Excerpt: F1 2010, developed by Codemasters, heralded the rebirth of the greatest in technical automobile achievements by packaging it as one of the most in depth versions of a Formula One videogame I have ever seen. I think that we’re all in agreement that the previously Sony exclusive versions of the Formula One became bland and half arsed, not following the drive that real Formula One teams have.
Summary: I love arcade racing games. The sense of speed, the excitement of hairpin turns, and the hum of the engine get my blood pumping in a fast and fun way. Racing sims can offer the same enjoyment yet allow for more customization of cars, tuning, and a greater scope of the races and the racing industry. F1 2011 is a racing sim, and as such, offers a wide variety of modes and things to do.
Excerpt: We gave the 3DS version of F1 2011 a bit of a kicking when it arrived a few months ago, mainly down to technical issues brought on by the game asking so much of the diminutive Nintendo machine. While this Vita version is essentially the same game, the extra oomph offered by the Vita’s beefier processors means our kicking boots are getting a rest. This makes more sense and is actually very good. Not perfect, mind, but not at all bad for a launch day racer.
Pros: Looks almost as good as console versions, Cars handle well, Plenty of incident in races
Cons: AI is awful on some tracks, Damage modelling is poor, 'Live the life' presentation is missing
Excerpt: You're screaming towards a rather terrifying-looking chicane at 180mph. The car shakes, the V8 engine roars, and the trees, barriers and spectator stands either side of you form a messy grey blur. You've played F1 2010 to death, though, so you'll be fine; coming out the other side and nailing pole position is second nature to a seasoned driver such as yourself.
Excerpt: I don’t know a lot about F1 racing. Actually, the only real knowledge I had before playing F1 2011 was the following: - The cars are incredibly fast and the racing is incredibly technical. - Wasn’t there a F1 race in “Iron Man 2″? Unfortunately, only about half my knowledge was accurate. “Iron Man 2″ didn’t have F1; it had an Indy Car race. So with only my prior racing game knowledge to use as a launching point, I delved into F1 2011 . And the learning experience began.
Summary: F1 2011 is the top of the pile when it comes to F1 racing games. Well, it is about the only F1 racing game there is as well, but that doesn’t mean that this game is anything but great. Now, if I can just manage to find time to finish a full season again before the next one comes out, I will be satisfied.
Summary: In F1 2011 players will be challenged to ‘Be the driver, live the life, go compete’, with wide-ranging technical and gameplay advancements on and off track and vastly extended competitive and co-operative multiplayer components.
Excerpt: Codemasters launched last year with a strong Formula 1 showing in their release of F1 2010 on PC and consoles. It was a merciless racing game that frankly should have a high blood pressure warning on the box. This year's outing is no different, but the developers have made enough improvements to put F1 2011 in contention for best racing game of the year.