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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: 15 out of 15
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 15
  3. Negative: 0 out of 15
  1. Jul 12, 2021
    100
    F1 2021 is probably the most in-depth, customisable and amendable F1 racer to date, so much so that there’s little that any fan of the sport could ever really want more of. Yes, it would have been nice to see Codemasters go deeper with their Braking Point story, yet it's extremely tricky to find anything too critical of what they've produced with F1 2021. After honing their skills with some glorious F1 racing experiences over the years, once again the latest edition manages to be the finest yet and should be the go-to racer for any fanatics of the sport.
  2. Jul 13, 2021
    93
    Despite Breaking Point not hitting the mark with me, F1 2021 is an exceptional game for their first entry onto the Series X consoles and will keep F1 fans happy for another year.
  3. Jul 25, 2021
    93
    F1 2021 is one of the best editions of the saga. It’s a solid game, with impressive graphics at 4K/60 fps and outstanding sound effects that try to transport us to a TV race. All of that is joined with a robust gameplay that adapts to every kind of player and a huge variety of game modes for single player and multiplayer.
  4. Jul 12, 2021
    90
    Much of F1 2021 builds on the high-class foundation from previous games that make the series one of the best racing games out there, but new additions, especially Braking Point, are both great pieces of content on their own and optimistic foundational pieces for the future.
  5. Jul 12, 2021
    90
    While it's a shame that classic cars have been nixed this year, F1 2021 is nonetheless an exhilarating racing game brimming with compelling modes and customisation features, as well as the new Braking Point story mode, for countless hours of wheel-to-wheel action. Another sterling effort from Codemasters, racing games don't really come much better than this.
  6. Jul 12, 2021
    90
    F1 2021 delivers the high-octane racing everyone is used to but mixes in greater multiplayer options through two-player career and the new social online lobbies and the addition of a compelling and well-structured story mode.
  7. Jul 12, 2021
    80
    F1 2021 is the best-looking and most customisable instalment of the long-running Codemasters series to date, and the ability to tinker under the hood of the core career experience and play co-op with a friend is very welcome. With the addition of Braking Point it’s also arguably the boldest F1 game so far. The characterisation is a little underdone and the E for Everyone approach means it’s quite an airbrushed take on the F1 world compared to Netflix’s tense and profanity-laden Drive to Survive, but injecting a story mode into the F1 series was a risk well worth taking and I’m certainly looking forward to more of it.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 16
  2. Negative: 9 out of 16
  1. Nov 12, 2021
    9
    As a simrig player this game is absolutely great. Really giving and a lot of space to get better. Great game.
  2. Jul 17, 2021
    9
    It's a great game. Fun but competitive gameplay
    It has graphics that are not very surprising, but still very beautiful.
    I really liked this
    It's a great game. Fun but competitive gameplay
    It has graphics that are not very surprising, but still very beautiful.
    I really liked this game
    I recommend it to anyone who likes racing simulators :)
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  3. Nov 19, 2021
    8
    Very good entry in the Formula 1 game series. Was very sceptical about EA's takeover of Codemasters, but have been very impressed with thisVery good entry in the Formula 1 game series. Was very sceptical about EA's takeover of Codemasters, but have been very impressed with this years game. Good. Expand
  4. Apr 9, 2022
    4
    The worst online gaming experience I’ve had since my time of online gaming. Since it’s release, it has been nothing but bugs, and patchesThe worst online gaming experience I’ve had since my time of online gaming. Since it’s release, it has been nothing but bugs, and patches that don’t really fix the major problems. If you are looking to play strictly offline career, the game is fine but if you are like myself and many others around the world who run and compete in online leagues and lobbies… this game is an absolute disaster. I’ve played many sport games in my lifetime and this has been the most frustrating online sport/racing experience of my life. not to mention the fact that after almost a year of playing the game weekly, a patch came out about a month ago and conpletepy erased all in game progress and setups i worked hard on and was forced to start from scratch. Terrible. Expand
  5. Nov 20, 2021
    3
    While the game may look fantastic, it plays awfully. Paid full price to basically beta test a game riddled with bugs. AI behaviour isWhile the game may look fantastic, it plays awfully. Paid full price to basically beta test a game riddled with bugs. AI behaviour is laughable. Bugs reported by many users since launch ignored/still not fixed (4 months later!), dev too concerned with releasing shiny new circuits than fixing the detrimental gameplay issues. I wish I'd never bought it. It's so bad my group and I have gone back to the 2020 version. Will not buy 2022. Expand
  6. Jul 17, 2021
    2
    The biggest dissapointment in the series of F1 Games. No classic cars, but they added useless singleplayer mode called "braking point". It'sThe biggest dissapointment in the series of F1 Games. No classic cars, but they added useless singleplayer mode called "braking point". It's ironic because it feels like the braking point of the series is on F1 2015 - the files of cars are stil called like 2015 ones. Track limits are the worst. You can abuse them as much as you want, but if you drive as F1 driver does you will get an invalidation. Multiplayer is still broken in many aspects. For me this is the worst F1 game ever, and I regret every penny that i spent on it. Many useless changes, not many useful ones. MFD looks like it's taken from 2010s. There are still some stupid cut offs of force feedback. This bug was in beta. I can't understand why are they charging so much for the game which is basically a reskin of F1 2020, which is a reskin of F1 2019, and so on... There is one good thing in this game - Driving feels much better, but that's the only advantage of the game that should be in development for another half a year. Expand
  7. 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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