We all have our different lines into digital racing. Some of us more conventional than others. I started with the Burnout series, and moved straight to F1 2009. Seen in retrospect, this was a bad move. I had no idea what i was doing, and wasted 5 years on Melbourne (admittedly, each year a better looking version), trying to get better lap times and being frustrated about how difficult the game was
In 2015 i decided not to buy the newest version, because Melbourne would be Melbourne, and i was not getting any better. So I bought Forza, Project Cars and Assetto Corsa instead. Out of these 3, Forza was the one that eventually taught me to use manual gears, rely less in TCS and ABS and helped me narrow my racing lines to be slightly wider than the cars’ width.
It took me a bit more than a year to get decent at this, but i now feel that I am a lot better than when i last raced on F1 2015. Forza was basically a huge simracing tutorial for me. So i decided to give F1 2016 a chance again, and try the free demo and i really enjoyed it!
What I enjoyed the most, was the practice sessions, where you are given some challenges to practice the track, and understand how it is meant to be driven, or how to save your tires/fuel. This was very interesting, and challenging but also very rewarding and educational.
The F1 game series has always been very rich in information and options to set up the car, but with 2016 things have gotten a lot more accessible, and easier to understand. Although the car set up may still be confusing, if you are not too keen on tuning cars, there are still many ways for you to understand where and how to get better at racing.
The actual race (i did two sessions one with 50% length and one with 100% length) were very exciting and challenging. Fine-tuning the difficulty of the game, and the AI gave some very good fights on the track, pit stop strategies and eventually left me very satisfied, even though i finished 12th after 58 laps!
Although i only tried the 2016 demo, i have already pre ordered the 2017 version, that will launch in 1 week. If they keep the features from 2016 (and hopefully add new ones) i am sure that this will be one of the best racing games on a console for users who use the controller!