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F1 Challenge (F-1 ライブ インフォメーション F-1 Live Information?) is an officially licensed Formula One game developed by Bell Corporation and produced by Sega for the Sega Saturn. The game contains only three of the many Formula One Circuits, Hockenheim, Monte Carlo and the Suzuka Circuit while having another three based on the fictional Neo City containing three different configurations.
While containing a full license (The license is granted by FOCA, not the FIA) of the 1995 Formula One racing season with thirteen teams and twenty-six drivers, the game only allows the player to play as five drivers: Michael Schumacher (Benetton), Damon Hill (Williams), Jean Alesi(Ferrari), Ukyo Katayama (Tyrrell), and Mika Häkkinen (McLaren). The other teams and drivers are in the game and the cars are correctly modeled but are unselectable.
The game is very similar to other titles produced by Sega. Its form is that of an arcade-style simulator that carries a variety of courses that range from easy to hard with a small selection of cars to choose from. This format has been followed by Sega games in the past, with such titles as Virtua Racing, Daytona USA, and Sega Touring Car Championship. Unlike other racing titles released by Sega, this particular game does not rely on powersliding and drifting and attempts to be very simulator oriented.
The game supports the Sega Arcade Racer steering wheel peripheral in addition to the standard Saturn controller.
Sega Saturn Magazine gave the game an 80%, calling it "ideal for race connoisseurs with a perfection complex", but inferior to Sega Rally Championship and Daytona USA as far as the average gamer is concerned.
- "F-1 Live Information". Electronic Gaming Monthly (Ziff Davis) (80): 110–111. March 1996.
- Automatic, Rad (January 1996). "Review: F1 Live Information". Sega Saturn Magazine (3) (Emap International Limited). pp. 80–81.
- F1 Challenge at Sega Saturn UK - Review, screens and information.
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