20: F1 2016 – PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One
Codemasters’ tenure in charge of Formula One games has been something of a mixed bag, but F1 2016 plonks the series right where it deserves to be, at the pinnacle of modern racing games. Unswervingly accurate, it somehow manages to turn the technical and regulatory bloat of 2016-era F1 into one of the most rewarding racers around. A bit like how Brian Cox manages to teach you about astrophysics without you wanting to fire your own body into the cold vacuum of space.
The overhauled career mode is more in-depth than keyhole surgery and contains a new rivals system that encourages you to mercilessly crush your teammate’s spirit, ensuring you’re just as riled up as Messrs Hamilton and Rosberg were this season. Alternatively, if your primary motivation is collecting salty human tears in a series of jars under your bed, there’s a full 22 player multiplayer championship mode where you can enjoy that same rivalry with your real-life mates. Welcome back to the top step of the podium, Codies.