F1 RACE STARS™ is a brand new world of FORMULA ONE™ fun as you’ve never seen it before!
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Mostly Positive (445 reviews) - 78% of the 445 user reviews for this game are positive.
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.
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Mostly Positive (445 reviews)
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Dracco
37.7 hrs
Posted: August 22
If you are into games similar to Mario Kart, this game may be for you.
But you can't drift like in Mario Kart, Instead in the corners, where you have to slow down significantly, it have a thing called "Kers Boost", and as the name tells you, gives you a boost, just charge it up by holding the W button (drop the W key and hold it again to get a bigger boost when you're out of the corner).

MULTIPLAYER: If you want to play Multiplayer, just look at the community hub, you will see that there is a thread about F1 Race stars, and there you will see a link to a group with members that is playing F1 Race stars with each other, so if you want to play online, just request to join the group, and when you want to play, you can just ask someone in the group. (If you are 3 racing, the rest of the spots get filled with AI racers).
You won't get anyone to play with if you just create a multiplayer game on your own.

PROS:

+ 14 different power ups, also some unique ones:

Safety Car - Slows down the 1st Racer.

Wet Weather - Making it rain and making the ground slippery for everyone except for the one that used the power up, which get special wheels for the rain.

Static - Everyone loses their current power up.

Rain Cloud - Slows down the racer in 1st place.

+ 8 Different game modes

+ If you get hit by a power up, your car get damaged and makes you go slower, if you get hit again, even more damaged, to repair your car you need to drive through a pit stop.

Bad:
- The teleport power up can be annoying, someone can teleport in front of you right before the finish line.

- The DLC tracks are expensive, it's better to wait until they're on sale.

If you are into Kart racing games I recommend this game.
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rorfy1
1.0 hrs
Posted: August 8
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UNDERTAKER
17.1 hrs
Posted: July 11
Product received for free
The game is great!!!! Especially, if you like to beat your friends!
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Apost Khan
6.0 hrs
Posted: July 11
This one is only a moderate recommendation from me. It has a really interesting art style, with some spectacular tracks, that feature some nice hidden passageways and branching routes. But the fun turns into boredom pretty quickly when you realize winning and losing is all luck and no skill because the power-ups are too frequent and too overpowered. (specifically the teleportation and soda-rocket power-ups.) It's still a ton of fun with friends, where winning and losing doesn't really matter, but the career mode gets pretty tedious and frustrating when you need to win to unlock the next cup and each race is essentially a flip of the coin where you can go from 1st to last in the final 100 feet of any given race due a string of indefensible attack power-ups. If you don't own Sonic All-Stars / Transformed, get that instead, it is the superior game, but if you've already beaten that game, you might as well give this a try if it's on discount.
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Jonce The Eagle
0.7 hrs
Posted: July 6
F1 Race Stars

The Options are Limited when it is Cartoony Over Top Races of F1 Drives or Sonic & All Stars. I did Enjoy the Game Its getting a Thumbs Up but really it Medicore at Best. The Items are Really wierd makes no sense because the Items are meant to be Over top. It Seems Like Codemasters had Trouble Trying to Mario Kart (Nintendo Plugin) or Sonic & Sega but yes i do enjoy the game im a guy who loves cart races abd This Just Passes The Finish Line.

6/10
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JustKenn
1.8 hrs
Posted: July 3
I say this game is pretty decent, but one question: Is it me or the mobile version gets more than this version?

I feel like this game needs more maps. Compared to the mobile version, it seems they get like, as said in the app's description, 40 tracks? What's this game, like 12? Sharp turns in this game is difficult, usually making the bots overtake me. But for the mobile version, it seems you can "drift"? And the updates for this game! When was this game last updated because in the mobile version it got updated in 2015! Basically, what I'm saying is that the PC version has way less than the mobile vesion and here's a list of things from the mobile version that should be in the PC version:

-More tracks (I don't want to just play the same tracks over and over again.)
-More "characters" (I don't really care about this much, but who knows? Maybe I like characters that just wear only mask?)
-Gamemode (Maybe? It was just something from the mobile version.)
-Better multiplayer (???)
-More powerups (I just wanted more lower chance to get good powerups because the amount of red balls thrown at me.)

And just because this cost money, don't give:
-Energy (Just absolutely no.)
-Microtransactions (Sure I want more tracks but please make some of the tracks free.)
-Levels (I think the 1000CC and such are fine. What would levels bring? Unfair advantages?)
-Power gates (It cost in-game money and it seems like a pay in-game money to win.)
-In-game currency (As stated above, pay to win. Maybe. It depends how the IGC will work. If you can earn it easily. It doesn't cost money. If you can use it just for cosmetics. Who knows?

And that's it. I know this really isn't a review but hey. I think this game is pretty decent.

Please note that this is just my opinion.
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- ̗̀ Mr. Robot ̖́-
4.4 hrs
Posted: June 30
Online multiplayer is dead :/
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swoonyer
3.7 hrs
Posted: June 28
I think the whole grab a key to open a shourt cut thing is very gamebreaking making it almost impossible to catch back up with who grabbed the key and took the short cut. Otherwise, pretty good arcade style racing game.
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TheBratz
1.4 hrs
Posted: June 27
great game
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'_flames_'🔥
6.1 hrs
Posted: June 27
Just very nice!
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
37.7 hrs on record
Posted: August 22
If you are into games similar to Mario Kart, this game may be for you.
But you can't drift like in Mario Kart, Instead in the corners, where you have to slow down significantly, it have a thing called "Kers Boost", and as the name tells you, gives you a boost, just charge it up by holding the W button (drop the W key and hold it again to get a bigger boost when you're out of the corner).

