F1 2023 PC Review

F1 2023 PC Review

Bit late to the worlds greatest circus party with horsepower over the top and drama til we drop.
Crofty has said a few times it’s lights out and away we go this season already, but there is no
better time than now to review this years edition of what F1 2023 PC version brings to the table
after a few updates and fixes.

I won’t be spoiling the story mode, and will go through the modes and enhancements that are
new to this years game, also I will give you an idea how the game runs in the real world on hardware
other than the latest i7-i9 CPU and 4090 RTX Graphics cards, since we all are definitely not in that
category as gamers..

I’ve been playing F1 games since the very first ones on multiple platforms, but none have I had so
much fun with as the Codemaster series of the licensed game, and reminiscing specifically back to
2016-17 when they took steps forward in Graphics and drivability, one can only say 2023 really has
leapt lightyears forward on all aspects… and they have kept driving fun since 2009.
One could say it’s almost the best time of the year when a new Codemasters F1 game releases…

For this year Codemasters have brought back the story aspect to F1, you might remember I said in 2021
for the first Breaking Point story mode, it was a good fun distraction for a few hours.. taking on
a netflix like approach, but also had some annoying things such as phones ringing all the time,
a bit corny, but ultimately an enjoyable addition to the game, giving more meat to an already
great package.

2023 builds upon the original Breaking Point story, with people you might remember, Aiden Jackson,
Devon Butler, Casper Akkerman and then there is of course new people like Callie Meyer, whom is
the first female brought into the F1..

The story begins with a recap of what has happened previously, so if you missed out on 2021, don’t
worry you’ll be brought up to speed quickly, and can jump in to the new story arch directly without
feeling lost.

This year focuses on the Konnersport team, where Aiden and Devon have signed
respectively, and are now team mates.. without going indepth and perhaps spoiling things,
what you can expect is a longer than the previous story from 2021, more twists, more drama..
more meddling, happy moments, sad moments, and a fight for the future in the sport..
Costs and success reflecting real life struggles.

But what I enjoyed in the story were the objectives set out for you on what to achieve,
and the possibility of overachieving for bonus points.. But also with the twists happening
you could give answers to the press favoring one or the other thing, to mention a few of the
improvements/additions in game..

All in all the story mode is not a short one to play through with 17 chapters on the line to go
through, and for the achievement hunters out there.. this game does take a good while to grind
out if you are after the 100% completion (49 in total) the last one’s being tied to multiplayer
progress taking the longest.

If you are getting F1 2023 after reading this, don’t sleep on the story mode by jumping directly into
the online racing parts.. it is all in all a worthy part of the game to play, adding even more
content to cruise through in this filled package..

And speaking of content in F1 2023, this is probably the only critique I will give for the game
this year, but I was a bit lost in the beginning starting the game where everything was and why
things were locked, 40+ hours into the game and I still am occasionally going wait a minute what
sub menu was this thing in… I have added screenshots from all aspects of the game above, so be
sure to check those out to get perhaps a better idea if you are a bit lost on what I mean.

Everything besides Career, Local Multiplayer (LAN) and League Racing (requires signing up)
is placed under F1 World, comparable to last years F1 Life.. , and yes this year also features
Super Cars, Home decoration, clothing, trophies etc. for customizing things… a design choice
for sure placing it all there, but then there’s the stubborn me who goes I want a quick race
button on the front menu directly, but I guess we will get used to the new system eventually.

Goals are a big part of the game, to complete your compendium of stickers etc, the more you
drive the more you unlock upgrades to your world car, parts, contracts, and epic people such
as Christian Horner or Guenther Steiner. All for that online grind, to become the best..

As you guessed all the tracks are there for this years season, but for F2 this year we right
now only have the 2022 lineup.. perhaps this will be upgraded in a later update?.

Now for the gameplay, compared to last years where cars felt sluggish, and bit heavy on driving.
This year, the cars feel almost super glued to the asphalt for maximum downforce..
which always feels nice to anyone playing, there’s no panic mode constantly going on thinking
you’ve lost control of your car.. while this of course might not be to everyone’s liking, compared
to other sim racing games… you have to remember that F1 2023 is not aimed to be a perfect
sim racing game, but more accessible to everyone who wants a go at the worlds most known
racing series, and you can of course tweak everything from an assist point of view
if you so wish, disabling racing lines .. to disabling traction control etc. to have the game
respond to your racing style, experience.

Other updates that felt good so far, no more AI getting automatically super starts and glued
to your behind at starts, I always felt that was annoying and unfair in previous games, guess
this has been a requested feature, hitting another car or them hitting you also is not automatically
your own fault (reflecting on your driver standards license)… also now pitstops can be an
immersive QB button presses on changing settings, making it a bit more realistic,
same with Formation laps if you want to experience this, also as a last mention the anonymous
press person has now also been replaced with Natalie Pinkham that anyone will recognize having
watched Sky Sports F1 or F1 e-sports streams previously, taking it one more step closer to realism.

