F1 is on the minds of visual artists and racing fans everywhere between the release of Ron Howard's latest movie, "Rush", the final few races of the actual season, and the release of Codemasters' latest game (and the subject of this week's spotlight), F1 2013 Achievements.
Last year's edition saw a critical resurgence for the open-wheel game (we gave it a 5 star review and Metacritic has it sitting at a respectable 84), but out with the old and in with the new. Let's dive in and see what kind of pops you'll have in store next week.
In the basics department, F1 2013 is pretty straightforward. You've got 45 achievements and no secrets. There is a good mix of online race requirements, solo requirements, co-op pops, and the utilization of many of the game's race modes. Really, there's a little bit of something for every F1 fan.
With the basics out of the way, let's delve a little deeper into a few of the more interesting achievements.
We'll kick things off with an achievement that will be polarizing to some, but I love it.
Whenever I play a racing game (which is rare, I admit), I need to have the cockpit view. I've always felt, "What's the point of having a racing game if you're not sitting in the driver's seat and seeing from that point of view?" While there are certainly dissenters, and probably more experienced ones at that, I'm glad to see Codemasters rewarding gamers for embracing verisimilitude.
Let's move from an achievement that should be embraced to one that should be retired.
I realize that there is value in adding split screen to games; it brings back the golden days of couch co-op and allows friends to play together. That being said, whenever I'm playing a game (any game) in split screen, all I can think about is, "I wish this were full screen." When it comes to racing games, I think that this feeling has to be exacerbated.
While this next achievement may not be hard, per se, I think it's almost required (or it should be) in racing games.
Not much to say, really, but the thrill/challenge of starting at the back of the pack and meticulously working one's way to the front is an awesome feat.
This next achievement is getting a spot solely based on it's name.
Until a few months ago, I had no idea who Niki Lauda was, now (thanks to the aforementioned Ron Howard) I have something of an idea. The fact that Codemasters has a form of his name in the game is exceptionally awesome.
When it comes to finding the achievement that could end up with the juiciest ratio, you're going to have quite a few contenders, but I'm going to pick this guy to sit in the pole position.
I don't care what game you're playing, whenever an achievement asks that you get all of the gold medals in every mode (looking at you, Batman: Arkham games) it's never the easiest of tasks.
Other potential roadblocks on your way to completion appear to be Who Needs Assists? (Win a race with all driver assists disabled), Hardcore Champion (Win the Drivers' Championship in Season Challenge on hard difficulty), Rule the Roost (Set the fastest lap time in every session of a long race weekend in Career), Online Obsession (Complete 50 online races), and Gold Fever (Earn a gold medal in all of the Time Attack scenarios).
As was the case in F1 2012 Achievements, Codemasters doesn't seem to be remaking the wheel when it comes to achievements for F1. You've got a pretty good mix of everything and the grind doesn't appear to be as bad as it was in previous iterations. If you were a fan of the achievements in F1 2012, the newest version shouldn't give you too many issues when it comes out next week.
If there's an upcoming game or DLC pack that you'd like to see featured in the Achievement Preview Spotlight, be sure to let us know in the comments!