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  • Summary: In F1 2011 players will be challenged to ‘Be the driver, live the life, go compete,’ with wide-ranging technical and gameplay advancements on and off track and vastly extended competitive and co-operative multiplayer components. F1 2011 will feature all of the official teams, drivers and circuits from the highly anticipated 2011 FIA FORMULA ONE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP, including the current FIA FORMULA ONE Drivers’ World Champion Sebastian Vettel. The 2011 season also sees the debut of the 2011 FORMULA 1 GRAND PRIX OF INDIA at Delhi’s Jaypee International Race Circuit and the return of the iconic Nürburgring to the calendar. Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 60 out of 61
  2. Negative: 0 out of 61
  1. Oct 21, 2011
    94
    On the surface, the changes made to F1 2011 over its predecessor seem small, but once you start a career mode or get to grips with car setup, you'll find that the game really is the huge overhaul they claimed it would be.
  2. Sep 16, 2011
    90
    Every major issue in F1 2010 has been addressed, making an already great game even better. We'd still like to 'live the life' a bit more off the track, but in terms of racing, it's just an absolute blast, whichever skill level you approach it from.
  3. Oct 5, 2011
    90
    The changes to this years edition aren't big enough to be able to look on F1 2011 as a gigantic leap forward, but then they didn't need to be. Fans of the sport will no doubt find themselves questioning whether or not the new features and updated roster are worth their money, but it is undeniably an improved version of what was already a fantastic title.
  4. Nov 15, 2011
    84
    Codemasters Birmingham has excelled in improving upon F1 2010, resolving some of the issues that held back its first effort, with a game that offers the definitive Formula One experience.
  5. Mar 16, 2012
    80
    Codemasters returns to the Formula 1 market with some updates and improvements to keep you on track.
  6. Oct 6, 2011
    80
    F1 2011 is a technically stronger outfit than its predecessor, with some sweet new additions for fans, but we can't say that it's absolutely vital unless you're very passionate or curious.
  7. 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.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 16
  2. Negative: 4 out of 16
  1. Sep 24, 2011
    10
    If like me you love true to life driving/racing sims, then this could quite easily be the very one for you. F1 2010 was a briiliant foundation for F1 2011 to build on and Codemasters have done exactly that.
    The obvious changes and extras being, updated driver rosters, driver stats, car sponsership and livery changes, circut additions and changes to the 2011 calender. Also an online CO'OP in which you and a friend or indeed stranger take part in the 2011 season competing in the same team against AI drivers. Larger online servers with more players taking part in races ( sprint modes, custom modes etc), which unfortunately means more idiots in which to avoid who could potentially ruin your race. Also included are the usual time trial modes + online leaderboards. Time attack scenarios + online leaderboards which pit you in a specific car on a specific track in pre-determined weather without the luxuary of being able to adjust your setups, so basically make do with what your given. (which is more fun and harder than it sounds).
    But the gem personally for me is how accurately reproduced the car, track, weather and tyre physics are, plus the addition to the cars this year of KERS (Kinetic energy recovery system) energy lost throught braking is harvested to a battery and stored to be used as a quick boost of speed to the engine and DRS (Drag reduction system) the rear wing on each car can be opened in certain cirumstances to reduce drag and downforce to the car, hence increasing the acceleration, speed and overtaking chances. The car setup adjustments that can be made are near endless and will play a major outcome on how the car handling physics change reletive to each individual track and weather. Tyre and track evolution is frighteningly realistic and can and WILL change over the course of the race weekend let alone lap by lap, whoever thinks that tyres are just round lumps of rubber, needs a checkup from the neck up. Random mechanical failures are also a major fear factor, blowing engines, losing KERS, punctures etc.
    In short a vast improvement in every aspect to 2010. 2011 is potentially the greatest racing game ever. Indeed not everyones cup of tea. But if your looking for a driving game that leaves you wanting and thinking after you walk away about how you can change this, try that, etc.... then this may the one for you. HIGHLY RECCOMENDED!!!!
    CODEMASTERS, I SALUTE YOU AGAIN!
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  2. Feb 17, 2012
    10
    I am a massive F1 fan and had F1 2009 for PSP, F1 2010 for Xbox 360 and bought F1 2011 the day it was released. The multiplayer in F1 2010 was a complete shambles and was a glitch and mod haven. I was expecting F1 2011s to be similar if not slightly better, by heck I was wrong. The single player was as good as I expected it to be with fantastic new features KERS, DRS, Pirelli tyres and the Safety Car and cleverer AIs. One of the only bad things I would say about F1 2011 is the fact that even on the hardest difficulty, if you have mastered a track then the AIs aren't even going to be close to you in the race which is dissapointing. Strategy is a key in this game which represents how it was in real F1 in 2011. One of the things I love about this game is how the cars actually feel different unlike past F1 games. I can feel the great downforce in a Red Bull and can see why Ferrari struggled in 2011. The multiplayer I thought was an add-on feature to the game when I bought it but I have played the multiplayer more than single player now. I would have bought this game if multiplayer was the only thing in this game. I love how fair some of the people are online and also the atmosphere there is when someone is on fresher tyres than you and you know they will be much faster than you. If you are an F1 fan, this will be one of the best games you have ever played, if you haven't then you will still love it. I really hope that Codemasters recognises that fans want some DLC (maybe classic F1 moments to relive, or classic F1 cars or seasons from past years), but who knows. I really do not know how F1 2012 can be made any better. Expand
  3. Sep 25, 2011
    10
    This game is so similar to the last one it might as well be the last one. but that is not a bad thing. Last year they did everything right and this year they have just gone and make this one even better by updating the graphics, making everything better, the cars the drivers even the main menu, they all look amazing. The safety car is amazing, the KRS and DRS are so good the crashes the damage the pit stops, everything is just so good, the AI is so much more human, they make mistakes, everything is just so perfect. I don't this Codemaster could have made a better game. Expand
  4. Apr 7, 2012
    8
    I actually bought this game along with the wireless speed wheel and I find the speed wheel makes all the difference in this game. With the wheel you get a feeling of actually driving, even the lowly MS speed wheel! I tried with the standard controller and I find it pretty unplayable. It would be nice if Codies would wrap up there need to include me in the game. Being interviewed by the "media" and forced to answer questions which seem to determine if I'm a decent human being or a **** jerk just gets annoying. This is especially true since the load times are brutal on this game. Some DLC would be nice, maybe some classic F1 cars or something, anything to let you feel a reason to come back to it. Expand
  5. Apr 2, 2012
    6
    i think the game is really good but i wouldn't suggest turning on the safety car. Every time a safety car is deployed it will auto brake you every single time and your not allowed to pass people in a safety car but every one else will overtake you IT'S NOT FAIR! And if someone overtakes you in Melbourne they will speed ahead of you and you can't catch up with them because they're driving at literally driving at a billion miles per hour! I recommend you be careful with what track you pick! I'll give it a 6! Expand
  6. Sep 26, 2011
    3
    If this were the first version of this game I would say it is worth a 7 or an 8, but taking it as what it is, a fixes&update version of another game I already bought (F1 2010) I have to say that it's not worth the average 60â Expand
  7. Jan 22, 2012
    0
    Don't go near it!
    I bought F1 2011 new through the official F1 website (pre-ordered actually)
    My "VIP" code would not work - rendering the
    game useless to play online.
    "Customer service" sent back automatic answers - clearly unwilling to help & not giving a rats about their customers
    WASTE OF MONEY - DON'T BUY!!!
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