F1 RACE STARS™ is a brand new world of FORMULA ONE™ fun as you’ve never seen it before!
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
    30 of 38 people (79%) found this review helpful
    1 person found this review funny
    105.3 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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    38 of 52 people (73%) 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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    19 of 22 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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    32 of 49 people (65%) found this review helpful
    7.9 hrs on record
    Posted: June 29, 2014
    + interesting game/race modes
    + great looking tracks
    + good stearing 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 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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    16 of 20 people (80%) found this review helpful
    37.2 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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    13 of 17 people (76%) 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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    11 of 14 people (79%) found this review helpful
    1 person found this review funny
    18.3 hrs on record
    Posted: October 6, 2014
    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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    15 of 23 people (65%) found this review helpful
    15.8 hrs on record
    Posted: November 25, 2013
    Hi everyone...Its a very easy to play, and very fun. Recomended to those, who got a sense of humor :)!!
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    9 of 12 people (75%) found this review helpful
    8.9 hrs on record
    Posted: September 7, 2013
    This game was quite the surprise for me... I was expecting it to be so moronically cutesy that i would find it unbearable, and yet it's actually quite an enjoyable game. Despite clearly being aimed at younger players, the game is actually quite tough, with the AI drivers being quite ruthless in their use of power-ups and short cuts, often resulting in you leading the race into the final corner and yet finishing 9th or 10th out of 12 racers. This can be rather frustrating but if you can deal with that, it's a fun game. I should point out that i only got this game as a result of it being free when pre-ordering F1 2013... I'm not so sure i would rate it so highly if i had paid the rather high asking price for it. The DLC (and there is plenty of that) is also rather over-priced in my opinion...
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    6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
    4.8 hrs on record
    Posted: April 4
    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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    7 of 9 people (78%) found this review helpful
    4.6 hrs on record
    Posted: October 4, 2014
    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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    6 of 8 people (75%) found this review helpful
    99.9 hrs on record
    Posted: March 22
    Probably the single most under rated racing game on PC. Great for racing with your kid. If your kid loves F1 and Indycar racing like mine, it's even better. We enjoy this as much as mario Kart 8 and that is no lie. Really good value.
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    4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
    1 person found this review funny
    3.3 hrs on record
    Posted: March 13
    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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    5 of 7 people (71%) found this review helpful
    3.4 hrs on record
    Posted: November 15, 2012
    fun game, cartoony graphics, many cars and characters.
    many challenges like race or smash cars!
    just play for fun :P
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    5 of 7 people (71%) found this review helpful
    1 person found this review funny
    31.0 hrs on record
    Posted: September 5, 2014
    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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    5 of 7 people (71%) found this review helpful
    4.1 hrs on record
    Posted: December 19, 2014
    This game is great, I was looking for a fun Mario Kart clone and there was nothing, until i found this! It is colourful, stylishly presented with slick cartoon visuals and great audio and has a great attitude to the source material making the whole atmosphere fun and lively.

    Multiplayer online is a little sparse, apparently it was priced a bit too high on release, but its work every penny in a steam sale and has teriffic 2 player split screen!

    Gameplay is challenging but fun and the powerups are as frustrating to get caught with as they are when you use them to win races, there are 3 engine sizes allowing for greater speeds and the maps are teriffic caricatures of the host track/country.

    I love this game and i defy you not to.
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    5 of 7 people (71%) found this review helpful
    3.4 hrs on record
    Posted: January 8
    FYI! For some reason this game is much cheaper on Origin, and if you buy it through Origin it still gets added to your steam account.

    It's a very fun and light hearted game. If you are looking for a mario kart type game for PC, this is one of the better options. Unfortunately online multiplayer is desolate. I haven't seen a single player online since I got the game. However the 4 player split screen is very fun (you need xbox 360 controllers for that). One negative for me is that the graphics and control settings are pretty much non existan. It's pretty clear that they want you to be using an xbox 360 controller for this game.
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    5 of 7 people (71%) found this review helpful
    1.6 hrs on record
    Posted: March 14
    I normally dont write reviews but... for this game i just had to! Because everybody has to know thats its totally extremly and absolutly... ♥♥♥♥. Dont buy it. Dont let the shiny graphics, license and comparison with mario kart blind you into buying this! Why? Because the game mechanics is bad. The team did really a good job on polishing the game. But the mechanics... for example, if you get hit by an enemy extra, you get a double punishment. Not only for the extra that hit you, but also your car is broken now and you drive more slowly. You have to drive trough a pit stop (normally around 2-3 on the map) where you lose AGAIN time to repair your car. If you add the pit stop you get triple punishment... wtf...
    It also has no kind of fun mechanics like in sega sonic all star racing or mario kart where you can use your skill to get extra boosts. Instead you have Kers... and Jump Boots... where you just have the possibility on some occasions by simple button releasing and pressing to gain an extra boost. Yay again... Please DONT BUY Save your money! I am Sorry for the dev Team, You did a great job with the game overall, but your game lead designer should buy any nintendo mario kart game to see what good game design for fun racers is. Thx
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    6 of 9 people (67%) found this review helpful
    24.0 hrs on record
    Posted: October 6, 2014
    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
    0.3 hrs on record
    Posted: March 30
    You cannot customize the keyboard at all, and it only works with 360 controller.

    I can't imagine it would have been too much effot to be able to change the keyboard keys, or to have added support for other gamepads, but it is beyond the expertise of Codemasters it seems.

    Its a shame because it appears to be a reasonable game but these are serious hurdles to its value.

    Go play Sonic All Stars Transformed instead.
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