Driving into F1 2021, the latest simulation by Codemasters, feels like embarking on a whirlwind tour of high-speed circuits. As a casual gamer, I prefer games that help me unwind with relaxing gameplay, easy controls, and short, enjoyable sessions. Thus, diving into the world of competitive racing was quite a different experience.

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F1 2021 stands out with its deep and detailed gameplay mechanics. The game boasts an extensive range of supported parameters such as brake temperatures, tyre pressures, and even angular acceleration. This level of realism is both a blessing and a curse for the casual player. While it’s fascinating to dive deep into the minutiae of perfecting your car’s setup, it can also be overwhelming for those who aren’t familiar with the world of professional racing.

Visually, F1 2021 is stunning. The attention to detail in the cars, tracks, and even weather effects is impressive. The game beautifully captures the electric ambiance of a live F1 race. However, the visually intense graphics can sometimes be a bit too much for someone looking to unwind. The high-stakes atmosphere and relentless pace might not provide the relaxed experience casual gamers seek.

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The “Braking Point” story mode offers a narrative-driven experience, introducing some engaging characters and dramatic plotlines. This mode attempts to draw in players by giving a personal touch to the racing world. For someone like me who enjoys story-driven games, this was a pleasant surprise. Yet, despite its charm, it’s not enough to fully redeem the game’s otherwise intense focus on realism and competition.

As a casual player who enjoys relaxed gaming sessions, F1 2021 is somewhat of a mixed bag. While the game delivers an authentically thrilling racing experience with its detailed mechanics and dazzling visuals, it falls short in providing the laid-back escapism I often seek. The game demands attention, precision, and a considerable time commitment, which might be better suited to hardcore racing enthusiasts rather than casual gamers.

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Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

If you’re someone who revels in the challenge of mastering realistic racing simulations, F1 2021 will surely entertain and excite you. However, if you prefer your gaming to be a leisurely and stress-free experience, you might want to tread cautiously or look for something less intense.

Want to check it out yourself? Click here to see it on Steam.