Escape From Mount Stupid - F1 Games

Danny runs through the storied history of F1 games, from Gran Trak 10 to F1 2012.

F1 is one of those divisive sports that you either love or hate. The beauty is in the characters behind the wheel--their stories and passion. And once it hooks you, you're in.

Game development has its fair share of characters too, and the men and women who develop the best Formula One games are some of the most die hard fans around.

I only returned to watching F1 a few years ago, just about the time Codemasters resurrected a genre that was all but dead. At the same time the quality of the sport itself has improved, dramatically in recent seasons. So there's no better time to be fan, especially with the release of F1 2012 almost upon us.

For those of you who love the sport, I hope this serves as a trip down memory lane. And for those of you who aren't, perhaps this episode will encourage you to give it a go. At least a few laps.

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178 comments
Zerosumgame
Zerosumgame

We need more options, not only Codemasters' crap.

MichaeltheCM
MichaeltheCM

i have never, not once, played a Formula One game, but this makes me want to go buy one. Thanks GS!

mohsinishtiaq
mohsinishtiaq

how to download games from here???? can any 1 help me??

hamada13psp
hamada13psp

My Favorite Formula 1 Game Is Sony formula 1 2004

Peazo
Peazo

Grand Prix 2 was my favourite.  Back in uni days, multiplayer gaming was pretty much unheard of in my circle of mates until 2 rather clever chaps connected their pc's via a null modem cable.  Remember many a night playing this 2 player and thinking it was the best thing since sliced bread. 

Nathalmighty1
Nathalmighty1

Aww Dungeon Keeper was amazing! lol

 

Good episode, don't care much for F1 but I enjoyed getting to know more about it.

moker_1
moker_1

Is it just me or did that seem like one long F1 2012 advert?

sasami_adachi
sasami_adachi

Thank you Danny for another great episode!

 

There are so few videos featuring the GameSpot UK crew now. It makes this episode even more precious. =)

pelvist
pelvist

The only problem i have with Codemaster racing games is the annoyingly slow paced menu systems. I dont want to have to flip through 5 loading screens of pointless menus to get to the next race and even on PC with its fast loading times its still annoying to sit through.

majestic607
majestic607

Episode on bioware please now that its officially dead

TheLamaKnows
TheLamaKnows

Good episode, but the interviews need better editing to whittle them down. The Starcraft episode was horribly long blather about pro gaming (an oxymoron) that left the topic of Starcraft long before Danny took the stage back.

This was somewhat better, but remember- this is Danny's show, and for 2 seasons it was just his wit and humor. This season is relying on talking heads rather than just the guy who's show it is.

Grbonjic
Grbonjic

Pole position on ZX Spectrum was great, and then there was Continental circus on Commodore 128k but the real show was Geoff Crammond's F1 GP !

Driving as Mikka or Rubens was great feeling at that time. F1 GP was extremely realistic one as it was almost impossible to drive when turning off all the assistances. As for Codemasters, I played Colin series but maybe I should check out new F1 games. Haven't drive an F1 for a long time ... 

u1tradt
u1tradt

The only F1 game that I've played is the demo for F1 2012. But Forza has F1 cars in it so Forza 4 should have at least got an honourable mention here. The Formula 1 cars in Forza 4 are equally as difficult to drive as the car I drove inf F1 2012.

TERMINATOR-SSD
TERMINATOR-SSD

i spent many of my years playing super sprint on the amiga and stunt car racer :-) loved GP2 back in the days, but my PC was too lame to play GP3 and GP4 at the time :-(

 

do Legacy of Kain games :-D

TheBladeMaster0
TheBladeMaster0

I am not a fan of F1 at all but I am the type of gamer who never wants to be narrow minded and thinks that the show was great because I now have a new found respect for the series. Who knows I might be a fan in the future.

 

Phreezuk
Phreezuk

I want that Paradroid T-Shirt

nyran125
nyran125

EA's F1C 99-02 PC ONLY , the PS2 version of this was nothing like the PC version. (still play it to this day, its that good and realistic and surprisingly still looks awesome ), Geoff Crammonds grand prix 2 and RACE 07 and maybe Grand Turismo 2 , Rfactor  and now F1 2012 are awesome.

splinter10
splinter10

Love F1. Been a fan for some years now. M first F1 game however was some game on Gameboy color. Can't remember its name but fucking loved it.

nyran125
nyran125

EA F1C 99-02 fo rPC only, its amazing, its still good to this day, its hard, its realistic and awesome.

WCK619
WCK619

how did you keep the green bits on your shirt from mixing with the green screen behind you?

saosebastiao
saosebastiao

Mark Knights favorite game was Formula 1 98 LOL. What a crappy game that was. Everybody panned it like a fat girl in a model contest.

Sony's monopoly transformed F1 games into one of the most boring racing games for the ps2 (the 2001 game was awsome, but the rest...meh).

Thank god for Codemasters, but I just hope they fix one thing on their F1 games: Penalties. I just hope they make some harsh penalties for the online modes, in order to take out all the A-holes that plague it. Would anybody like to play Street fighter online vs. a person that could use cheats against you? No!

carlitoqc
carlitoqc

toughest one was F1 Racing Simulation. Graphics engine was so good back in the time that I really really tried to enjoy it and his sequel Monaco Grand Prix Racing Simulation 2 but they were just way too tough!

