Minimum requirements • OS X 10.9.2 • 8GB RAM with 512MB VRAM • 13GB freespace
We used • iMac (mid 2011) • 2.5GHz Intel core i5 • Wired controller
Learn more… feralinteractive.com
Available from… Mac App Store/Steam
The latest gaming voyage into the world of cutting-edge cars, stunning tracks and growling engines also has a sense of nostalgia attached to it thanks to the F1 Classics mode. For the player this might be the most fun aspect of the game, as not only does it give you the chance to race some of Formula One’s most iconic names from the 80s and 90s, but the realism of the cars – from the looks to the unpredictable handling – make for an engrossing racing experience. You can jump into the 1988 Lotus 98T as Emerson Fittipaldi and power-slide your way around Brands Hatch. It’s a great contrast to the clinical, tactical races that the modern cars create, where use of KERS and DRS are vital to success.
What’s also very enjoyable is the step forward in visuals from the previous game. While reflections and lighting are sharper, it’s perhaps the peripherals where you most notice an improvement. The environment in which you’re racing has never looked better, with the spectators now looking human and dust clouds flying up more convincingly when you cut a corner. They’re small touches but they make a difference to the overall experience of the game.
When it comes to controls it’s recommended that you use a controller to get the best from the game, and your own skills. Trying to navigate a fast chicane using the keyboard takes some doing, and everything runs smoother with a controller. Feral games instantly support most controller types – including consoles – though you will need a driver if you want to use an Xbox controller.
As well as single Grand Prix and Classic mode, the Career feature returns once again, enabling you to play through the 2013 season yourself, and in Grand Prix mode you can custom build your own championship using any selection of your favourite circuits.
Via SteamPlay there are also some impressive multiplayer options, with up to 16-car races, as well as co-op championships you can tackle with a friend. It’s also worth noting that the game has a mid-session save option, which means if you have to quit the game mid-race, when you come back you can pick up where you left off. Chances are you will want to come back too, as F1 2013 is bang on the racing line from start to finish, whether you’re a die-hard fan or not. Very impressive.