Having not played F1 2010 I cannot really compare Codemasters' latest outing in the F1 series to it's predecessor. Having been an avid Gran Turismo fan since the first release on PSone and GT5 being the main reason I bought my PS3, this is the only racer I can really compare.
Firstly, I am a big Formula One fan and was really looking forward to this game that I even pre-ordered it! However, when I first fired the game up on my PS3 and got to the race track I was disappointed by a couple of aspects. The first and most obvious issue was the graphics. Having been a big fan of Racedriver Grid (another Codemasters release from 2007), I was expecting the graphics to be of a high standard, but when compared to GT5, they were a let down, even when compared to Racedriver Grid at times. GT5 has always prided itself on great presentation and I feel sets a standard that other racers need to adhere to. In F1 2011, the colours often appear to be blotchy and some of the off-track scenery is more reminiscent of a PS2 game. Up close the cars look pretty good but there is often so much reflection coming off the bodywork of the cars that you struggle to tell which team it belongs to. But it's not all doom and gloom. When racing in the rain the graphics often come alive with great reflections in the puddles on the track and on the tread of the wet tyres which is especially noticeable when using the TV Pod camera view. And when using this camera view the rain slightly blurs up the screen like it does when you see this view on the cars for real which makes racing in the rain all the more intense, especially if you get up behind the car in front's spray! Another touch which I liked with the wet weather is when the rain eases off and the track begins to dry you can gradually see the dry racing line appear.
My second and last gripe is the frame rate, which is poor and to be honest I find it unacceptable for any game to suffer this badly from a poor frame rate. And to rub salt into the wound, this is apparently only an issue on the PS3, an allegedly more powerful machine than the Xbox 360. It is more of an issue on particular tracks but you will rarely find that you are racing without a juddery picture.
With all that said I do enjoy playing this game. Once you have mastered the racing lines, breaking points and so on there is a lot of fun to be had. With this seasons introduction of DRS it is highly satisfying getting into the slipstream of the driver ahead then punching triangle to open your DRS and put in the overtaking move. I haven't yet explored the online mode as I haven't yet fully mastered each track and am not ready to get my rear end handed to me online.
On a side note, it may be worth investing in some triggers for your controller as it makes it a lot easier to control the amount of throttle that you use and extinguishes the possibility of your finger slipping off.
This is a very good racing game that is hindered by the graphics and frame rate which stop it from being one of the best racers out there, but if its just the racing you're interested in and you are a fan of Formula One then I am sure you will enjoy this game as I do.