Fans of the F1 series from Codemasters are here for one reason and that's to experience pure F1 racing as best as a video game can offer. It's no surprise then that Codemasters recognizes this and works hard to show just how the F1 experience comes to life in their racing games. Today's trailer for F1 2014 is an example of that, showcasing F1 driver Daniel Ricciardo's Red Bull RB10 running a "hot lap" on the Austrian Spielberg circuit.
The Spielberg circuit is no stranger to F1, though its been absent from the calendar for over a decade -- or so I'm told. Apparently it's known for its elevation changes, which is why Codemasters felt it was a priority to get added to the game. The track will be one of four circuits added, including the Sochi Circuit in Russia, Hockenheimring and the Bahrain Grand Prix which was run as a night race in 2014.
F1 tends to be more of a niche racing franchise compared to some of the larger series with more of an international audience. What that means to me, however, is that Codemasters has room to really tune the experience to what their community wants. Tune it to pure F1 authenticity. They wouldn't be showcasing actual drives running laps on these tracks in their trailers otherwise.
Pick up F1 2014 on PC, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 starting October 17. The series has unfortunately not yet decided to make the jump to PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, but oh can you imagine how gorgeous it will look when it does? Just pick up the PC version of the game and hopefully that will give the best idea. I love it when annual franchises are forced to step up their game.