Make history in FORMULA ONE™! F1™ 2013 features all the cars, stars and circuits from the 2013 FIA FORMULA ONE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP™ plus, for the first time, classic content. F1 Classics is an expansive new game mode, introduced by legendary broadcaster Murray Walker, in which you’ll race legendary drivers in famous cars on iconic...
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Release Date: Oct 3, 2013

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“Feel like a real F1 driver. Editors' Choice Award”
4.5/5 – GamesRadar

“The franchise’s most complete iteration yet.”
8/10 – VideoGamer

“A mouth-watering selection of classic F1 cars, drivers and tracks.”
8/10 – CVG

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About This Game

Make history in FORMULA ONE™! F1™ 2013 features all the cars, stars and circuits from the 2013 FIA FORMULA ONE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP™ plus, for the first time, classic content. F1 Classics is an expansive new game mode, introduced by legendary broadcaster Murray Walker, in which you’ll race legendary drivers in famous cars on iconic circuits from the 1980s. This classic content can be played in a range of modes including split-screen and online multiplayer.

F1 2013 also features all of the new drivers, team moves, tyre changes and remodelled handling to recreate the thrill of racing 2013’s stunning roster of FORMULA ONE cars. New enhancements, improvements plus new, expanded and returning game modes combine to deliver the most complete simulation of a FORMULA ONE season in videogame history.

F1™ 2013: Classic Edition




F1 2013: CLASSIC EDITION is a premium package which features all the cars, stars and circuits from the 2013 FIA FORMULA ONE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP plus, for the first time in the series, classic content. F1 Classics is an expansive new game mode in which you’ll race legendary drivers in famous cars at iconic circuits from the 1980s. F1 2013: CLASSIC EDITION also features extra content from the 1990s and additional Classic Tracks which can be played in F1 Classics, split-screen and online multiplayer. F1 2013: CLASSIC EDITION also features all of the new drivers, team moves, tyre changes and remodelled handling to recreate the thrill of racing 2013’s stunning roster of FORMULA ONE cars. New enhancements, improvements plus new, expanded and returning game modes combine to deliver the most complete simulation of a FORMULA ONE season in videogame history.


1990s Content (F1 2013: CLASSIC EDITION only)

1992 Ferrari F92 A
Original Driver: Jean Alesi
Team Legend: Ivan Capelli

1992 Williams Fw14b
Original Driver: Nigel Mansell
Team Legend: David Coulthard

1996 Ferrari F310
Original Driver: Michael Schumacher
Team Legend: Gerhard Berger

1996 Williams Fw18
Original Driver: Damon Hill
Original Driver: Jacques Villeneuve

1999 Ferrari F399
Original Driver: Eddie Irvine
Team Legend: Jody Scheckter

1999 Williams Fw21
Original Driver: Ralf Schumacher
Team Legend: Alain Prost

Classic Tracks Pack (F1 2013: CLASSIC EDITION only)

Imola– Former Host Of the San Marino Grand Prix™
Estoril – former home of the Portuguese Grand Prix

