F1 2011, from CodeMasters, is a racing game based on the 2011 season of Formula 1 (obviously). It is very cheap now (around £15-£20) and is definitely worth that price. It is by far my favourite racing game on the Playstation 3, beating all the others by far! However, there are still some minor bugs that CodeMasters could have fixed in a week or so, if they could be bothered. It seems that they do not really care for the game any more, though, which is a shame.
You will notice right away the better graphics from 2010, even though they aren't that much better, given you've played F1 2010, you'll definitely see the difference. Even the opening video of the game is much better. CodeMasters have done something really cool: replicating events that actually happened in the 2011 season and playing them as the game opens! I don't know if it's just me, but I do think that's cool.
Anyway, the game itself, Starting with career mode. Career mode doesn't have too much of a difference to F1 2010, but there are some. Again, at the start you will be asked a series of questions and given a few choices of answers that could determine what contracts you are initially offered. Obviously all of them are the lower teams (like Lotus etc.) and you'll have to progress season by season. I think this is good, too. The actual driving is much better too. The car behaves much more realistically and the crashes have improved too, provided you have the full damage settings on. The driving assists offered are pretty mush the same as 2010, with braking assists, steering assists, driving line, pit assists, but a new one in 2011 is the marker arrow whilst in a race, pointing to cars that are within close enough proximity to yours, showing you where they are, which can be very helpful when you are about to be overtaken. F1 2011 has also added the Drag Reduction System and KERS into the game, operated manually by the player as you would have to in a real race. Also, in career mode, the tire wear and selection is much better and makes you think much more tactically about which tires you use/save in qualifying and the race, and it means that in the race you will have to carefully manage you tires as they do in real F1. However, One of CodeMasters' flaws is the punctures. They occur far too often and mostly out of the blue; they can ruin your race for no apparent reason, even when you're trying to conserve tires! It does get very frustrating. Also, one more negative thing about career mode is the penalty system that CodeMasters need to fix as well. You will often be punished for things that were not your fault, mainly things like illegal blocking even though you're trying to let the faster cares past and causing a collision even though the AI cars tend to brake far too early for corners, seemingly on purpose. Anyway, all in all, career mode is excellent fun to play, despite a few small flaws!
A great addition to F1 2011 though is the Co-operative career mode. This allows you to play split screen with someone else, both racing for the same team, completing a season together. I have not used it a lot, but it is a very cool addition, provided you have someone that comes around often enough to complete an entire F1 season together with!
Online mode isn't too different to 2010. As usual really, everything you new from F1 2010 is pretty much the same here. You can race online against players over the internet, what's new? I don't think CodeMasters payed too much attention to this.
There's also a 'My F1' section that I haven't really accessed. I think you can buy things online and edit your pages of the game and stuff. Sorry that I don't know too much about this bit, i'll have to update the review when I know a little more.
As a seasoned veteran of F1 games, right from the very early beginnings on Pole Position in the 80s, F1 2011 brings a new level of realism and authenticity into the home.
I follow F1 fairly closely and the realism of tracks and cars is incredible- the reflection of light on the surface of cars, through to the different atmosphere for the evening races is superb.
Career mode is highly enjoyable, moving your way through the ranks and earning bonus points for beating your team mate or performing well in qualifying or in a race. As your reputation grows, the larger teams offer you opportunities to earn more and move to the front of the grid.
The best part of the game though, and the one that gives it longevity, is the online mode. You can, fairly quickly, join an online session and compete against fellow owners of the game. This is always enjoyable and gives you the opportunity to realise that you aren't as good a driver as you first thought!
If I had any complaints about this game it is the fact, as with all games in this genre, it very quickly goes out of date. If only these games came with a small payment option to upgrade drivers and tracks...
When code masters announced they were making a new F1 game, many gamers couldn't help but look back and many other old driving games and let out a sigh.
This game is incredible, a complete visual representation of the sport itself, if you've ever wanted to race an F1 car this is the game to have. Whether battling through heavy rain on the streets of Monaco or racing for pole on the heavy going Silver stone, players will feel as if they really have entered the world of F1.
When experiencing the amazing damage system and race disqualification, players will be careful what they do, adding to the true feeling of a racing driver. The added extra of having all the famous drivers pulling up next to you on the start line gives the player a feeling of really being there, ready to race with the pros!
In my opinion a definite 9 out of 10. A must buy for any gamer.