Metascore
82

Generally favorable reviews - based on 36 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 34 out of 36
  2. Negative: 0 out of 36
  1. Sep 23, 2011
    92
    Fans of Formula One can finally rejoice that their favorite sport is being faithfully represented in the video game realm, and fans of racing games get another great series from a great developer. It's a perfect 1-2 finish.
  2. Oct 5, 2011
    90
    The most authentic Formula 1 simulation to date – bravo, Codemasters!
  3. Oct 4, 2011
    90
    This is the "F1 2010 that should have been". With this year's edition, Codemasters offers a truly remarkable racing experience that should not be missed by fans of Formula 1.
  4. Sep 29, 2011
    90
    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.
  5. Sep 23, 2011
    90
    F1 2011 is not a necessary purchase for the more casual racing game fan. Only the purists will opt to upgrade, in order to play it online, access the latest gameplay enhancement, and dive into the F1 racing world with updated cars and racers. A large update, indeed, rather than a completely new title. But the enhanced AI, better online play, and refined simulation still make for a very welcome addition ; let's hope next year's edition will also feature visual improvements.
  6. Sep 16, 2011
    90
    The strides forward over last year's game really do place Codies' F1 series amongst the most dynamic sports series in video games today, ensuring that if you played and enjoyed last year's game then you'd be mad not to get in on the ground floor of this year's improvements.
  7. Sep 16, 2011
    90
    It's the little things that the core F1 audience will appreciate: the oscillating body work, revamped pit stops, improved tyre degradation, a dynamic cloud system. While casual players might question whether much is different a year down the road after 2010, those in the know - those whose second home is behind a steering wheel - will agree that F1 2011 is the most complete representation of the sport to date.
  8. Sep 16, 2011
    90
    Codemasters seems to have learned from its mistakes and have delivered a masterpiece for the circuit lovers.
  9. Sep 16, 2011
    90
    F1 2011 is exactly the kind of racing game the previous one should have been. No one that enjoys F1 should ever miss out on this one.
  10. Sep 21, 2011
    89
    F1 2011 is an incredibly satisfying experience. A masterpiece for F1 lovers.
  11. Sep 27, 2011
    88
    Codemasters puts you yet again behind the wheel of a great game. There are a lot of extra options that give F1 2011 some extra depth, making this one of the best racing games of the year. Some people might however have a lot of trouble with the high difficulty of the AI.
  12. Sep 16, 2011
    86
    Overall, it's a steady but unspectacular evolution of a top racing series. More a dominating Vettel victory from pole than a last place-to-first Button turnaround, really, but a win's a win.
  13. Oct 5, 2011
    85
    F1 2011 is a good game built on a solid foundation that is only improving with each annual installment. Still, Formula One racing is not every gamer's cup of tea. It's strangely addictive, but it doesn't have the pick-up-and-play nature of a Burnout game. Dirt and Grid are more down to earth than Burnout, but F1 makes them look a lot like OutRun.
  14. Oct 3, 2011
    85
    Although F1 2011 is visually rather underwhelming and suffers from excruciatingly long loading times, this is still the best F1 game yet.
  15. Sep 22, 2011
    85
    For those who require a hardcore simulator and are willing to put in the time, this is the game for you.
  16. Sep 16, 2011
    85
    Play it properly, however, and F1 2011 is an incredibly satisfying experience. Difficult and draining, but ultimately extremely rewarding. Few, if any, other racing games can truly match its intensity.
  17. Sep 16, 2011
    85
    This new edition takes important steps forward. The tires are more important and the different types are more noticiable when driving, and the addition of DRS and more strategy options changes the way to race. It has also added much needed features like the safety car or the possibility to manage the whole Grand Prix event, from the free training durint Friday to the race on Sunday. It still has plenty of room for improvement and it is not the perfect simulator yet, but Formula 1 fans will be pleased again by this product.
  18. Oct 10, 2011
    82
    Formula One 2011 is an excellent racing game that respects and loves the sport. It's all about practice, precision and performance. All great components for a racing game.
  19. This years model. F1 2011, improves on last years's game in almost every way: qualifying is real, pitting works, and the handling no longer feels ripped from the Dirt series. [Dec 2011, p.68]
  20. Oct 10, 2011
    80
    If you love Formula 1 games this is an absolute must, and it's the best F1 simulator on the market. Unfortunately it's not accepting of newcomers, so if you haven't watched the sport on tv or played a lot of heavy racing simulators the high difficutly level, time consuming races and the lack of tutorials may prove a problem.
  21. Oct 10, 2011
    80
    F1 2011 is showing signs of a good development. Codemasters is accommodating itself better and better to the franchise and this edition reunites again sufficient attributes to be successful with enthusiasts of the sport.
  22. Oct 5, 2011
    80
    It's not a wholesale reinvention, but rather a confident leap forward from a publisher in tune with its sport. The career mode lacks a bit of personality, but it's still a good frame for what is most important - the racing.
  23. Oct 4, 2011
    80
    The best F1 game PS3's had - yet issues with AI stupidity remain problematic. [Nov 2011, p.100]
  24. Oct 3, 2011
    80
    F1 2011 has got the talent, but it needs to learn to love itself before it can be truly great.
  25. Sep 29, 2011
    80
    The game's real resolution seems lower than 720p but still cars are very detailed and the dynamic weather system is unrivalled. Overall, Codemasters did well to improve on F1 2010 but there still are some minor issues to be dealt with. [October, p.64]
  26. Sep 22, 2011
    80
    Quotation forthcoming.
  27. Sep 20, 2011
    80
    F1 2011 offers a fun driving experience and a welcome change to the traditional career schedule, but in the franchise's second year running, it's in need of a pit stop and some fresh tires.
  28. Sep 18, 2011
    80
    If you're a fan of Formula 1 and/or F1 2010 then this is a must buy, the new features and improvements making it more than worth your time, money and effort. Anyone not so ingrained in the sport will struggle to see the upside of spending another £40, however. No matter what though, this is a better game than last year and (once again) the bar of expectation has been raised going into F1 2012.
  29. No rest, no pity, no remorse - it demands 100% of your attention. [Oct 2011, p.99]
  30. Oct 24, 2011
    79
    Much like Madden, NHL, or any other hardcore simulation of a sport, F1 2011 is really meant for fans of the sport, and little else. More casual racers won't find what they're looking for here. If you're a hardcore Formula One fan, this is your holy grail.
  31. Nov 7, 2011
    75
    The big reason to upgrade to this year's version would easily be the online career mode, but otherwise there isn't a whole ton that was really changed, besides polish. All in all, it is still the best F1 game to date and does out do F1 2010.
  32. 75
    F1 2011 creates a great and exact rendition of Formula 1 racing, but it doesn't give new fans a reason to play it.
  33. Oct 3, 2011
    75
    F1 2011 is full of detail but keeps things simple, a solid racing title across the board.
  34. Sep 23, 2011
    75
    F1 2011 is a great sequel that faithfully represents the thrill and difficulty of driving the world's best racing cars.
  35. Nov 18, 2011
    71
    A lack of sustained excitement and some truly horrendous graphics hold back all the good work. [Issue#211, p.93]
  36. Oct 9, 2011
    60
    If you're looking for a quick, pick-up-and-play racing game, this is not for you. This game takes patience and attention to detail to play.
User Score
7.2

