F1 2017 continues to flesh out the excellent career mode in last year’s entry. This time around, the game takes cues from many other popular games of the day, by adding RPG elements. No, no leveling or loot systems here- but there are what are basically skill trees. These skill trees are hidden behind the R&D you get to conduct over the career mode, and can unlock 100 new abilities and perks for you.
There are four times as many abilities to unlock this time around- and the tree itself is non linear, meaning you have to put some thought into what your short term and long term goals are if you want to leverage it to the fullest possible.
Of course, you can’t just unlock things on a whim- you need Resource Points to do so, and Resource Points are a limited currency. Here are some tips to earn them a bit quicker and more efficiently:
- Win. This is… probably pretty good advice for the game in general, but win races. First place gets you 25% more Resource Points than you would have otherwise gotten.
- Sim races. Once the game is fully aware of your ability, and can simulate it well, start simming races- this will save you a lot of time.
- Become world champion early in the season. Wait, there’s more to this- once you are World Champion, basically halt all R&D. This will net you an additional 25% Resource Points, too.