F1 2018 steelbook – Review

You’d have to be an alien if you didn’t know what F1 racing is. As there are several racing games, it’s no surprise that there are F1 racing games. Official F1 racing games even. Let’s try this intro again, shall we? F1 2018 is the official video game of the 2018 Formula One World Championship. It was released for all major platforms like PC, PS4 and Xbox One in the summer of 2018. The F1 2018 steelbook is the fourth steelbook in the series and the 2nd one that includes several famous drivers from the sport.

Although Codemasters mentions that they have a variety of different boxes for different countries, I can only seem to find one version of the F1 2018 steelbook.

F1 2018 steelbook

The Outside

While most steelbooks try to create one background to connect the front and back panels, the F1 2018 steelbook does not. Instead, Codemasters opted for a split, each panel focusing on a different aspect of the F1 racing universe.

On the front panel, there’s this incredibly large “2018” logo, taking up about half of the space. Right below that, we have seven different drivers, each famous for their accomplishments. Starting from left, we have Sergio Perez, Max Verstappen, Sebastian Vettel, Lewis Hamilton, Daniel Ricciardo, Fernando Alonso and Romain Grosjean. Their headshots take up a fourth of the steelbook. Under these famous drivers, there is yet again the logo of the game except this time it’s the “F1 2018” logo. The design certainly focuses heavily on the year of the game.

While the back panel has the same blue background that is featured in the front panel, this time the focus is not on the drivers but on the cars themselves. There are three F1 racing cars depicted. In the middle, we have the Ferrari in its iconic red colour. On its left side, there’s the Aston Martin Red Bull racing car in a blue camouflage-like colour scheme. All the way to the right, there’s the Mercedes in simple grey. Below this image, we have a few logos and copyright text. Honestly, this text kind of ruins the design but some might like it regardless.

F1 2018 steelbook

The Inside

I wish I could say much about the inside artwork but alas, there is none. Well, there is something but it’s quite abstract. Looking at the image long enough will make you think it is a blurred image of F1 racing cars on the track in greyscale, and perhaps it is, but we’ll never know.

As is common with steelbooks, there’s the disc insert on the right with the official steelbook logo below it. The left panel comes with two plastic tabs for any paper inserts you may have.

F1 2018

The Verdict

This steelbook is either a hit or a miss for collectors, and I’m not entirely sure where it is for me. While I do like the simplistic design, I do also feel that the logos are too big and there are just far too many. Having headshots of the drivers is a nice touch, but I do prefer steelbooks that feature the more mechanical stars of the game, in this case, the F1 racing cars.


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