|Min OS X: 10.7|
As you might expect from an A-list title such as this, the graphics are top-notch. My machine is a top of line 2010 iMac and could handle the graphics at almost the highest levels with few problems (a little more on that below). More modern machines should be able to handle the graphics cranked all the way up, providing almost console-level graphics (maybe they even are console level, hard to me to say as I donít have a gaming console). Water, fog, sun flare, itís all there and it all looks great.
While I expected the car and track modeling to be top notch, and it is, the modeling of crew is also very nicely done, which was less expected. It looked to me that they even took the trouble to lip sync your crew talking to you, so it actually looked right. I appreciate this level of care because it is still fairly rare in computer gaming (and as someone who dabbles in 3D modeling, Iím a little obsessive about noticing these things).
As I said before, while the game mostly ran great with the graphics cranked way up, I did have occasional hiccups. A couple of times there were some strange graphics artifacts in the upper left of the screen that actually didnít even affect gameplay as it was out of the way of what I needed to see. And once or twice the game slowed down to an unplayable state, which I assume was due to my computer trying to do too many other things. Quitting the game and then quitting some other programs and restarting the game took care of that problem. Nothing happened consistently enough that I felt the need to turn down the graphics.
Sound, while perhaps not quite up to the level of the graphics, is also top rate. Obviously, one of the big things is the car sounds, and those are great. You definitely get the feel of the car revving up and down. The voice acting is also very nicely done, but can get a little repetitive, especially if you keep failing in the same way. So I guess the solution to that is for me to be better, but a little more variety in the admonishments would have been welcome.
As you may have gathered by now, I feel like this game provides a huge amount of value. Career Mode on its own provides hours of potential gameplay, and the additional gameplay modes, including multi-player, make this nearly infinite. The different teams you can join, players you can challenge and just the inevitable differences even if youíre racing the same people on the same track mean that you could go through this game over and over and it would never be the same twice.
Itís been nice over the last several years to see franchises coming back to the Mac or making their first appearances. Racing games havenít really been in short supply, but you can never have too many A-list titles on your favorite platform, right? As a newcomer to F1 racing games I was interested to check it out and see what it was like, and I learned a lot. Not enough to be good, but enough to learn to love getting behind the wheel and cranking things up to 11 Ö†I just need to get better at learning when to dial it back to 5. F1 2012 offers just about everything a fan could want, and a nice way to ease yourself into it if youíre new to the genre. So yeah, if youíre a fan of F1 racing and want to try it on the Mac, buy this game.
ē Top notch graphics and sound
ē Wide variety of gameplay including several new modes for experienced F1 gamers
ē Excellent built-in game controller support
ē Youíll want a higher end or modern machine to play it
ē Might be too difficult for some
ē But really, none of significance