Formula One 2004
Genre Sport -> Racing
Today's Rank 18617
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UK
Date 2004-07-30
Formula One 04 brings the new Shanghai and Bahrain circuits to Sony's established series of F1 simulations. But this release is more than a mere update: it completes a remarkable about-turn in the franchise's fortunes. Compared with previous seasons' Formula One games, 04 is a terrifically comprehensive facsimile of motorsport's premier discipline. Those new tracks--along with the already-famous roster of F1 circuits (including Monaco, San Marino and Silverstone)--are rendered in remarkably accurate fashion. Every last real-world detail has been replicated, giving players the opportunity to race on circuits that are virtually indistinguishable from those televised every other weekend. Team colours, as well as commentary from James Allen and Martin Brundle, serve to complete the televisual feel. Before taking to the track, car setup can easily be tuned in the game's garage area. This provision is welcome and it's simple to navigate. Excessive mechanical jargon is dropped in favour of common terms, giving players of all levels the platform from which to launch a realistic bid for the drivers' Championship. With its perfect blend of accessibility and lifelike simulation, Formula One 04 takes pole. As Murray Walker would say, it's "Go! Go! Go!" --Jonti Davies
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