How does it Run?

With an aging i5-9600k/16GB RAM and a 3070 (8GB) the game continues to impress every year with
how good it looks and the frames it generates, this year is no different… turning Ray Tracing
off and just solely going old school I would have to the north of 145fps at all times, and topping
out at 180fps using High Settings / High mix… adding RTX to the mix and we drop down to 80-100fps,
while shadows and lighting effects are always nice, this year I’ve opted to play with purely higher
frame rates instead. In the above gallery you can find the Benchmark I took on day 1,
but later tweaking some options resulted in above as mentioned.

I hope you can draw some conclusions for your own system based on this mid-system spec.

Steam Minimum / Recommended Specification.

Final word

F1 2023, is the series that keeps on giving.. year after year it brings something new to the table
improves on existing features, modes, graphics… I can honestly say, this package is what I
wanted, needed, and will keep me racing for many months to come… until 2024.

What will 2024 surprise us with? It’s starting to get hard to guess what they can bring to the
table in the future, but I wouldn’t be dissapointed if a career mode revamp would be the next thing
they would start from scratch, why not start at Karting, F-series.. F3-F2-F1… to add even more
racing … time will tell what 2024 gives us, but for now 2023 will keep us occupied and happy
racers for many months.



Out Of 10
  • Breaking Point story
  • Overall driving feeling
  • Plenty of racing options
  • Performance
  • Menus bit complex
  • Online Lobbies a bit buggy

Thank you to Codemasters / EA Sports for the review code. EA F1 2023 is out now on all major platforms, please see respective online stores for region specific pricing, or check out your local game store for a physical copy and it's pricing.


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Dead Space – Remake PC Review

Dead Space – Remake PC Review

Dead Space 

2008 that is when the original Dead Space launched on PC and consoles alike, fast forward 15 years
and the classic game has received a wonderful remake that is most true to the original with some
tweaks overall, not only counting Graphical and Sound, Light overhaul but also some added dialogue
that fills in more on the story for those who remember it and were perhaps left with some questions.

I have to confess I played Dead Space around the time it launched, but I could not remember the whole story,
so this was a delight for me to revisit and behold; the new beautiful graphics and sounds
in a environment that is guaranteed to keep you glued to the chair whilst playing, and perhaps make you
a bit twitchy every time you hear some strange sounds.

For those who might not be familiar with the story of Dead Space, a quick summary of what has happened.
You are Isaac Clarke an Engineer onboard USG Kellion with your fellow crew mates responding to an
emergency help request by the giant Planet harvesting/mining ship USG Ishimura, and as you guessed
things go wrong straight away, your ship crashes onto the Ishimura, your crew mates are scattered
around the ship, and you have a bad feeling about the situation, and this is where the game begins.

Trying to find out what has happened on the Ishimura, becomes very clear quickly in the game, systems
malfunctioning everywhere, blood everywhere, and you stumble upon the first bodies and text written
in blood on the walls, the game already nailed the atmosphere back in 2008, but with todays technology
it is amazing to see the difference or should I say how far we have advanced within computer games,
the added light effects, raytracing and even in the sound department.. takes this classic up to
a whole new level of creepy and fun. I have added below a few pictures from the EA Website to show
the graphics back in 2008, and the slider on top of course features snapshots I took whilst playing
the game on Steam for your comparison: to have a better sense of how much work or rather love has
been put in.


As you notice from the tone of my writing so far, I am full of praise for this remake and rightfully
so, this is out there with remakes such as Resident Evil 2 and 3, well executed for old players
and new alike.

Dead Space depending on the difficulty choice you make, in it’s 12 chapters and side missions
to play from beginning to end takes around 8.5 hours minimum if you remember to use those save
spots frequently, and manage not to get yourself killed in some gruesome way. The game caters to all
levels of players, beginners and hardcore with the choices from Story Mode, easy, medium, hard and
later on a New Game+

The controls of the game felt solid the whole way, easy to wrap your head around but you also have
customization options if you feel the need to change the layouts.

For those who might be wondering about collectibles and different weapons, suits etc. The answer is
Yes; The Deluxe edition of the game also comes with a variety of different suits for Isaac, and you’ll
have a grand time during your playthrough to find power nodes for you to upgrade the weapons which are
plentiful or the suit mechanics, investing in upgrading at least one of the weapons fully and aiming
for a full suit upgrade makes the game a bit easier to handle in your playthrough as logically you
are more powerful, but it also gives you a bit more time on certain missions to scurry around and
find hidden items, log entries, or even more power nodes etc. Steam has a total 47 achievements
to unlock and includes such things as collecting all the logs, schematics, and something for those
with patience and skill, not afraid to tackle the Impossible difficulty level.

