Ad-stuffed racing sim is authentic and challenging.
Common Sense Media
22 December 2011
Summary: Parents need to know that F1 2011 is a hyper-realistic racing simulator that is loaded with corporate logos and may be much too difficult for some players (especially younger ones). The game presents Formula 1 racing in a true-to-life fashion, blending all the complications that go with navigating a winding track as competitors race past you and the business side of F1. That makes it extremely unwelcoming to casual driving sim fans.
Excerpt: Ah, the world of Formula 1! Complete with all its charms from high-speed cars, glamorous models, dodgy moustaches and inevitable processions around the track behind the one car infinitely faster than the rest. In a bid to improve on the latter, this season we have DRS (A system allowing the driver to open their rear spoiler to increase speed, at the cost of downforce) and KERS (A few seconds of battery-powered speed boost per lap) to allow for greater amounts of...
Excerpt: Codemasters a décidé de reprendre à son compte la licence de Formule 1 et l'éditeur récolte aujourd'hui le fruit de son travail. Après un volet F1 2010 qui a véritablement relancé la franchise et offert aux joueurs un titre de Formule 1 digne de ce nom, cette nouvelle mouture 2011 était à son tour très attendue. Le précédent volet ayant répondu à de nombreuses attentes, Codemasters pouvait alors se contenter d'offrir une juste continuité.
Conclusion: mode involves gamers in what it takes to be a successful F1 driver and constructor team. During race events, including qualifying, gamers are given an objective, such as finishing in a certain place (or preferably higher). By meeting that objective, players “rank up” with experience points that eventually allow them, in the constructor role, to upgrade the team’s cars with newer and better parts, giving the gamer a much stronger opportunity to not only win races but...
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: Codemasters’ second Formula 1 game, F1 2011, the sequel to last year’s F1 2010 again shows a laser-like focus on delivering an authentic Formula 1 experience, but this time comes with a more well-rounded set of features to complement the fantastic racing experience.
Summary: " F1 2011 " is a solid but unspectacular upgrade. The ‘live your life’ aspect of the game actually seems bizarrely worse than last year. However, the racing, and especially the tyre wear, is much improved, whilst the multiplayer is a fairly spectacular upgrade. If the devs actually stick in a decent career structure for next year’s game, then F1 2012 will be unbeatable. As it stands, it’s still a worthy upgrade from last year’s title.