MULTIPLAYER: If you want to play Multiplayer, just look at the community hub, you will see that there is a thread about F1 Race stars, and there you will see a link to a group with members that is playing F1 Race stars with each other, so if you want to play online, just request to join the group, and when you want to play, you can just ask someone in the group. (If you are 3 racing, the rest of the spots get filled with AI racers).
You won't get anyone to play with if you just create a multiplayer game on your own.

PROS:

+ 14 different power ups, also some unique ones:

Safety Car - Slows down the 1st Racer.

Wet Weather - Making it rain and making the ground slippery for everyone except for the one that used the power up, which get special wheels for the rain.

Static - Everyone loses their current power up.

Rain Cloud - Slows down the racer in 1st place.

+ 8 Different game modes

+ If you get hit by a power up, your car get damaged and makes you go slower, if you get hit again, even more damaged, to repair your car you need to drive through a pit stop.

Bad:
- The teleport power up can be annoying, someone can teleport in front of you right before the finish line.

- The DLC tracks are expensive, it's better to wait until they're on sale.

If you are into Kart racing games I recommend this game.
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40 of 50 people (80%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
121.8 hrs on record
Posted: September 22, 2014
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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41 of 57 people (72%) found this review helpful
Recommended
7.7 hrs on record
Posted: June 29, 2014
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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24 of 28 people (86%) found this review helpful
Recommended
15.4 hrs on record
Posted: July 23, 2014
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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32 of 43 people (74%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
5.6 hrs on record
Posted: April 4, 2015
What make classic Mario Kart great? Seeing your skill and knowledge of tracks increase and slowly you start to win cups that seemed impossible. When is it at it worst? when too much luck is involved. Blue shell anyone?

This game is all-in on the luck part. Tracks dont require much knowledge outside some basic shortcuts + key/gate locations and certain rare spots where you actually need to use brakes.

What decides the positions is actualy what you get for powerups. Torpedo or Teleport once or twice in a game and you are golden. You better also know how to defensively use power ups also right at the first 1000cc cup so dont expect 1000cc to be the 'training wheels' cup. it is just the least broken one.

Career mode is a mess. You will be pressing restart quite many times during multi-track racing cups. Luckily the final order of drivers seem to be much more random than on Mario Kart where your main rival is faster than anyone else.

Multiplayer is dead. DLC structure is a mess. Tracks as DLC i can understand but the rest is some of the most useless crap i have seen in a DLC. And the prices. oh my.

Time trial works. Thank goodness.

F1 license in the game - has any reviews even mentioned it? must have been a good investment. ^_^ No difference to anyone.

Does it work as a couch game? Yes. If played casually it is wonderfully goofy. The shortcoming start as soon as you try to seriously play the game. I rather study Sonic All-Stars Racing Transformed more complex mechanics or just go back to Mario Kart rather than try to seriously play this game. I will be putting some more hours into this but it's clear already i can just forget about a proper career game and just play this casually. That way it's obviously been designed too.

4.5/10
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41 of 63 people (65%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
7.9 hrs on record
Posted: June 29, 2014
+ interesting game/race modes
+ great looking tracks
+ good steering aside from
- bad cornering mechanics
- no slide mechanics which takes a lot of the fun and speed out of the game
- not enough tracks to make them entertaining (only 15 + mirrored version)
- demotivating and unfair power up system
- long loading times (on SSD, probably due to some online features)
- unskippable multiplayer setup cutscenes
- no custom set up (no damage, no powerups etc.) available in multiplayer (only single track possible and that's frustrating due to loading times)
- races can only be unlocked in carreer (single player) but are required to be unlocked if to be hosted in a multiplayer session
- useless DLC (aside from the four tracks)

To make it short, the races don't feel like a fun kart racer. Due to very frustrating power up and repair mechanics it is often luck and not skill. Boosting is only possible with power ups, boost jumps or specific boost sections in corners (not every corner though). You'll find yourself being frustrated instead of having fun a lot of times.
It's a last resort buy for me - I recommend getting "Sonic All Stars Racing Transformed" instead. Alternatively you could just wait for a better game to be released on the PC - or just play the original: Mario Kart is still the way to go in this genre.
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19 of 27 people (70%) found this review helpful
Recommended
39.9 hrs on record
Posted: June 6, 2014
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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15 of 21 people (71%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
3.3 hrs on record
Posted: March 13, 2015
Rubberbanding at its best with frequent disconnects and crashes to desktop while playing with your friends. Thank God I only paid £3.99 for it as part of a bundle...
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15 of 21 people (71%) found this review helpful
Recommended
1.2 hrs on record
Posted: May 4, 2014
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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11 of 14 people (79%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
33.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 27, 2015
F1 Race Stars is one of my favorite racing games ever and it is in my opinion the 2nd best kart racing game ever made behind Mario Kart and I've played most games in the genre if not all of them. I own F1 Race Stars for Xbox 360 with all the DLC and love it so much and missed playing it I decided to buy it on Steam. The game its self is worth the full price but it goes on sale often enough that you can buy it cheap. It's a very overlooked game that is very polished with great gameplay. Please try this game if you like fun kart racing games or are a F1 fan, trust me you will enjoy it.
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