F1 2011 PC

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7.1

Mixed or average reviews- based on 83 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 49 out of 83
  2. Negative: 12 out of 83

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  1. Nov 8, 2011
    3
    Codemaster have not been able to send out a decent game for years so this is nothing new.
    Buggy as hell ( no full screen mode , so racing a car with your taskbar visible, very long intro before racing. Waste of time , money and lacking overall.
  2. Dec 16, 2011
    4
    It´s a good game for real fans, but not for me.
    I thought it´s interesting, but it´s so boring..
    It also has positive aspects: good graphics, nice car handling and every f1 license.
    As I said: something for real fans, for others much too boring..
  3. Nov 13, 2011
    2
    Hideous bugs. Again. The 11/11 bug that HighwayUK mentions is the worst of the lot, but if you check the race sim forums you'll find pages of reported issues. Virtually unplayable for multiplayer because of the 11/11 bug, but also because there is no way to remove wreckers, and there are A LOT of wreckers out there. There are also a lot of hackers who've taken control of the top of theHideous bugs. Again. The 11/11 bug that HighwayUK mentions is the worst of the lot, but if you check the race sim forums you'll find pages of reported issues. Virtually unplayable for multiplayer because of the 11/11 bug, but also because there is no way to remove wreckers, and there are A LOT of wreckers out there. There are also a lot of hackers who've taken control of the top of the online leader boards.

    The game does not match real life physics, so if you're looking for a game that shows you what it's like to drive an F1 car, then this is not the game for you. You'd probably be better off with the next release of rFactor. If you're looking for a realistic-looking arcade game and don't want the multiplayer feature, then give it a try. The career system is okay, but they've shortened the longest possible career to five years, down from 7 with F1 2010.

    I desperately hope the F1 franchise will be taken from Codemasters (the company name is ironic) and given to someone who can write code.
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  4. Nov 28, 2011
    2
    (I'm basing my review after the game's second patch.)

    To be honest, the game is not bad, some of the things that work on it are good, like the cars' handling. It's not a simulator, you can plant your foot on the throttle during the starts and still have a good start. If you're not really a quick driver you can get good challenge from the AI but if you're good the AI, even on the highest
    (I'm basing my review after the game's second patch.)

    To be honest, the game is not bad, some of the things that work on it are good, like the cars' handling. It's not a simulator, you can plant your foot on the throttle during the starts and still have a good start. If you're not really a quick driver you can get good challenge from the AI but if you're good the AI, even on the highest level of difficulty, are still darn slow and on practice they're really stupid. Since they fixed the 11-11 springs bug the handling is fantastic though.

    So that leaves you with coop and online racing... but those two are broken. Aside from the lack of stuff to deter wreckers, any online mode is bugged. Months ago they're claiming that they'll be focusing on the online part but even with its second patch that's supposed to fix lots of online problems a lot of them are still there. This is NOT a good online racing game. Not even leagues can save it because the problems are with the game.

    Graphics, well, it's good... BEFORE THE SECOND PATCH. After it, the game now has this very annoying crowd popup even on the highest settings and it now performs poorer on the same settings. The annoying pixelated drying line is also still there. Still, it looks better than some racers but it's not the best looking either. To be honest, F1 2010 looks better.

    Then we got the issues. Ever since the second patch, we now have the tire wear bug wherein the game applies the wrong wear levels to tires. You can turn off tire wear but then the game loses its charm. There's a workaround but I find it hard to accept that for everything you have to do in the game you have to remember some workarounds. In this game if you don't do workarounds you get tires that have wear on them when they should be fresh, or you get to fail an R&D even if you were successful on it. The worst is you'll get your save game corrupted and you won't even be able to load the game unless you manually fix your save game data.

    Two F1 games in a row, Codemasters Birmingham have produced an unfinished game and the worse part is their patches leave the game in an even more broken state. Sure, the patches fixed some but in turn broke other parts which are equally critical. The nail in the coffin is CM seems to be planning on leaving it broken. To be honest, this is a game which is hard to recommend. It's a shame because CM's DiRT series, even if they're simpler in comparison, are miles ahead in quality.
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Metascore
83

Generally favorable reviews - based on 10 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 10
  2. Negative: 0 out of 10
  1. PC PowerPlay
    Oct 31, 2011
    80
    Improves physics, feedback, and AI, but overlooks important details and under-utilises its immersive role-playing elements. [Dec 2011, p.60]
  2. LEVEL (Czech Republic)
    Oct 30, 2011
    90
    Next evolution in F1 simulators is accessible to a mass audience and offers cutting-edge technologies and a stunning atmosphere along with "sweat and blood". [Oct 2011]
  3. PC Games (Russia)
    Oct 27, 2011
    80
    The best F1 videogame around and the only one worth mentioning. [Nov. 2011, p.91]