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F1 2016 review

In recent years, the Formula One games have always been close to be great, but for various reasons they would just fall short. With F1 2016, it feels like Codemasters have had time to put more effort into their career mode. Last years effort only allowed you to play as a current driver, but this year you can create your own avatar. Once you have added your personal details and chosen the avatar that looks most like yourself you can choose a team to start with. Rather than heading to the top of the pack I opted for stint with McClaren Honda, replacing Jenson button.

At this point you meet your agent who will tell you about the objectives you need to meet at each race, as well helping you with new contracts with the same, or other teams. You manage your career through your laptop, you can see information about the upcoming race ,your stats, a trophy room as well as tutorials introducing some of the new features in the game, which I’ll talk about later. The main section on your laptop is Research and Development, everything you do, whether it’s practice laps, qualifying or racing, will earn your resource points that can be put towards making improvements to your car. It will take a while to upgrade everything but it’s a good extra to the game. One way of earning points is by meeting test objectives during practice sessions. You’ll learn to manage yor tyres around a circuit, as well as trying to hit various gates to practice your racing line. Scoring well will add extra resource points to your pot.

As always the game allows you to customise a whole host of options such as assists, vehicle damage and even the difficulty of the AI.F! 2016 introduces the formation lap for the first time in an F1 game, you don’t have to take part in them but if you wan the full experience there is no harm. Currently you can’t drive the car right up to your grid position but that would be a nice feature in the future. Another new feature to the race is the manual start, which requires you to hold down the clutch while hitting the required amount of revs. When the lights go off you need to release the clutch and hope you don’t stall. It’s a great new feature which is all down to timing, go too early and you’ll receive a drive through penalty, letting go too late might cause you to stall and lose you precious places.

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The racing, as it has been over the past few years, is excellent the AI drivers are great to compete against, especially at the higher difficulties. The controls are pretty much the same as last year, but the HUD has had a revamp, using the B button allows you to cycle through various diagnostics, such as tyre wear and temperature, while LB opens radio communications between you and your team. From here you can use the D-Pad to select an option or use Kinect to talk to the team directly. You can ask about Weather updates, race updates and even confirm suggested changes to your pit strategy. The pit team can sometimes come in with useful suggestions, especially when the weather begins to change, but it hasn’t stopped them from suggesting a pit stop on the final lap. Talking of pits, the manual pit entry is also back, another opportunity to make a mistake and lose more time on the tracks.

The more you play F1 2016, the more you realise how much was missing from last years title, Safety Cars are now in the game, as is the Virtual Safety Car, both adding a welcome dynamic to the game, if you are leading a race this can be a real hindrance as it allows your opponents to catch up to you before the safety cars goes back in, it’s a great game of cat and mouse. There is so much to manage during the race, most importantly your tyres. This year you can really notice when you are on the wrong tyres or when they begin to wear, your grip goes just as your fast times round the laps.

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If you are a racing fan, you’ll notice the tension between Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg. In your F1 2016 career you’ll take part in different rivalries. You each earn marks for achieving certain achievements. Things like qualifying above your rival, or posting faster sector scores during a race. The first driver to 30 points will win the rivalry. It would be great if the rivalries had some greater depth to them so hopefully that’s something we’ll see improve in F1 2017.

Away from the hugely improved Career mode is a standard championship, where you just play as one driver on one team for as long as you wish. There are also Time Trials and of course Multiplayer. It’s a shame you can’t co-op a championship as it’s surely something fans would like to see, I know I would. I was surprised at how well online worked, there still seemed to be some players that were able to cut corners with out penalties but generally my experience online was good. Getting a team of you together to play an Onlinr Championship will be a lot of fun.

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F1 2016 was without it issues, the presentation as ever was superb, but yet again the huge amount of screen tearing on the Xbox One was a let down. As I mentioned before, the AI was weird at times but you could really see how far the game has come on in the last year.

F1 2016 shows off its immersive Career mode

The latest F1 2016 trailer gives fans an idea of what to expect from the the new Career mode.

Players will experience the tension of the Formation Lap as they weave to warm their tyres, before facing the drama of the manual race start, where they have to balance their revs and release the clutch at the right time. Get this wrong and players could jump the start and face a penalty or fail to get away from the line as the anti-stall kicks in.

Race strategy is also vital as players battle their rivals.You’ll be able to manually enter the Pit Stop as well as manage dealing with the Safety Car and Virtual Safety Car conditions.

Over the course of the Career, players can decide how they want to upgrade their car by consulting with the Research and Development Engineer on areas for improvement, and by completing tasks during Practice sessions. They can either upgrade their team over a number of seasons to make it into a title challenger or they can negotiate with their Agent to move between teams to work their way up the grid.

F1 2016 will also feature a Multiplayer Championship that allows up to 22 players to compete against each other over the course of a season. The new mode allows players to race as team mates or to battle it out as different teams.

F1 2016 releases on August 19.

New F1 2016 trailer set to attract more fans

Codemasters and Koch Media have released the latest gameplay video for F1 2016. The new attract video shows action both on the track and in the pit lane, recreating key moments from the year and highlighting many of the game’s key features.

F1 2016 will feature the most in-depth Career mode ever seen in the franchise which allows players to create their own legend over the course of ten seasons. Players are able to move between teams or they can choose to develop a team into a championship contender by working with their Research and Development Engineer and Player Agent to develop their progress.

The Formation Lap will feature for the first time in the game’s history as does the brand new Virtual Safety Car which accompanies the return of the regular Safety Car, a fan favourite. Further enhancements include manual starts and manual pit lane entry and braking – all vital to avoid losing time, penalties and track position.

F1 2016 will be available on August 19.

F1 2016 shifts into gear this summer

F1 2016 has be announced and will be available this summer.

This year’s game promises to include “the most immersive career mode ever featured in the franchise”, allowing players to select an avatar and sign a contract with any F1 team before working their way up the racing ladder. Players will be able to sign new contracts with different teams, or work with their favourite teams to turn them into champions.

F1 2016The safety car returns, and with it the implementation of the Virtual Safety Car too, while elsewhere it’s possible to edit the time of day settings, hopefully we’ll get to hear some more details on the game soon.