curve if you want to get really technical but you can go low brow technical and still have a great time. You do need to learn and understand the different tracks. There are still a few minor bugs which can occasionally cause you to throw a race (Abu Dhabi seems to be the standout for me) but otherwise pretty flawless. Avoiding penalties in the first lap can be hard and for the beginner intensely frustrating but with practise you can eventually avoid them. The only bugbear I have which stops me giving it a ten is the one aspect of the penalty system which penalises you if you have a collision but if some clown AI driver knocks you out they seem to get away scot free which hardly seems fair. The only way to avoid this is be really careful in the turns and stay as far away as you can from the other drivers. But apart from that it`s just a blast especially in career mode which really makes you feel a sense of achievement when you do well in a race or even better get offered a contract with a big team. Hours of fun and well worth the purchase price! Expand
  9. Jun 20, 2014
    I'll really love this game. When I saw this game for the first time and played, I insistently fell in love with it. The career mode was really great, graphics and music was unbelievable. I love this game. A+
  10. AWG
    Jul 20, 2013
    Currently the best F1 experience for a normal guy (i.e. a guy who's not enrolled in the Red Bull Young Drivers Program... I'm pretty sure they have even better simulation). F1 2012 isn't perfect (penalty system is bugged like hell and community is horrendously childish; hence the 8 instead of an otherwise well-deserved solid 9) but it's more than great and graphics are so realistic sometimes you'd think you're just watching a race on SkyHD (without Johnny Herbert tho). Expand
  11. Sep 29, 2012
    The best F1 game i ever played... the new modes are good and welcome. The graphics are fantastic, lights and physics really good. This is a good game, faster than 2010 and 2011. [ 9 / 10 ]
  12. Jun 5, 2013
    F1 2012 is a good game, but not awesome It doesn't brings something new into the F1 series. Yes, young driver tests are good for first-time casual players but in my opinion for those, who played previous F1 games it is useless. Graphics and physics are good, but not very good. Career mode is just like in F1 2011. And this menu... I think in 2010 it was many times better. In 2010 game I felt like it is not just a game, but a part of racing. So, the F1 2012 is not step back, no, it is just one more racing game. It is not bad, but could be much, much better. I hope Codemasters will make F1 2013 better than this. Expand
  13. Dec 5, 2012
    Although F1 2012 is probably the best F1 the Codies have made, when it comes to simulation they are quite literally decades behind Geoff Crammond. I have done about 1000 race laps and I have seen 1 yellow flag, no crashes and certainly no safety car. Scalectrix anyone? The difficulty level has had no thought behind it whatsoever - Intermediate is too easy (P1,Q1,R1 with Caterham), Professional is annoying (Pos 19 no matter what you do). It seems Codemasters like making one thing better but apparently intentionally making another thing worse?? Weird.
    They have taken out any feeling of belonging to a F1 team by using a crappy simple front end. Any feeling of me being the driver went out the window when he lifted his visor to show he had brown eyes! Imposter! That's not me! I have blue eyes. Its like Judge Dread taking his helmet off. NO!!
    For once though the **** cam is actually useable which is about the only thing that has improved since F1 2010 (didn't play 2011).
    Codemasters need to put more effort into F1 2013 or let someone else do it because I'm getting sick and tired of seeing an F1 title that still can't match what Geoff Crammond did in 1992! But if you're an F1 junkie F1 2012 is the best you're gonna get.
  14. Mar 23, 2013
    Amazing game-play, but damn..... those penalties. So very many races lost due to glitching penalties. Please patch in an option to disable those damn penalties... otherwise a great move forward for both the graphics engine and AI of the other cars... still need to work on making AI cars not jump around.
  15. Feb 22, 2013
    This game, if you do not have a wheelm it's a complete mess, playable only in the dumb "please help me with a lot of aids!" mode. Gamepad optimization is really poor, expecially consodering this is not a simulator. So, well, with the wheel? Since this is not a simulator, but an arcade game that requires a wheel to be enjoyed (at least) this suck. Have to set up a wheel? Well, gotta play rFactor or iRacing not this hybrid.Why? Because of realism. IA in this game is simply ridicolous, so it's the multiplayer mode. Try again please, F1 need a better game. Or we just continue to paly really better mods, as with a PC we can. Expand
  16. May 28, 2013
    Haven't had any fun at all playing this game. Career mode is just a no-show in my opinion mainly due to the A.I. and the ridiculous decisions made by Stewards where you and only you are the only one ever at fault. In the first two races during qualifying another driver went straight into the back of me while turning a tight corner and in both instances I was hit with a ten place penalty. Not only that but the other drivers are terrible at getting out of your way when you're setting a time and they're only driving around in preparation for a flying lap. They tend to move off the racing line inviting you past and then swing back across it to cut you off. But the worst thing about this game is the shocking, SHOCKING voice acting. Thank god I found the option to turn that idiot off, completely ruins the immersion of the game when he suddenly comes on the radio shouting in an entirely unconvincing urgent tone "Box, box, box!" when I was just doing practice laps and was slowly returning to the pit lane with no hint of panic or urgency. It's only saving grace is that I like to drive a few laps of the track before the real life GP's just so I know the track, but it's absolutely not worth the money for that purpose alone. Expand
  17. Oct 29, 2012
    They just need to get Geoff Crammond to make them a new physics engine. The engine they are using is extremely limited and at its best it can be realistic on appearances but arcade at its core. The inability to make the cars oversteer is simply put ridiculous. They could simply just go and do what CAN be done with this ancient engine (its been around since Grid, probably even more and I'm just forgetting the title) make a fun - extremely easy to get into ARCADE F1 racer. Instead they chose to promote and develop this as a sim racer which it is nowhere near being, nor will it ever be. Unless they have the talent to create a brand new engine to house their F1 series all we're stuck will is a wannabe "noob" friendly take on F1 simulation that cant even reach the realism available on the decades old Grand Prix series. Codemasters, step it up or get out. Expand
  18. Mar 31, 2013
    Codemasters suck at making games, The F1 franchise is littered with errors and poor gameplay and lack of balance. I have been suckered in to buying all 3 incarnations of the franchise in the vain hope of Codemasters getting it right one day. Never again will I spend a cent of my money on this title. It is just a cash grab by Codemasters. Same repackaged. Where in the world is Geoff Crammond?
  19. Feb 13, 2013
    The multiplayer in this game does not work in Canada or the U.S. Buyers beware!

    My user profile randomly got corrupted. Had to start career from scratch.

    Then steam decided the game wasn't even installed on my pc.

  20. Nov 17, 2013
    Boots up in some random f*cking language, literally unplayable. I don't want to use google translate to play a Formula 1 game. There's no fix for this problem so far that I know about.
  21. Oct 26, 2013
    Over a year after it's release and Codemasters still haven't fixed the feedback issues (or lack thereof) that have made the G27 wheel a bad controller with this game. It seems that they only care about driving using only gamepads.
    By the way F1 2010 & 2011 work beautifully with the G27.

Generally favorable reviews - based on 15 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 15
  2. Negative: 0 out of 15
  1. 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]
  2. 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]
  3. 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.