F1 2009 will deliver an authentic and accessible recreation of the current Formula One season, including, for the first time in a Formula One title, the stunning Singapore night race.
The new 2009 FIA Formula One World Championship promises to be one of the most exciting and closely fought, thanks to new regulations on aerodynamics, slick tyres and the introduction of the KERS boost system, which is designed to aid overtaking. The rule changes, including KERS, will be reflected in F1 2009 to deliver a truly enthralling racing experience.
In addition to single races, players can choose to battle it out together in all 17 rounds of the Championship or take on over 150 different challenges such as flying laps, overtaking trials and scenario-based challenges. F1 2009 on Wii supports two-player split screen play, while the PSP edition supports ad hoc multiplayer for up to four racers. Tuned for portable play, Challenge Mode on PSP allows players to enjoy quick gameplay sessions in both single and multiplayer on the move.
Bringing racers together, friends and family of different skills and experience can enjoy competitive racing thanks to F1 2009's unique and intuitive Fair Race Balancing system. After two players have raced each other for the first time the game will analyse their comparative driving styles and suggest which of the Driver Aids each driver should activate/deactivate in order to have a balanced race. These range from steering and braking assistance to racing line and spin recovery, so novices and seasoned pros can find the perfect set up for head-to-head or co-operative competition.
The level of accessibility offered by F1 2009 on Wii is furthered extended, with four control schemes available to the player. The Limited Edition Wii Bundle comes complete with its very own Race Wheel with the player placing the Wii Remote in the wheel and using it just like a FORMULA ONE steering wheel. Players can also choose to connect the Nunchuck, using the analogue stick to steer or alternatively use the Classic Controller giving them analogue control of both the steering and acceleration/braking. F1 2009 also supports the Logitech Force Feedback Wheel for the Wii for the most realistic driving experience.
Both the Wii and PSP editions of F1 2009 have been exclusively designed to deliver the ultimate racing package for each individual format and its audience. Setting new standards for immersion and authenticity on Wii, F1 2009 will offer a variety of race modes, including a full Formula One season and individual arcade-style challenges. Customisable driver aids will be offered to individual players, so both novice and expert drivers will be able to keep their car on track. In the game’s multiplayer mode, driver aids will enable friends and families of different abilities to play together in wheel-to-wheel split screen co-operative and competitive multiplayer races.
The PSP edition of F1 2009 will have players racing against each other wirelessly in addition to engaging and challenging single player modes exclusively tuned for portable play, including competing in full championships.
As Formula One enters its most exciting season yet, F1 2009 will take Wii and PSP players as close as possible to racing in the world’s most spectacular motorsport when it launches this autumn; F1 2010 will follow for PS3, Xbox 360 and PC in 2010.
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