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.
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
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.
Excerpt: , which not only remains extremely faithful to the ultimate in precision driving, it also forces you to learn fast. Codemasters does an unbelievable job of presenting the Formula One sport; the realism and authenticity is incredible in some instances, the multiplayer is one of the most fulfilling experiences you can have (provided you play with dedicated racers), and the depth is almost overpowering. Despite a few drawbacks, simulator fans will be impressed.
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 assists, damage, weather, and other options to let you experience the game how you want
Entertainment: Last year Codemasters built a good foundation, and this improves upon it...
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. I’m not saying I want it to be all shouty and American like the incredibly annoying DiRT 2 , heaven forbid. But it needs more bustle in the career mode, more life to the tracks.