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows Vista, Windows 7 or Windows 8
    • Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo @ 2.4Ghz or AMD Athlon X2 5400+
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: AMD HD2600 or NVIDIA Geforce 8600
    • DirectX: Version 11
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 15 GB available space
    • Sound Card: Direct X compatible soundcard
    • Additional Notes: 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.
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows Vista, Windows 7 64 bit or Windows 8
    • Processor: Intel Core i7/AMD Bulldozer
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: AMD HD6000 Series/Nvidia GTX500 Series minimum 1GB RAM
    • DirectX: Version 11
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 15 GB available space
    • Sound Card: Direct X compatible soundcard
    • Additional Notes: 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.
    Minimum:
    • OS: OS X Mavericks (10.9.2)
    • Processor: 2.4 GHz
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 512MB VRAM - AMD 4xxx series, Nvidia 6xx series, Intel HD4000 series or better
    • Storage: 15 GB available space
    • Additional Notes: The following graphics cards are not supported: ATI X1xxx series, ATI HD2xxx series, Intel GMA series, Intel HD3000, NVIDIA 7xxx series, NVIDIA 8xxx series, NVIDIA 9xxx series, NVIDIA 3xx series and NVIDIA 1xx series. The following cards require you to have 8GB of System RAM: Intel HD4000.
    Recommended:
    • OS: OS X Mavericks (10.9.2)
    • Processor: 3.0 GHz
    • Memory: 8 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 1GB VRAM - AMD 6xxx series, Nvidia 6xx series, Intel IrisPro or better
    • Storage: 15 GB available space
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Sebastian Vettel
( 7.6 hrs on record )
Posted: May 26
Sound is amazing.. Nothing better than the sound of a 1999 Ferrari racing round the streets of Monaco. The best F1 game by Codemasters by far.
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Ray_Gamerz
( 30.7 hrs on record )
Posted: May 24
Better than 2014, 2015.. bcoz of the AWESOME car sound and design !! BUT they use old team roster
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Matt Jones
( 7.5 hrs on record )
Posted: May 15
goof game
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The Absolute Crashman
( 56.4 hrs on record )
Posted: May 11
I can finally defeat Choco Senna, 9/10, would wear my tyres again.
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BrandeX
( 5.8 hrs on record )
Posted: May 5
Seems decent.
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Proff_Chaos
( 188.0 hrs on record )
Posted: May 4
Best F1 title from Codemasters despite it's age. Graphics are pleasing and gameplay still offers a fun challenge. The content is plentiful, along with a career and challenge modes to keep you busy for some time.
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sMiddy
( 9.4 hrs on record )
Posted: May 2
Best gane ive ever played
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Anthony
( 10.7 hrs on record )
Posted: May 1
Good graphics, good controls, nice classic content, fun to play, feels like F1 driver
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Virtus.Pro
( 27.7 hrs on record )
Posted: May 1
BEST GAME EVER MY PC IS SLOW AND I STILL ENJOY IT
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sasa!
( 5.9 hrs on record )
Posted: April 30
Better and softer than F1 2014 and F1 2015. If you are looking for the best F1 racing simulator this is your game.
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System F
( 5.1 hrs on record )
Posted: April 28
best sumulation F1
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Jonas
( 32.8 hrs on record )
Posted: April 27
definitely slowing down now
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madian
( 50.4 hrs on record )
Posted: April 27
Unbelievable waste of time and money.. code masters you suck.
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RealFalcon
( 164.2 hrs on record )
Posted: April 27
I totally recommend this game which I am playing with my macbook pro. FPS is average (20-30) but it's OK. As an automotive engineer, I am really a fun of this game! Modification of aerodynamics, suspension, balance, engine, gearbox and alignment is perfect. It's still playable with keyboard with correct settings. Brake distrubution is a little bit apart from reality as the minimum braking distance is possible with only front biased braking instead of equal distrubution. Career mode is really challenging and perfect. I sometimes play online via custom game section and it works! I played it 60 hours in first 2 weeks :)

Just play and have fun!
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Dat Real Octa
( 13.1 hrs on record )
Posted: April 25
Disclaimer: French guy here so sorry if my english is sometimes sluggish! :P

Don't get fooled by my play time, I played 500+ hours on F1 2012 on the Xbox 360 and I can safely say that after trying the 2014 and 2015 games, this one is the absolute best.

The Pros:

- The driving feeling is pretty close to the 2012, which I loved.
- The classic cars, man!
- The classic tracks, man!
- The career mode is well done;
- The sound is way more enveloping. When you drive in cockpit mode and you enter the tunnel in Monaco, that sound you get is insane! Specially on the '86 Lotus
- And the graphics are still very decent.

The Cons

- The unforgiving penalty system. As soon as you do something wrong, even when you're not that much at fault (i.e. someone bumps you and you bump someone), you get a penalty which is annoying.
- AND, following the penalty, the instant replay is wayyyy too short. From my experience (approximately 5 penalties, thanks Monaco), if you get a penalty you're basically stuck with it as the instant replay doesn't allow you to back up enough to avoid the collision to avoid the penalty. That's the main con for me.

