F1 2013 (Xbox 360)

Codemasters' annual racing series returns for another lap

Codemasters F1 2013 (Xbox 360)
  • Expert Rating

    4.00 / 5

Pros

  • Most complete version after four years of tweaks
  • Classic content a welcome addition

Cons

  • Core experience is the same as last year's edition
  • Amount of classic content is somewhat limited

Bottom Line

F1 2013 delivers what is the most comprehensive take on the motorsport. Classic content is a great addition, though it will get exhausted relatively quickly.

Would you buy this?

Sports such as soccer and rugby experience a lot of changes in the space of 12 months, particularly in the formation of teams and allegiance of players. However, the world of motorsport moves at slower pace, even though the cars themselves are some of the fastest vehicles to be found on the planet.

In the F1 world in particular, new teams, drivers and cars appear only on rare occasions, posing a dilemma for Codemasters, the developer of the annual F1 series of games. Fortunately, in addition to replicating of the recent race season, F1 2013 comes with a new addition.

Back to the 80's

The core of the F1 2013 racing experience is the 2013 season. As with past instalments, that means all of the official cars and drivers are playable in the game on all of the circuits of the FIA F1 world championship. This aspect of the game is more or less identical to last year’s instalment, though graphics have received a minor upgrade in this year’s edition.

Beyond the graphics, the other main addition is the ability to save race progress mid-lap, which is particularly useful for longer tracks that may strain your stamina or concentration.

To expand beyond the annual racing season, F1 2013 marks the debut of classic content from the 1980’s. Often regarded as the golden age of F1, the game allows you to drive as 10 famous drivers from the period in five cars. Racing legends such as Alan Jones and Alain Prost are included, as well as Nigel Mansell and Emerson Fittipaldi.

Two classic racing tracks, Conquer Brands Hatch in the UK and Iame Circuito de Jerez in Spain, round off the new classic content. The classic cars not only look different from modern F1 vehicles, but the game also simulates how differently they handle with their simpler mechanics and fatter tyres.

Short on nostalgia

The addition of 80’s content to the F1 game series is a significant one, and it enabled this year’s edition to avoid being labelled as “just another yearly update.” While today’s F1 cars are polished works of engineering that glide effortlessly around the race track, the vehicles of the 80’s are rougher and threaten to fly off the course if concentration is broken. The only downside to this new and welcome addition is how limited it is. Playable teams are limited to Ferrari, Lotus and Williams, with McLaren notably absent, so there is not that much variety in races.

Despite the small amount of classic content, there is no denying F1 2013 is the most completed instalment in the series thus far.

Rocket to Success - Your 10 Tips for Smarter ERP System Selection

Join the newsletter!

Error: Please check your email address.
Read more on these topics: XBox 360, CodeMasters, F1
Show Comments

Cool Tech

SanDisk MicroSDXC™ for Nintendo® Switch™

Learn more >

Breitling Superocean Heritage Chronographe 44

Learn more >

Toys for Boys

Family Friendly

Panasonic 4K UHD Blu-Ray Player and Full HD Recorder with Netflix - UBT1GL-K

Learn more >

Stocking Stuffer

Razer DeathAdder Expert Ergonomic Gaming Mouse

Learn more >

Christmas Gift Guide

Click for more ›

Most Popular Reviews

Latest News Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Edwina Hargreaves

WD My Cloud Home

I would recommend this device for families and small businesses who want one safe place to store all their important digital content and a way to easily share it with friends, family, business partners, or customers.

Walid Mikhael

Brother QL-820NWB Professional Label Printer

It’s easy to set up, it’s compact and quiet when printing and to top if off, the print quality is excellent. This is hands down the best printer I’ve used for printing labels.

Ben Ramsden

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

Brainstorming, innovation, problem solving, and negotiation have all become much more productive and valuable if people can easily collaborate in real time with minimal friction.

Sarah Ieroianni

Brother QL-820NWB Professional Label Printer

The print quality also does not disappoint, it’s clear, bold, doesn’t smudge and the text is perfectly sized.

Ratchada Dunn

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

The Huddle Board’s built in program; Sharp Touch Viewing software allows us to easily manipulate and edit our documents (jpegs and PDFs) all at the same time on the dashboard.

George Khoury

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

The biggest perks for me would be that it comes with easy to use and comprehensive programs that make the collaboration process a whole lot more intuitive and organic

Featured Content

Product Launch Showcase

Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?