The classic hairpin laden track returns to this year's sim.
Wʜᴇnᴇᴠᴇʀ I dip ɪɴᴛᴏ a ɴᴇᴡ F1 ɢᴀᴍᴇ I'll ᴀʟᴡᴀʏs ᴊᴜᴍᴘ sᴛʀᴀɪɢʜᴛ ɪɴᴛᴏ Mᴏɴaco: ɴᴏt ʙᴇᴄᴀᴜsᴇ I ʟᴏᴠᴇ ɪᴛs trᴇᴀᴄʜeroᴜs twɪsts ᴀɴd ᴛᴜʀɴs, ʙᴜᴛ ʙᴇᴄᴀᴜsᴇ ɪᴛ's ᴀʟᴡᴀʏs tʜᴇ ᴍᴏsᴛ vɪsuᴀʟʟy imᴘʀᴇssive ᴀɴd varied ᴛʀᴀᴄᴋ, wɪᴛh a ʟᴏᴛ ᴍᴏʀᴇ ᴛᴏ ʟᴏᴏᴋ ᴀᴛ thᴀɴ grey tᴀʀᴍac ᴀɴd ʙʟᴜᴇ sᴋʏ. In tʜᴇ ᴍᴏsᴛ reᴄᴇɴᴛ F1 2020 ɢᴀᴍᴇpʟᴀʏ video ᴀʙᴏᴠᴇ (ᴀɴd ᴀʟsᴏ tʜᴇ ᴍᴏsᴛ substᴀɴtial ᴏɴe), ᴡᴇ sᴇᴇ a Pierre Gᴀsly's AlphaTauri ɢᴏɪɴg pedal-ᴛᴏ-tʜᴇ-ᴍᴇtal aʀᴏᴜɴᴅ tʜᴇ sᴇᴀ sɪᴅᴇ circuɪᴛ.
It's definitely more impressive than my first exposure to Monaco, which was in F1 Grand Prix 2 (this video shows that it looked pretty good even in 1996). But I've raced this tricky bastard in what feels like dozens of racing games: the Gran Turismo games, the Project Cars games, and probably others.
The F1 2020 release date is July 10. Andy played a demo of 2020 last week, and wrote about how the instalment's career mode introduces some distinctly RPG-esque features. There's also a new accessible handling mode, which sounds great if you want a carefree bash in high speed vehicles.