In short, awesome game to own, lots of hours of fun are ahead of you if you buy it!
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royze
( 67.2 hrs on record )
Posted: April 16
crash.......
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[DEVGRU]GHOST
( 2.6 hrs on record )
Posted: April 12
words F1 AWESOMENESS!!!!
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Wesp
( 8.7 hrs on record )
Posted: April 6
that last good f1 simulator
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gabrielmtx84
( 61.8 hrs on record )
Posted: April 2
it's a great game
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
9.4 hrs on record
Posted: May 2
Best gane ive ever played
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
61.2 hrs on record
Posted: March 18
**Disclaimer: This is the only Formula 1 game I've played, so I have nothing to compare it to. Take this with a grain of salt.**

TL;DR: Want a formula 1 racing sim from the v8 era? Get this. Now.

Very easily one of the most rewarding, and absolutely ♥♥♥♥ing infuriating, games I've played, at least in career mode (where most of my time has been spent). If you're looking for a quick way to drive cars around and have a ball, look elsewhere. Turn off those driver assists and pick up a wheel. You have to be absolutely focused every single moment you're playing this game. One wrong steering, throttle, or gas input and that lap you've worked up to all qualifying session, or that race you've spent 30 minutes to a hour and a half working your way up the grid, or keeping warding off the guys behind, will be all for naught. The emotional highs and lows this game can generate simply from time investment is amazing. Gameplay is pretty good as long as you can dial in your wheel settings. The AI can go from grandma to F1 star levels of difficulty, so you've actually gotta work for the win or pole position.

This game will challange you in ways you never thought about. Setting up a car for a certain track is an art in and of its self. Do yourself a favor, tweak your setup a bit, give up, and go google it. It'll save you time and frustration. Or just go with your custom one if you enjoy it more. Faster doesn't always mean a better feeling car, and it'll be your choice as to how you want to go about it.

I have thoroughly enjoyed my time with this game aside from minor grips with compatibility with Windows 10. But this is simply due to my computer and not the game. I simply ran the compatability app and set it to Windows 8, and no more problems. 9/10 would lock brakes and crash into Maldonado again.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
60.1 hrs on record
Posted: March 30
Pros:
  • Decent sim feeling with a wheel. Took me a while to adjust handling sensitivity but once I hit a sweet-spot for my wheel the experience was nice and challenging enough. Tested with traction control and aids disabled, aside from auto-gears. Wouldn't buy this if only for keyboard or game-pad.
  • Career: ability to swap teams in-season if you have good results; teammate challenges;
  • Difficulty is scaling well.
  • 3-phase qualifying is entertaining and well-captured. Remember that if you get to Q3 you will start the race with the tires you set your fastest lap in that phase (F1 2013 rule)!
Cons:
  • Car setups don't seem to be so reactive or realistic. Seem to adjust more to driving style than to need per-track adjustments.
  • Tire management can get too problematic - but this seems to emulate reality closely. It looks like the computer controlled cars are doing a near-perfect job at keeping their tire condition and making their gums last longer - and they never have problems if staying out for too long or destroying them by driving to aggressively - that would have added to the immersion and realism.

I am pretty satisfied with this title, enough that I resisted trying the newer incarnations, as reviews convinced me this is the way to go if you want to try Codemasters' series. F1 2014 brings too little over this, and F1 2015 has catastrophic reviews.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
34.9 hrs on record
Posted: March 20
The best F1 title by Codemasters to date. Improved physics graphics compared to the previous iteration and classic content.
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 180 days
14 of 18 people (78%) found this review helpful
23 people found this review funny
Recommended
7.2 hrs on record
Posted: February 21
“Stay off the kerbs, Adrian. Stay off the kerbs.”
“No KERS?”
“No, KERBS. KERBS as in the side of the track” – Adrian Sutil’s conversation with race engineer Bradley Joyce
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
390.6 hrs on record
Posted: December 27, 2015
Very good graphics, fun to play if you like the sport;
Happy that some bugs are fixed (all cars crashing in certain corners like monaco just after the tunnel)

Only one thing is hateful in this game : AI TIRE WEAR. It's totally unrealistic, on 100% race in Bahrein, Hamilton in the Mercedes did 22 laps on the option tire in the first stint with a heavier car and track that"s not even rubbered in ! If you look at what Lewis actually did in Bahrein in 2013, his longest stint was 19 laps at the end of the race on the primes ! So every race i have to choice an extra prime while the others are using options. Can this still be fixed ???

