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8.1

Generally favorable reviews- based on 41 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 34 out of 41
  2. Negative: 5 out of 41

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  1. Jan 25, 2013
    10
    Fantastic Formula 1 Simulation, better than F1 games from Codemasters, very good physics, mods, car setup....Bad graphic? Its not about graphic, its about Formula 1 and this game doing it very well
  2. Oct 16, 2014
    9
    Still one of the best Formula 1 games. The physics are great, the sound effects are close to the real one. The controls are great and highly customizable, but it's recommended to play it with a good force feedback wheel. The graphics are nice for its age, but nowadays it looks outdated. But the gameplay compensate this. There are things that Geoff Crammonds Grand Prix 4 did better likeStill one of the best Formula 1 games. The physics are great, the sound effects are close to the real one. The controls are great and highly customizable, but it's recommended to play it with a good force feedback wheel. The graphics are nice for its age, but nowadays it looks outdated. But the gameplay compensate this. There are things that Geoff Crammonds Grand Prix 4 did better like weather simulation, but in overall both games are really great racing simulator. Both of them has pros and cons.

    Don't forget about the great modding ability. Hundreds of mod are freely available on the internet including different F1 seasons, none Formula series mods like WTCC, lot of tracks and other things.

    Image Space Incorporated did a fantastic job with the predecessor of rFactor and it's a great thing it comes with 4 complete Formula 1 seasons.

    Highly recommended for simulator lovers and even if you don't like this era of Formula 1, mods will make you love the game.
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Metascore
91

Universal acclaim - based on 8 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 8
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 8
  3. Negative: 0 out of 8
  1. The AI is unlike anything else I've seen in a driving game...At times in R1C it was hard to believe I was facing off against computer controlled opponents.
  2. This game has so much more detail, realism, and flexibility than its predecessors that it effectively laps the F1 racing field. [Sept 2003, p.97]
  3. 95
    You will have to spend some time practicing and tweaking your opponents, your car handling, and your realism settings to find the right spot for you. If you are willing to do all of this, then this is a fine F1 simulation that will ultimately reward you.