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  • Summary: Every story has a beginning in F1® 2021, the official videogame of the 2021 FIA FORMULA ONE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP™. Enjoy the stunning new features of F1® 2021, including the thrilling story experience ‘Braking Point’, two-player Career, and get even closer to the grid with ‘Real-Season Start’.Every story has a beginning in F1® 2021, the official videogame of the 2021 FIA FORMULA ONE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP™. Enjoy the stunning new features of F1® 2021, including the thrilling story experience ‘Braking Point’, two-player Career, and get even closer to the grid with ‘Real-Season Start’.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 29 out of 30
  2. Negative: 0 out of 30
  1. Jul 13, 2021
    94
    The new game has applied a generous amount of polish to the things that it carried forward, and the new modes, such as Braking Point and the two-player career mode, add some appreciable entertainment to a solid racing game. It is equally enjoyable to an F1 nut as to someone who is entering the sport fandom, and I have been having a great time whenever I fire it up for a few laps.
  2. Jul 16, 2021
    90
    F1 2021 has undeniably struggled with COVID and the limitations it has put on both the sport and the game. However, either despite or because of these limitations, this manages a step forward that the series failed to take two years ago, it brings a genuine story to the game. Braking Point is an undeniable success and, one would hope, marks a starting point in which Codemasters can advance as the series moves forward. Beyond this new mode, almost every aspect has been polished to a diamond-like shine, with the only aspects needing improvement are the MyTeam mode, which already looks lacking as a story of progression when compared to Braking Point, and the poor AI in team management. Despite this minor issue, there's no doubt in my mind that this is the best of the franchise so far and a great launching point to the next generation.
  3. CD-Action
    Oct 12, 2021
    90
    At first glance, this year’s installment of the Codemasters’ Formula 1 franchise might seem very similar to the game we played 12 months ago. However, the improved driving model and the revamped, more engaging story mode make F1 2021 a significant step forward and the best game in the series. [10/2021, p.52]
  4. Jul 12, 2021
    85
    Whether you’re a fan of Formula 1, a die-hard sim enthusiast or even just a casual racing game fan then it’s hard to go past F1 2021. There’s something for everyone in this years offering, and I can’t wait to get stuck in to the new tracks later this year.
  5. Jul 12, 2021
    85
    F1 2021 is an extremely complete experience that the racing fans should definitely check out. Veterans will feel right at home, while newcomers shouldn't be too afraid of the mechanics thanks to all the accessibility options.
  6. Aug 16, 2021
    80
    Once again, F1 manages to be just a bit better in all the key areas. And, for the first time, there’s a documentary movie-inspired career mode that takes you right into the Formula 1 backstage. Overall, I guarantee you’ll spend dozens of hours on those circuits.
  7. Sep 16, 2021
    70
    F1 2021 is not the great evolution or the step forward that we expected. The reasons are in plain sight and neither the context nor what happens depends on Codemasters.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 47
  2. Negative: 37 out of 47
  1. gyk
    Jul 18, 2021
    10
    Quite good! The plot is interesting, the graphics do not stand still. But it would be necessary to refine the visual wear of the tires. ThisQuite good! The plot is interesting, the graphics do not stand still. But it would be necessary to refine the visual wear of the tires. This is very striking. They are always in front of your eyes and see their wear and tear normal wear and tear similar to what in real life is what people need. And now the wear is almost not visible, there is almost no visual difference between a new tire and a completely worn one. And I would like to return the rubber worms (pieces of rubber) in the corners as it was in f1 2016. Why they were removed then is unclear. They had a very good influence on realism. All this needs to be corrected once you raise the price of the game. It must match the price. And so it's not bad. Expand
  2. Feb 28, 2022
    9
    excelente juego algunos bugs estresantes pero se solucionan reiniciando el juego lo mejor es la nueva incorporación del modo historia yexcelente juego algunos bugs estresantes pero se solucionan reiniciando el juego lo mejor es la nueva incorporación del modo historia y el modo carrera igual pero muy divertido con mas de 40 % de ia Expand
  3. Jul 17, 2021
    4
    - They picked a pure white background for the UI and every time it pops out it blinds and you and hurt your eyes.
    - Every time a UI sound
    - They picked a pure white background for the UI and every time it pops out it blinds and you and hurt your eyes.
    - Every time a UI sound fires, all the other sounds skip for a fraction of a second, hopefully it's a bug and they will fix it.
    - They removed the very clear and practical development tree and add a new interface which is hard to read (vertical texts!?), navigate and understand. If it ain't broke don't fix it..
    - Every time you are in the garage and pass across the camera section you have this annoying and very noisy clip with the F1 logo which pisses you off.
    - They reduced the fast forward speed and it takes ages to skip to the end of a session and if you use the shortcut it will not bring you back to the computer room.
    - Drivers ratings are all over the place. Coulthard has a higher rating than Rosberg who is a World Champion and won against Hamilton!?
    - The new tracks are missing..
    - The old tracks haven't been updated..
    - They copy-pasted everything else..literally copy-pasted..it's unbelievable..

