The latest in the Formula One series of games from Codemasters, F1 2016, brings with it much welcome improvements over it's predecessor, which was, to say the least, a bit of a broken mess at times. But even a good game can always benefit from some mods: here's some of our favourites.
Ultra Realistic Graphics Mod with SweetFX
SweetFX mods are pretty much a certainty for most games these days, but they're popular for a reason; they really do make the game a more interesting, realistic, beautiful experience. This may be especially important to you when you consider that the graphics in F1 2016, while certainly enhanced somewhat (there are some amazing water effects, especially the tyre spray) - still looks largely like previous instalments.
By making changes to the color matrix, contrast, bloom and HDR, this mod will give you a fresh, beautiful looking F1 2016 experience, with minimal graphical performance impact.
Telemetry Application Tool 5.0
F1 is about so much more than just getting out on the track and driving a car around, it's all about strategy, data analysis, and teamwork. That's why there are armies of people, from scientists and engineers to software developers and data specialists, all working together to make up a Formula One team. This useful application gives you some of that detailed data and power of analysis.
By being able to analyse telemetry data, captured from the game, and presented rather delightfully as statistical graphs, you can review your lap and sector times. You can also compare your driving lines with the optimal line, giving you the ability to notice repeated mistakes and driver tendency. The tool lets you see all manner of useful statistics, such as being able to make a visual comparison between two laps, and much more.
This isn't a tool for the casual, but if you're serious about your competitive F1 game, this is definitely a must-have.
Chandon Champagne Bottle
Are you thirsty? Well, if you're going to celebrate, you should do so in style, right? The base game only includes a rather bland-looking, generic bottle of bubbly for drivers to celebrate with after winning a Grand Prix - but with this mod, you can replace the bottle with a much finer looking bottle of Chanson, which is the champaign tradittionally used at actual F1 events.
Missing Sponsor Mods
We've lumped a couple of these together, but they all do the same thing for various teams; add missing sponsor logos that Codemasters did not have permission to include in the base game. It's another realism mod, much like the Champagne, but for a racing simulator to be as realistic as possible, it's all about the details. For the optimum realism, these mods are a must.
Team Name Fixes for Williams and Renault
This small mod fixes some problems with the team names in the game. Williams Racing is renamed to its correct, full sponsorship name, Williams Martini Racing. While he was at it, the author also fixes a typo in one of the language files, changing "Renault Formular One Team" to the more correct "Formula One". A small change, but like the above sponsorship mods, essential for creating a more accurate re-creation of the 2016 season.
Sauber Replacement Team
Moving away from mods that make the game more realistic, to mods that make changes because, damn, Sauber's color scheme for this season is just downright offensive. They opted for a rather bold looking blue and yellow scheme for this recent season, and the mod author, not particular happy about the choice, replaces the textures of both the car and the team itself, with a nice combination of the 2011 and 2013 styles, giving a nice black and white finish.
Let us know about any F1 2016 mods that you would recommend in the comments below, and stay tuned to FilesNation for more content from F1 2016 and other great games!