As time passes in PC Gaming we’ve been pretty fortunate that most games in the past years have not
required the most modern and powerful CPU:s and GPU:s for us to enjoy the adventures laid on us,
I am starting to see a trend where after so many years the minimum has been a 2-4 GB GPU card, and
a 5-6th gen Intel CPU to accompany is not enough anymore, new games are starting to raise the bar,
and it’s understandable when tech moves forward, and games become more complex and beautiful.

This is the time where we are going to need perhaps some upgrades made to our rigs to be so called future proof.
Dead Space is no exception to this, raising the bar quite substantially with it’s minimum requirements
being a Ryzen 5 2600x or a Intel Core i5 8600 with 16GB of Ram, AMD RX 5700 or a Nvidia GTX 1070.
As you can see from the below image.

I played the game on my main rig, i5-9600k, 16GB of ram and a 8GB 3070 Nvidia GPU, paired with a 3440×1440
Monitor, whilst using DLSS on auto and occasionally trying out the other options such as balanced and
performance this netted me through my whole playthrough around 70-90 FPS, with one substantial dip to
the low 10’s on the End Game boss, changing my settings during that boss fight, got me back up to 40fps
so it was playable again, I’m not sure if this was a bug or what crapped out the frame rate here, but
overall on my playthrough the game was more than enjoyable, this also based on that I have the game
installed on a SSD, which ensured super fast loading times, starting the game or accidentally killing yourself.

Also worth mentioning, that I had 0 game-crashes during the playthrough, and the only odd “negative” thing
was that frame dip in the end game, but I am sure it will be mangled out in any updates if it is a bug.

I think I’ve covered what I wanted on Dead Space with this review, so I’ll move onto my final words.

Whether you played the game in 2008, or not played it yet, if you want to experience a good story,
some gory action, a game that actually will have you jump a few times because you got spooked..
Dead Space is the game for you, it’s worth a revisit, a first visit, and even a second visit
with new Game+

Out Of 10
  • A Story that keeps you on your toes from the beginning to the end
  • Sounds might make you a bit paranoid in a good way, atmosphere.
  • Beautiful Graphics and well implemented DLSS.
  • Deluxe edition comes with Dead Space 2 bundled on Steam.
  • Major performance issues on end game boss.
  • Requires quite a lot of horsepower to run at Maximum detail levels.

Thank you to EA PR for providing a review code for the Dead Space Remake. Dead Space is out now on Steam, EA Play launcher (formerly Origin), and can also be purchased for Consoles; Playstation & Xbox in their respective online stores or at your local retailer. Please see Steam for regional pricing.
Judgement & Lost Judgement PC Review

Judgement & Lost Judgement PC Review

Judgement & Lost Judgement

One of my all time favorite series Yakuza had it’s spinoff with Judgement back in 2018
and Lost Judgement in 2021, both games received a remaster earlier this year for consoles
and I was in awe that it most likely will not see the daylight on PC; reminiscing earlier
statements that it might not happen, it was quite a delight to see that the games got an
surprise Steam release on the 14th of September just a bit over a week ago, so I had to jump
on the opportunity to dive into them and write a little bit about it for you. Normally
I would cover games one by one, but today as the games tie into each other so to speak:
And it came in a bundle pack, I think it kind of fits to give an overall score for both,
and as usual I will not spoil the story for you, but give you the background information
only, and how it plays.. so you can decide for yourself if it is something you would
like to give a spin.

What kind of a game is Judgement & Lost Judgement you might ask? after seeing the screenshots
posted above. Judgement is a third person action-adventure detective game that sets itself
apart from the Yakuza series, with deeper gameplay mechanics and a darker story.

Judgement’s backstory starts off with digging into your own past how you became a detective,
from managing to acquit Shinpei Okubo on a murder, only to see him arrested again shortly after
for the murder on his girlfriend, this drove you over the edge.. guilt ridden and you quit
your law career, fast forward a bit after some well made cut-scenes explaining it all and
we are in the present day, investigating a possible serial killer that has murdered 4
Yakuzas (Mafia) in the most gruesome way, gouging out their eye’s after he has killed them.

The Police quickly arrest a known Yakuza Captain that you run into earlier in the day pretty
much start of the game, the Yakuza family has requested the law firm where you worked to
investigate the matter, as they are old friends with the firms owner, here’s where you come in.
Your ex partner at the law firm is running the investigation and defending the Yakuza Captain
but you have more experience with the Yakuzas, and they want you as a private detective to find
out any possible evidence; now the game really starts to take shape as you venture around the
kamurocho district in Tokyo (you might recognize this from the Yakuza Games),
finding evidence, talking to people, and figuring out what really happened..

