F1 2011 (video game)

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F1 2011
F1 2011
European PS3 box art
Developer(s) Codemasters Birmingham
Sumo Digital
Publisher(s) Codemasters
Series Formula One
Engine EGO Engine 2.0
Platform(s) Microsoft Windows
PlayStation 3
Xbox 360
Nintendo 3DS
PlayStation Vita
iOS
Release
  • NA: 20 September 2011
  • AU: 22 September 2011
  • EU: 23 September 2011[1]
Nintendo 3DS
  • EU: 24 November 2011
  • AU: 1 December 2011
  • NA: 6 December 2011
PlayStation Vita
  • NA: 15 February 2012
  • EU: 22 February 2012
  • AU: 23 February 2012[2]
Genre(s) Sim racing
Mode(s) Single-player, multiplayer

F1 2011 is a video game created by Codemasters based on the 2011 Formula One season. It is the sequel to the 2010 video game based on the same series. The game was released in September 2011 on the Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 platforms, November 2011 on the Nintendo 3DS and February 2012 on the PlayStation Vita. It has sold 3.5 million units worldwide. The game engine is based on the new EGO 2.0 engine, an unofficially titled evolution of the EGO 1.5 engine that was created specially for the title.

Details[edit]

All twelve teams and twenty-four drivers that started the 2011 season are featured in the game, though mid-season driver changes did not take place due to licensing restrictions. The entire calendar of nineteen circuits from the 2011 season is present, including the new Buddh International Circuit in India.[3][4] Certain circuits also feature day-to-night transitions.

At E3, Codemasters announced that the focus of F1 2011 is to "Be the Driver, Live the Life, Go Compete".[citation needed] and that multiplayer aspects of the game are being emphasized as a part of this. Online multiplayer have a maximum of sixteen players in a race with the option to include an additional eight AI-controlled cars. Objectives are also included in multiplayer. A split-screen multiplayer mode is implemented, as is an online co-operative championship. In August 2011, Codemasters announced that the safety car would be implemented in the game following its absence in F1 2010, and that it would be available in races that are 20% of real race distance or longer.[5] Red flags are also included for situations where the safety car cannot get around the track, but not for extreme weather conditions.[6] Rule changes for the 2011 season, including KERS, DRS and Pirelli tyres are also featured in the game.

Features[edit]

Features of the game include a career mode in which the player makes a driver and simulates the driving experience.[7] Another mode is the Grand Prix in which one picks a professional driver and create a Formula 1 season.[8] There is also a "Proving Grounds" mode in which is a time trial to compete against other players around the world.[9] There is also a Multiplayer option in which one can race with other players in a variety of gaming modes.[10]

Reception[edit]

Reception
Review scores
Publication Score
3DS PC PS3 PS Vita Xbox 360
Destructoid N/A N/A N/A 4.5/10[11] N/A
Eurogamer 6/10[12] N/A N/A N/A 8/10[13]
Famitsu 28/40[14] N/A 32/40[15] 28/40[14] 32/40[15]
Game Informer N/A N/A 8/10[16] N/A 8/10[16]
Game Revolution N/A N/A B[17] N/A B[17]
GameSpot N/A 8/10[18] 7.5/10[19] N/A 8/10[20]
GameSpy N/A 3.5/5[21] N/A N/A N/A
GameTrailers N/A N/A N/A N/A 8.4/10[22]
IGN 6.5/10[23] N/A 8.5/10[24] 7/10[25] 8.5/10[24]
ONM 81%[26] N/A N/A N/A N/A
OXM (UK) N/A N/A N/A N/A 9/10[27]
PC Gamer (UK) N/A 88%[28] N/A N/A N/A
PSM N/A N/A 8/10[29] 8/10[30] N/A
The Daily Telegraph N/A N/A N/A N/A 4/5[31]
Digital Spy 2/5[32] N/A 4/5[33] 3/5[34] N/A
Aggregate score
Metacritic 59/100[35] 83/100[36] 82/100[37] 66/100[38] 84/100[39]

The PC, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 versions received "favorable" reviews, while the Vita and 3DS versions received "mixed or average reviews", according to the review aggregation website Metacritic.[35][36][37][38][39]

Early critical response was positive, with reviews praised improvements in handling and AI and the way new rule changes - in particular KERS and DRS - added an additional layer of strategy to the game.[13] IGN remarked that the differences in using these features helped separate qualifying and racing into two separate gameplay modes.[24] In Japan, where the game was ported for PS3 and Xbox 360 on 6 October 2011, for PC on the following day, for Vita on 17 December 2011, and for 3DS on 22 December 2011,[citation needed] Famitsu gave the game a score of one nine, one eight, one seven and one eight for the first two console versions;[15] and one eight, two sevens and one six for the final two handheld versions.[14]

The Guardian gave the Xbox 360 version a score of four stars out of five and said it was "pretty much an essential purchase for any self-respecting petrol-head, and a lot more compelling and enticing than those who don't dream about lap times might imagine."[40] The Daily Telegraph similarly gave the same console version four stars out of five, saying that "Codemasters have made a plethora of improvements under the bonnet, polishing an engine that should prove a fantastic basis for the planned yearly iterations of their F1 franchise."[31] The Digital Fix gave the PS3 version a score of eight out of ten, calling it "a great racer but only a nearly-great game."[41]

Digital Spy gave said PS3 version a similar score of four stars out of five, saying that "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."[33] The website also gave the Vita version three stars out of five and called it "a laudable attempt at scaling down a sophisticated simulation racer for a handheld platform, but it would have benefited from stronger AI and more challenge. In its defense, it caters well for newcomers due to its casual Challenges mode and forgiving level of difficulty, but still falls marginally short of expectations."[34] However, the same website also gave the 3DS version two stars out of five and said, "Sumo Digital should be commended for its attempts to pack as much as humanely possible into a Nintendo 3DS game. However, despite its wealth of options, game modes and extras, F1 2011 fails where it counts most, on the race track."[32]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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