F1 2016 succeeds where many racing titles fail because it effectively weaves in some personality to accent the hardcore racing details and car mechanics. The gameplay is phenomenal and the presentation is the main positive that drives the aforementioned personality.
As mentioned by many previous reviews: this is the best F1 game yet. However, I didn't buy the last few as I was disappointed with Codemasters previous F1 games. When I heard they used the same engine as Dirt Rally, I was immediately interested. The handling is great and using a controleer gives you the feeling you do have everything under control. The career is amazing: well balanced, good menu and plenty of freedom to do the things you want to do. I am really enjoying it, this is a game for any racer, you don't have to be a F1 nerd (though they will love this!) :-).
Best F1 game ever made...really i don´t understand all the "pseudo experts" reviewers given "8" ****??? this game have a perfect equilibrium between sim details and arcade fun, is very adjustable and replayable, good dificult, and automatically becames one of the better racing games in this generation (with Dirt Rally). /// Graphics are OK, very smooth and realistic, control response is excelent even with a dualshock4 pad ....and the F1 atmosphere are very good recreated. Good job codemasters
F1 2016 brings back some contents that were lost during the transition to the current generation, along with some other improvements that will make F1 fans enjoy the best game of this franchise in years.
It is a clear improvement over F1 2015 with the re-introduction of key features such as career mode and an overlay of new features which serve the purpose of improving the quality and quantity of the single player and online multiplayer experiences, although it is still yet to evolve into the ultimate F1 package.
F1 2016 is the game Codemasters has almost been making for years; complex, feature-full and still packed with the adoration for the sport that the studio has demonstrated since it got its hands on the license back in 2010. For anyone that’s a fan of racing, this is without the doubt the most unmissable recreation of it you can buy. For anyone that likes going fast, this will probably convince you, too.
F1 2016’s changes are far more substantial than they at first would seem, to the point that despite its flaws, it’s the first F1 game in a very long time that makes a fun and truly exhilarating experience out of driving along at the back of the pack in a car that clearly isn’t good enough to win.
This is the best F1 game ever made.
The already good AI from 2015 has been updated to be more realistic. You see less weird moves by the IA. They even added an Ultimate AI, better than the Legend AI. It will ask you alot of practice and concentration to win at this difficulty level. They add-on of manual start is truly changing the starts because you have complete control of the car. You can make a false start and get a penalty, a great one and really gain places with it or do a bad one and suffer from it but you are in control, it's not random or anything. The formation lap also add to the immersion. It could have been a little more challenging to make a perfect formation lap but that's no big deal. Also, the handling of the car is harder to master and makes this game feel more like a simulation. You will see the effects of different setups and tires. The engineer making pit stop strategy change suggestion during the race is also a nice add on that make the immersion feel great. One of the biggest add-on is the Safety Car and Virtual Safety Car. Feels great to have it back, well made.
They welcome back of Career mode is the true highlight of the game. You will run R&D development with your team during practice sessions. Having access to all 3 of practice sessions again is also helping feeling more immerse in the game. Running the development of the car like you want is really nice and can help improve what you think is bad about the car you have. The return of Online Championship is also welcome.
It is fair to say that the overall graphics are not that great. If you look to the grass for example when the session is starting and it's showing the track from different point of view, it's almost ugly. However, what matters the most looks great. The cars looks stunning. The rain effects are also great. You can see the water dripping from your mirror on the grid or have water splash in the screen just like you would have on your helmet driving in the wet. You can see the heat coming out of the cars. The avatars are a little better than last year and look more realistic even we have seen better. When creating your character for career mode, you can choose between about 20 avatars. That could have been better but at least you can customize your helmet! You chose the overall model and can change the colors.
Overall it's the best F1 game ever made. It has a great gameplay, great AI, all sort of details that make the game realistic and make you feel completely immersed in the F1 universe. It has great gameplay to enjoy and master and a great career mode to give you a reason to invest time in the game.
It doesn't have more fantasy modes like F1 2012 and 2013 add nor Classic Content but that is really something that was not the primary request for this games. These are extra that you can add after having a perfect or almost game or other aspects.
I heavily recommend this game to any F1 fan and every car game gamer.
This game is a major step forward from the last game (F1 2015). I have played many F1 games and this is by far the best. You are immediately **** into the world of formula 1. You know the traffics and game play is going to be accurate, it's the little things can't changes that set this game apart. So many things added that it's to many to mention. Go play. It's awesome!
Codemasters still provides the worst racing game AI available as they've done since the release of ToCa Race Driver in 2002 - Drive in a straight line, ignore the player's existence by ramming one off the road like a freight train and completely lose composure (or rather, short-circuit as the primitive robots they are, devoid of any humanlike behavioral features) even against other AI drivers if they happen to be off the ideal racing line. Along with the lies (properly referred to as false advertizing, punishable by law that is ignored in this case because it concerns mere games) regarding dynamic weather and track conditions since the release of F1 2010 that have been implemented better in other F1-games since Formula 1 '97 on PlayStation 1 by Psygnosis up until their last effort in 2006 under the moniker Sony Studio Liverpool, not to mention companies like EA and even more so, Microprose,
Codemasters still provide the same game they do every year simply by updating the visual features, driver roster and tracks while they only verbally address the obvious flaws of the games, giving empty promises of fixing them primarily in an update and eventually for the next game thus coaxing the blind mice to keep on purchasing their future products for maximum monetary gain with the minimal possible effort. On the plus side, the game controls well enough for what it is and looks decent, but that's all it has to give and these two reasons are what prevents me from giving this game a 0/10 review.
As it is, the AI makes the game absolutely unplayable in single player mode and even multiplayer mode is hindered by the more-arcade-than-arcade -features such as ghosting and the default safety car period length of three laps, neither of which can be adjusted for serious online league racing purposes and both of which also are apparent in the single player mode, taking away any credibility from the claims of this game being an F1-experience per se. As a final notion, all I have to say I've been fooled for the last time by Codemasters and will not purchase any more racing games they release - I'd rather have even EA take over the F1 license as their Shift 2 was a masterpiece compared to anything pumped out by Codemasters during the three console generations of the 2000s, including non-racing releases.
SummaryIncludes the full 2016 season calendar of 21 tracks, including the brand new Baku circuit in Azerbaijan, and the full roster of 22 drivers and 11 teams, including the new Haas F1 Team. F1 2016 immerses you in not only the on-track excitement of a FORMULA ONE career, including the inclusion of the iconic Safety Car and also the Virtual Sa...