The hype that went along with F1 2011 was actually very large for a motor sport game, partly because it had a lot to live up to after F1 2010 and so many new features were expected.
There are many ways to look at this game. I do just want to put this out there-it is a lot better than F1 2010 and that is a fact. The cars handling are very sharp and crisp, like an F1 car, and the realism is unmatched. In career mode, the engineer is a helpful tool and the fact that the AI cars are really good drivers is a welcome challenge.The new cinematic, all be it repetitive, are a cool addition.The updated rules, with KERS, Pirelli tyres and DRS add to this realism and they all have effects. The new safety car feature is a welcome fan feature. Graphically, the cars look amazing and so too do the tracks, but even in 1080p, other games are crisper. The new split screen and Co-Op championship are features that add depth to a still rather shallow game. The cars sound majestic and beautiful too.
With all of these, there are negatives. The promise of Live the Life has not been fulfilled, and that is still rather hollow. Interviews are still boring and dull and the new features are basically checking your email, which isnt that ground breaking. The game can get a bit complicated for F1-newbies but the game does do its best to guide you through it all. I still wanted to see more damage for cars, and i wish the replays could be saved. Also, race distances of 20% are too short and 50% are too long so you cant have a 45 minute stint of fun including qualies.
Give Codemasters their due, F1 2011 is a refreshing sequel and is improved in the areas people asked for. I do recommend it to F1 fans and non-fans alike, but remember, it is the same thing over and over-practice, qualifying, race.