Mixed or average reviews- based on 53 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 16
  2. Negative: 2 out of 16
  1. Sep 23, 2011
    6
    Based on the PS3 version and a few hours play, I'm disappointed. For the most part, the graphics appear to have got worse; they look tooBased on the PS3 version and a few hours play, I'm disappointed. For the most part, the graphics appear to have got worse; they look too bright and cartoony. The handling is very different, although I accept this may just be a learning curve. The dynamic racing line just lies to you, and as you can't manually request a pit-stop any more, you'll be taking your chances on some circuits. I've also had weird noises (not associated with a fault on the car etc) appear, hang around for a very annoying minute or so, then disappear.

    I was excited for this release, but I can't describe it as anything other than 'meh' now.
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  2. Oct 16, 2011
    4
    PROS: New handling system, now throttle and steering is smooth and progressive. // Improved c0ckpit view. // Much better IA. // Great kers asPROS: New handling system, now throttle and steering is smooth and progressive. // Improved c0ckpit view. // Much better IA. // Great kers as DRS implementations. CONS: Sub-HD graphics with no alising at all, much worse than 2010 release, all is totally blurred 25 meters away and causes headaches. // Stupid penalty system that allow users to cut corners. // CPU cars are extremely fast in wet. // Cars are still tanks that will be not broken on usual crashes with other cars or walls, only with brutal ones. // No telemetry yet. // Grass has a lot of adherence. // Long load times. // Pit stops interactions (throttle and brake) are gone, manual limiter too. // Extremely short replays. // Car tune seems to do nothing except give you more or less max speed. Full Review »
  3. Nov 5, 2011
    7
    F1 2011 is a very mixed bag. There are a whole host of improvements to career including safety cars, punctures, minor reliability issues, KERSF1 2011 is a very mixed bag. There are a whole host of improvements to career including safety cars, punctures, minor reliability issues, KERS & DRS. The handling is less punishing - you can actually attack the kerbs without spinning out. However there are issues. Halfway through my first season with Force India I am told I am expected to win the race - totally unrealistic. The real problems come when you go online. The lobby system is poor being dominated by games already in progress that you can join but not take part in. Frequent dropped connections even when you are host. Horrible lag causing multiple crashes. Loss of position tracking - game tells you that you are in first until final lap when suddenly you are 5th without being overtaken. When behind the safety car you get a drive through penalty for an illegal overtake even though you didn't overtake anyone. Then you serve your drive through penalty only to be told on the next lap you must serve the penalty again or be disqualified! Unless Codemasters fix these issues I wont be buying any future versions. Releasing the game with a semi-broken multiplayer is no way to treat F1 fans. This is even more annoying because when it does work (about 50% of the time) multiplayer is a lot of fun. Full Review »