Saturday, September 17, 2011

F1 2011 Game Review Summary

F1 Wallpaper above, Right click, open link in new window/tab for size 1024x768

For Ps3,Xbox 360 3DS, PC and Playstaion Vita,
release: September 2011 20th(US) 22nd(Aus) 23rd(UK)

F1 2011 (the game) is a sequel to the BAFTA winning FORMULA ONE videogame from Codemasters. And coming with the tagline ‘Be The Driver, Live the Life, Go Compete’ I wish! well the live the life bit :(

The first game, whilst a rush to publish, had all the game elements and polish fans of the F1 series were looking for.  Now with more time for the developers to ....erm develop, the sequel promises the following.

Co-op Championships and split-screen mode,
16 players in online Grand Prix mode with 8 ai drivers to complete the pack.
Two new circuits in India and Germany
All twelve teams and twenty-four drivers, all the new rules, KERS, and DRS 
New Parc Ferme area, expanded and revamped Paddock, Pit Lane, celebration and reaction cinematics,
Enhanced media interaction system, "Authentic" new damage failures,
New atmospheric effects, dynamic clouds, advanced rain model affecting on-track grip

New!!! however does not necessarily mean better , but I am impressed with the additions.

Early reviews heaped lavish praise for improvements in handling and Ai and the additional layer of strategy in the game with the inclusion of KERS and DRS.  However it was the lauded Ai which also drew the potentially most damaging criticism, suggesting it made the game very difficult. And what about all those "NEW" additions? nope game critics weren't overly impressed suggesting they did little to change the core gameplay.  Which is kinda good as the first title was a cracker, even though I still can't get first place at Monaco grrrrrr!

currently scoring 85% (xbox), 86% (Ps3) on Metacritic, seems we have a winner :)

Reviews Summary:
The most complete representation of the sport to date
A must buy for F1 fans, a better game than last year
An absolute blast, whichever skill level you approach it from
Strip away the new lick of paint and it's tough to tell F1 2011 apart from its predecessor
A well-crafted and solid racing simulation, doesn't shine on innovation
For a seasonal update there's a remarkable number of tweaks and changes
Play it properly, and F1 2011 is an incredibly satisfying experience
Not without its problems, but it has moved the series forward

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44 comments:

gnome said...

Bah, who needs F1 games? All I ever ask for is the lack of police.

(oooooh, ahhh, go the ladies)

Well, okay. I love my F1 sims, but only when I'm wearing a racing hat.

The Elderly said...

We'd both like a reduction in the number of uniformed guardians of the state.. erm citizens, but whlst we're waiting,

(finds F1 hat places it carefully over Gnomes head...)

hmmm let me see! from here it could do with some adjustment, not made for Gnome ears apparently :(

(heads to garage to get metal shears...)

gnome said...

Yipppeeeeeeeee!

Oh, and don't mind the ears. They can do without shears. I like them actually. Quite a bit too.

The Elderly said...

(elderly hands shaking as he approaches the happy Gnome)

:) No silly LOL, I didn't mean your ears, just got to clip some of the F1 hat away with this newly sharpened metal Snips, give me two minutes and I'll have you looking right as rain

(elderly hands continue to shake as he steadies himself to release the Gnomes ears...)

now hold still.....

gnome said...

(holds breath)

Easy now...

The Elderly said...

(razor sharp blades hover close to Gnomes ears....elderly concentrates.......)

SNIP!!!!! :)

...phew!, now for the other ear, don't you worry, this snips is cutting through metal like a knife through butter...

now hold still, one more to go...

(notices Gnomes face turning blue)

or would you like to take a breath first

gnome said...

Breath, breath.

(holds breath)

Now!

The Elderly said...

(...elderly makes the final lethal cut through the tough F1 hat, ...now holding Gnomes ear in his hand he turns to his diminutive friend..)

.see that wasn't so....

80 oh jeez Gnome....

(attempts to stick ear back on before Gnome notices...)

gnome said...

(faints)

The Elderly said...

8( on no Gnome, I'm terribly sorry..

(rushes to get superglue..in a confused attempt to rescue one of Gnomes most endearing trademarks....sticks ear back on..cleans up blood.. stares at his fallen buddy..)

oh Gnome I'm so sorry :( Gnome please talk to me...

(slaps Gnomes face...)

Gnome?

gnome said...

Dad?

Oh, sorry.

(tries to scratch ear)

Whaaaaaaaaaaaa....?

