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F1 Review 22 | pc gamer

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What is? The latest in the excellent racing series officially licensed by Codemasters.
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Release date July 1, 2022
developer code masters
Editor electronic arts
Reviewed on NVIDIA RTX 2070, 16GB RAM, 2.6GHz Intel Core i7
Multiplayer? Yes
Link Official site (opens in a new tab)

F1 is back in fashion thanks to the Hamilton/Verstappen controversy at the end of last year, Netflix’s Drive to Survive docuseries and closer races thanks to sweeping rule changes. All teams have managed to score championship points before the halfway mark of this season. Choosing any of these angles would be a good starting point for a racing game. So why does F1 22 start by focusing on soft furnishings?

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Okay. Remember the ‘live the life’ spirit of F1 2010? This game takes that to its logical conclusion, giving you a whole new living space for your billionaire avatar, which you can immediately equip with furniture, wall hangings, and, yes, damn, furniture of your choosing. Other players can visit your space online and admire your racing trophies, your collection of supercars, and your choice of high beams. However, it is not very interactive; you can only go from one room to the left and to the right, instead of walking through your new abode, and the cosmetic options are quite limited. It’s also worryingly geared towards microtransactions, as you can buy ‘Pitcoins’ (groan) with real money to buy all the merchandise.

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But did someone say ‘supercar collection’? Yes, for the first time in the series, the game allows you to collect supercars and display them in your living room to cement your status as having way more money than you need. Still, you can see the attraction. There are some royal beauties available right out of the box, including a gorgeous Ferrari F8 Tributo and a rather snazzy McLaren 720S.

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