The wait is finally over. F1 2017 is now available on the Xbox One, PS4 and PC platforms. The timing is perfect as the sport returns from its summer break for the Belgian Grand Prix this weekend.
We reviewed F1 2017 earlier this week and thought very highly of this year’s entry. You can read the full review here — and expect another of sorts later today.
First revealed earlier this year in February, F1 2017 stands as the most feature-packed entry in the series yet. Classic F1 cars return this year and play an important role in the expansive career mode. And unlike their prior appearance in F1 2013, classic cars are available in all areas of the game. A quick refresher reveals the following 12 cars up for grabs:
- 1988 McLaren MP4/4
- 1991 McLaren MP4/6
- 1992 Williams FW14B
- 1995 Ferrari 412 T2
- 1996 Williams FW18
- 1998 McLaren MP4-13
- 2002 Ferrari F2002
- 2004 Ferrari F2004
- 2006 Renault R26
- 2007 Ferrari F2007
- 2008 McLaren MP4-23
- 2010 Red Bull Racing RB6
The 1988 McLaren MP4/4 driven by the late Ayrton Senna will only be available to those with the Special Edition version of the game. Fear not, if you have yet to make the jump the Special Edition will available until October 17. Beyond that we suspect the legendary McLaren will be available as a standalone purchase.
As mentioned, the career mode for this year’s game also sees improvements over last year. Whether it’s the addition of female driver avatars or the in-depth practice programs, career mode is well-rounded for 2017. Adding to the game’s depth is the improved Research & Development feature. With over four-times the upgrade over last year’s game, R&D adds a fresh RPG element to the game.
Also new for this year is the ability to race the twisty streets of Monaco under the moonlight. While not possible in the real world it certainly adds a twist to this year’s F1 racer, even more so when weather factors in. Other track additions include the short versions of four of the calendar’s locations (Bahrain, COTA, Silverstone, and Suzuka).
Players looking to take advantage of the mid-generation consoles are in luck. PS4 Pro owners will see a major boost, including HDR lighting. Meanwhile, F1 2017 is one of nine games getting an Xbox One X update — you’ll just have to wait until the console releases in November.