(faints again while pointing at stappler)

The Elderly said...

oh no, oh no... :(

Gnome!!! can you hear me? Gnome!!
..the stapler? why was he pointing at the stapler?

Think, think!, how could I re-attach his ear...? ? ?

80.. brilliant idea..

(heads off to get acytelane welder..)

Blog Narrator said...

...come back you clot!!! use the stapler...

sigh!!!!!

gnome said...

(lies unaware on floor subconsciously hoping against welders)

The Elderly said...

(re-enters with soldering rod and blow torch.....)

...right hold still Gnome, well you can't but I suppose.. We'll have that ear back in no time...

Blog Narraor said...

..Elderly not the blow torch.. use the stapler... that's why he was pointing at it in the first place....

..are you just going through a dumb stage or were you born like this...

..Elderly noooooo!!!

gnome said...

(burns)

:(

The Elderly said...

8(

oh dear.... that shouldn't have turned that colour and what's that funny smell...

..what the stapler? you sure?

(elderly uses the stapler to attached the rest of Gnome's semi cooked ear....)

...Lord I hope this works...

(waves smelling salts under Gnomes nose....)

gnome said...

(crumbles to dust)

The Elderly said...

Flduck!!

8( Gnome...

what have I done....!!!

(sifts through the pile of dust...)

No Noooooo!.. think, think.. dust what can i do with dust...!?

(runs to kitchen, fills pitcher of water...pours water onto the Gnome dust and starts mixing...)

please.. please ...let this work..

Blog Narrator said...

oh for the love of...

Elderly it's too late... you can't ...

oh I give up!....

gnome said...

(turns into some sort of black, unholy mud)

The Elderly said...

(pours some holy water into the mix along with some plaster of paris, playdo and a mysterious gelatinous goo... amazingly a shape begins to appear...)

hang on Gnome, we're nearly there...

The Elderly said...

8( how in the hell...!???

gnome said...

Beats me...

But, wow. You are a born alchemist!

The Elderly said...

:) he speaks...

(a further minute of two of frenzied mixing and....Gnome has been returned to his former self...)

Blog Narrator said...

lads you do know no one is going to beleive this..

gnome said...

What? What?

(chorus)

Whaaaaaaaaat?

The Elderly said...

oh feck.... I forgot..

(hastily rubs two blobs of clay, flattens them with a rolling pin, and applies one to each side of Gnomes head...)

..how's that?

..Can you hear me?

gnome said...

Yes.

Can't see you though...

The Elderly said...

...I was afraid of this, eyes were never my strong point... just a mo

(grabs a knitting needle and some varnish...attempts to align Gnome's eyes....)

:( how's that?

gnome said...

Well, it does heart. And I see a black thing. Actually all I see is a black thing. And did I mention I'm in great pain? I did? Oh lovely.

The Elderly said...

oops sorry, :)

(removes black masking tape, from Gnome's new putty eyes..)

pain? but I didn't include a nerve network?

(checks ingredients...)

You shouldn't be feeling any pain, in fact you should be completely numb...

(scratches head...)

gnome said...

Hmmmm...

Let me think.

Maybe some rogue virus installed them and another connected them to the pain centres?

The Elderly said...

..I did wash my hands, you most likely had a cold virus when you got here that would explain...

...how bad is the pain, I've got morphine, and morphine double extra and morphine fast acting?

..but look on the bright side you've risen from the ashes.. :I

gnome said...

That definitely is something I suppose. And morphine is something else entirely, so I suppose I'd better feel happy.

Any whiskey around?

The Elderly said...

yes yes whiskey, but first let's see how you respond to the morphine injection.....

...okay roll up your sleeve, I'll prepare the anti-naseau injection first....

:) this is fun isn't it?

gnome said...

Yeeeeeeeees~!

Oui!

Lalala!

:)

The Elderly said...

good good no pain I hope?

(uncorks bottle of single malt whiskey....sets up intravenous drip, regulates whiskey droplets...)

okay that should do the trick!

you know it's strange, I normally faint at the sight of needl

......THUD!

The Elderly said...

NO THUDDDDDDDINNNNGGGGngyyyy! for the love of ....

;/

gnome said...

Wow... Elderly you do sound quite a bit like the Narrator on certain days, you know...

Blog Narrator said...

Duh.....

Foiled by my own petard....

:D

The Elderly said...

What the? ;(

gnome said...

;)