Percentile Rank

F1 2016 is ranked in the 83rd percentile of games scored on OpenCritic.

Rating Summary

Based on 71 critic reviews
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OpenCritic Rating

81

Top Critic Average

91%

Critics Recommend

Based on 71 critic reviews

Score Distribution

Unscored Reviews

Eurogamer
Recommended
Recommended
Aug 19, 2016

Codemasters nerds out for its most detailed, most hardcore and most satisfying Formula One game to date.

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Ars Technica
Unscored
Unscored
Aug 19, 2016

If you're an F1 fan then it's probably a no-brainer. It has the latest tracks, includes all the latest rules, and the current line up of teams and drivers. If you're not an F1 fan but still like racing games it's still probably worth your time, thanks to an engaging career mode and enough granularity in the settings to make you work for that win.

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Seasoned Gaming
Liked-a-lot
Liked-a-lot
Sep 2, 2016

After 2 years of “meh” with F1 on consoles Codemasters knocks it out of the park with few complaints.

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Scored Reviews

Entertainment Buddha
93 / 100
93 / 100
Aug 29, 2016

F1 2016 Is the best F1 game in years possibly the best ever created. It's an essential purchase for fans of F1 or racing fans in general. It has the perfect difficulty curve for newcomers to get to grips with and is deep enough to keep the die-hard pro's happy. A few annoyances dampen what is otherwise an outstanding game but none of them detract from the intense thrill of F1racing.

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Impulsegamer
4.6 / 5.0
4.6 / 5.0
Sep 2, 2016

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.

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Digital Spy
Aug 2, 2016

F1 2016 gives you even better racing than last year's version, then makes it the centre of a brilliant career mode. The handling, AI and sense of speed have never been better, while the changes to starting and the new practice goals have a major impact on the race weekend. This is an F1 game for F1 fans, but exciting enough to pull in those who'd never normally sit through qualifying. You can't really ask for more than that.

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WellPlayed
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Aug 20, 2016

F1 nerds and racing fans, get ready for the best F1 game ever conceived.

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M3
9 / 10
M3

Top Critic

9 / 10
Aug 23, 2016

After last year’s largely disappointing entry Codemasters amends almost all of the game’s faults with F1 2016. With a great sense of speed and a plethora of options and game modes F1 2016 is one of the most engaging racing experiences ever made.

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PS4Blog.net
9 / 10
PS4Blog.net
the_nmac
9 / 10
Aug 22, 2016

If you are a fan of the Formula 1 racing then this is a game for you. You can tell time was taken in its development creating a detailed true to form game for the franchise. I would have loved to see some extra beginner-friendly modes, but between the tutorials and some extra practice you will be picking it up and crossing the finish line in no time. If someone like me could have fun writing this F1 2016 review, Formula 1 veterans are sure to have a blast!

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Chalgyr's Game Room
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Sep 9, 2016

The end of summer is here and it is time for the annual titles to rain on us from the gaming Gods. No different than many other popular yearly franchises, the official FIA Formula One World Championship flagship title, F1 2016 is now available and back with even more Formula One goodness. Chalk full of exciting tracks, a robust career mode, and the new Formation Lap / manual starts feature, F1 2016 promises to be the most complete F1 experience ever. Spoiler Alert ... F1 2016 delivers on that promise.

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The Games Den
9 / 10
9 / 10
Aug 18, 2016
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GameSpew
9 / 10
9 / 10
Sep 20, 2016

The sense of being constantly on the edge is what makes every lap of every race exhilarating and great to play

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CGMagazine
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Aug 31, 2016

It really is the F1 themed racing game that The Codemasters should have made all along.

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Readers Gambit
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Aug 26, 2016

F1 2016 is fantastic and is the provisional pole sitter of the series. One for every F1 fan and a definite must have for the racer in your life. Being able to battle against 21 other real life opponents, not just in a single race but in a full season, is a whole different formula for the F1 series. It's an experience we have been yearning for over the past few years and welcome changes add depth with reducing the entry level.

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GameCynic
8.8 / 10.0
8.8 / 10.0
Sep 17, 2016

F1 2016 certainly lives up as a must buy for fans of Formula One, but even fans of the racing genre as a whole, I would definitely recommend this game, despite just a few niggles with the AI.

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IGN
8.8 / 10.0
IGN

Top Critic

8.8 / 10.0
Aug 23, 2016

F1 2016 is definitively the best Formula One game Codemasters has ever crafted. Deep and nuanced, stuffed with fan service, and as demanding as you’d like it to be, this is worthy fare for the motorsport obsessed while remaining accessible for the merely curious, and absolutely worth the upgrade from previous years. If F1 2016 and last year’s Dirt Rally are indicative of the level of quality we’re going to get from Codemasters going forward I can’t wait to see what’s next.