Otherwise a good game :)
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
51.5 hrs on record
Posted: February 3
For a two year old game it rocks. Graphics are pretty good, game play is excellent, has all the features of 2014 and more features than 2015. For the price, you can't go wrong!
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
Recommended
9.2 hrs on record
Posted: February 19
F1 2013 has the best career mode of any racing game I've played. Each race weekend has full practice, qualifiers and race. On top of that you have full control over your car's tuning, fuel and tyre strategies, as well as scheduling pit stops.

The game is accessible, yet challenging enough, to make me (a ♥♥♥♥ poor driver) want to improve. F1 2013 is the only game in my library that I've felt compelled to practice solo laps for hours to improve my hotlap.

Not quite a simulation like PCars, Assetto or rFactor, but a fantastic racing game and the best F1 experience out there.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
263.5 hrs on record
Posted: January 2
Great game, Best of f1 series
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
107.4 hrs on record
Posted: February 9
This game Rocks !
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
51.3 hrs on record
Posted: February 24
Really cool game. Nice multiplayer and carrer. Awesome graphics and gameplay! Buy the game!
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
Recommended
227.3 hrs on record
Posted: February 16
I've always said, that when you make a game, in this case a racing game, then your first, second and third concern should be perfecting the mechanic, everything else comes after achieving that. So when you drive a car, it feels like a responsive machine not a canal boat. Example: NFS hot pursuit - It has the most beautiful visiuals I have encountered in a game but there is no feel in the controls and the cars don't handle for ♥♥♥♥ i.e. made for consols. Well maybe it was not meant to be a serious racing game(it's not fun either), but that's what I expect when I buy a racing game. F1 2013 has hit the bullseye in this department. Apparently as of now, it's the most successful title in the franchise so that speaks for itself. But I must admit that driving mechanics is not the only thing that makes a game. The AI won't take risks, the feedback you'll get from the pits is very repetitive, no hockenheimring =( , sometimes ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥t pit stops, bugs etc. Still the enjoyable racing makes up for most of it. If you're hardcore, then you definitely need a steering wheel and pedals to play on legend difficulty, because you can't do smooth on a keyboard. That really annoyed me at first. So I can only play on expert difficulty with full traction control, ABS and an automatic gearbox. You need to be a madman to make do without them (on a keyboard)(or you can fiddle with the advanced settings which in my case didn't help). Pretty relaxing game otherwise.
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140 of 166 people (84%) found this review helpful
44 people found this review funny
Recommended
20.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 16, 2015
F1 2013 > F1 2014
F1 2013 > F1 2012
F1 2012 > F1 2014
F1 2014 > F1 2015

I think that sums it up.
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73 of 76 people (96%) found this review helpful
Recommended
512.2 hrs on record
Posted: June 1, 2014
After having clocked up a fair old number of hours, I think that I've reached the point that I can write a reasonable and considered review, but before launching into it, I'd like to make the point that I've never played F1 2012. As such, I can't make a comparison, and a feeling that has been concurrent amongst many previous reviews, that it's not worth the purchase if you have the last iteration, is one that I can't make a comment on. Now onto the review.

First of all, I've enjoyed pretty much every single of the 370 hours (at the time of writing) that I've played. That's quite an achievement - even the ultimate in open world RPGs, Skyrim, has only got 280 hours on my account. And that's across three playthroughs. There are negatives - of course there are, what game doesn't have them? But they are on the whole overshadowed by the numerous pros.

Singleplayer
I got my wheel at the same time as the game, and it took me quite some time to readjust. Thus, Singleplayer played a large part in my experience of the game - and it's pretty good. The Career, I'll be honest, is uninspiring - just five seasons around the same 19 tracks against all the same drivers in all the same cars - but when you consider that this is an F1 game, that's not surprising. I'm still only up to Spa in Season 1 - that's Race 11, I believe, after having some difficulty with Corrupt Save Files, and I'm not really eating up the miles in the same way as I used to.
Admittedly, to begin with, it's addictive - intoxicating, to an extent. Especially with a wheel, it's a very engaging game, and once you begin fiddling with the strategy, and the setups, even with a very average AI, it's great. I managed to clock the equivalent of a full 100% season before I started tiring of it.
And then after that, Codemasters have done a very decent job of fleshing it out with some excellent stand-alone features. There's the stock standard Time Trial, and Time Attack (For which you are awarded medals based on how fast you go), in addition to the Scenario Mode feature, which is good fun - placing you in a range of - you guessed it - scenarios, and then assigning you a score based on your performance. Throughout all this are the leaderboards, which is a nice touch, especially when competing with friends (I'm in a battle around Brands Hatch currently), and the only slightly saddening touch is that there are some people out there who aren't racing honestly, and ruining the very top of the leaderboard.
All in all, the singleplayer section is initially exciting, but this fades with time. Nevertheless, it was worth the £8 I payed on Amazon all by itself.

