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  1. I haven't had much chance to play this so far, just a quick blast after work yesterday and before heading out. I'm using the MS wheel. First of all, it's pretty much the same game as the demo. I can't see any graphical improvement so for those for whom this is extremely important; look away now! After setting up my driver details, I've only completed the driving school stuff and one stage in career mode so far: The driving school section is a bit pointless tbh, in that it doesn't give you any instructions on how to approach each challenge, unlike the excellent rally school in Richard Burns Rally. However, it does introduce you to each surface type and does a good job of showing how the handling of the car changes between each. The challenges weren't particularly tricky. You just need to beat a ghost over a single section of stage, or a whole stage for the final challenge. The rallying geek in me quite liked the fact that when driving as Henning Solberg you have a female co-driver (even if she isn't German). Onto career mode. First thing you do is drive a single stage in a works C4 (not sure what the point of this was tbh). After this you set up your co-driver who can be male or female and who you can name (I went for female hoping she'd be a bit less annoying). You can also pick the name of your team. And that's where I'm up to. The handling is the same as the demo and I found the car too oversteery for me. I haven't actually done any stages where I can change the setup yet, but that will be coming next as I get into the main career mode. Pace notes seem slightly inconsistent - sometimes you get distances to the next corner and sometimes you don't. It hasn't caused me too many issues so far, but it's early days. To summarise, I'm liking it so far. Looking forward to really getting into it tomorrow night.
  2. I didn't get where the bug was either, especially as you said in your first post you were driving for Sauber! Getting towards the top 3 in a Sauber would still be impressive though
  3. I thought that about Melbourne until I came out of the pits and went straight into the gravel at turn 1! It takes some re-adjustment to get used to playing an F1 game again after so much Forza.
  4. I know, he uses traction control like a proper special
  5. This man loves bacon.

  6. I have sent you a friend request - never let it be said that I duck out of a challenge!
  7. I would gladly accept your challenge sir, but I have a gig tonight. You about Sunday night?
  8. Or you could, you know, use less throttle through the corners. I know I'm crazy though.
  9. Same as my forum name mate - SharkyOB
  10. First impressions on 360 version: After setting up my driver, went straight into a time trial round Spa in the McLaren. Took a while to get used to the handling and power of the beast so I invalidated my first few laps by going wide at La Source/Blanchimont/Bus Stop. Finally managed a clean lap but there's loads more time in there. I'm using the official steering wheel, Hard mode with all assists off and in cockpit view. Went into career next - half race distance, short weekend. This means you get 1 hour long practice, 1 10 minute quali and the race. You can speed up time in the practice and qualifying sessions or skip them completely if you like. Went for Lotus as my first team from a choice of them, HRT and Virgin. Bahrain GP first then. Was 20th after quali and finished 19th in the race, just missing my team target of 18th. Beat Jarno though so all good. During the race I was impressed by the way you can feel the tyres going off through the stints. Started on options then went onto primes after my stop - could definately feel the difference in grip between tyres and going out on cold primes after the stop was pretty hairy. I think I span 3 times during the race, riding the curbs was a bit of a lottery with the setup I had (default middle setup - average speed and downforce, neutral handling). The AI seem decent, if a little twitchy at times. They will definately defend their positions. Not sure if hard is the right level for me yet, may have to switch to expert. Technically the graphics are good. Frame rate was a little choppy, but I got used to it and didn't see it after a while. Penalties didn't seem overly harsh as some people have been saying and my pit stop was fine!
  11. Really interesting. He's obviously someone with a real passion for games and the sport; I think we're going to be getting some amazing F1 games over the next few years!
  12. Interesting read - they were much more open than I would have expected.
  13. What's the difference? Don't remember them mentioning it on the coverage for Moto GP or F1.
  14. Brilliant! Wish I'd joined this forum ages ago now
  15. Mine came from Shopto today, I was probably in the first batch to be sent because I preordered ages ago. Can't wait to get home and give it a blast!
  16. Don't agree with this at all, I always use my official wheel on my lap and I have no problems with it. I remember when I first got it having to take a little time to get used to it (probably about an hour). Having said that, one of my friends has the same wheel and can't use it on his lap at all.
  17. I know the roster is full up, but I'd like to go on the wildcard list if possible. I'm a new forum member and I've not raced with any of you guys before, but I'm a clean and fairly quick racer.
  18. I think I must be the only person who found the car too oversteery with the default settings!! Must be down to driving style.
  19. Yep, as most folks are saying the graphics are poor in this, but it's a long way from being fucking terrible (also in my opinion)! Really enjoyed the demo and can see me getting loads of value out of this game.
  20. About as exciting as half a page of random YouTube videos. I should have mine by tomorrow. Preorders are so very, very sweet.
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