 

Codemaster F1 series graphics and gameplay is awesome but sadly the racing physics (simulation side) are meant for a gamepad controller more than for a FFB high-end wheel :(

Zarkhaine
Zarkhaine

The first F1 game I played was 97 on the playstation. It was actually the first playstation game I ever played. Such a strong memory of waking up Christmas morning when I was 8 years old and setting everything up - we even had a steering wheel - and playing all day long. It was awesome! Great episode Danny!

12eece
12eece

Ahhh, the "secret mission",is this the one you accidently mentioned on the Joe Danger 2 Community Service thing Danny? ;)

Leefx
Leefx

My first F1 game was Pole Position on the Atari (i think it was on my atari 2600?) can't wait for Friday!

gamefreak215jd
gamefreak215jd

i normally don't like F1 games but i watched this video as it is damn right fun.

Dawn_oF_Doom
Dawn_oF_Doom

The first games I ever played were DOS games... and the first racing simulation was LOTUS. 

Dragdar
Dragdar

F1 simulation games, bah, it's a rare concept that's so boring it instantly ruins any game.

 

i notice it's really a specific kind of people that like to watch these races on TV, weird bunch

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Yulaw2000
Yulaw2000

"Assimilated by the EA Borg" lol.

chuckls
chuckls

Lol...Another great show:)

Hellequin85
Hellequin85

I remember playing an F1 game on the amiga with my cuz for hours on end, had a really good two player system where one of you drove a while then it switched to the other driver. The computer would then drive for you and advance or drop you down the feild depending on your performance. That was a lot of fun, although you weren't driving all the time it was the excitement as it switched back to you to see if you'd done well enough for the computer to take you up a couple of places.

johnd13
johnd13

I usually watch F1 races on the TV whenever possible though I was never a fan of F1 games and racing games in general. My only experience comes from demos I have tried out. But after watching this show I have already started considering getting the latest F1 game. Good job again Danny!

peteuplink
peteuplink

Anyone notice how all the Sony games were referred to as pretty much crap (and TBH some of them were) but O'Dwyer says that the Codemasters games were some of the best F1 games ever made and didn't pick up on the bugs in both F1 2010 and F1 2011, and also didn't mention the poor handling of the first two games and the poor damage model... Glorified advert for F1 2012. Poor journalism.

bielzabob
bielzabob

BORING!!! - but may have to do with the fact that i hate F1... 

xKLIPSx
xKLIPSx

code masters needs to make a new v8 super cars game please, with the xbox 360 and new graphics, i was waiting for a v8 game forever 

 

samidiab
samidiab

GP2 geoff crammond 's is the best F1 game i have ever played.

YSDG
YSDG

Hmm... I was never interested in F1 games since racing genre was my worst subject... But I might have a go now... :)

nyran125
nyran125

i have an issue with EVERy developer doing that lately. Even NBA 2K12 or FIFA 12, im sick of LONG swishing flash looking menus that take half an hour to load.

TheLamaKnows
TheLamaKnows

 @u1tradt I don't know of any Formula One cars in Forza. However, I don't have every car pack, so perhaps I missed something. But I don't think the license is in place for Forza to have Formula One cars. They do have LMP1 cars (the R1 class) that comes from the series like American Le Mans, but Forza specifically steers away from open wheel cars.

wwlettsome
wwlettsome

 @dannyodwyer looks like some humor is making it back to the series and that's great because it feels like it's been missing a bit from this season.

markmadfiddler
markmadfiddler

 @saosebastiao Hmmm, I got my dates horribly wrong. Such a long time ago. It was in fact '97. I also mentioned a 2004 game which didn't exist for EA ;)

jonmar
jonmar

 @Zarkhaine couple of years ago I actually bought a PS1 console and two games for it. FFVII and F1 97. Just so I would have those two games again.

peteuplink
peteuplink

 @Hellequin85 I think that would have been the first Geoff Crammond F1 game F1GP. At least that's the only one I know of that had that system.

u1tradt
u1tradt

 @TheLamaKnows Oh right, fair enough. I thought those cars that you mentioned were old F1 cars since they have the open cockpits. Upon closer inspection, I suppose there's no way they can be F1 cars based on the chassis alone. My bad.

saosebastiao
saosebastiao

 @markmadfiddler  Yeah, but it's totally understandable, because of F1 Career Challenge which was made in 2002/2003. F1'97 was a benchmark for console F1 games. Everybody loved it. I remember I really  wanted to have that game, but I didn't have a PS1 lol. F1'98 was gutter trash. I never understood how they screw that one up. Lacking Bizarre Creation's talent, perhaps? Or maybe Sony was starting to get money fever?

 

Anyways, the only good F1 games for the Ps1 were the F1'97, F1'99, Monaco Grand Prix 2 and Ea's F1 2000 and that was about it.  2000 and 2001 were two years crammed with F1 games, all that sucked dinossaur balls, except F1 2001 that came on the Ps2. F1 Championship Season 2000, from EA was the worse of them. It looked like a dream, everybody was talking about it, many were actually gonna buy it with their Ps2 Console in 2001but when they played it ...LMAO. It felt like the driving was made for Groundhog Phil.

Oh, happy 128-bit console war days...

markmadfiddler
markmadfiddler

 @saosebastiao Funnily enough, I didn't know of my mistake until one of the guys who worked on '98 got in touch to tell me I couldn't possibly have liked it ;) LOL! I don't think it was a lack of talent, but with these sorts of licenses there is a lot more going on in the background than what a developer could actually talk about.

 

For me, I just try and make whatever I'm given sound good no matter how good the actual game is..... :)