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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.

Formula One 2002
Formula One 2002
Cover art
Developer(s)SCE Studio Liverpool
Publisher(s)Sony Computer Entertainment
Platform(s)PlayStation 2
Release
  • PAL: November 1, 2002
  • JP: February 20, 2003
Genre(s)Racing
Mode(s)Multiplayer

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 marked the first ever Formula One game to feature the Launch Control despite the system being introduced prior to 2001 Spanish Grand Prix.

The game features all the drivers and tracks from the 2002 season, but does not represent the replacement drivers that featured in the real F1 season, therefore Anthony Davidson is not featured. Also, the Arrows team collapsed after the 2002 German Grand Prix in the real season, although players and AI can still drive Arrows cars in later Grands Prix in the game.

Contents

Teams and driversEdit

CircuitsEdit

The game features 17 official Formula One circuits based on the 2002 Formula One season are:

No. Country Circuit Length (m) Turns
1   Australia Melbourne 5303 16
2   Malaysia Sepang 5543 15
3   Brazil Interlagos 4309 15
4   San Marino Imola 4959 17
5   Spain Catalunya 4727 13
6   Austria A1-Ring 4326 10
7   Monaco Monte Carlo 3370 25
8   Canada Montreal 4361 13
9   Europe Nürburgring 5148 16
10   Great Britain Silverstone 5141 17
11   France Magny-Cours 4250 19
12   Germany Hockenheim 4574 17
13   Hungary Hungaroring 3975 13
14   Belgium Spa-Francorchamps 6963 24
15   Italy Monza 5793 11
16   USA Indianapolis 4192 13
17   Japan Suzuka 5821 20

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ReceptionEdit

Reception
Aggregate score
AggregatorScore
Metacritic73/100[1]
Review scores
PublicationScore
CVG6/10[2]
Eurogamer6/10[3]
Famitsu27/40[4]
GamesMaster67%[5]
OPM (UK)8/10[6]
PSM368%[7]

The game received "average" reviews according to the review aggregation website Metacritic.[1] In Japan, Famitsu gave it a score of 27 out of 40.[4]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Formula One 2002 (ps2: 2002): Reviews". Metacritic. CNET. Archived from the original on September 13, 2008. Retrieved February 12, 2019.
  2. ^ "PS2 Review: Formula One 2002". Computer and Video Games. Future plc. 2002.
  3. ^ Reed, Kristan (October 31, 2002). "Formula One 2002". Eurogamer. Gamer Network. Retrieved February 12, 2019.
  4. ^ a b "フォーミュラワン 2002 [PS2]". Famitsu (in Japanese). Enterbrain. Retrieved February 12, 2019.
  5. ^ "Formula One 2002". GamesMaster. Future plc. 2002.
  6. ^ "Formula One 2002". Official UK PlayStation 2 Magazine. Future plc. 2002.
  7. ^ "Review: Formula One 2002". PSM2. Future plc. 2002.

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