Japanese cover art
F-1 Sensation (Ｆ－１センセーション, "F-1 Sensation") is a Family Computer racing video game that allows players to compete with up to eleven other Formula One greats. This game is called Formula 1 Sensation in Europe.
The whole championship consists of 16 races. The tracks are based on the real 1992 Formula One season. Before each of them, a 1 lap qualification drive has to be passed, determining the starting position in the grid, and also serving as a practice for the ongoing course. Competitors bear names of the Formula 1 drivers from the season 1992. Each driver in the game is divided into three levels based on real-life skill; A-level, B-level and C-level. Among the available F1 drivers on the game, notable drivers are included like Ayrton Senna, Nigel Mansell and Michael Schumacher. Because there are less entries than there are racers, player gets to choose their rivaling drivers in the beginning, thus effectively altering the game's difficulty.
Pit stops are included, and a team-radio imitation tells the player when to go to the pits for tires, wing and engine repair. Weather forecasts are available before every racing session. However, in rare cases the weather can change during the race, forcing players to make an unscheduled change of tires.
Each race has only 5 laps - allowing for an arcade-like experience. Colliding, even sharply, with the opponents' cars, doesn't instantly destroy the machines, but rather heavily damages the opponent, and slightly decreases the player's stats. This may encourage brawl-like style of racing, forcing the entire set of competitors out of the race and taking the sole stand on the podium later.
In addition to the entire season, particular tracks can be driven on in the «Free run» mode. That includes 2 additional tracks, unavailable in the main championship.
Real world sponsors are placed on the billboards that are in the background of each race course; including Shell, Nestlé, Sasol, and Agip. The car may be customized: the player selects the body type of the car, color, at the start of the game; and later also other intrinsic parts.
The game may be completed in 1 sitting, however there is the possibility to save the progress information on the battery-backed memory or alternatively use the password. The password consists of both small and capital Latin letters with some additional characters, which is uncommon to NES games, and makes it prone to misreproduction. The only difference between the European and the Japanese versions are the locations of the screen where lap and position information are displayed. The game's soundtrack was quoted to sound similar to Blades of Steel and the 1989 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles video game, because of the same tools used in the creation process.
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