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.
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. However, due to a killer lack of KERS in my Lotus, I'm flagging and doing everything possible to keep the guy behind me at bay. I move right to block and suddenly a hell of a noise starts up in my right ear. What's happening? My engineer comes on over the radio.
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
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 hit. F1 2011 builds on the success of developer's first title by developing its most impressive features and also fixing even its smallest flaws.
Codemasters’ F1 2011 Review – Red Bull Gives You Wins
1 December 2011
Excerpt: It’s been a year since Codemaster’s released the first installment of their new adrenaline-fueled Formula One franchise and with their goal of annual releases, we will start looking at it just like FIFA or Madden before too long.
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. With just a few bugs and fixes required, F1 2011 will be near perfect – which puts a different sort of pressure on Codemasters for next year. For now though simply put the disk into the tray and enjoy the experience.
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.
Excerpt: Formula 1 is a sport that lends itself perfectly to the video game medium. Not that there’s anything wrong with the FIFA games of late, but even the most shut-in overweight virgin can wander blinking into the afternoon sun and start kicking a ball around. Formula 1 is a sport that us mere mortals will simply never get to truly experience, with any attempts to do so probably resulting in a particularly nasty car accident, death or at the very least severe disfigurement.
Conclusion: All over, F1 2011 is a fantastic simulation of the greatest motorsport in the world. It's sacrificed a little more game in favour of a little more sim this year - but the spirit of F1 is there in oodles, and for any F1 fan this year's game is a must buy.