F1 Racing Championship - Dreamcast

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Also for: PC, PS2, PlayStation, Game Boy Color, N64
Viewed: 3D Combination Genre:
Racing: Car
Arcade origin:No
Developer: Ubisoft Soft. Co.: Ubisoft
Publishers: Ubisoft (US)
Video System (DE/ES/FR/GB/IT/NL)
Released: Unknown (US)
9 Mar 2001 (DE/ES/FR/GB/IT/NL)
Ratings: 3+


There’s high octane racing to be had from the new contender revving up on the grid. Published by Video System and developed by Ubi Soft, F1 Racing Championship is set to be the most realistic, challenging and exciting racing game ever released. The Ubi Soft development team have made every effort to achieve the highest quality in-game technology to provide the perfect combination of man and machine. Expert and ground-breaking techniques are employed to create the most immersive gameplay and graphical environment in any racing game yet, superbly complimented by the pumping soundtracks, hyper-realistic sound effects and impressive cinematic sequences. This is more fun than you can shake a petrol pump at.

Key Features

  • All 16 internationally acclaimed circuits of the 1999 FIA Formula One World Championship, taken directly from survey data, complete with elevation and trackside objects

  • Climb into the 3D (yes 3D!) cockpit of the 11 visually stunning and technically supreme Formula One cars to experience the magic normally reserved for the professionals

  • 100% exciting: ease on the power and acclimatise to the awesome acceleration and handling as you take centre stage to enjoy the most amazing drive of your life

  • Fully modelled cars from each of the 11 official teams recreated with detailed and accurate 1999 FIA Formula One World Championship season data

  • Actual 22 ranked Formula One drivers from Schumacher through Frentzen to Hakkinen, so that the player can join the race together with them

  • Slick presentation with beautifully rendered intros, easy-to-use menu systems, all with the official stamp of approval

  • Incredibly vivid 32-bit graphic environment, the best resolution tracks ever seen with 100,000 polygons; beautifully realistic light and shadow effects; bump mapping and multi-texturing for true life tracks and cars

  • Superb attention to detail, giving blistering speed sensations whilst you’re zooming around the course. Modelled from the original race environment, every car and location is beautifully and accurately detailed right down to the last blade of grass.

  • Delicious special effects (flame-emitting engines, sparks, sand flying, heat haze, lens flare, authentic vision blurring, waving crowds, amazing reflections)

  • 100% exhilarating gameplay with ultra-realistic car behaviour and motion capture

  • Seven game modes including the impressively faithful recreation of the eight month Formula One season in Championship mode, plus live a whole Grand Prix weekend or just try one track in Arcade mode

  • A brand new Driving School mode allows players to learn the nuances and secrets of racecraft, as well as each course’s sweeping curves and undulations

  • Scenario mode will also enable players to pit themselves against the actual events of the season. For example, at Monza, Takagai must overtake Badoer in just 3 laps

  • Test your reflexes and co-ordination on high-speed practice runs with Time Attack’s ghost racer, with race lines on each course helping you beat that stopwatch

  • Motorised mayhem of multi-play with the 2 player Dual mode - multi-player split-screen racing at its best

  • Improved ‘Catch-up’ option to add extra fun, allowing beginners to race just behind more accomplished players

  • 100% challenge provides longevity with technical fine tuning of vehicles: wing angles, suspension, tyres, brakes, steering, body height, fuel levels or camber. Even your opponents’ AI are all adjustable to several levels in the hunt for glory. Also, each car’s 3D physical car behaviour is tuned by car engineers to give an increased feeling of danger

  • Original soundtracks in the game and realistic sounds to perfectly reproduce real engine roars, accelerating and braking

  • Statistical read-outs at the end of the race helping improve performance for the next race

  • Attention to detail – FOA TV display and replays, rear view mirrors in the 3D cockpit view, radio messages, real time weather reports enabling racers to plan pit stop strategies; overheating brakes, oil and water on the track and full implementation of 1999 rules.

  • The best special effects, with environmental mapping and spectacular effects (reflections, light and shadow rendering, rainy and sunny skies, smoke) all in a 3D environment and real time.

  • Close-to-reality garage set-ups provide the means to alter car settings to help get the best performance out of a car and achieve the best lap times. Adjustments based on real life physics and engineers’ settings refine the car's behaviour. For instance, if a player likes to use curbs to cut bends, he should have hard springs and dampers to avoid spinning around.

  • Default values also exist for each individual track so players have basic settings which allow them to make their rough race strategy (fuel, tyres, air, steering type etc.)

  • Inclusion of a high-quality real-time collision model that provides players with the opportunity to cause spectacular crashes and objects to fly, even leaving debris behind. It’s likely that many car parts from wings to the deflectors, springs to entire wheels, will be twisted, mangled, lost or even totally destroyed. Fortunately for the more reckless player, this damage mode is optional

  • Acclaimed opponent-car artificial intelligence; Ubi Soft’s simulation and reality modelling expertise allow the most powerful AI ever seen

  • CPU-opponent AI are managed independently from the others, making their own decisions relative to the race environment. Just like real drivers, they can make small errors or very big mistakes on distance between the leader, the bend, weather and road conditions, and even the distance to the closest wall or sand area. In addition, they’re all reactive to genuine Formula One race parameters (tyre type, fuel quantity and race strategy), as well as each opponent Formula One drivers being controlled by AI that recreates their individual driving style and personality including anger, experience, speed and proven reliability

  • With an atmosphere of realistic action created by the potent mix of crisp yet fluid graphics, authentic sound effects and music by Garbage, F1 Racing Championship is the game for Dreamcast that has the excellence and competence to take pole position