Alan of Team VVV Automotive released his First Look video for F1 2015 today, and as he writes in the description, his experience has been “far from positive.” This is a pretty big deal, as Alan features many different Codemasters titles on his site quite prominently, taking time out of serious sim reviews to give an equally thorough overview of games the greater sim community usually ignores. He seems to generally enjoy the various GRID and F1 installments Codemasters have put out over the years, so a scathing review from Alan means there’s something seriously wrong with the game.
Alan’s video, running at about ten minutes in length, showcases the various bugs and issues plaguing the game, and the initial comments on his YouTube channel by dedicated Team VVV viewers describe F1 2015 as if “Codemasters just gave up on F1”. Several graphical glitches pop up, the game crashes on Alan at one point, and he constantly finds himself spinning out without any rhyme or reason despite being a rather competent sim racer.
I indeed torrented F1 2015 the other day just to try it, and was shocked at how bad it was. I really wanted to do a review of my own experiences with the title, but in the end could not, as I couldn’t get it to run at even a fraction of the quality of F1 2014, a game where I spontaneously sat down and won a full length Monaco Grand Prix in my undies.