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  • Summary: Includes 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 inclusionIncludes 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 Safety Car for the first time, but also uniquely offers the drama and vehicle development that goes on behind the scenes. Work with your agent, engineer and team to develop your car in the deepest ever career experience, spanning up to ten seasons. Forge your own path to glory, and rise to be the champion. Expand
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 47 out of 49
  2. Negative: 0 out of 49
  1. Sep 6, 2016
    92
    Whether you're a lover of all things formula one or just a fan of racing games in general, F1 2016 deserves a place in your collection.
  2. Aug 31, 2016
    87
    F1 2016 is the best Formula 1 videogame developed by Codemasters, and one of the most captivating racing games of this year. It perfectly combines simulation and accessibility, offers a great Career Mode and a lot of multiplayer options, but most of all it literally drags the player into the chaos and adrenaline of the competition.
  3. Aug 28, 2016
    85
    Everybody that wants to play Formula 1, should play F1 2016. There is so much content that is very similar to the official formula 1, and it is so much fun to play this game thanks to well thought through features and simply being a nice drive.
  4. Aug 19, 2016
    80
    F1 2016 has gained a lot of the ground the series has lost over the years, and hopefully Codemasters keeps building upon this excellent foundation. Having the official F1 license is a big responsibility that this title finally lives up to.
  5. Sep 18, 2016
    80
    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.
  6. Aug 25, 2016
    80
    F1 2016 improving all what happened in F1 2015. Thanks to its recreation and positive feelings at the wheel, F1 2016 turns out to be one of the best games of the franchise.
  7. 70
    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.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 21
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 21
  3. Negative: 1 out of 21
  1. Aug 19, 2016
    10
    A positive twist to the F1 genre, finally introducing the career mode which is quite thrilling. A beautiful game with great mechanics andA positive twist to the F1 genre, finally introducing the career mode which is quite thrilling. A beautiful game with great mechanics and great steering, which assures a fun time in every race! This is by far the best Formula 1 game in years. Expand
  2. Aug 21, 2016
    10
    Best F1 game ever made...really i don´t understand all the "pseudo experts" reviewers given "8" scores...why??? this game have a perfectBest F1 game ever made...really i don´t understand all the "pseudo experts" reviewers given "8" scores...why??? 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 Expand
  3. Aug 19, 2016
    10
    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 immediatelyThis 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 sucked 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! Expand
  4. Sep 6, 2016
    9
    Every dev should take notes from Codemasters, this is how you turn a franchise around after a poor effort. After last years disasters, F1 2016Every dev should take notes from Codemasters, this is how you turn a franchise around after a poor effort. After last years disasters, F1 2016 improves in absolutely every single way. This is THE racing game of 2016 as far as I'm concerned and without a doubt the best racer on PS4. Expand
  5. May 14, 2017
    9
    Relatively late to the game. Was brought back into F1 after the exciting end to last year and the competitive start to this year. The game isRelatively late to the game. Was brought back into F1 after the exciting end to last year and the competitive start to this year. The game is the best F1 game i have ever played. The various difficulty levels really lets you grow into the game and even the practice sessions are fun and meaningful. Halfway through the first career season and I see this aspect of the game perhaps being a bit of a grind, but I guess it should be. Expand
  6. Sep 3, 2016
    8
    Back in 2011 I was gifted a copy of F1 for my PS3, I'm a big F1 fan...naturally have an affiliation with the game therefore...was it any good?Back in 2011 I was gifted a copy of F1 for my PS3, I'm a big F1 fan...naturally have an affiliation with the game therefore...was it any good? No. The career mode was about as engaging as playing poker by yourself, the AI was reminiscent of watching your trigger happy mate play Scalextric and the multiplayer experience was at best a brilliant rendition of the chaos theory meets terrible netcode, colliding with other cars that were in parallel universe. It was a confused game, like a person trying to be someone they aren't.

    Skip forward 5 years and has it matured? Oh hell yes. You've got a career mode that engages you on and off track into the world of Formula 1, and presented beautifully. It's a 10 year career mode where you are yourself, which is a welcome feature. You pick from around 15 set avatars mind, and they all look a bit strange, but it's a start. It's the little touches though that take this career mode to the point of polish that I care rarely achieve when spending 3 hours on my shoes. You are engaged with all the sessions of the race as you earn research points in order to develop your car to bring it in line with the top performing manufacturers - it's a really nice touch in order for you to start off on the low achieving team to bring it to a level it can compete with the higher achieving ones (although you can start off with any team you want). I'm not far enough into the career mode yet to say whether it will get dull over time, but so far it's well worth buying just for the single player.

    The AI is now pretty good, the still do daft things mind and until you set it to Legend or Ultimate they seem weak and give positions up too easily, so Codemasters listen; the AI difficult should just be linked to the pace of the player and NOT overtaking, if you are new to the game and have a lower difficulty it removes the reward of overtaking when they just seemingly slow down for you in the corners.

    Multiplayer then. Well this still could do with some polish in all fairness, it still just doesn't feel like a complete feature. The online gameplay though is brilliant now; the netcode has clearly matured from the last one I played and can now handle the speed. There are ranked modes with set criteria to simplify online and allow a 'plug and play' casual race, something with sim racers just aren't brilliant at if you only have 30 mins spare. It doesn't have a bespoke online co-op mode unfortunately, but since Codemasters clearly listened to the customers this year hopefully we'll see that in an update or next years game - this isn't a breaking point for me though as you can force a co-op career mode through the online championships and just make sure you set it to invite only.

    OK, so what about the driving physics and overall on track experience? It's a nice mixture I'd say of sim and arcade. Sim racers I think will still enjoy it, because the car handles as you would expect but you can push earlier, it's very manageable with a controller and it's not too difficult to manage tyre wear or fuel. I haven't really felt a dramatic difference in changing car setups, so people who love to sit there perfecting the setup might feel disappointed. Manual starts, formation lap and manual pit entry all add to the game and bring that drama onto the track - really welcome additions. The tyre strategy is lovely and brings another dimension into this game as you plan your pitstops before the race start and you're guided by your engineer when to pit. Your strategy can be the make or break of the race result and the control it gives you makes it rewarding when you pull it off.

    What parts could be better? Well I have it an 8, not a 10, it isn't perfect. The online modes could have had more polish in line with the single player career with a bespoke co-op mode. The force feedback when I play with the wheel isn't the best, but Assetto Corsa has set a high benchmark for that in all honesty and the game despite supporting the G29 doesn't support all of the buttons, like the brake bias wheel, at least on the PS4.

    Should YOU buy it? If you're an F1 fan, YES. If you like racing games in general. YES. If you like sim racing. Well if you're happy it isn't a hardcore sim but makes up for it in features and tactical play then YES. If you want a hardcore sim and nothing else, then NO.
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  7. Jul 23, 2017
    2
    Codemasters still provides the worst racing game AI available as they've done since the release of ToCa Race Driver in 2002 - Drive in aCodemasters 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.
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