Estimated achievement difficulty: 8/10
Offline: 44 (885)
Online: 6 (115)
Approximate amount of time to 1000: 60+ hours.
Minimum number of playthroughs needed: 7 seasons in career.
Number of missable achievements: 20. Basically all of the career achievements can be missed (except for completing seasons).
Glitchy achievements: Quite a few will not unlock the first time you meet the requirements. None are permanently glitched however.
Do cheat codes disable achievements? There are no cheat codes.
Unobtainable achievements? None.
Extra equipment needed? No, though you may find the game easier using a wheel.
Welcome to F1 2010. Codemasters gained the F1 license back in 2008 for a reported sum of 20 million (per year). The move appears to have paid dividends, as they have produced arguably the most realistic portrayal of the sport thus far, with strong sales reflecting this.There is a robust career mode where you start with one of the backmarker teams (Lotus, Virgin or HRT) and try to attract the attention of more prestigious racing teams. Spanning 7 seasons, the career includes all 19 tracks, practice/qualifying sessions and the ability to tune and earn upgrades for your car. An F1 enthusiasts dream!
Step One: Career
The majority of achievements in F1 2010 have been allotted to the career portion of the game. They will take some time, around the 25-30 hour mark. Choose a 7 season career upon start-up and whichever team (of the three available) you like. I suggest you play on easy, but turn off brake assist. It actually makes you a lot slower! When you begin your career, for the first race set it to "Long Race Weekend". Participate in each practice session setting the best time and do the same for qualifying. Every subsequent race, you may select "Short Race Weekend". Qualify in pole position and win every race (should be simple on easy) and you'll be well on your way to collecting all the career achievements.
If you're offered a position with a better team (McLaren, Red Bull, Ferrari, etc) accept it. When asked to choose a rival, pick the highest placed driver.
After 3 seasons of following this pattern, change the difficulty to expert. It's going to be very challenging, but with luck, you'll be able to win the championship. After winning on expert, you may crash in each race (for the last 3 seasons) and retire.
Step Two: Grand Prix and Time Trial
Complete one lap in time trial mode to unlock the only achievement tied to this mode. Note, you cannot cut any corners or go off track, otherwise it will not count.
The Grand Prix achievements. Two of them require you to win at certain tracks with specific teams. Again, you want the difficulty set to easy. One lap is sufficient. Win with Ferrari at Monza, Mercedes in Germany. Next, start a "Short Race Weekend" at Monaco. Qualify in pole position and win. Finally, we have a more challenging task. Winning a race in heavy rain at 20% distance. You can choose any team and track you wish, any difficulty. Easy is recommended however. Be a little more cautious when accelerating out of corners and you should be fine.
Step Three: Multiplayer
Besides one achievement (which explicitly states it must be done in ranked) all others can be boosted in private matches. This is down to personal preference, though boosting is a lot quicker. If you enjoy the multiplayer, simply keep racing and you will eventually obtain the achievements in around 150 hours. Boosting with a friend, it will take 35-40 hours total, for both of you to get to level 50.
Step Four: Miscellaneous
Refer to the achievement guide for information on any achievements you may have missed.
This is a brilliant game, marred by a couple of unfortunate oversights. Achievement wise, 890 is well within reach of anyone, even those new to the sport. The last 110 (Nifty 50/World Champion-Expert) on the other hand, will be obtained only by the most determined and skillful of players.
[x360a would like to thank Shelton for this Road Map]