Multiplayer
The Multiplayer aspect of the game is the one that I now live for, and play pretty much exclusively. It's also very contrevsial.
I suppose I should probably start by adressing the really major problem, and that is the strength and consistency of the connections. I race in a competetive league (link at the bottom), yet each race, of the 12-16 player grid, around 2-6 players lose connection - even those with a strong internet service. This is irritating, but it doesn't happen all that often, and it's easy enough to work around on a small scale.
Now onto the praise. It's great. I mean really great. True, in terms of variety, it's not fantastic. You can only do races. But again, that's what F1 is about - racing. So no complaints there. But if you can find friends who play - or better, make friends out of like minded players - and you have some way of communicating with them during the race (e.g. Teamspeak, Evolve or Skype), then it's fantasic, more so if you're equally matched, because you can really relate. I won't delve into all the good things about multiplayer gaming, but it's a wonderful escape from reality.
Quite possibly the best thing about the Multiplayer is the number of Racing Leagues out there. While the quick race lobbies are usually scarcely populated, and frequented by intentionally dangerous drivers, the community aspect of a small league is very attractive, and it means that you can race regularly against player of a similar ability to you in an attempt to improve. Again, I won't wax eloquent about the merits of Race Leagues - but they are fantastic fun.

Classics
I'll be honest, the Classics section does feel like somewhat of an afterthought. There are a small selection of cars, with a slightly less small collection of Legendary drivers, which you can race as, but it's definitely not a game in it's own right - there is no career, the addition tracks are beautifully done but there are only four of them (two without the DLC), and though the cars look and sound gorgeous, the small selection and obvious performance gap means that it's hard to have a really decent race. A novelty, but a nice one, and it serves to refresh your enthusiasm for the game occasionally by doing away with the repetition that is running round a track like China 50-odd times.

As a Sim
If you're looking for a Sim, then sorry, you're in completly the wrong place. Though harsh, F1 2013 falls probably half way between Grid 2 (Ultra Arcade) and Race 07 (Total Sim). The tyre wear feels scripted. There are limited setup options, and most of them don't really make a difference to the way the car feels, or drives. Even without any assists, with a soft suspension you can absolutely floor the throttle mid way through a corner, and be on your way without any drama, even around a low grip circuit like Hungaroring. It's not a sim. It doesn't feel even remotely feel like one, and if a Sim is what you want, then go buy Assetto Corsa or Race 07. That said, it's good for a casual gamer looking for an experience that's more Simmy than normal.

The AI
One of my few major complaints about the game, the AI are average at best, and for a premium title that suggests an Intel i7 is the way to go, average disappoints me. They're overly aggressive, and yet they struggle to overtake. They are also poor at defending - you can dive it up the inside of pretty much any corner in the calender, and they'll leave you room. On the lower difficulty levels, they're little more than fodder, though admittedly, it takes some time to get up to speed.
However.
Similarly to F1, overtaking isn't a massive aspect. It's more about flawless consistency and excellent pace - and in those category, the AI shine. There are few enough races that I notice the AI in gravel traps or barriers (Monaco being the one exception), and even after 370 hours, in the Sauber, I'm only just fast enough to win on Expert (level 4 out of 5). So while not engaging in terms of their racecraft, they do what they're meant to, and the do it well, and it doesn't spoil the game in the same way that the first half of this section suggests it might.

Noticable Absences

-Free Practice Sessions 1 and 2. It only allows you an hour per race before qualifying to do setup and R&D work.
-Formation Lap
-Cool Down Lap
-In race settings. You can't adjust, for instance, you're diff while on track, and even Brakes and Fuel only have three settings.
-Variety of in game clips. Even if you win a world championship, you only get to see your typical 'I've one a race' fistpump shot.

