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When the news broke that Codemasters had secured the license to the 2010 Formula 1 series game, smiles broke out as well. The reason being the track record for racing games already under the belt of development team at Codemasters Birmingham armed with the EGO game engine.
This has already brought gamers such racing crackers as Colin McRae: DiRT 2 and Race Driver: GRID. Could the team turn work on high quality, bump'n'grind rally driving games into the kind of highly-detailed, precision F1 experience demanded by fans of the genre was the question.
Well, with F1 2010 gamers having to take on four FIA world champions: Jenson Button, Michael Schumacher, Fernando Alonso and Lewis Hamilton in a range of game modes, the challenge has certainly been laid down.
F1 2010 can be played in stand-alone single-player or online multiplayer modes, with both presenting dynamic weather conditions and, yes, actual car damage to make for a highly realistic experience.
Newcomers can experience quick-fire, one-off races before trying to compete at the top level in full Grand Prix weekends on tracks such as Spa, Monza, Silverstone and Monaco. Also, for the first time in an F1 video game, gamers can drive the Singapore night race and sparkling new Yas Marina circuit in Abu Dhabi.
200MPH and more, hardcore to new driver racing, in high definition, F1 2010 from Codemasters is all about the actual thrills, as well as the detail and under-the-hood finesse expected by F1 gamers.