EA's relentless assimilation of world sport continues with its utilisation of the freely available Formula One licence adding to its already impressive roster. Only tiddlywinks and crazy golf now remain unconquered, and it seems that if they can put a 2000 on the end, they'll have it.
The ubiquitous millennial addendum is particularly relevant in this case, as F1 2000 is a faithful reproduction of the 2000 season which has just started and will be filling your television screens for much of the foreseeable future. No more than anyone would expect, you might think, although the big deal here is that Geoff Crammond's long-awaited GrandPrix3 will not be afforded this luxury, instead focusing on the long-forgotten 1998 season.
It has been mooted in PC before that the developers simply drop in the relevant data at the last minute, and that is what seems to have happened with F1 2000, luckily with little detriment to the game. Formula One anoraks will lap it up, revelling in the authentic teams, including the new Jaguar outfit and the BMW/Williams, as well as the freshly installed US Grand Prix at Indianapolis, and the improbably-named new boy, Jenson Button.
Of course, this will all have been a complete waste of time and effort if the cars perform like Reliant Robins. Thankfully, this is not the case, although for some reason when you use the external view the handling is particularly poor, with the car seemingly rotating about its centre in a wholly unconvincing fashion. If this is the view you prefer to use when playing driving games then you might be advised to steer clear. However, in the time-honoured cockpit view, it's Chequered Flag (A Spectrum classic - Ed) all over again, with the sensation of speed and motion enough to have your sphincter contracting on a regular basis.
Races are action-packed affairs, and the illusion of being part of an ongoing Grand Prix is maintained throughout, with some frantic battles taking place, no matter how far down the field you are.
Far more of a simulation than an arcade experience, the game is packed with some excruciatingly dull vehicle set-up stuff, much of which can thankfully be bypassed in favour of some default set-ups. As per usual, all manner of driving aids can be taken advantage of, catering for everyone from Michael Schumacher to Richie Shoemaker, and once you've found your level it's an extremely absorbing experience.
While Crammond is tweaking, EA has stolen a march and delivered a perfectly playable Formula One game, as long as you've got a fast PC. Unless you've got a P450 at the very least we wouldn't touch this game. First-corner slow-down makes the game almost unplayable.
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Systems: Windows 9x, Windows 2000 Windows XP, Vista, Win 7, Win 8, Win 10.
Game features:Single game mode
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