There are two things expected for September, the launch of the iPhone 5 and F1 2011. But it is the latter that we are more interested in today, as we now have the first gameplay video for you to feast your eyes on. The first thing that you will notice is the unbelievable graphics are on par with Gran Turismo.
Codemaster has been working hard on this new game, and from what we have seen it looks as if it is coming together nicely. With each year, new rules come into effect in the world of Formula One, such as KERS (Kinetic Energy Recovery System) and DRS (Drag Reduction System).
You can clearly see these new features in action, DRS is very easy to spot, as you will notice that the rear wing will open up at a certain activation point on the track. In theory this is meant to help with overtaking. Now we have seen that this can happen on some tracks, while others it does not — so you will get to see how well the system works for you.
However, you will need to remember that you will be traveling at a much faster speed with DRS activated, so we can see you messing up a few times and not remembering to brake early enough. Also with KERS you will get an increase of at least 85HP, and we do hope that Codemaster has been able to make that apparent in the new game?
From the moment that you see the Ferrari on its jacks having its wheels changed in the pits you know you are in for a real treat. The shine and reflection of the car must have taken a huge amount of development time?
After the scene where the Renault leaves the pits that is when we have noticed an error. The first two cars on the grid are Ferrari’s, followed by a McLaren and then a Red Bull. Now when was the last time that you saw that grid order in this years F1 championship? OK, we know that it is just a game, but would be nice to add a few simple details like that in.
Having said that, we just cannot find a fault with the graphics and the camera angles; how awesome is it to see those cars go round corners in excess of 120mph? However, the best part of this gameplay video preview has to be how the cars ride of the kerbs. It looks like the Renault has taken too much kerb going into the corner, as two wheels are off the track and then come hard back to ground to help give the car traction as it powers on through the corner.
Have a watch of the video and let us know how you think it compares to F1 2010?