Has anyone else tried this game?
I obtained a copy last night and gave it a try. I must say, it was quite disapointing. THe only thing that this game has going for it is that it has the 2000 cars, tracks and drivers, which something that no other sim comes with.
The graphics are Ok, but still not as nice as GP3. When you are driving along a stretch of wooded area in GP3, the trees hang over your car and cast a shadow like they do in real life. In F1 2000 they sit there like pieces of cardboard that occasionally pop out when you get close to them. Put simply, the 3D graphics are awful.
The cars are very easy to drive and there is no learning curve at all. It is possible to sit down and immediately turn laps that would qualify you for a GP. However if you want to qualify at a higher skill level it will require setting up the car, which is also far too easy. The tyres also lock up far too easily. If you slam on the brakes at 330 km/h they will not lock up until you are below 200 km/h, yet in this game they lock up at any speed. Also the handling is far too neutral for a modern F1 car.
The other little details are good. The pit radio is quite nice. This is also where the game scores over GP3.
AI is awful. The cars smash right into you for no good reason, and knock you out at every opportunity.
Overall, this game has some nice features, but the graphics, driveability and computer opponents are just awful for something that calls itself a realistic sim.
If your machine can handle it (like mine
)GP3 s a ton better.