F1 2011 – Out Now!

Codemasters have successfully released their second Formula One racing title for the PC and gaming consoles as F1 2011 is now available for purchase in certain parts of the world.

Oddly, American buyers are the first ones to enjoy F1 2011 even though Formula One isn’t very popular on the other side of the Atlantic Ocean. Europe, Formula One’s mainland, has to wait until Friday for the title to become available.

As with F1 2010, there’s no demo available so interested buyers have to trust video footage and reviews to make a decision whether or not to buy the new title. To get everyone started, below is a collection of links including plenty of helpful info several reviews from mainstream gaming sites.

Furthermore, you can check out several gameplay videos courtesy of VVV Automotive as well as Codemasters’ official launch trailer. The forth video is particularly interesting as Alan Boiston focuses on the handling and shows us a comparison between driving with traction control enabled and disabled.

Helpful Links

Supported Steering Wheels

User Manual Download

IGN Review

Official Xbox Magazine Review

Gamespot Review

Hardware Heaven Review (PC Version)

F1 2011 will be released for the PC, Xbox 360 and Playstation 3 on September 23, right in time for the final races of the real life 2011 Formula One World Championship season. The new title will come with improved graphics & handling, new features such as multiplayer splitscreen, a working safety car as well as a much more extensive career mode.

Are you among the lucky one’s to already have tried the new title? Then why not share your initial impressions in the comments below!

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  • Lukas Kvietkauskas

    just completed the first career race with force india, and the game is challenging, I posted 1:27.9 on option tyres at race, and ran quite smoothly, but didn’t managed my objective (finish 12th) and finished 13th :D

    anyway, this is much better than f1 2010, and this year its more like a simulator. I can’t wait till second GP :P

  • Scott Holdsworth

    Played it and I quite like it ;)
    Much better than 2010 although I’m seeing a big change as I’ve gone from Xbox to High end PC with triple screen setup 8-)
    The water effects look amazing!!! Good enjoyable blast although physics still a long way off rfactor, GTR games.
    I won’t be sending it back!

  • Gniewko Ostrowski

    I have given a chance to this game believe me. Have been messing around with setup and setting, but nothing’s gonna help this title!

  • Gniewko Ostrowski

    I really hoped this game to be better than F1 2010, but I am totally disappointed :(

    I have given a chance to this game believe me. Have been messing around with setup and setting, but nothing’s gonna help this title! I have ~10 years of virtual driving experience beginning from F1C and know what I am talking about.

  • Stuart Becktell

    Playing games for 9 years doesn’t really mean anything. I’ve been playing sims since 94, and still enjoy the game. People’s problem is that if you think its going to be super realistic…you’re going to be disapointed. I really don’t understand why this is so difficult for people to understand.

  • F1Racer

    Your 10 years of virtual driving is meaningless if you delete a game after 10 laps and then claim you gave it a chance by messing with setups.

    You think you know what you’re talking about starting out with F1C ?   I started out with Revs and Indy 500 before PCs were even mainstream.    You don’t know what you’re talking about after 10 laps of experience.   You’ve barely warmed the tyres up ffs.

  • pastor ted haggard

    when has any sim racer ever said that ‘sitting infront of a screen is the same as driving a real car’. 
    Please find me any example where any sim racer has said that. ever. 

  • Markuz

    Any difference between Steam and the boxed version? Or is the boxed one like the Simbin games wherein there’s a disc but installs the Steam version?

    If I get it from Steam I really hope it no longer uses GFWL…

  • Oli

    LOL! I play sims since F1C too and I have to admit F1 2011 is driveable now! Sure not perfect but much better and really challenging!

  • Oli

    LOL! I play sims since F1C too and I have to admit F1 2011 is driveable now! Sure not perfect but much better and really challenging!

  • Samuel Korthof

    Aero is not the only option too get more stability on the rear. I’ve adjusted the toe for the rear. This seemed too help quiet a bit. Also changing springs too high rates make the car even stick almost unrealistic too the road. 

  • Samuel Korthof

    Sorry for my talking about piracy won’t do that again. It made me buy the game because I had a try. If I only had read the community reviews at this topic I probably wouldn’t have bought it. So in this case piracy made somebody buy a game. Maybe developers should bring demo’s more often…please don’t ban me for bringing this up.

