F1 2013: Classic Cars, Graphical Tweaks and Why No Senna?
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Nostalgia's a tricksy one. It can convince you all sorts of terrible things were good. We hate to break it to you, but Pop Tarts tasted disgusting, England have almost always been dreadful at football and have you even watched Button Moon recently? One thing Formula One fans all agree on, though, is that the sport was better back in the 80s and 90s.
To be fair to F1 fans, they have a point. F1 cars from the 80s in particular are savage compared to the endlessly fettled high-speed supercomputers that circulate the track these days. You no longer have to worry about the dreaded 'turbo lag', which meant that partway through a corner you'd suddenly receive another few hundred horsepower, delivered abruptly via your backside.
According to Codemasters, fans have been requesting classic cars in the F1 series since the studio took up the license back in 2009. It's a minefield, though, with ancient, defunct teams and sponsors enormously difficult to pin down. As a result, the classic offering is a modest compared to the modern 2013 content.
Cars from three teams and four classic circuits are available, but if you want them all out of the box, you will have to buy the pricier Classic Edition. The standard edition comes with the 2013 season, the 1980s cars and two of the four circuits, Brands Hatch and Jerez.
Because the vehicles are plumbed from entire decades of Formula One, don't expect them all to handle in a uniformly old-fashioned way. You will have access to cars from Ferrari, Lotus and Williams, but a Williams from the early 80s will drive completely differently from the one that carried Nigel Mansell to his world championship in 1992.
Though the retro cars and circuits are the headline addition, the development team has been busy working on the core 2013 season as well. You'll notice a few graphical tweaks, such as 'god rays' and higher resolution textures, that make the game an altogether more pleasant visual experience. You now also have the option to save your game in the middle of a session, meaning you can tackle full length grands prix over a number of days.
Still, our time with F1 2013 left us with a few burning questions. The main ones were over the absence of arguably the most famous F1 driver of all time, Ayrton Senna, and the lack of a next-generation version for the Xbox One. Fortunately, creative director Stephen Hood was on hand to explain the decisions. They might not be the answers you want to hear, but they are at least answers.
For a quick burst of those F1 classic vehicles, also see the new F1 2013 Classic Edition trailer.