    What exactly did they do in one year beside ruining the UI? Unless you want an updated roster, buy the old game, this one suck and it will only gets worse because of EA..

    Finally EA increased the prices of the game in poor countries by a huge amount, so many gamers can no longer afford the game, but EA doesn't care cause is gonna milk people from rich countries anyway.
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  4. Mar 21, 2022
    0
    First of all, price of this game is 60€ (when not in sale). So this Formulapunk 2077 is the worst way of spending money on something. I boughtFirst of all, price of this game is 60€ (when not in sale). So this Formulapunk 2077 is the worst way of spending money on something. I bought this game because i wanted to compete in online races, guess what.. MP doesnt work at all (maybe 1 race and 30 tries). So i bought product for 60€ and what i get? 75 hours of gamplay (40 hours trying to connect or solve problems on forums and YT). This is warning for all. f1, ea, codemasters all this big names used for beautiful unfinished product and scam.

    Omg and egodumper crash.........
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  5. Apr 2, 2022
    0
    If I have "only" 5000 characters max, unfortunately Codemaster will get away EASY with this abomination which should represent F1. Only theIf I have "only" 5000 characters max, unfortunately Codemaster will get away EASY with this abomination which should represent F1. Only the problem with CM for years is still that they add nonsense to this thing like a story mode, while their online design is just horrendous. In this time 2022 it's unheard of that desync happens, lobby design is a nightmare, they add filters but they don't even work for assists, this online part is even so bad that complete leagues HAD TO BE CANCELLED! When the community found out that Esports drivers even got their own "version" of the game with a different handing model the community was disgusted to say the least. And here comes the MOST IMPORTANT issue at hand. The behaviour of CM towards their community, the biggest fans of the sport, is just disgusting, disgraceful, and an absolute joke. Serious issues like XBOX series X SHUTTING DOWN thanks to their crap design is still present almost a year after release. Patches come almost not, and if they come they "fix" things which aren't important! This shows the incompetence of CM of not beeing able to fix REAL issues, and try to fool us by patching other things, which in turn BREAK other aspects like Force Feedback, or Ai suddenly not moving when on slow lap, weird behaviour over curbstones. The person who "designed" the online lobbies isn't much better. There are 2! ONLY 2! important assists which are important to diffentiate a lobby, and that is Traction Control and ABS, the rest people without assists don't care about. But somehow in lobbies it shows: ASSIST RESTRICTION: HIGH, and when you enter the lobby it says full TC and ABS and the rest off like PIT ASSIST and DRS ASSISTS! I mean, those shouldn't even count towards making the difference. Assist restrictions should only change when the 2 MAIN assists change. And when it says HIGH, it should mean that ABS and TC are OFF. but the locig within CM has amazed me year after year. It's getting worse with the year, and this year they advertised the NEXT GEN version, well, on PS5 it doesn't feel next gen in what way soever. Loading takes ages, still screen tearing like all years, and I can keep going. They still use their EGO engine, i guess they call it that because of their own EGO, becuase they DON'T LISTEN to their community, they IGNORE the community, transparancy is nowhere to be found, even problems from the BETA are still present while even adddressed by the community, but that's too hard too code out I think. There are a lot of people at CM who don't take responsability for their failures, tell the prettiest lies about versions beeing 2 years in development while it's just a polished up 2 year previous version with even the same bugs as that 2 year old version. CM fails year after year, releases broken games, it's a disgrace to the have the official F1 license, because it doesn;t represent the greatest sport on earth in any way. EVEN THE TRACKS ARE OLD, TERRIBLE DESIGNED, OLD LAYOUTS, AND THEY REFUSE TO LASER SCAN! How on earth can this have an OFFICIAL license when EVERYTHING IS OUT OF DATE!? Their EGO engine is so old, it can't possibly handle the NEXT GEN consolse, and that shows by the crap design of their NEXT GEN version. CM must be stopped by being able to release these failures year after year and scamming people in paying full price for a broken piece of **** which they are unable to fix. F1 has to cancel the license immediately, and get a studio which is capable of designing something that IS ACTUALLY DECENT, stable, has good online lobby design, stable connections, and so on and so on.