Conclusion
Buy it.



It's a very good game. It's solid all the way through, enjoyable to the core, and if you put the time in, rewarding. You will see yourself improve. Trust me on this. If you're a fan of racing games, it's a must. If you're a fan of F1, it's a must. If you're a fan of both, I don't know why you even bothered coming here and reading this. But even if you're not, it's still fun, and it's the best way I've found (Except for reading) of passing two hours. Best of luck in your racing endeavours.
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116 of 142 people (82%) found this review helpful
Recommended
298.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 29, 2013
Definitely the best offering yet from Codemasters, with the return of a realistic low speed traction model, and tire scaling, which makes races much more strategic, as they should be. A lot of early bugs were patched, but there still remains some issues with audio which cuts out at times. The Classic content was of no interest to me when announced, but it turns out to be one of the more enjoyable parts of the game, as the car models, engine sounds, and handing are all magnificantly done. That's not to say there is a sim element to the handling yet, with the classics or the 2013 cars. Sadly, there isn't a sim element to any facet of the game, and in addition to the arcadey handling, the setups are dumbed down, the physics are unrealistic, and the tracks have no life to them. Laser scanning the tracks though, is not likely within the budget or time available to CM with their yearly release schedule. As always, the PC version is a bit held back because of the outdated technology in the PS3 and 360, but expect bit things from F1 2014 as we move to PS4 and Xbox One. For now, this is a good improvement for the series, and the best to date.
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44 of 46 people (96%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
129.7 hrs on record
Posted: June 19, 2015
I'm having fun with it.

(Just a heads up, I only play single player so I can't speak to anything about multiplayer in this review. )

I'm a typical American that didn't know anything about F1 coming into playing this game. In fact, I didn't follow any motorsports at all. But I decided to try this due to the lack of "sports" games on PC. There aren't too many sports games on PC where I can get my competitive fix in a single player environment so I'm enjoying learning F1. F1 reminds me of golf quite a lot. You're racing yourself more than anybody else. Trying to shave seconds off each lap or even each section of a lap. You can have a very intense lap in a race or qualifying without ever seeing another car. It can also become a feat of endurance piling 30 or more laps on top of one another while maintaining pace. Mix in some tire degradation, minimal fuel management, DRS/KERS, etc. And you got a little bit of strategy to work with and think about too. It really is fun once your learn everything.

Then I'm also not a racing "arcade" or racing "sim" aficionado in general so I can't speak to what this game is or isn't in those regards. But I've been enjoying the racing immensely. I started as a very beginning beginner with all sorts of braking assists and low difficulty settings. Since, I have been gradually working my way up and learning and getting better. Assists are going down or off, I'm doing full practice and qualifying, racing longer races, penalties are all on now, etc. There's a learning curve for a complete newbie but its entirely doable. And quite a good challenge if you keep changing the settings with your progression (if it gets easy, punish yourself and change a setting!).

I'm just playing with a 360 controller, so no fancy wheel or anything, and it feels fine.

The asking price is a little questionable being 2013, but I got it on a sale of course. I'm happy with my purchase and have gotten my money's worth. Heck, I even started watching actual F1 this season. My purchase was fairly close to season start and I've found myself watching replays of every single race. Even made time to watch the Canadian Gran Prix live on TV a few weeks back being in the right time zone.

Like I said, I can't speak to the experts and addicts of racing games, but to the newer racers out there looking to try something new at a little cheaper price than the newest racing games; Give it a whirl! I recommend it.

Update: Six months later now and I bought a wheel (G27). Yup. I'm hooked on racing games now. And this one is still my favorite. Another whole experience and challenge playing with a wheel. Fun times.
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54 of 64 people (84%) found this review helpful
41 people found this review funny
Recommended
276.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 20, 2015
"Just, leave me alone, I know what i'm doing!"
Kimi Raikkonen
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78 of 102 people (76%) found this review helpful
Recommended
11.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 4, 2013
And so the latest incarnation of Codemasters F1 series comes along... and even though it's early days, it's already clear that this is the best of the series. At last the AI makes sense and has had some work put into it... no more will you be getting pole and the win in your Marussia car! You need to put in some performances and get noticed by the bigger teams until they sign you before you can start challenging for podiums and wins. The tyre wear is every bit as problematic as it has been in the real 2013 season, so you have to balance speed, cornering and overtaking aggression with tyre maintenance... something i am terrible at!

