F1 RACE STARS™ is a brand new world of FORMULA ONE™ fun as you’ve never seen it before!
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Mixed (15 reviews) - 53% of the 15 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
Mostly Positive (420 reviews) - 78% of the 420 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

    • 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).
    • 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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Mixed (15 reviews)
Mostly Positive (420 reviews)
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( 0.2 hrs on record )
Posted: June 22
A fun take on the old Mario Karts. Much better with friends than against AI.
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( 0.5 hrs on record )
Posted: June 19
Sonic All star racing is better
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( 20.0 hrs on record )
Posted: June 12
Product received for free
Woah! This is a good one. Only if you choose career mode.
Seriously, in career mode you can unlock more game modes, not just plain driving, but slalom, exhibition, fuel and trophy mode. It gives game a second breath, makes it alive. With splitscreen - what more would you want?

The only negative is that settings are hardcoded, cannot be tweaked.
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( 14.4 hrs on record )
Posted: May 24
Amazing local co-op game.
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( 9.9 hrs on record )
Posted: May 24
Alright, so I'm pretty torn on this. I'd been waiting a long while, debating a long while on whether I wanted to get my hands on it, because it looked quite fun and silly and right up my alley, and it's from Codemasters, but the reviewers I normally trust noted frustrating difficulty with it. Having finally picked it up for a little under $4 USD, I think I can sum up all the problems with this game in one word: "Arbitrary."

There's an arbitrary elimination mode that's horribly unbalanced and basically just means the person in first at the beginning wins. There's an arbitrary shortcut system that requires you to find a key on the track and drive through a specific gate to basically win right off the bat. There's an arbitrary random interval of time between the "3, 2, 1" and the "Go" to make boosting at the start that much harder (though honestly I found that kinda funny). There's an arbitrary damage system that slows your car down after each item that hits you, which serves only to force you to pit and to let those in the lead keep their lead. The whole freaking point of item racing is to keep it competitive, make it so that it's a constant fight for position based on skill. The gameplay mechanics routinely defeat their own purpose here. Hell, there's an item that instantly teleports the user to lead position. How ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ lazy is that, destroying the entire purpose? In a great deal of the career mode's races, I didn't feel any satisfaction whether I won or lost, feeling instead like I just ended up wherever the game decided.

Now, if you've read all of that and still want to give this game a try due to curiosity, sale price, a love of F1, or being charmed by the trailers, then I can recommend this to you. If you want a better racing game, you're spoiled for choice here, but Sonic and All-Stars Racing Transformed is name-dropped so often for a reason. If you just want to check this in particular out on sale, then go ahead; you'll definitely get your $4 worth.

The course design is a major, major plus here. I'm not too familiar with F1, but I know a lot of the real tracks from other racing series, and especially racing games (and especially games by Codemasters, at that!). The KERS system encourages taking your time in sharp corners, meaning that places like Monaco and the mountain roads of Japan (because come on, it's a Japan course in a racing game) get to be twisty and winding without ruining momentum. Each course is a loving, cartoonish, theme park version of its setting, be it the country entirely or just the city, and national stereotypes are played for humor, creativity, and really exciting scenes. Racing on bullet trains in Japan, leaping through the castles of Germany, and battling in the factories of the UK are grand fun. As an American, I personally found the USA course to be absolutely adorable, and love the effort they put into these. The original courses are part of the design, of course, and it's quite impressive to see familiar sweeping curves recreated in the country's landscape. I will also have to give some points for sheer awesome value of Abu Dhabi starting with a back-to-back combo of Yas Marina and Ferrari World.

The character design is your usual exaggerated cartoony look, but the animation sells it. Seeing your driver put on their helmet a random way every single time you start the race livens up the usual countdown, much like the Battlefield games having those one-in-ten-thousand reload animations. I don't know the drivers all too well, but was able to find pretty much all of the ones I've heard of. The voice acting is serviceable, and playing mostly as Kimi Räikkönen, it took a while before I realized that every driver speaks their own home language with a peppering of English. It does add a good deal to the experience to hear an international field, even if a bit exaggerated in performance.

There is a massive amount of bloat in this game, from extraneous unfun game modes to a wealth of gameplay mechanics that are never, ever explained. The key and shortcut system is never once mentioned. Boosting at the start by pressing the pedal right at "Go" is never mentioned. Boosting after a jump by hitting the gas the second you land is never mentioned. And so on, and so forth. You're gonna probably need a guide for this one.

The sense of speed honestly isn't too impressive outside of boosts. It doesn't really feel particularly like F1. It's the courses and the KERS system that really hammer home what it's based off of. All in all, it's absolutely goofy in a great way, but I mostly only recommend it to those out there that, say, would go into a game store and pick out a racing game from the bargain bin just to see what the experience is like, not for completionist's sake or out of serious hope it'll be a major timesink and investment. For the most part, I really was tempted to hit that "Not Recommended" button. But I haven't stopped playing, so I think that answers that.
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( 0.2 hrs on record )
Posted: May 19
This game just isn't fun and that's really such a shame, because it's like it's almost there, and then it just fell short for no reason.

There's just no give in the cars, no drifting, and when you realise it's not possible it's just not fun. Corners are bland and witohut the Mario Kart style handling but with the MK styled tracks it just feels like a weird mashup that makes no sense. It's like they wanted to make a fun party racer, but decided the F1 cars should handle like F1 cars.

The majority of the power ups are so uninspired, most of them being carbon copies of MK powerups which is mostly the norm since, it's not too otherworldly, but everything is just, bubble. Red bubble, blue bubble, purple bubble. The only other power-up is a safety car which slows down the lead racer, but just slows them down.

I would appriciate this game more if the safety car was introduced as rubber banding, making sure that the lead racer can still stay first, but can't get to a point where they're unreachable especially playing a solid defense. Also if you could just drift, I swear if you could just drift this game would be fun.

Just don't buy this, Sonic and Sega Allstars is a much better game.
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f r a n k
( 5.0 hrs on record )
Posted: May 6
F1 Race Stars is, essentially, an F1 version of Mario Kart. The worlds are just as cutesy, the hazards just as interesting. I think about the only difference is that your cars can take actual damage and require "pit stops". You can play it online with friends or in a career mode. I purchased it on sale for $3, and have yet to regret my decision.

8/10. Purchase if on sale, I'm not sure I would recommend it so strongly at the full price.
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( 1.7 hrs on record )
Posted: May 4
Multiplayer doesnt even work! Server claims its been in maintainance but its already been 2 months. Unbelievable. Luckily i bought this while it was on sale at 3 bucks.
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Mayora 13
( 0.4 hrs on record )
Posted: May 4
Multiplayer doesnt work at all. F F1 race stars
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( 2.2 hrs on record )
Posted: April 27

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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: June 22
A fun take on the old Mario Karts. Much better with friends than against AI.
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38 of 48 people (79%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
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:

For this you should link your Steam and Race Net accounts:

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

1) Watch videos of shortcuts (include locked ones):

2) Learn how to do start and jump boosts:

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
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
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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30 of 41 people (73%) 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.

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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 26 people (73%) found this review helpful
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
1.2 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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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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11 of 14 people (79%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
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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