F1 2009 (Wii)

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A new generation of FORMULA ONE video games featuring Lewis Hamilton, Fernando Alonso, Sebastian Vettel and all the official drivers, teams and circuits from the 2009 FIA FORMULA ONE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP™ was announced today by Codemasters®, the developer and publisher of award-winning racing video games, under its exclusive worldwide agreement with Formula One Administration Limited.

The first title in the series, F1 2009™, will debut on Wii™ and PSP® (PlayStation®Portable) system this autumn. F1 2009 will deliver an authentic and accessible recreation of the current FORMULA ONE season, including, for the first time in a FORMULA ONE title, the stunning Singapore night race. A trailer video is now live at www.formula1-game.com, Codemasters’ new online destination for the game.

Talking about the partnership with Codemasters, Bernie Ecclestone, CEO Formula One Management Limited, commented: “Codemasters has a great heritage when it comes to racing games and their reputation is second to none. We’re working very closely together on the upcoming FORMULA ONE titles and are very impressed with what we have seen.”

Rod Cousens, CEO, Codemasters, said: “FORMULA ONE is the pinnacle of motorsport. For many, it embraces a lifestyle and its audience is far reaching and growing. We are producing a series of games that will deliver the passion, glamour and exhilaration that fans deserve and we know how to do that. F1 2009 is the start of something very special for Codemasters and will set the standard for the high definition versions that will follow in mid 2010.”

“Our studios are working extremely closely with Formula One Management Limited and the teams to produce the most authentic and thrilling experience possible. We are delighted with the level of support and access afforded to us so far, enabling us to get as close to the sport as possible. It is this level of support, understanding and working in partnership that enables to deliver superb FORMULA ONE games for whichever platform players choose to race.”

In addition to bringing FORMULA ONE to Wii for the first time, F1 2009 marks Lewis Hamilton’s debut in a videogame and will enable players to take to the wheel of his MCLAREN MP4-24 FORMULA ONE car and battle to retain his FIA FORMULA ONE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP crown. The new 2009 FIA FORMULA ONE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP promises to be one of the most exciting and closely fought, thanks to new regulations on aerodynamics, slick tyres and the introduction of the KERS boost system, which is designed to aid overtaking. The rule changes, including KERS, will be reflected in F1 2009 to deliver a truly enthralling racing experience.

Setting new standards for immersion and authenticity on Wii, F1 2009 will offer a variety of race modes, including a full FORMULA ONE season and individual arcade-style challenges. Customisable driver aids will be offered to individual players, so both novice and expert drivers will be able to keep their car on track. In the game’s multiplayer mode, driver aids will enable friends and families of different abilities to play together in wheel-to-wheel split screen co-operative and competitive multiplayer races.

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User Comments (7)



Vendetta said:

I've never really been one for racing games myself - I mean I like them and all 'cause they're cool, but I always just enjoyed watching my hard core friends play them more. It'll be good to finally have one for the Wii. A "realistic" one, that is - not like Mario Kart. That said, I'll have to keep my expectations in check after seeing the offerings on PS3 and Xbox. I'll definitely be watching out for this one.
EDIT: Just went to the official game site, and noticed there's no NA region selectable. What's up with that?




This comes with a special edition F1 wii wheel I think. I may not get this as F1 games can get very repeatitive...that's not saying this won't be good however.



bestbuck said:

If this has online I might it on Wii. But I will be getting the PS3 version next year without a shadow of a doubt as I am a big F1 fan



Streakk said:

From what I've heard, this game is pretty decent. I love racing games but I'm still on the wall for this one. I'm looking for a good Wii racer; so should I get F1 2009?



MrWout said:

I guess its your best choice for a racing game on the wii (excluding mario kart etc. ). I think the graphics are really great even on an hdtv without a component cable, mostly because you dont have time to watch arouind They also added alot of graphical effects that really improve the immersion in the game , like when you get the sun in your eyes etc. (although F1 drivers got tinted visors but whatever ).

Gameplaywise its just what you can expect from an F1 game, you get al the tracks wich you can race in quick race or race weekend mode. You can also play the full 2009 season or just 3 seasons and try to make it to the top. The cars handle pretty decent, although not very realistic but i think thats for the better in this game. You also have some options for driving aids wich might prove helpfull.

It's not really a realistic game seeing that every car has kers wich kinda isnt the case in the real 2009 season, wich kinda defeats the purpose of not equiping it in real life because of some of the disadvantages. So if you dont use kers, like i do, you are kinda in a disadvantage. The handling is, as said before, not very realistic, but loads of fun. It can be hard to adapt to the handling if you are used to race sims, as I am, but once you get the hang of it its great fun. It's also great that the AI drivers finish in believable positions.

Multiplayer is great fun although the graphics take quite a hit when and its 2 player only.

If you are looking for a decent semi-realistic racing game on the wii i guess this is the best choice you've got. Since there is absolutely no competition, but its still a good game in its own right.

Hope this was helpfull for you.



SeniorDingDong said:

@ MrWout: good Review. I did lend this game out and I got a several impression. It is a potential birthday aswell

Short: lots of content, technical mediocre, presentation is pending from great to lacking , butt the drive and racing engine turned out to be VERY well done and is a lot of fun. I am not for hardcore realism, I am for fun and them game found a good balance between. I drove with the remote btw.

I would give it a 7/10 game and recomend it to anybody who likes racing games on the Wii like Ferrari Challenge.

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