Parents' Guide to

F1 2016

By Chad Sapieha, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 12+

Challenging racing sim has tons of in-game marketing.

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Unlike most driving simulations, this game is designed almost exclusively for fans of a specific kind of racing: Formula One. F1 2016 endeavors to almost perfectly recreate the experience of having a career as an F1 driver. You'll need to work out pit strategies, follow safety cars at the proper speed after track incidents, face off in intense rivalries with other racers, and learn how to properly adjust your car for specific tracks and racing conditions. And that's to say nothing of the driving physics, which -- if set to true simulation -- deliver an extremely realistic challenge as you fight to handle a race car that tops out at velocities of more than 230 miles per hour on straightaways while taking 90-degree corners at freeway speeds. (Rookies are advised to turn on most or even all the driving assists in the settings menu.)

Whether you actually enjoy any of this will depend on your interest in the sport. For example, the benefits of driving a formation lap before a race -- which warms up your car and primes its tires -- will be lost on non-F1 fans. It'll may feel like a waste of time. And few things are more frustrating than accidentally exceeding the pit speed limit and getting a penalty in a tight race, or bumping a rival and breaking an axle on the final lap of a 30-minute race and being unable to finish. It undeniably adds to the realism, but it doesn't necessarily make the game more fun. Some F1 fans might drool over the exceptional level of detail here, but if you aren't a follower of this particular motor sport, F1 2016 almost certainly won't be for you.

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