PREVIEW F1 24: Silverstone made us tremble

Electronic Arts And Codemasters will be back at the end of the month with F1 24, their new racing and simulation game under official license from the FIA. While waiting for our full opinion on this annual opus, we have already been able to take the wheel in the single-seaters of the 2024 season for a few laps and Grand Prixin order to form a first opinion on this F1 24in a non-final version on PC.

A complete racing game, completely in tune with the times and which will delight Formula 1 fans.

Controller DualSense in hand, we set off on our favorite route, Spa-Francorchamps, aboard the Ferrari by Charles Leclerc. A circuit which has benefited from some changes this year, like those of Losail and Jeddah, but it must be admitted that apart from the clearance zone to the left of the Raidillon de l’Eau Rouge, the improvements are beyond the barriers of safety and therefore not very obvious when the car rockets at more than 300 kilometers per hour. Because, graphically, F1 24 is in line with the previous part, with more realistic models and more credible lightingbut we are far from a technical revolution.

Another novelty, the EA Sports Dynamic Driving System improve it gameplay, in particular thanks to a dynamic suspension system. A novelty which is mainly noticed at Silverstone, the English layout has been redone to best transcribe all the complexity of its surface, far from being smooth. At each bump, or on each vibrator, the wheels of the car shake and move independently, it’s impressive and above all very immersiveespecially in view Fin, Cockpit Or TV Pod in the turns Maggots, Becketts And Chapel at very high speed. The sensations are intense, that’s all fans of F1 are looking for in such a video game.

Finally, we were able to discover, on the surface only, the new mode Career of this F1 24. The developers did not lie, this is indeeda huge evolution, a lot of new features are presentsuch as the possibility of making a Career with a real driver among the 20 on the grid this season, to manage engineers to get bonuses, to enter into rivalries against several other drivers or to complete challenges during the races. A welcome novelty, as some Grand Prix can be a bit monotonousour radio engineer (Jeff, always him…) sometimes gives us a challenge like completing a lap within a certain time or saving fuel for a few laps. A good novelty that makes each race unique. Finally, note the presence of pilots’ voices during crashes (DNF) and victories, it’s fun, but we haven’t yet heard Charles Leclerc’s famous “I am stupid” in Baku in 2019.

Our first impressions: Good!

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This first approach to F1 24 reassured us. This year, as in 2022, we have to make do with the classic modes, the Point de Rupture scripted mode is still on hiatus, but Codemasters and EA Games seem to have brought little new features here and there to offer a complete racing game, completely in tune with the times and which will delight Formula 1 fans. We will see you in a few days for a complete opinion on F1 24 to see if the entire content is up to par.

You can pre-order F1 24 from €64.99 on Amazon, Cdiscount, Fnac And Micromania.

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