Having played the demo I can't believe how bad it is yet again. I appreciate the demo doesn't represent the final product but just from a quick play there's numerous flaws to pick up on.
- The graphics are still dire and non-HD - the lines flickering across the screen on PS3 are particularly bad. I dread to think how bad the game will perform at Monaco
- The handling is poor and inconsistent. Certain corners and kerbs throw the car uncontrollably into a spin (the inside kerb at Monza's second chicane for example) whereas you can completely cut other corners (Ascari) and the car doesn't even twitch
- The braking distances are totally unrealistic (top cars braking at 200m into the first chicane at Monza? I must have imagined watching them brake at the 150m board when I attended the race last year...)
- AI and the penalty system is dreadful - AI cars don't even go flat through Curva Grande ffs and the penalties are horribly inconsistent (AI cars pushing me into others resulted in me getting penalties, and in one case I was shunted into another car, causing them to spin and I got disqualified
- The lap times are unrealistic - I set the AI difficulty to the highest level, set a pretty poor qualifying time of 1.25.4...yet secured pole by several tenths
- The flag markerboards and other lights still don't appear to work properly - if you pit the exit light shows red (as it did in F1 2011), hardly a difficult thing to fix surely?
There's probably more things to pick up on but those are just off the top of my head. For me the most frustrating thing is so many of the errors are basic things that should be part of any F1 game (realistic braking distances, cars able to take certain corners easily flat, realistic lap times, kerbs taken at high speed unsettling the car etc) - these are all fundamental things in any F1 game. I'm not after a full simulation game and wouldn't expect that on a console format, but when they seem incapable of getting the basics right and instead spend all year pi**ing about changing the menus and concentrating on fluffy elements that add no value to the game (nominating a rival etc...and then when you beat said rival, his team immediately offer you a contract, even if it's Red Bull or McLaren...wow realistic!) then I do wonder if they will ever produce a decent game. I actually thought F1 2010 was a good starting point for them to build on (it had some big flaws but as their first attempt at F1 I thought it was ok) but they seem to have made the games worse ever since.