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PC Gamer
87 / 100
87 / 100
Sep 7, 2016

AI wobbles remain, but this is an excellent racing game, and an authentic Formula One experience.

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Gaming Masters
8.6 / 10.0
8.6 / 10.0
Aug 22, 2016

This year’s release into the F1 game franchise is the best one yet

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PixelVulture
86%
86%
Sep 6, 2016

F1 2016 feels more polished and refined than any entry in the series.

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SA Gamer
8.6 / 10.0
8.6 / 10.0
Aug 31, 2016

The real world of F1 might have had one or two dull races this year, but be assured that each and every race in F1 2016 is quite simply spectacular.

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Forbes
8.6 / 10.0
8.6 / 10.0
Aug 26, 2016

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.

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Worth Playing
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Oct 13, 2016

F1 2016 is certainly one of the better representations of the sport in some time. The handling of the vehicles is just right, and once you understand the little nuances, the races are thrilling from start to finish. The career mode is more than enough to sustain any player, but the other included modes give the game real value. It still needs work in the presentation area, but for simulation junkies who want to race around in cars they'll never be able to afford, F1 2016 is the best thing going.

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Critical Hit
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Sep 7, 2016

F1 2016 is a return to form that delivers what fans have wanted while finally feeling at home on this generation of consoles. If you’ve been holding out for a year or two, this is a great time to jump back on the incredibly fast wagon. Even if they did promise realism but still show Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton smiling on the podium at the same time.

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ZTGD
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Sep 2, 2016

Although F1 2016 won’t be for everyone, it is a testament to Codemasters’ love of the genre and their commitment to their fans. Taking lessons learned from previous games and applying their expertise, Codemasters has created an almost perfect simulation of the greatest racing competition on earth.

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Operation Sports
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Aug 19, 2016

F1 2016 is an outstanding race sim, and should be in any race fan's rotation.

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PlayStation Universe
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Aug 25, 2016

Codemasters has finally made the Formula 1 game F1 fans have been clamouring for – realistic, thrilling, and adrenaline pumping.

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Digital Chumps
8.2 / 10.0
8.2 / 10.0
Aug 27, 2016

Annual franchises can be tough to get excited about and to differentiate, but Codemasters has made some great decisions with F1 2016 to make it a clearly superior version to last year's, and quite possibly the best version in the franchise to date.

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COGconnected
81 / 100
81 / 100
Aug 27, 2016

Employing the driving aids available sucks the joy out of the game and I’d rather play Mario Kart or Road Rash if I have to resort to such an arcade mode.

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Saving Content
Aug 19, 2016

Codemasters spent the time listening to feedback, and while this may be the only F1 game in town, F1 2016 is feature-rich and mechanically sound, like a turbocharged Formula One car.

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Game Informer
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Aug 19, 2016

The career mode is not just fun to play because it’s back, but the way it’s implemented is well-suited to the sport

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God is a Geek
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Aug 19, 2016

Once you learn to deal with it’s idiosyncrasies, F1 2016 is a bloody fun racer. When it all gels it feels fantastic (especially when played with a wheel), it’s just a shame that there’s the occasional car crash along the way.

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GameSpot
8 / 10
8 / 10
Sep 7, 2016

F1 2016 rewards reflexes and tactful driving to create the most authentic F1 game to date.

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Attack of the Fanboy
Aug 21, 2016

Avoiding the series’ recent downward slide, F1 2016 has managed to revitalize the series with the return of Career mode in one of its best entries to date.

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PushStartPlay
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Aug 20, 2016

F1 2016, in many ways is just like the sport itself. It’s interesting before the race begins, as viewers can spectate the inner workings of the sport, but once the race gets going, and racers continue to pass laps one by one, it all turns into a one, soul destroyingly dull blur, which soon makes one want to switch the channel, as nothing is happening, and you’re simply watching the same Rolex banners over, and over again.

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NZGamer
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Sep 9, 2016

F1 2016 is a real upgrade on its predecessors, and hints at a promising future.

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PressA2Join
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Aug 21, 2016

"Undoubtedly the best title in the series, F1 2016 is as visually gorgeous as it has ever been, with attentive detail put into every aspect of the sport".

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The Digital Fix
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Sep 26, 2016

It's a podium finish at last for Codemasters' racing series.

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Telegraph
Aug 19, 2016

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.

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ThisGenGaming
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Aug 19, 2016

Overall, F1 2016 is a definite improvement over last year’s entry. It was Codemasters’ first F1 game on current-gen consoles and it was lacking some key features but F1 2016 makes a triumphant return to form with impressive visuals and boasting a fully-fledged campaign mode that is as multi-faceted as it is captivating. You get a lot of content with F1 2016 and any racing enthusiast should strongly consider picking this one up.

