F1 2017 Gameplay Trailer Almost Looks Photorealistic
F1 2017

Codemasters released a new trailer for F1 2017 finally showcasing some of the actual gameplay for the upcoming title. We get to see a minute and a half worth of footage from the upcoming title due for release on the Xbox One, PS4 and PC.

All of the promo trailers featuring the different classic cars without any actual gameplay had led me to believe that the game may not have been all that hot, but the graphics look great, and in a few of the scenes it almost looks like real life. You can check out the trailer below.

The remix of “Born to be Wild” fused with a short collection of visually high-impact clips from F1 2017 really helps sell the game. The natural lighting and subdued saturation seem to be key in giving the game’s colorization and graphics rendering the realistic vibes emitted from the clips we see in the trailer above. This is mostly thanks to reduced specular highlighting, having multi-pass lighting that includes soft shadows, and ensuring that the reflective passes are soft instead of hard, so makes it look like real carbon fiber instead of a chrome casing.

The physics look solid enough but from that trailer alone it was tough to tell exactly how in-depth the physics models are. Thankfully there’s another gameplay video that recently went live so we can get a much better look at the physics models. The video was uploaded by YouTuber Tiametmarduk, which you can check out below.

The eight minute video covers an analysis of some of the gameplay, where we get some light feedback on the handling of the cars and the physics upgrades over F1 2016. In the video it’s mentioned that the cars feel as if they have a bit more grip compared to last year, and that the cars feel a lot better in the handling department when using a wheel.

It’s a tempting looking game for sure. I imagine those with some good force feedback wheels will be sweating droplets questioning whether or not they should take the dive and pick up a copy.

You won’t have to wait long for F1 2017 to launch because it’s due out for the PC, PS4 and Xbox One starting August 25th.


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