No name is more famous in the world of classic sports cars than Ferrari. The Italian constructors have produced a line of cars unparalleled in speed, design and handling and nowhere is this better exemplified than in the frontline of motor racing: Formula 1. This simulation gives you the opportunity to test, adapt, drive and compete for the laurels of the formula 1 Championship in the car that has won more Grand Prix than that of any other constructor.
That sounds like a helluva lot to squeeze into a game but in true EA style they have succeeded to a great extent. FF1 allows you to do all the things described above and more, like adapt the car in a wind tunnel, test the engine under laboratory conditions, work on it in the pits and in the garage at the test track in Fiorano, practice, qualify, warm up and race. What is best about it though, is that it allows you to get as involved as much or as little as you want. You do not have to spend hours working your way through a season painfully qualifying, practising and resetting the car’s specifications if you do not want to. You can, as I found myself doing eventually, just compete in the various grand prix.
The game comes with a typically huge and detailed guidebook to playing the game and this tells you all you need to know. It even tells you how to get at the wheel of your car. What it does not tell you as clearly is how to go straight into a race that, let us face it, everyone’s going to want to do. Follow the Murray Pattenden way and you will be on the starting grid in no time.
Developed by Rick Koenig.