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AR12Gaming
8 / 10
8 / 10
Aug 26, 2016

Admittedly it isn’t entirely perfect, I personally would have loved much more in depth career functions, such as not just being the driver, but actually being able to manage the team, and swap your team mates with other drivers from other teams. But, overall though, it’s an all-rounded fun game which any motorsport or F1 fanatic will enjoy.

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Pause Resume
4 / 5
4 / 5
Aug 21, 2016

Although the game can sometimes get a bit technical and the race weekends can be quite long (about an hour or so for a short weekend), we think F1 2016 is great fun. With so much content to jump straight into there is no way you could be disappointed with this game. The game gives you a very real Formula one experience, almost akin to the real thing.

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Push Square
8 / 10
8 / 10
Aug 19, 2016

F1 2016 is a Formula One nerd's dream come true, but not without a few small caveats in the presentation department. On the track, though, where it really matters, it's a joy to play with plenty of depth and complexity, and a career mode that's made all the more engrossing by making what happens outside of the race both relevant and meaningful to your career as a Formula One driver.

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Game Revolution
Aug 22, 2016

A championship season and time trial mode are both accessible and each will push you to your talent limits. Overall, the mix in gameplay and modes are both satisfying and rewarding. Above all, the pure physics system and exact handling of cars are what fans should enjoy the most. Even for those who aren’t quite familiar of the sport or don’t play racing simulators, F1 2016 has a little bit of everything for everyone.

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Cubed3
8 / 10
8 / 10
Nov 11, 2016

On reflection, F1 2016 is a game that has enhanced itself significantly with this instalment. It accentuates the smaller details of the sport, but also makes a series of more wholesale changes, which makes the game seem more purposeful. The availability of proper lap analysis and telemetry data brings a proper purpose to practice sessions. It finally turns a too often pointless mode into the proactive, useable tool that it should be for improving driver performance. While it's not the perfect outing, it's a more serious and functional affair that will appeal to the purists two-fold. Codemasters has certainly learnt from DiRT Rally, which didn't deter less serious racing fans, but introduced the details to players in the right way. Although it is not quite perfect overall, it's an encouraging step in the right direction and still easily the most authentic F1 racing game ever made.

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GameSkinny
GameSkinny
WriteAdamWrite

Top Critic

Sep 1, 2016

Unlike real Formula One, Codemasters listened to the fans - and as a result have produced one of the finest F1 games in their history.

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Everyeye.it
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Aug 19, 2016

F1 2016 is better than its predecessor, thanks to a range of innovations expected by all fans: the return of Career, a better complexity of the race weekend, the inclusion of the pit stops and a better AI.

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Xbox Achievements
80%
80%
Aug 19, 2016

Codemasters has gone the extra mile for F1 2016, addressing almost every last one of F1 2015's shortcomings, while delivering an in-depth and enjoyable Career Mode at its core. Factor in all of the other modes and touches, and F1 2016 is not only the most authentic Formula One game to date, it's also one of the best in some time.

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TheSixthAxis
8 / 10
8 / 10
Aug 19, 2016

F1 2016 offers the most comprehensive representation of the sport we’ve ever seen. Codemasters have implemented an array of features that are pure wish-fulfilment for fans, and cover the whole gamut of the F1 experience from paddock to track. There are still some key presentational improvements that need to be made, and perhaps next year’s entry will be a visual powerhouse, but for this season, beyond becoming an actual driver, there is no way to get closer to the world of F1 than Codemasters’ latest.

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GameGrin
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Aug 25, 2016

A marked improvement on last years entry, with plenty of new features to keep all levels of players interested. The new features add much needed playability to the sessions in the career and the manual starts/pit entry and formation laps add the extra sprinkling of realism needed to help it feel more immersive.

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Stevivor
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Sep 5, 2016

Make no mistake, F1 2016 is pretty, but in some areas and not others.

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Game Rant
Aug 25, 2016

F1 2016 is a fantastic return for the racing series, delivering a deep and exciting Career Mode alongside thrilling and fluid racing and varied gameplay modes.

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pressakey.com
Sep 2, 2016

Die Jungs von Codemasters haben meine Wünsche weitestgehend erfüllt. Endlich gibt es einen Karriere-Modus, der mich sogar ganze zehn Saisons an den Bildschirm fesseln kann. Die Einführung der Herausforderungen in den freien Trainings wirkt erfrischend, wenngleich diese mit laufender Spielzeit repetitiv werden. Weiterhin ist der Spagat zwischen Arcade-Racing und Simulation wieder außerordentlich gut gelungen. Online gibt es dank Lobby-System viele Gegner, die bezwungen werden möchten. Dank dieser versöhnlichen Rückkehr kann man über den verkorksten Vorgänger hinwegsehen und jedem Formel-1-Fan nur raten, in diesem Jahr wieder zuzuschlagen. Für das nächste Jahr wünsche ich mir dann allerdings einen Split-Screen-Modus, die Online-Coop-Saison und den Classic-Modus zurück. Bis dahin werde ich mit meinem Zögling weiter an der Million arbeiten. Keep racing!

