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  • Summary: Cutting-edge technology brings you the most accurate representation of Formula One to date. High-resolution car models include details right down to the very last shut line. Circuits include real life structures, helicopters, airplanes, panoramic skies, animated grid girls, motion capturedCutting-edge technology brings you the most accurate representation of Formula One to date. High-resolution car models include details right down to the very last shut line. Circuits include real life structures, helicopters, airplanes, panoramic skies, animated grid girls, motion captured pit crews, and even bumps in the track surface as they exist in reality. The glossy team-themed user interface puts you in the game and tracks your performance as a real life driver competing against the likes of world champion drives such as Damon Hill, Jacques Villeneuve, Mika Hakkinen, and Michael Schumacher. [Electronic Arts] Expand
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  1. 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.
  2. Everything you could want for hot lapping, racing individual races or enjoying full championship seasons is in this single, reasonably priced package.
  3. Easily delivers the most entertaining and authentic Formula One PC racing experience ever. [Sept 2003, p.90]
  4. 90
    Full of caring touches and a microscope-like attention to detail, F1 Challenge '99-'02 is the ultimate thinking person's open-wheel racing sim.
  5. This game is beautiful to look at and is, at times, photorealistic. [Oct 2003, p.94]
  6. Currently the most authentic, most taxing open-wheeled sim on the market, and, with a sophisticated mod community already established, may well remain that way for some time to come.
  7. 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.

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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 aboutFantastic 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 Expand
  2. Dean"Rummy"D.
    Nov 15, 2003
    10
    If you are willing to spend the time, as the realism increases with the driving assists turned "off", you will be exhilerated. This game is If you are willing to spend the time, as the realism increases with the driving assists turned "off", you will be exhilerated. This game is not for casual console gamers with short attention spans. Do yourself a favor, get a force-feedback wheel and you will feel more sensations through the wheel from this game then any other racing game ever published. You will feel the g-forces as you round a long, easy bend at 230 MPH in 7th gear. You can feel the bumps on the curbs of the chicanes. You can feel your front tire touch the gravel when you understeer. It doesn't get more realistic or more fun. Only thing missing is dedicated server option to accomodate more than 8 players. One other annoyance, the screen freezes for a couple seconds when someone joins the race. Not a problem if you are racing with friends at an appointed time and IP address. Collapse
  3. [Anonymous]
    Dec 9, 2007
    10
    The best F1 game I've had or ever have I think. Absolutely brilliant work from EA. Now waiting for F1 2007, lol.
  4. GarethC.
    Sep 5, 2003
    9
    F1 Challenge '99-'02 is a great game. The graphics are wonderful and the gameplay magnificent. Tracks aren't the best, but F1 Challenge '99-'02 is a great game. The graphics are wonderful and the gameplay magnificent. Tracks aren't the best, but it's definately worth a try. Expand
  5. 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 highlyStill 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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  6. RobC.
    Oct 13, 2003
    9
    Pretty much the best F1 simulation out there... possibly only GP4 beats it in terms of wet weather racing and on track events (marshals etc.) Pretty much the best F1 simulation out there... possibly only GP4 beats it in terms of wet weather racing and on track events (marshals etc.) Other than that nothing comes close. That goes for GP4! Expand
  7. 02natni
    Apr 29, 2004
    8
    A very addictive game. Recommended for F1 enthusiasts. However, EA sports should provide a more realistic environment. There should be track A very addictive game. Recommended for F1 enthusiasts. However, EA sports should provide a more realistic environment. There should be track marshals, FIA's safety car, mechanics and podium presentations in order to make this game more appealing. Expand

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