F1 RACE STARS™ is a brand new world of FORMULA ONE™ fun as you’ve never seen it before!
User reviews: Very Positive (192 reviews)
Release Date: Nov 13, 2012
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"It’s super-slick, charmingly funny and exciting to play. Its appeal is universal in the best sense of the word, never being too dumbed down for the hardcore or too complex for the casual."
8/10 – Gamesradar

“In a year of blockbuster releases, I cannot think of another title that brings as much fun as F1 Race Stars.”
4.5/5 – The Sun

“A wickedly enjoyable family racing game, with a great sense of humor and brilliant graphics.”
80/100 – GamesMaster

About This Game

F1 RACE STARS™ is a brand new world of FORMULA ONE™ fun as you’ve never seen it before! Officially licensed to feature all of your favorite FORMULA ONE stars and teams, get ready to sprint for the checkered flag on famous circuits transformed to feature jumps, loop-the-loops and shortcuts and use a cool range of awesome power-ups to overtake your rivals.Travel the world and enter a wide range of different Championships in career mode and set your fastest lap in Time Trials. Then it’s time to share the fun with friends and family - accessible controls make F1 RACE STARS perfect for split-screen racing with up to four players or dive into 12 player online races and take on the world. F1 RACE STARS - get fast to the fun!

Key Features

  • Officially licensed to feature all of your favorite FORMULA ONE cars and teams
  • Features accessible controls for wheel-to-wheel competition
  • Experience FORMULA ONE circuits like never before – speed through loop-the-loops, shortcuts, jumps and more!
  • Collect and use crazy power-ups to overtake your rivals
  • Share the fun with friends and family with four player split-screen, and play in split-screen against other players online
  • Travel the world and enter a range of Championships in career mode
  • Race online with up to twelve players
  • Connect F1 RACE STARS to Codemasters’ free online hub RaceNet to track your races, rewards and rivals and enter community events!
  • Set your fastest lap and climb leaderboards in Time Trials
  • System Requirements

      Minimum:

      • OS: Windows Vista or Windows 7
      • Processor:Intel Core 2 Duo 2.4GHz or AMD Athlon X2 5400+
      • Memory:2 GB RAM
      • Graphics:AMD HD2600 or NVIDIA Geforce 8600
      • Hard Drive:5 GB HD space space
      • DirectX®: 11
      • Sound: DirectX® compatible sound card
      • Other Requirements:Broadband Internet connection
      • Additional:Supported Graphics Cards: AMD Radeon HD2600 or higher, HD3650 or higher, HD4550 or higher, HD5000 Series, HD6000 Series, HD7000 Series. nVidia GeForce 8600 or higher, 9500 or higher, GTX220 or higher, GTX400 Series, GTX500 Series, GTX600 Series. Intel HD Graphics 3000 or higher, AMD Fusion A8 or higher.
      • Note: Not compatible with all integrated sound/graphics solutions (inc. Laptops).

      Recommended:

      • OS:Windows Vista or Windows 7 64 bit
      • Processor:Intel Core i7/AMD Bulldozer
      • Memory:4 GB RAM
      • Graphics:AMD HD6000 Series/Nvidia GTX500 Series
      • Hard Drive:5 GB HD space
      • DirectX®: 11
      • Sound: DirectX® compatible sound card
      • Other Requirements:Broadband Internet connection
      • Additional:AMD Radeon HD2600 or higher, HD3650 or higher, HD4550 or higher, HD5000 Series, HD6000 Series, HD7000 Series. nVidia GeForce 8600 or higher, 9500 or higher, GTX220 or higher, GTX400 Series, GTX500 Series, GTX600 Series. Intel HD Graphics 3000 or higher, AMD Fusion A8 or higher.
    Helpful customer reviews
    34 of 41 people (83%) found this review helpful
    3.3 hrs on record
    Posted: June 29
    Being a big fan of Sonic and All stars transformed racing decided to try out the Codemaster's version of kart racng. There are definitely big pros and cons to this game and I hope they decide to fix these areas in their future sequel if there ever will be one. Which I doubt since Grid series, their signature line up is doing extremly well. Which by the way am a BIG BIG fan of. Unlike other kart racing games there are almost little to no drifting! Which could be good and bad. Basically focrces you to pay more attention to lines you take in corner entry and exit. Some may find this annoying and others might appreciate the challenge.

