Before you decide to buy Codemasters F1 2011, you need to make certain that you know what you are letting yourself in for. The reason we say this is because it is not like any other racing game, as it is more for the hardcore fan, as the game will offer them more value for money – although this should not put you off. We do need to point out that the graphics are much like they are on GT5.
When you start a new championship it is a very daunting task, as you have to start with a low-budget team in order to start your career. Do not think that you have it easy at the back of the field it’s much harder. The reason for this is the fact that you will almost certainly be at the back on the starting grid, and then you have to try and make it round the first corner, without going into the back of anyone.
There are a number of driver’s aids that can be turned on in the game, and we would recommend that you do so if you are new to the game. The aid that gives you the biggest advantage is the racing line, as it lets you know where to stick your car on the track, as well as warning when you need to break and then get back on the throttle.
However, you have much more going on in the cockpit this year compared to the 2010 version of the game. The first is KERS, which will give you an extra 85hp when you need it, but you will only have a limited amount of KERS, just until you start a new lap. Another thing that you need to do while driving down the straight is to activate your DRS; this reduces the amount of drag on your car and aids overtaking.
However, the biggest challenge will be to manage your tires, as the compounds being used do not last as long as they did last year. So you can see that just getting the Formula One car round the track is a huge job, much tougher than Forza 4. It is for this reason that you need to make sure that you are up to the challenge.