The first F1 2012 review is now out in the wilds courtesy of the latest issue of GamesMaster.
In its review the mag issues the Codies racer a solid 88% score and says it is "more of a strategy game than a racer" but still offers "wheel-to-wheel action".
"The Champion Mode challenges and arcade-y Season Challenge (ten five-lap rounds against a rival of your choosing) offer instant-thrill action, but the Career is mode is long and uncompromisingly tough," says the review.
It goes on to say that "mastering F1 2012 takes time" since "parts must be tested and earned, practice and qualifying sessions must be completed, goals met and, of course, races trounced" before describing it as the "punishing Dark Souls of the racing world."
Codemasters is set to release an F1 2012 demo on Xbox Live later today.