Conclusion: Concept: Flesh out the franchise’s multiplayer and offer a few concessions to the new F1 season
Graphics: The game looks pretty sharp, particularly in the rain
Sound: You get a decent amount of info about your car and the race from your crew
Playability: The game provides a good range of driving...
Excerpt: I'm in a Lotus and running tenth at Valencia in a 20% distance race, with 'hard' opponent AI. Tenth is crap - I know this. But it also represents an opportunity to bag my first world championship point.
Pros: Way better handling than last year, As deep or arcadey as you want it, Superb split-screen mode
Cons: Racing a car that doesn't have KERS, Needless waiting to race online, It's hard to find the perfect difficulty
Conclusion: F1 2011 is very much a Codemasters racer, technically brilliant but tonally just a bit off. Their games tend to be either po-faced and bland or in-your-face and kitsch. F1 2011 errs perhaps too far on the side of the former, though ironically the game really shines when the raindrops fall.
Conclusion: Building on the success of last year's title, Codemasters have brought to the table a title that improves on the stellar offering we received in nearly every way. F1 2011 is a perfect addition to any racing fan's collection, with the abundance of game modes and tracks meaning there is plenty to do,...
Excerpt: “We’ve had lots of Tweets from your fans,” claims F1 2011’s interviewer as you start up the main career mode. It’s a little cringeworthy, for sure, but it’s as good a method of getting the player to enter their name and nationality as any other, as the carefully chosen questions tempt out the...
Pros: Improvements all around to the handling and AI, Better online lobbies, KERS and DRS are nice for hardcore fans
Cons: The off-track stuff looks and feels a little basic, Visually roughly the same, frame rate isn’t perfect
Summary: The main reason behind the success of last year's F1 title was the serious style of racing it brought to PC and Consoles. The level of dept that F1 2010 offered to fans of the sport was unmatched, mixed with some pretty impressive gameplay, the combination of these two quality made F1 2010 a huge...
Excerpt: shows that if it ain't broke, don't fix it - just make it better. The game follows last year's first stab by Codemasters at a title based on the world's premium motor sport, which gained critical acclaim, strong sales and a BAFTA to boot.
Conclusion: F1 2011 is a much needed improvement on F1 2010, but it had to be really. Questions were asked of Codemasters after last year, but the developers have certainly restored their reputation and future confidence.
Pros: Handling is fantastic. A real challenge. Looks and sounds brilliant
Cons: AI behaviour is still questionable. Penalties seem to be pretty harsh at times.