This game is one of the best games available for the Nintendo 3DS Console, it's a racing game based on the Official Formula 1 2011 season. This is the first ever Formula 1 game to be introduced to a Nintendo DS console.
Codemasters (the creators) have done a great job of making a fun and addictive racing game for the Nintendo 3DS.
F1 2011 on the 3DS has lots of great features.
It has F1 Career play, where you have 5 seasons to reach the goal of becoming the Formula 1 world champion. In career play you create your own driver and choose your first and last name, you have a nice selection of helmets to choose from and then once you have made your choice it will take you to your in-game computer, where you view your emails and contract offers to race for teams. At first you have the choice to do a short test for a team, the teams at the back of the grid such as Team Lotus, HRT and Virgin Marussia Racing Team will give you a target time and if you beat it they offer you a drive to race in the current Formula 1 season. Then as you progress you get further career offers the following year, the career is 5 seasons in total.
There is a time trial mode where you can enjoy racing "ghosts" of fastest laps and challenge your friends to have a go one at a time to try and beat your fastest lap around any of the 19 Formula 1 tracks featured in this game.
There is also a quick race option, where you can do a quick race at any track using any driver or car.
And there's also a championship mode where you do a full formula 1 season as any chosen formula 1 driver and participate in all 19 races and try and win the world drivers championship and the world constructors championship.
There is also a multi player option but I have not tried this out yet sorry.
The graphics on this game are very good and I was impressed as it was much better than I was thinking, the steering feels a bit different at first but you get used to it after a while and it's great then. There are a lot of driving aids to help you learn how to play, such as automatic braking and racing lines, that can be turned off for more advanced players. There's also a function where you can turn traction control and ABS On or Off and you can use manual or automatic gears, and there's a function to turn on or off penalties and damage.
The only downside to the graphics is that the 3D makes me feel sick, I'm not sure if it's like this for everyone but I feel like it's too fast paced to have 3D in a racing game. But you can turn the 3D effect off and the game looks superb.
This game can be found for under £10 used on auction websites and this is a real bargain for what you get.
The sound is pretty good for a 3DS game.
The main downside to the game for me is that I find it a bit too easy, I always win unless I start at the back of the grid. But I am a massive fan of Formula 1 and I have been playing racing games for years and I'm good at them so the difficultly for the average consumer will probably not be any problems.
Apart from the above, there is no other disadvantages to this great game.
Codemasters have done a very good job on this racing game and I hope that they make a sequel available for the 2012 season. There are not that many racing games available on the 3DS and it's good that this has come out to fill the gap in the market.
This game is also available on the Playstation Vita Console, the Xbox 360, the Playstation 3 and the PC platforms.
The age rating of this game is 3+
I'd really recommend giving this game a try if you are a Nintendo 3DS console owner who's looking for a great racing to play on your 3DS console.
Thank you for taking the time to read my review, I hope its helped