It’s the EA rule: if you’re patient enough to wait roughly six months after their games launch, then you get to play them on Game Pass. Thanks to EA Play, it’s F1 22’s turn (Console and PC), bringing the latest in the Codemaster-developed series to the service.
You know most of what you’re getting. F1 22 is the official game of the 2022 FIA Formula One World Championship, and that means all the cars, constructors, drivers and tracks ported lovingly into about 60GB worth of game.
Interested in the new additions? The new Miami International Autodrome gets lovingly recreated here, and you can try your hand at being an F1 presenter with new immersive broadcast race sequences. You can create an F1 team completely from scratch and then take them to the front of the grid with the My Team career mode, which has been rejigged and improved to give the most authentic experience. Of course, you can race head-to-head in split-screen, a two-player career or in multiplayer. There’s also a complete change of pace with supercars from some of the sport’s biggest names in the Pirelli Hot Laps feature.
Did we like it? Of course we did. The F1 series has been nailing it of late, and we handed it a 4 out of 5, saying “F1 22 is once again capable of providing a seriously hot F1 racing experience, but the bits away from that are less exciting. We’ll never tire of pounding Eau Rouge, hitting the Maggotts and Becketts complex at Silverstone or playing chicken with the walls of Monaco. We’ll even keep dipping in and out of the supercars experience for the quickest of racing hits. In fact, if it’s on-track F1 racing you want, F1 22 is the game for you. But just be aware that you may find the smaller supercar side notes and attempted fanciness of F1 Life to be of insignificance.”
Away from the circuits, there are more treats in the March calendar for Game Pass. On March 3rd we get the much-anticipated Wo Long: Fallen Dynasty (Console, PC, and Cloud); on March 14th is the 2021 hit Valheim as a Game Preview game (Console and PC); EA Sports PGA Tour (Console) is offering a ten-hour trial via EA Play on March 21st; on March 28th you can expect MLB The Show 23 (Console); and on March 30th is the wonderful-looking Infinite Guitars (Console, PC). Word is that Way to the Woods is also arriving at an undisclosed date in March too.
Two more batches of games are due to leave in March, but Xbox hasn’t been disclosing those in advance recently. Scaredy cats.
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