Formula One 99
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|Formula One 99|
PAL cover art
|Mode(s)||Single Player, Multiplayer|
After Formula 1 98, Psygnosis brought in a new development team. Studio 33 had previously developed Newmann Haas racing using the original F1 Game engine from Bizarre Creations. Formula One 99 showed that Studio 33 was already experienced in creating a sim-based racing game.
Other innovations included the pit lane speed limiter and a clutch. This game was a considerable and welcome improvement upon Formula 1 98. It may have lacked an "arcade" mode or that extra polish, but Studio 33 clearly concentrated on the most important aspects of the simulation mode, leaving the addition of an arcade mode for Formula One 2000. The AI was suspect, and often cheated the player when pulling out a substantial gap, the AI would then do impossible lap times to catch up and pass. This was also inherent in the Newmann Haas Game which Studio 33 also developed. Another AI tactic was to simply pass through solid walls when trying to overtake the player. This was especially noticeable in Monaco.
Teams and drivers
- Jordan-Mugen Honda
All alcohol and tobacco sponsors are censored:
- Ferrari's Marlboro is completely censored.
- Williams's Winfield is replaced by "Williams F1" and black bars.
- Williams's Veltins is replaced with black bars.
- Jordan's Benson & Hedges is replaced by "Buzzing Hornets" (as in real life).
- Benetton's Mild Seven is replaced by "Benetton" (as in real life).
- McLaren's West is replaced by "Mika" and "David" (as in real life).
- Prost's Gauloises is replaced by white bars.
- BAR's Lucky Strike and 555 is replaced by "Run Free".
Inclusion of safety car
This game was the first Formula One PC game to this point to have a fully working safety car. The safety car was not seen again in a simulation of the sport until Codemasters released F1 2011 for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PC - a gap of roughly 12 years.
There was good critical response to the game. The Official PlayStation Magazine said that the game "put the series back on track after last year's debacle", with top gameplay and true sense of speed.
- Official PlayStation Magazine, Future Publishing issue 52, (December 1999)