And of course there is the additional content... The 1980's and 1990's classic cars. For me, the inclusion of the 1980's cars, the great turbo era, makes this game an essential purchase. The difference in acceleration, top speed and handling of the 80's gems compared to the 2013 cars is staggering, giving you a whole new challenge. Hopefully there will be more 1980's and 1990's cars coming in the guise of DLC's (Benetton 189!!!), as well as some more classic circuits (Mexico City and Adelaide please!!). What there is, is fantastic, and there is the promise of more...
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99 of 148 people (67%) found this review helpful
7 people found this review funny
Recommended
6.9 hrs on record
Posted: January 10, 2014
my fingers are sweating, its the last lap of the 4 hour long lemans f1 world cup, my finger slips as i shift into 7th gear, simultaneously opening a rift in the sound barrier that sucks all my opponents up leaving me in the #1 spot. at this moment in time im peaking over 375MPh, i feel the raw horse power of my futuristic stallion catapulting me towards victory. with a click of my finger i shift into 17th gear, my helmet melted off 2 laps ago, my cockpit is full of spaghetti. i have to be catious on hairpin turns, because if the spaghetti im marinating in spills over the top of my cockpit, I will be disqualified. by the time i hit 24th gear all my skin has melted off and im a skeleton, but the crowd is cheering as i pass the checkered line. midgets are carrying me to the victory steps for some reason and im handed a golden trophy, all the sudden everything goes black.i wake up in my chair back in my basement, it's pitch black except for the slight flickering glow emitting from my monitor. as i regain consciousness slumped over in my seat, I notice im only wearing whitey tighties. My hairy chest is covered in pasta sauce, chef-bor-r-d. as my monitor is flickering, I begin to see what is on my screen, it is the title screen for F1 2013 Steam Edition. Everything goes black again. I wake up again in an f1 cockpit, at the beginning of the same race. Im scared, hold me

good game, 8/10
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101 of 154 people (66%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
9.3 hrs on record
Posted: January 26, 2014
Although Codemasters has somewhat fixed a few of the glaring issues with the previous f1 game, mainly the awful understeering and the overly aggresive AI, there still are quite a few issues that have yet to be resolved.

One of those annoying unresolved issues is with wheel support. I have used both my Logitech Driving Force GT and my Fanatec CSR wheels with f1 2013, and just like the previous game, it still requires a lengthy setup process to get the steering linearity, force feedback, and brake settings just right. Even after the settings are set properly, there's just too many bugs with using the wheel, and sometimes the game just flat out forgets my wheel settings altogether.

Some issues i've found with racing wheels include: understeer using my Fanatec wheel (the Logitech wheel seems to remedy this issue); force feedback completely turns off when you don't plug in the wheel BEFORE starting the game, forcing you to quit and restart the game; force feedback turns off momentarily during cornering, causing the wheel do go "dead" for a couple of seconds; wheel settings being lost; overly sensitive brake settings (Fanatec CSR pedals with a load cell brake pedal seems to help alleviate this issue). In other words, no matter which wheel I use I will have to put up with one issue or another. This is frustrating and could have been easily avoidable had Codemasters actually took notice of the many forum threads started by users having the SAME EXACT issues in the 2012 release. That's just lazy development/programming if you ask me.

Other noticeable annoyances include the penalty system, which although has been improved a bit from the last game, still will award you penalties that you didn't deserve, while giving AI players a pass. The game also suffers from some very poor optimization compared to the last game. In f1 2012, I was able to run the game at the highest graphics settings while still maintaining good fps and with almost no lag. In f1 2013, I have to play the game with medium to low settings, and even then I still get lag and my fps drops well below 30fps whether im on an online or offline race. I wish this were an exaggeration but it's not.

Overall, despite some bug fixes, there's just way too many issues and nuisances with playing this game that the overall experience suffers greatly. In addition, there are not nearly enough improvements to f1 2013 to warrant someone to play this version over the previous f1 2012. The career mode and online modes are still all too familiar. If you found yourself frustrated with the previous game like I did, skip this version as well. There's no reason to support a game dev company that refuses to fix blatant ongoing issues with their games.
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