Is the Yakuza Captain Guilty or not? This is also the part where the game takes
distance from the Yakuza series previously, Yakuza is more of the over-the-top action than
anything, straight forward linear in a sense (though that also is in a semi open-world) setting.

Judgement introduces mechanics such as drones so you can sneak in undetected and find people,
tailing suspects, lock picking, an extremely annoying door knob “hacking” thing, and puzzling
together the evidence that you have picked up, analyzing pictures and so forth..

It brings depth into the game play, and let’s you get immersed into the story on a different
level, I particularly liked when you talk to witnesses or potential alibis that you have to
ask questions in a right order to get full points out of it, so it pays off to pay attention here.

For the story of Lost Judgement, you and your ex. Yakuza partner Kaito investigate a rather
strange case of how could a person do crimes in two places at the same time, a bystander on a crowded
train captures video of the accused groping a woman on a train in Tokyo whilst a murder happened
in Yokohama, Defense lawyer Shirosaki, has no doubt that crucial details of the situation
have been overlooked, as Ehara was not even tried for the murder. This is where you and Kaito
come into the picture, helping out some fellow friends and their Detective agency.

The question is though; How could Ehara have committed two crimes at once?
Was the sexual battery just a cover up? Has Ehara gamed the entire justice system?
As victims surface and Yagami digs farther into the truth, he is faced with a question:
Defend the law, or enact justice?

Also in Lost Judgement as Judgement there are some new mechanics that further set the series
apart from Yakuza, Parkour, Chasing (also in Judgement), Tailing, Infiltrate and Search..
with a ton of new gadgets and even a super good detective boi doggo.

Both the stories are long, and interesting, and do keep you on your toes as you immerse yourself.
Judgements story is around the 25-30 hour mark for the story itself and if you really love doing
everything that is possible to do in the game, it’s around a 100 hours easily. For Lost Judgement
you are looking at 23-24 hours for the main story and once more around a 100 hours to complete
everything possible.

So with this bundle you are looking at around 200+ hours of enjoyment, Lost Judgement also
comes with a DLC called The Kaito files that add a few more hours on top of everything.

What both games also feature besides all serious detective work is the wackiness that we found
already in the Yakuza games, with mini games and dating / meeting friends all over town.
There is a staggering amount of things you can play and challenge yourself with here,
To name a few; Drone Racing, Pinball, Mahjong, Batting center (Baseball), Darts..
And not only limited to that; there are some Arcade games you can play too Virtua Fighter 5 etc.
In Lost Judgement there are some old Sega 8-bit games etc.

So as you see it’s not just all serious business, dating, dancing.. eating, smoking, drinking..
To me that sounds like a good way to spend a weekend or many weekends playing both Games.

So that’s about the games story and side things you can do.

But how does it run?

Both Judgement and Lost Judgement, are super nice looking games with detail levels that surprised
me when you crank up the graphical levels, the game does require quite a lot of horsepower from
your system though, and to be honest with my i5-9600k 16gb of ram and a 8gb 3070 GPU I was
averaging around 70-90fps at medium detail, and this with FSR 2.0 in use (performance mode)
There is currently no DLSS option available, could be that will implemented later on? but for
now there is FSR 1.0 and 2.0 to choose from to accelerate things a bit. I’m not entirely sure
what happened during my playtime, but I had on several occasions some stuttering during gameplay
even in places that weren’t too crowded graphically and only lasted a short amount of time, I
guess this could be down to either not perfectly optimized, or I missed some settings?

But overall, when you set the frame rate to locked 60fps (options are there 60-120-Unlimited)
to pick from, you will have a nice time playing the game, if your system specifications are
around mine.

For both games, the Dubbing is fantastic in my ears, very talented folks doing the roles,
so nothing to complain about there.. and overall the world feels alive from a sound perspective.

Below I have posted the minimum and recommended system specs for both games.
Note, this is quite a large download when you install both.

Thanks for taking the time to read my review on Judgement and Lost Judgement of what to expect.

Judgement PC Requirements

Lost Judgement PC Requirements

Out Of 10
  • Both games feature a good interesting story
  • Action packed neverending fun
  • Tons of Minigames
  • Memorable characters
  • FSR Implementation is a bit wonky? occasional stutter
  • Requires quite a lot of horsepower to run at Maximum detail levels.

Thank you to SEGA PR for providing a review code for the Judgement & Lost Judgement Pack. Both games are out now on Steam, and can also be purchased for Consoles; Playstation & Xbox in their respective online stores or at your local retailer. Please see Steam for regional pricing.

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