Review: F1 2020 (PlayStation 4)

F1 2020 allows you to create your F1 team for the very first time and race alongside the official teams and drivers. Alternatively, challenge your friends in a new split-screen mode with casual race options for more relaxed racing. Compete on 22 circuits, with current and classic content.

Pros:

  • Amazing well-detailed graphics.
  • 59.19gb download size.
  • Platinum trophy.
  • Racing gameplay.
  • Graphics-motion blur slider, Nit adjustment, and HDR support.
  • Can rebind controls.
  • Full steering wheel support and options.
  • Tutorial tips as you play.
  • Six difficulties modifiers-beginner, amateur, experienced, professional, elite, and custom.
  • Character creator-name, suit, gloves, audio name, number, helmet.
  • Autosave on/off.
  • Telemetry settings- UDP mode, UDP port, and UDP format.
  • Full camera setup and a FOV slider.
  • Car livery editor-make your own and add sponsor logos or use a pre-made one.
  • Badge editor-make your own or use a pre-made one.
  • Solo modes- driver career, my team, grand Prix, championships, and time trial.
  • The multiplayer-weekly events, leagues, split-screen, ranked, unranked, and LAN game.
  • Showroom-F1 2020, classic or F1 2019 eras.
  • TV show presentation.
  • Theatre-watch replays.
  • F1 esports section-enter an event, videos, challenger series, pro series, news.
  • Driver career-pick an avatar then choose to do F2 racing with short/long/taster length seasons or jump straight into F1. Performance dictates your F1 career.
  • F2-select a manufacturer and team.
  • Flashback-roll back time.
  • Accessibility option allowing you to drive off track easier, cars easier to pass.
  • Can tweak settings etc on the loading screen.
  • The photo mode- Can change time and weather with all settings you hope to see in a photo mode like a vignette, brightness, saturation, depth of field, f-stop, and more.
  • Fast loading times.
  • Press briefings-you interact with the press via multiple choice answers to questions, this has an effect on your team chemistry.
  • Uses the Ds4 speaker for team comms.

Cons:

  • Few times the game would black screen.
  • Not every driver number is available.
  • In-app purchases for cosmetics.
  • Feels at times you getting unfairly punished in collisions.
  • Small in-game text.
  • A lot of jargon.
  • Possible to press a button or direction by accident and just fill the screen with menus and prompts.
  • A couple of zombie looking characters.
  • Press sections still feel like an unnecessary filler.

  • 10/10
    Graphics - 10/10
  • 10/10
    Sound - 10/10
  • 10/10
    Accessibility - 10/10
  • 10/10
    Length - 10/10
  • 10/10
    Fun Factor - 10/10
10/10

Summary

Another year and another formula 1 game is upon us. F1 2020 is last year’s game with a few more tweaks and additions in a nutshell. But it also manages to elevate the series and cut down on unwanted faff and makes a more streamlined experience. For me, this is the year that an F1 game has hit a new high. I can’t put it on one individual thing but instead, I think it’s the year everything clicked into place, the controls are so smooth and responsive, I found I just drove better, I would do full weekends and improve lap times rather than skip to race. I paid attention to my levels and took my time with the still extensive upgrade tree. Sure little has changed visually but it set me up for a better time straight away in the career.  I can easily say this game has definitely improved and feels a lot better over last year’s edition and is an absolute must for f1 fans and hell even driving fans, in general, should check it out as it allows you to finally blend custom characters seamlessly into the official drivers and events. I cant see many faults and it’s all win-win for F1 fans. In closing F1 2020 is a game that has refined the F1 game to within an inch of its life, From fluid familiar controls to jaw-dropping graphics and sound work, F1 2020 is the F1 game for gamers. Those who like to tweak and adjust there cars will be overwhelmed with the options available to them and brings it all together in a way that can only be described as perfect.

Jim Smale

Gaming since the Atari 2600, I enjoy the weirdness in games counting Densha De Go and RC De Go as my favourite titles of all time. I prefer gaming of old where buying games from a shop was a thing, Being social in person was a thing. Join me as I attempt to adapt to this new digital age!

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