    Let's talk about the PROS of this game first

    + Clean eye pleasing graphics
    + Car damage and pit system
    + Team play mode
    + Price if you can grab it at 75% (4.99)
    + Slip stream!!! (shake and bake)

    Ok the downside....

    - TOO MUCH DLC (seems to be becoming codemasters trend)
    - Online multiplayer is dead. You'll need to get your buddies to play
    - Weapons were not very creative

    Overall I am happy with my purchase and would recommend buying this game to any silly kart racing fans out there then immediately adding ME!!!
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    14 of 14 people (100%) found this review helpful
    15.4 hrs on record
    Posted: July 23
    F1 Race Stars is ALMOST a very good game. But ultimately it is frustrating and somewhat lacking in comparison to other top kart racing titles. It is fun to play as your favourite F1 drivers in cartoon form, with lots of nice power ups, and some truly original and very innovative racing modes which keeps interest levels high. The graphics are quite good, though of course they are meant to be very cartoon-like as opposed to photorealistic. Overall, there's a lot of good to be said about the game. It is certainly a challenge!

    But here's the rub: the game is challenging in the most frustrating of ways. Firstly, there is essentially no difficulty level. The 1,000 vs. 3,000 cc only changes the speed of the cars. Facing the AI is like a baptism of fire. It is relentless, and one can win only with a mix of skill and luck (luck being by far the most important factor). I don't like to win every race, but when I lose I want to be able to remedy that by improving my skills. Not so in F1 Race Stars. You can be racing at your very best and come dead last by virtue of a bit of bad luck; likewise you can race like a drunkard and come first with a contrary amount of good luck. This, unfortunately, is a very nearly game-breaking fault. As a result, what could have been a classic kart racing title will be one to forget in comparison to a Mario Kart or Crash Team Racing. But all in all, it isn't a bad game. Fun but frustrating. 7/10.
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    12 of 12 people (100%) found this review helpful
    80.7 hrs on record
    Posted: September 22
    Good racing arcade for F1 fans. But it’s only for players that are fond of arcade racing and F1. It of course doesn’t worth its normal cost. You should buy it ONLY on sale above 50%.
    DLC are unreasonably expansive! Especially China Track which is the worst DLC Track but the most expansive (LOL). But Europe, India and Canada are rather good. But anyway they are very expensive. Buy it ONLY on sale.

    Multiplayer isn’t the strong part of this game – many players has different problems with online mode, but it works:
    http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=316882599

    For this you should link your Steam and Race Net accounts:
    http://steamcommunity.com/app/203680/discussions/0/846959362244973673/
    http://steamcommunity.com/app/203680/discussions/0/864951475503458740/

    You should also learn some tips or it will be difficult to play it:

    1) Watch videos of shortcuts (include locked ones):
    http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=113147181
    http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=113338734

    2) Learn how to do start and jump boosts:
    http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=130374135

    Eventually it’s your choice but for me it’s awesome. I get a lot of fun playing it with my friends via split screen (up to 4 players) and via multiplayer.

    You may also right to me if you have some problems or you want to play online! Don’t hesitate ;)
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    4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
    9.5 hrs on record
    Posted: October 6
    i didn't expect this much funny and cute game from codemasters. they are making games as racing simulations. f1 race stars has all licenced drivers and ads. graphics are amazing. drivers talking is very funny and it depends on driver's country. if you like mario kart or like funny games you should try it out.
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    3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
    4.6 hrs on record
    Posted: October 4
    F1 Race Stars is a great arcade racer with off the wall collectable bonuses and power-ups or hazards. Great humour and flawless gameplay. In the tradition of Sonic All Stars racing or Mario Kart ... but be warned, this one is on steroids. Controls are smooth and intuitive with full support for an X-Box 360 wireless game pad controller. This game is really fun to play and comes highly recommended!

    9.5 / 10
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    3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
    28.1 hrs on record
    Posted: September 5
    A great fun-racer a little bit unbalanced with the special abilities, but very funny with friends on steam or in a group.
    i like it, buy the dlcs when its on a steam special sale...