  • Gerrit Soos de Vries

    there ya go ;)
    I’ll be getting it today, as long as it is more enjoyable than 2010 I’m happy :)

  • Ross Siggers

    It does use gfwl.

  • Ross Siggers

    Okay, so this is the pshuedo arcade-sim that I was expecting fo F1 2010. Alot of the issues have been fixed, the game is so much more fun to drive, the handling comes alive in the wet. The high speed grip issue has bitten me a couple of times, but aside from that it’s a huge improvement.

    Graphically though…have they dumbed it down? I’m running on ultra and the texture detail is undewhelming, to say the least.

    Also CTDP are the only people EVER to get the McLaren right xD F1 2010 it was too matte and grey, here it’s like a mirror all over, you can’t see the livery details :P 

  • Ross Siggers

    Okay, so this is the psuedo arcade-sim that I was expecting fo F1 2010. Alot of the issues have been fixed, the game is so much more fun to drive, the handling comes alive in the wet. The high speed grip issue has bitten me a couple of times, but aside from that it’s a huge improvement.   Graphically though…have they dumbed it down? I’m running on ultra and the texture detail is undewhelming, to say the least.   Also CTDP are the only people EVER to get the McLaren right xD F1 2010 it was too matte and grey, here it’s like a mirror all over, you can’t see the livery details :P 

  • F1Racer

    Yeah it would have to in order to maintain online compatability with the boxed version.

  • Jermaine Smit

    I have to say… Aaai.. Steering is still responding way to later. Shifting same.
    I miss the feeling of speed. The cars feel really slow.

    Some things they did improve allot. I like the style. The tv style like thing looks good… The end result bar looks good 2. Way better then before.

    But still it is not a good game in my eyes. I bought it because i like 1 major thing the career. Online people will drive like idiots anyway

  • F1Racer

    I’ve managed to get a few things sorted out for myself.

    For the steering angle, I adjust the Steering Saturation to either 25% or 30% so that I don’t have to turn the steering more than I think is normal for F1.   Check.

    For the rear grip issue I adjusted my rear camber and toe-in settings (-2.80, -1.20, 0.10, 0.29) and the rear end is getting around the same corner it was spinning out on before.   So I’m pretty happy there now.  Check.

    Sound.. awful.   I changed mine from Rapture to Software.  Not sure if it’s affected framerate but with my 5.1 setup it sounds far far better.   I can hear the downshifts happening behind me now and the sounds are more surround.  Even the constant over-revving sound is much improved.

    Would be nice if the AI difficulty could be set via a percentage like rFactor instead of a couple of presets considering how different people skill levels are.

  • Michael

    Well F1 RACER giving up after 10 laps is probably more sane than the experience you’ve shared. Your wheel nigh on catching fire, you having to put in ridiculous wheel settings and so on as you desperately try to fix this years mess that Codemasters released.

    As others have said, they will wait a month or 2 months of sagely asking for all opinions, release a patch that breaks more than it fixes and then open a forum called ‘F1 2012′ and stick their fingers in their ears anytime anyone mentions F1 2011 to them.

    It’s clear from your chosen moniker why you desperately want this to be a good game. But no matter how many laps you do or adjustments you make, it won’t ever be that. I know that without doing any laps. Codemasters couldn’t write a good racing game if they sat for the next 50 years and tried…and I know that from playing their previous titles. No one needs to try this title. There will never, ever, ever be a day when codemasters release a game that is actually worth driving or that has good handling.

    The reason for this is twofold. Firstly because they are clueless and secondly because the plaudits and awards they get fool them into thinking they are actually good at writing racing games.

    They are doomed by believing their own press.

    The reason they get away with it, is simply because, the racing game genre is full of worthless crap.

    But, it’ll be kind of embarrassing reading a bunch of 8/10 and 9/10 reviews and watching Dara O’Briain handing them another Bafta for what is, no matter how good it looks, a game that’s not worth driving.

    Thankfully, at least, the world of FPS shooters laughed at codemasters buggy rubbish and spat them out. There is hope for gaming, if not for racing games.

    But if you’ve sat through any of these games for 10 years or more, you deserve a medal. Well done.

