F1 2009 Wii

Metascore
69

Mixed or average reviews - based on 29 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 29
  2. Negative: 1 out of 29
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  1. While there is fun to be had in F1 2009, it's a long way from being a faithful reproduction of the pinnacle of motorsport.
  2. F1 2009 has some great steering/controller options, but the courses are much too hectic (and require too many stops) for players to get the most out of the game.
  3. There are plenty of modes, and the career mode certainly provides plenty of flexibility, but this title just can't match the experience offered by other racing simulators.
  4. Codemasters and Sumo put up a valiant effort, but even they can't take more than the Wii gives them, and the Wii simply doesn't provide them enough to work with.
  5. While it's definitely not a racing game that'll make your head spin, F1 2009 is indeed a much more polished game than the last Formula 1 games.
  6. Once on-track, few F1 games have managed to be as encouraging when it comes to pushing yourself to attack corners and better your lap time, and fewer still have proved as much fun. This may not be the revolution the Formula 1 sub-genre has been waiting for, but you're not likely to find many Wii owners complaining.
  7. With the right combination of driving aids on, the game is actually playable for anyone with an interest in driving around in non-ovals, but there just isn't anything here to get in a tizzy about. It's not gorgeous, it's not deep (even Career mode isn't), and it's not anything you haven't played before. And while that might not say much for what's actually here, it isn't the worst thing either system has to offer.
  8. 80
    This Formula 1 2009 is a good racing simulator that will be enjoyed by fans, although it should have arrived earlier, and we miss an online mode.
  9. Games Master UK
    69
    Official and authentic, the lack of horsepower under the Wii's bonnet hinders this F1 racer. [Winter 2009, p.70]
  10. It's a pity that graphics and sound have so many issues, because the main gameplay is not that bad.
  11. F1 2009 reaches the finish, but it's still very far from being a winner. Not a simulator, not an arcade, but yes a reasonable option for gamers looking for F1's speed.
  12. F1 2009 it's a good arcade-racing game. There is the license of FIA, but we haven't found a lot of boundary elements you can find on television. However the game is discrete.
  13. Edge Magazine
    70
    The sport's on-track jousting is potentially some of the fastest and most exhilarating source material around, but by default developers appear to struggle to present it in anything other than a dry and overly technical fashion. [Jan 2010, p.91]
  14. It's a fun game, with an impressive sense of speed and the official license fans want, but there's undoubtedly something better coming next year, on platforms that can do the sport justice. This is a perfectly competent racer, one of the best on the Wii, but it's not a classic by any stretch of the imagination.
  15. 70
    When you like to race on your Wii, at this moment this is the game you should buy!
  16. It's not much of a simulation but Codemasters' first F1 game is a slick and hugely entertaining racer.
  17. Pelit (Finland)
    65
    If you put aside Mario Kart, there's not that many good racing games available on Wii. Unfortunately the Formula 1 debut doesn't change the balance. The game is not for the simulator freaks, but it doesn't serve casual gamers either. On top of that the game is ugly as hell. Hopefully the next version is a bit more ambitious. [Jan 2010]
  18. While not a bad game, it doesn't do anything to stand out even amongst its relatively weak competition on Wii. It is fun, but it just doesn't last.
  19. F1 2009 is a perfect match for the Nintendo Wii. Whilst flawed it delivers a rare gaming commodity namely fun.
  20. A good start for the series. It's just a shame it looks so shabby and is already out of date.
  21. Nintendo Gamer
    72
    Dreary racer. [Christmas 2009, p.51]
  22. Overall, Sumo Digital has served up a pretty solid, if unspectacular, F1 racer.
  23. F1 2009 brings back the speed of the sport on the console. The framedrops are too bad, but that doesn’t change much about the fact that this is a pretty decent racing game.
  24. F1 2009 does not revolutionize the genre, but has sufficient attributes to reach the top positions and live as a landmark and reference through the most remarkable games of the sport.
  25. The realistic gameplay and the complex multiplayer make for some good points. But the graphics and the damage model could be better.
  26. 74
    Delicious handling and a palpable sense of speed combine to make a game that's unique on the Wii, and while there's a feeling of an opportunity missed with the licence, for fans of the sport deprived of an F1 game for so many years this does just enough to satiate the thirst.
  27. Currently it’s the only semi decent F1 racer on the market, and for those that need to fulfill that sensation of rocketing though Monte Carlo, it’s a good surrogate until a 2010 game comes out.
  28. 76
    Codemasters can finally please all the Formula One-fans with a new game. It doesn’t disappoint, but doesn’t wow either. Real fans will have plenty to do with all the official tracks and cars. Someone looking for a simple racing experience will not entirely be satisfied. You can do a quick race, but a championship will be one of the long haul, requiring plenty of time per race.
  29. Poor style and graphics don’t make a good game, so Formula 1 Wii should not be a good game. Yet it is not a complete disaster… On the contrary it is actually quite fun to play and should be savored as a starter before the main course is served on PS3 and Xbox 360.
User Score
7.2

Mixed or average reviews- based on 30 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 9
  2. Negative: 1 out of 9
  1. Nov 10, 2011
    7
    this game is fun because its license but its too arcade for an f1 game, still, you will like it as is the only f1 effort onthis game is fun because its license but its too arcade for an f1 game, still, you will like it as is the only f1 effort on wii.........visually decent(slowdowns hurt) you will enjoy it if you are an f1 whore, the rest maybe not Full Review »
  2. LiamK
    Dec 29, 2009
    9
    This is really good for a serious F1 fan, but not so much for a casual racer. I, for example, love how all the tracks and the drivers are This is really good for a serious F1 fan, but not so much for a casual racer. I, for example, love how all the tracks and the drivers are present, as well as the tuning opportunities on the cars. The gameplay is not too easy, and can be progressively made to be more challenging with stiffer AI competition. The graphics are good, nothing like Forza 3 or anything, but easily believed. All in all, F1 2009 is a great game for any F1 fan. Full Review »
  3. JeffL
    Dec 1, 2009
    4
    I love racing games, but only have a Wii - was really looking forward to both this and the new Need For Speed game (Nitro) - I have to say, I love racing games, but only have a Wii - was really looking forward to both this and the new Need For Speed game (Nitro) - I have to say, while i'm a F1 fan, NFS Nitro is a much better Wii game, better graphics, better sense of speed, love the cops and customization, but best of all is the multi player career mode is really fun, I play with my 7 year old son (i'm still able to beat him!) Full Review »