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TrueAchievements
Aug 26, 2016

The game is an exhilarating driving experience both online and offline, with great physics, nice visuals, and some nice little additions to deepen the immersion and the feeling of involvement that captures the pageantry and showmanship of the sport.

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Press Start
8 / 10
8 / 10
Aug 25, 2016

With a gratifying campaign mode and a racing experience that had me physically leaning my body into every turn, Codemasters have created a racing game that provides a gripping experience from start to finish.

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Rocket Chainsaw
Aug 25, 2016

F1 2016 is the most comprehensive F1 experience yet.

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Hu3br
Aug 29, 2016

After years of dissapointing releases, Codemasters brings what might be the best F1 game ever created so far.

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Areajugones
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Aug 25, 2016

F1 2016 improved all the bad elements that were 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.

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USgamer
Aug 19, 2016

After feeling light on content last year, the official F1 game returns with a fully-comprehensive career mode that spans 10 seasons. It also features a broad array of racing options, rivals mode, multiplayer for up to 22 participants, safety car and formation laps and, most importantly of all, really close and exciting competition. It all adds up to a thoroughly entertaining racing game that should please F1 and driving enthusiasts alike.

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Digitally Downloaded
Digitally Downloaded

Top Critic

Aug 31, 2016

The depth available in F1 2016 is staggering, and the difficulty can ramp up to ludicrous levels. I’m impressed with the excellent work that Codemasters put into the latest addition of the F1 series, and I’d be just as impressed to watch someone play this game on Legend difficulty and win.

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GamingBolt
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Aug 19, 2016

Authentic and engaging enough for the motorsport diehard, and yet fun and accessible enough for the casual racing game fan, F1 2016 is one of the best recreations of a sport in a video game that I have yet seen- and is an easy recommendation for all racing game fans.

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TrustedReviews
Jul 27, 2016

F1 2016 looks like it could be an instant classic. If Codemasters can nail the multiplayer portion, it has a very good chance of being the best entry in the series.

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IGN Italy
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Aug 21, 2016

F1 2016 is a clear revenge on F1 2015, a good Formula One game, with a great Carrer mode and a solid driving system.

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Twinfinite
4 / 5.0
4 / 5.0
Aug 19, 2016

F1 2016 is the game that fans have been waiting for. Its Career Mode gives fans a reason to invest time into the game for quite a while, and also gives players a taste of the goings-on when you’re off the track.

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Gameplanet
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Aug 26, 2016

This is almost certainly the best F1 game from the development team thus far, and a real step up from last year. Codemasters has finally hit its stride in the racing genre, with some quality racing sim titles such as this and Dirt Rally.

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PlayStation LifeStyle
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Aug 19, 2016

Codemasters created a great foundation for themselves when they made F1 2015. It wasn’t the greatest F1 game ever, but it looked and ran great. Building upon that foundation, F1 2016 adds quite a few bells and whistles, along with a meaty career mode and an unforgiving Pro Career mode that is as much fun as it is difficult.

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Marooners' Rock
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
Sep 20, 2016

It’s not everyone’s speed, but devotees will feel like it’s a welcome return to form.

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DigitalCentralMedia
74%
74%
Sep 4, 2016

F1 2016 is a very enjoyable game. The visuals are great and the game has a variety of different modes. But the tutorial is pretty bad and overall the game needs more polish.

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Pennyworth Reviews
Sep 6, 2016

Codemasters have nailed 2016 with an engaging career mode, slick gameplay and a solid overall package. If you’re looking to jump back in for some F1 fun, this year doesn’t disappoint.

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GBAtemp
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Aug 18, 2016

F1 2016 nails the content and visuals, but fails to ease the player into most of its complicated mechanisms. To a Formula 1 fan, it's a masterpiece, but to anyone else, it's a bit overwhelming and doesn't stand out among other racing games.

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We Got This Covered
Aug 19, 2016

Even with some obvious issues, F1 2016 keeps you racing right up until the checkered flag.

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Cubed3
7 / 10
Ofisil

Top Critic

7 / 10
Oct 2, 2016

F1 2016 is not perfect. Those who believe that are either too happy from the fact that this is a breath of fresh air after F1 2015, or because they've watched too many videos involving pit stop girls. Anyhow, the few improvements are very good, and the few existing flaws (especially the subpar AI), will not be enough to stop most virtual drivers' imaginary champagne showers… pit stop girls included.

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