When F1 Race Stars was first announced, many thought Codemasters had lost it. In the end, despite some flaws (few tracks, no drifting, artistic design of the power-ups), this Mario kart lookalike is rather fun to play, even a bit more than LittleBigPLanet Karting, which is a surprise to be honest. The tracks and the environments look pretty cool, with some vertiginous downhill slopes and a welcome variety. The races could have been more dynamic and probably a tad faster, but they are fun to play anyway. Now the game clearly doesn't have the charm of Sony's title, but it still is a promising first attempt at dethroning the king. Note: Footage is from PS3 version.