Like every other sports game, Codemasters is back again with another F1 game in the form of F1 23. And based on the reviews, it seems the racing simulator has completed the lap as the winner.


Reviews praise the game’s improved handling and gamepad controls and the continuation of the Braking Point story, although some have cast a shadow of doubt over the mobile game-like F1 World mode.


F1 23 Review Roundup

Here are some reviews and first-look articles for F1 23 from around the web. At the time of publishing this article, the score for this game was 85 at Opencritic and 83 at Metacritic

IGN

F1 23 is a far heartier package than F1 22, with 26 tracks, the enjoyable next chapter of the Braking Point story mode that began in F1 2021, and – for players who love to recline back into the couch and race – the best gamepad handling in the series, ever. The racing-focused secondary career mode F1 World is also likely to be a step in the right direction after last year’s F1 Life for some, although it’s equally probable its arcade-inspired, loot-based upgrade system will be divisive amongst traditionalists.

IGN rating: 8/10

PCGamer

F1 23 has been criticised by some for being expensive, but nobody could realistically argue it represents poor value for money. The best-in class career mode is complemented by a best-yet story, with an entirely separate progression-based economy in F1 World. Add in online ranked play, eSports championships and last year’s F2 cars and you’ve got a simply phenomenal package. A little too po-faced at times, sure, but still phenomenal. 

PCGamer rating: 87/100

F1 23

Shacknews

F1 23 is an improvement over last year’s iteration, but not nearly as impactful of an upgrade. Here’s hoping that the F1 series can continue to build on its successes and take a page out of Red Bull’s recent Formula 1 dominance: incremental updates are more valuable than wholesale changes.

Shacknews rating: 7/10

F1 23

PushSquare

F1 23 is a solidly packed racing experience that improves upon its predecessor in almost every way. With a little something for everyone, on top of an immersive and impressive experience on PS5, it’s a worthwhile addition to the libraries of enthusiasts and casuals alike. 

PushSquare rating: 8/10

GamingBolt

All in all, F1 23 is the perfect jumping-on point for any would-be racing enthusiast considering investigating the Codemasters-developed series. With a remarkable sense of detail and unmatched controls across the franchise, the learning curve isn’t quite as steep with upgrades that ultimately help to stabilize the handling of the vehicles on the track as well as measured difficulty options.

GamingBolt rating: 9/10

Hardcore Gamer

F1 23 makes welcome changes and additions to the series with the most beneficial being the racing. My Team, Career and Two-Player Career have surface updates, but is largely the same. F1 World is a surprising addition that adds a whole new element to the series while Braking Point 2 is a good follow up if you’re in the mood for some drama. The team did include the Supercars again, but it’s buried in F1 World and the cars are exactly the same.

Hardcore Gamer rating: 4/5

CGMagazine

F1 23 makes welcome changes and additions to the series with the most beneficial being the racing. My Team, Career and Two-Player Career have surface updates, but is largely the same. F1 World is a surprising addition that adds a whole new element to the series while Braking Point 2 is a good follow up if you’re in the mood for some drama. The team did include the Supercars again, but it’s buried in F1 World and the cars are exactly the same.

CGMagazine rating: 8/10
Mufaddal Fakhruddin
Mufaddal Fakhruddin

Mufaddal Fakhruddin has been writing about games and technology for the past 15 years. He has lost count as to how many reviews he has written over the years, but he is sure headphone reviews make up at least 70% of that.

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