    Join the F1 Race Stars Group http://steamcommunity.com/groups/F1_Race_Stars_Online_League
    Best Group ever for the Game!

    - Nice Members
    - Pro Drivers
    - Special Events
    - Reward Cups

    and many more....
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    2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
    22.5 hrs on record
    Posted: October 6
    F1 Race stars is really a kool and entertaining game for a person of any age to play! I would say the game play is easy to use and the game has plenty of levels to move along in the game!
    Enjoy
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    2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
    12.2 hrs on record
    Posted: July 28
    Great game, highly recommended!
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    2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
    3.1 hrs on record
    Posted: September 22
    This is a very fun game with a great F1 theme.
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    1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
    4.8 hrs on record
    Posted: June 30
    It's a really good game, but is expensive, buy the DLC's when they are on sale.
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    1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
    25.6 hrs on record
    Posted: August 26
    A cool racing game to play!

    10/10!

    I wish DLC was free!
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    1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
    2.2 hrs on record
    Posted: September 5
    kind of like mario kart just with formula 1 cars and drivers
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    1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
    8.3 hrs on record
    Posted: September 5
    The closest to Mario Kart for the PC you can find. Great for LAN parties.

    A couple issues:
    - Inability to edit controls. You get what you get. Using Xbox 360 controller works well, though.
    - When alt-tabbing back from the desktop, it will go from fullscreen to windowed and not return until you reconfigure your video to windowed and then back to full screen.
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    1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
    2.3 hrs on record
    Posted: September 8
    HOW TO GET THIS GAME ON CONTROLER
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    1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
    2.4 hrs on record
    Posted: September 9
    M8, dis game was so dank, it gave me the skillz to become an F1 dr1v3r. LOLOLOLOL 420 blaze it get rekt
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    1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
    0.4 hrs on record
    Posted: September 6
    Great game, it is very enjoyable. the tracks are fun and well designed. its kind of like Mario Kart but with F1,
    Make sure to bring some friends with you because unfortunately there is nobody playing online
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    1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
    5.9 hrs on record
    Posted: December 2
    Until I manage to get a controller for this game and see if it will work i cannot recommend the game i couldnt alter the keyboard controls so it was totally IMPOSSIBLE TO CONTROL, the graphics are excellent, I think the game play could be good if the keyboard control could be altered so at the moment I would not recommend it if you only use keyborad, so my rating for the game is - Graphics 8/10, Keyboard Control - 1/10

    Updated Review - Date - Thursday 11th December 2014

    I have now being able to play the game, with an X-Box 360 Controller, I thoroughly enjoyed the game, I found it very easy to control with the control pad.

    I would recommend the game to use with the Controller ONLY, as i feel that it is Impossible to play with keyboard, here are my updated ratings for the game - Graphics 8/10, Controller 8/10
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    6 of 12 people (50%) found this review helpful
    18.1 hrs on record
    Posted: August 2
    nice game
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    14 of 15 people (93%) found this review helpful
    32.1 hrs on record
    Posted: June 6
    As Mario Kart 8 is coming out, many console gamers are poking fun at the PC crowd for not having a Mario kart... but in fact we kinda do, it is this game.

    It definitely has a few issues, but overall it is very enjoyable. the tracks are fun and well designed, and the fact that there are no crazy drift mechanics can actually be considered a plus by players.

    Sadly, F1 race stars does have issue with its online multiplayer, but if you invite your friends over at home, it is a great PC alternative to the kart-racing italian plumber.
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    12 of 14 people (86%) found this review helpful
    1.2 hrs on record
    Posted: May 4
    If you can get this game on sale, like I did, then it is a pretty decent time killer for a few hours (I recommend it on sale, but not if its standard price). However, the novelty factor quickly runs boring and there are a few issues with the game: it looks and plays like they tried to rip off mario kart, the boosters are ridiculous and can get you from anywhere, if you are dominating then it seems to rain a hell of a lot to bring you back to the field.
    If you like this sort of game there are plenty of levels and steam acheivements to work through, and if you are a fan of F1 then its a bonus novelty to have real drivers and teams (I am not).
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