These days, it's rare for game developers to offer demos of their latest titles. If folks are offered a free snippet to sample, it's usually some time after the full release has hit shelves. Bucking that trend, Codemasters is giving racing fans an early look at its latest title. A playable demo for F1 2012 is available for download on Steam. There's an accompanying trailer, too:
The graphics look decent, and there are some nice weather effects. Nothing about the visuals really floors me, though, perhaps because this is a cross-platform release. We haven't heard a peep about PC-specific graphical enhancements despite F1 2012's DirectX 11 credentials. Perhaps the benefits of a high-resolution texture pack would be lost with the world whipping by in a blur.
According to Steam, the full version of F1 2012 will unlock in about 12 hours—just enough time to try the demo. If you pre-order the game before it goes live, Valve will knock 10% off the $50 asking price. There's a 17% discount for folks who buy a couple of copies at once, too. The last F1 game scored 83 on Metacritic but achieved a user rating of only 7.1, so you might want to try the demo before ordering. Thanks to Rock, Paper, Shotgun for the tip.