F1 2011 is the sequel to Codemasters first F1 title on Xbox 360.
Codemasters are certainly masters when it comes to racing games. Last years F1 2010 gave us the most authentic and detailed Formula 1 racing experience. Now the F1 2011 Championship is upon us that means we have another F1 game to play. F1 2011 doesn't make a dramatic improvement from it's predecessor but it has been improved and holds some new features that give you a much different experience than before.
The first thing that I noticed improved in F1 2011 was its graphics. They look much more sharper than last year and it looks absolutely stunning at times. The controls also feel more tight and realistic. You feel more in control with your vehicle and it responds must better. But you have to be good controlling your car as it's not so forgiving than before. Making a wrong move around a corner or going to fast will be much harder to stop resulting in a crash. You must know a little about F1 and when to take corners. Newcomers will probably struggle but it shouldn't take to long before you get the hang of things.
The amount of detail in F1 2011 is astonishing. Little details like tires wearing away and dirt appearing on them as you go over terrain make it a more realistic and immersive experience. Sound is also impressive, form the sound of the gears changing to the powerful roar of the engine. The sound is spot on at it helps you to know how your car is behaving on the track. The engineer commentator is much more helpful than before aswell. He will talk to you on the radio and tell you important things like where the nearest vehicles are on the track.
Something new to F1 2011 on the track is the safety car. This will appear when a bad accident takes place. The safety car will drive around the track until it catches up with you, holding up all the other vehicles behind. It's a great addition but if you prefer, it can be turned off.
The biggest new feature to F1 2011 is the the Co-op Championship Mode. This lets you and another friend play in the same team and it makes a more enjoyable and competitive experience. You can also play in splitscreen
co-op. The other multiplayer modes return but now support up to 16 players, with an additional eight AI bots.
If your not familiar with F1 you will find the learning curve much harder. It can take a while before you get to grips with the handling and how things work. But it shouldn't take to long before you pick it up. I'm new to F1 and I was soon making some great lap times.
F1 2011 is a great sequel to F1 2010. Whilst it doesn't improve a great deal, the added additions are enough to make this the best F1 simulator available to date.
Review by Gareth Smith