  • F1Racer

    MICHAEL,  While my wheel does get hot with this game (and I notive no-one else has offered their experiences with their Fanatec wheel so I must be the only Fanatec/F1-2011 user out there).
    Obviously the smell from it as it gets hot is unpleasant and who knows if its toxic.  But I only smell it when I lean forward to use the mouse and my nose is directly above the vents.

    I`ll mention it to Fanatec and maybe ask on the CM forums about it where I actually might get a response from another Fanatec user BUT this is not really having anything to do with how the game play s in terms of physics etc. so comparing it to driving 10 laps then deleting it doesn’t make much sense to me.
    I certainly don’t think my wheel is doing to catch fire either.

    Im not sure what ‘ridiculous wheel settings’ you are referring to.   I am using the default FFB settings, and a bit extra steering saturation.

    I had to laugh that you assume that my nickname means I am desperate want the game to be good.    Wanting the game to be good is really only something you can do during it’s development.   Now its here, my want of anything won’t change a thing.
    I can assure I am not desperate of anything.  I agree with most of your opinon of F1-2011 which kind of proves that.  So please don’t assume you konw me.
    My nickname came over a decade before Codemasters even thought of doing an F1 game.
    It comes from my love of real Formula 1, not the games.    If a game or sim is crap I`ll say so.  I happen to be an objective person.

    What games have I sat through for 10 years ?  I only have PC so CMs F1 games have been the only ones really.  The rest are sims which Ive sat through because I like virtual racing and because I happen to have been alive during that whole period.    So if I deserve a medal then so would every other sim-racer.

    If you want to have a pop at the game, go ahead and do so even if you are doing it from the point of view of it being a pure sim instead of a mass market F1 game.   Just don’t drag me in and aim your arrows my way.

  • Markuz

    F1Racer, about the rear grip issue, have you tried the springs 11-11 thing? Apparently it’s a bug/exploit. Might be good if a lot in this community would confirm that it is:
    http://community.codemasters.com/forum/f1-2011-tech-game-support-1420/471570-huge-setup-bug-f1-2011-a.html

    Let’s see how Codies act on this. I’m thinking they’re already “focused on F1 2012″ so they won’t fix this. I hope I’m wrong.

  • Markuz

    Does the boxed version have Steam on it?

  • F1Racer

    Thanks for the link to that. I did sort my car, as I mentioned above, by altering camber/toe-in values but I will try this springs adjustment just to see what happens.
    Might be worth me noting my observations on the CM forum too considering the CM staff are actively reading those.

  • Markuz

    Based on what I read on the forums the game doesn’t really have the same game-breaking bugs F1 2010 had, except for the bugs that have been present for almost every EGO game (DiRT2/3, F1 2010 corrupted saves). To be honest it really looks perfect except for that bug I saw.

    I’m really hoping they fix the spring bug because, Arcade or Sim, going to the setup screen and doing 11-11 makes the car setup cheap. I do not know how they do it in real life F1 but I’m pretty sure they don’t just pick the hardest spring they can find. It also makes all other spring stiffness setttings useless since nothing is compromised. 11-11 springs gives you boatloads of grip, lets you take Eu Rouge flat-out WITH DRS, and makes the tires last longer. Surely, that’s a bug.

    I’m watching the forums trying to see if CM will actually do something and fix this game before focusing on F1 2012. If they do another F1 2010 move, grrr, I’ll really hate them.

  • F1Racer

    Yeah it is a silly bug that needs sorting.  Clearly CM are interested in it so my guess is it will be sorted out in a patch fairly soon.

    I know it’s connected but I dont know if its directly related to the rear losing grip in high speed corners.    Maybe thats a different issue.   I certainly dont want to know I can take Eau Rouge with DRS open and get away with it.

  • Markuz

    Actually, I spoke too soon. I scoured their forums and found threads discussing how the AI is not affected by tire wear alone. People were listing AI laptimes with fuel sim OFF but with tire sim ON. I think it’s still inconclusive.

    I’m also seeing AI bugs in tracks like Malaysia (slow P & Q but OK R) and the super AI in Spain is still around. And ugly textures for 2011. I really hope CM prove their detractors wrong but for me it’s like F1 2010 all over again.

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