    This is and has been a disgrace to the F1 sport and title for many years now AND IT HAS TO STOP! And for anyone who doesn't believe these FACTS, just go to their forums https://forums.codemasters.com/forum/140-report-an-issue/

    They let you fill out meters long forms, spend tons of time in reporting an issue which won't even be adressed or fixed because they don;t know HOW. Completely oblivious people over there.

    And I hope with all my heart and love for this sport, that F1 finally sees what a joke CM is and how they damage the sport with these things and their behaviour towards the community, THE FANS OF F1, and immediately take away the license.

    Codemasters has had more than enough tries and possibilities to make something good, but it has gone for bad to worse. And I fear for the 2022 edition with the new rules and their outdated EGO and EGO engine.

    F1 unworthy!
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  6. Jul 18, 2021
    0
    What a disappointment. TLDR buy F1 2020 instead.

    Cars are the copy paste last year with new livery and a little turbo sound added onto the
    What a disappointment. TLDR buy F1 2020 instead.

    Cars are the copy paste last year with new livery and a little turbo sound added onto the 2020 engine sound. Tracks from 2020 that got updates IRL in 2021 like Barcelona and Albert Park are copy pasted from 2020. Tracks on the 2021 calendar that have already been raced like Imola!!! and Portimao are not included. CM says they will be released in a free update at some undetermined time in the future. Especially considering there are also no historic cars and no short tracks like F1 2020. That's mighty weak for a supposed AAA game with a matching price tag.

    Guess all the development time and money was spent on this single player story mode, let's look at that...

    Braking point is a single player section of the game putting you in a mid field F2 battle. Interesting concept but the reality of it is a series of scripted races, where regardless of your performance, at best you can only come in 4th. Lots of forced/scripted drama. Perhaps this appeals to some, not myself.

    However the most egregious mistake made with Braking Point is injecting cancel culture. Player can be faced with a crew member making "a bad joke" that is "misinterpreted" on social media. In response the player can only fire the employee or apologize.
    There is no place for simulating garbage like cancel culture in a game. Worse yet the only options are bow to the mob or bow to the mob.
    This was my breaking point, I've already gotten a refund, thanks steam!

    On top of all this there is
    -Multiple EULAs that are very aggressive about data with no opt out option.
    -Input lag, stutters and generally bad frames compared to same settings on F1 2020

    First game with that new publisher behind the wheel, guess I shouldn't be surprised.
    I bet they try to Add/fix all the stuff left out of/broke in F1 2021 to hype/sell F1 2022 like they do with every other sports titles they milk annually.
    I would Skip this one and any future title that new publisher is involved with.
    If you want a good F1 game with tons of tracks (+ Only year with Vietnam Track) historic cars no cancel culture and no e a, get F1 2020!
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  7. Jul 19, 2021
    0
    Why are we beta testing this cash grab on launch? Btw the game is like 4/10, but i'll give it 0 to counter those i**ots who blindly gave this 10/10

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