F1 2016 (video game)

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F1 2016
F1 2016 Cover.jpg
Developer(s) Codemasters Birmingham
Publisher(s) Codemasters
Director(s) Lee Mather
Composer(s) Mark Knight
Series Formula One
Engine EGO Engine 4.0
Platform(s) PlayStation 4
Xbox One
Microsoft Windows
macOS
iOS
Android
tvOS
Release WW: 19 August 2016
macOS: 6 April 2017
iOS & Android: 10 November 2016
Genre(s) Racing
Mode(s) Multiplayer video game
Single-player video game Edit this on Wikidata

F1 2016 is a racing game which is based on the 2016 Formula One season and was developed by Codemasters Birmingham, published by Codemasters, distributed by Square Enix in North America and Ubisoft in Japan. The game is the eighth instalment in the F1 franchise developed by Codemasters.[1] The game was released on 19 August 2016 on PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC.[2][1] The game was also released for iOS, Android and tvOS on November 10, 2016.[3] A Mac version by Feral Interactive was released on April 6, 2017.[4]

Features[edit]

Codemasters announced that the players would now be able to play a revised career mode consisting of ten full seasons rather than five seasons in previous games.[5] The game included the twenty-one circuits from the 2016 season and in-game commentary from David Croft and Anthony Davidson. The game also featured all eleven teams and twenty-two drivers competing in the championship, including the return of Renault, and the brand-new Haas team.

Players were also able to choose the time of day that a race takes place,[5] customise helmet designs and choose a race number for career mode. The safety car returned, with the mechanics related to it revised, while the Virtual Safety Car was introduced, as well as manual starts, manual pit lane entry and (for the first time in a Codemasters game) the formation lap.[6] The research and development aspect of the game was revised to allow players a greater degree of control over the performance of the car.[7] Online lobbies are expanded to allow for twenty-two car grids.[6]

Reception[edit]

Reception
Aggregate score
AggregatorScore
MetacriticPS4: 82/100[8]
XONE: 85/100[9]
PC: 86/100[10]
iOS: 66/100[11]
Review scores
PublicationScore
Eurogamer80
Game Informer80
GameSpot80
IGN88
The Daily Telegraph80
TouchArcade3/5 stars[12]

The game received a positive reception scoring 86 out of 100 on the review aggregator site Metacritic, with many publications calling it the best Formula One game Codemasters has created.[10]

The game reached number 2 in the UK PS4 sales chart, behind No Man's Sky,[13] but topped the XO chart.[14]

The mobile version, however, has a score of only 66/100 on Metacritic due to AI issues.[11]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Coming soon - the official F1 2016 game". Formula1.com. Retrieved 27 May 2016. 
  2. ^ "F1 2016 releases on August 19 - F1 2016 for PS4 News". videogamer.com. Retrieved 17 June 2016. 
  3. ^ "F1 2016 – Coming to iOS, tvOS and Android devices | Codemasters Blog". blog.codemasters.com. Retrieved 11 September 2016. 
  4. ^ "Create your own legend with F1 2016 on Mac". Retrieved 17 April 2017. 
  5. ^ a b "INTRODUCING F1 2016 | Codemasters Blog". blog.codemasters.com. Retrieved 14 July 2016. 
  6. ^ a b "F1 2016 – New Features & Trailer | Codemasters Blog". blog.codemasters.com. Retrieved 14 July 2016. 
  7. ^ "F1 2016 game revealed: New Formula One game to include safety car and career mode". alphr.com. Retrieved 17 June 2016. 
  8. ^ "F1 2016 for PlayStation 4 Reviews". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved 18 June 2018. 
  9. ^ "F1 2016 for Xbox One Reviews". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved 18 June 2018. 
  10. ^ a b "F1 2016 for PC Reviews". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved 18 June 2018. 
  11. ^ a b "F1 2016 for iPhone/iPad Reviews". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved 18 June 2018. 
  12. ^ Lazarides, Tasos (17 November 2016). "'F1 2016' Review – Great for Solo Racing, Awful for AI Racing". TouchArcade. Retrieved 18 June 2018. 
  13. ^ "GFK Chart-Track". www.chart-track.co.uk. Retrieved 18 September 2017. 
  14. ^ "GFK Chart-Track". www.chart-track.co.uk. Retrieved 18 September 2017.