Formula One 2002 (video game)
|Formula One 2002|
|Developer(s)||SCE Studio Liverpool|
|Publisher(s)||Sony Computer Entertainment|
Formula One 2002 is the second Sony Computer Entertainment (SCEE) Formula One video game, released on November 1, 2002. The game was based on the actual early 2002 season. The game includes the new Hockenheim circuit, revised Nürburgring track, the Renault and Toyota teams. The graphics are similar to THQ's MotoGP 2.
It was originally planned to be released in mid-2002, but was delayed to November due to avoid clashing with the release of EA Sports F1 2002 in June.
This game made the in-game debut of James Allen who had taken over the commentary duties from Murray Walker on the ITV coverage. Walker was also featured, doing commentary in the arcade mode. This was Walker's last Formula 1 game appearance, until he performed introductory voice-over on the "F1 Classics" mode in Codemasters' F1 2013.
First issues of this game came with a DVD of the 2001 season that was not commercially released which featured multi-angles and footage from the defunct F1 Digital, a pay-per-view service which allowed the purchaser access to multiple camera shots, sessions and a choice to follow cars as the sessions progressed.
The main menu music featured the song "Psynn 2" by Shawn Hargreaves.
This was the first ever Formula One game featuring the Launch Control despite the system being introduced prior to 2001 Spanish Grand Prix.
Teams and drivers
Notes: Later tracks have 20 competitors on them instead of 22 because Arrows pulled out of the actual championship after the German Grand Prix. It is still possible to drive an Arrows on any course after Germany, creating a field of 21 drivers if in all single player modes. If in custom race multiplayer and hot seat mode, the player can use both Arrows drivers after Germany, creating a field of 22 drivers.
All alcohol and tobacco sponsors are censored:
- Ferrari's Marlboro is completely censored.
- Williams's Veltins is replaced with "V??????"
- Jaguar's Beck's is replaced with "Best's"
- Jordan's Benson & Hedges is replaced by "Be On Edge"
- Renault's Mild Seven is replaced by "Blue World" (as in real life).
- McLaren's West is replaced by "David" and "Kimi" (as in real life).
- BAR's Lucky Strike is replaced by "Look Alike".