Disclaimer: This review was written by someone that played a bunch of Formula One games as a kid because his dad was a sucker for all things racing-related. The writer doesn't really care about racing, with most of his gaming experience in this field beginning and ending with Mario Kart (which he still plays).

Given the disclaimer above, it would be ok for you to leave right now. I mean, if you're reading this, you're probably well-versed in the world of Formula One games, so it's understandable if that intro was a yellow flag (did I use that correctly?). I get it. If you can picture a Venn diagram, think of this as a review for people that quite like the idea of racing games, even if they never buy them, and people that have disposable income. If you're somewhere in the middle, here's the three best things about the game:

1. The Visuals

Holy crap, this game looks good. I spent about 5 minutes staring at some grass post-crash, it's that good. I can't really speak on course accuracy for all you F1 nerds, but they sure look beautiful when you're driving* around them (*smashing into walls repeatedly). The only thing I didn't particularly like the look of were the people in career mode (the cut scenes). But that's a minor blemish on an otherwise stunning looking game.

2. The Sounds

As previously mentioned, my Dad is a car aficionado. He's built them, he's raced them, he's bought them, he's crashed them. He's so enamoured with them, he once dragged me to Barcelona to watch the Spanish Grand Prix. My main takeaways from that day are as follows: I've never seen so many polo-shirts in one place, and when everyone sat around you has ear plugs, take that as a warning. To this day, I've never heard anything quite like it. It was terrifying.

Now, unless your TV has a "ARGHHHHHHHHH, HOLY HELL, WHAT'S HAPPENING. HELP ME. HELP ME. WHY DIDN'T ANYONE TELL ME IT WAS GOING TO BE THIS LOUD" option, you're never gonna get close to the actual experience, but this game does a pretty good job at trying.

Career Mode is pretty great

By far the biggest advancement in sports games over the past decade has been the shift towards a career arc. Sometimes it goes too far - Spike Lee's take on NBA2K 16 for example - but it's clear that the fantasy approach is the future. Having said that, I have no desire to be a Formula 1 driver but breaking up the pursuit of perfection with a larger storyline is the absolute best thing about this game.

Final thoughts

If you take one thing away from this mini-review, let it be this: I really don't care about racing games, yet I enjoyed my time with this game. If your base level of interest is equal to, or higher than mine, then you know what to do.

This game was reviewed on the Xbox One. It's out today on the PS4, Xbox One and Windows PC (DVD and via Steam).