F1 2002
Genre Sport -> Racing
Today's Rank 10094
USA
Date N/A
Publisher N/A
UK
Date 2002-07-19
Publisher Electronic Arts
EA Sports turn their attention to Formula 1 for the first time on the GameCube, and with F1 2002 they have once more produced an accessible, enjoyable and challenging game, which still needs a little work but nonetheless has much to offer. As ever with EA Sports, the game is thoroughly buffed up with official team names, tracks, drivers and such like, and is accompanied by the usual high standard of presentation. It's hard not to feel sucked in from the minute the game boots up, frankly. Helpfully, the learning curve is quite thoughtful, allowing you to opt for shorter, easier races before ultimately making your way through to a full Formula 1 season, where you'll need to brace yourself for the incredibly tough challenge of the computer-controlled opposition. Each race offers warm up, qualifying and pit decisions, and you can also choose between a simulation or a more arcade-esque game. Either way, once on the track F1 2002 feels right and while not too easy to get to grips with at first, it does leave you with the feeling that you're in the middle of a fully-fledged Grand Prix. To get the most out of F1 2002 requires patience and practice, though, and if you aren't willing to apply both, then a more arcade-y racing game such as Burnout should be nearer the top of your list. Likewise, if you bought last year's not dissimilar effort on the PS2, then you may be better seeking an alternative challenge. But if you get a kick out of racing games or are willing to put in the time, then F1 2002 is well worth considering. --Simon Brew
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