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F1 2011 (PS Vita)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 5 March 2012
I loved F1 2011 last year when it launched, it was easily on my top games of the year, so when I heard it was coming to Vita I was worried at first, but once you get your hands on the portable take on F1 2011 you quickly realise that the experience hasn't lost much in its travels to the handheld. including 3 full seasons of F1 action, from Practice to race day, its truly is F1. The changing weather mid race still throws a spanner in the works and can through a strategy out the window.

One gameplay feature added to the Vita is challenge modes. These can task you with over taking in a set amount of laps and slaloms. A lot of these can be great fast paced action, good to drop in. The completion of a series of challenges will lead to a bonus event. One of these that stands out and has been talked about is a challenge that tasks you with keeping your position on a wet track. The kicker however is you are on dry tyres while the rest of the field is chasing you down on wets. These events a great and really do fit well on a handheld, the style of pick up and play challenges works.

The thing that clearly makes or breaks any racing game is how it drives. F1 2011 on consoles was an amazing game in this department. F1 2011 on Vita is still great, though it feels a lot more forgiving. I don't think this is a bad thing. After all its a launch title for a handheld, so you may not want such a realistic experience on the go, but that's not to say its not fun. After all F1 2011 is a game, and fun is the name of the game. The game will still punish you for hitting a corner to hard, or using your fellow drivers as breaks.

Online is in present in F1 2011 on Vita, with both Online and Ad Hoc. But only 4 player races are present in both of these modes. Its a shame when the online on Ps3 was so great, but with a new platform comes testing its limits. Here's hoping with a 2012 iteration of the series we can see features like online improved.

Graphically the game does a job of presenting the cars and track well. The overall look of the game is great for a handheld, its certainly not the worst Vita game but its not the best either. It could be forgiven because its a launch title, as with Online we can hope to see a huge improvement in the next game. Much like we did with F1 2010 and F1 2011.

The tracks look great and look the same as on the console version, but like with the cars is in the detail that F1 2011 Vita loses some of its gloss. The graphics function well, but their is a part of me that feels it was a PSP game brought over to Vita.

F1 2011 Vita is a great game for a launch title, it certainly a good sign of what can be done as far as racing games on Vita, here's hoping F1 2012 can make a big impact if it comes to Vita in the near future. Its a game let down by its graphics, but saved by its gameplay. For a launch title, F1 2011 is a perfect fit for F1 fans.
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on 3 October 2012
I did much deliberating over whether to buy this game or not, basically if its codemasters and isn't one of their mainstream games then it could (as it has been in the past) be limited or buggy or basically broke.

BUT suprisingly it isn't, no doubt down to a mix the 3DS version being used as an alpha test and Sumo Digital and their expertise in portable games (one of many contributing developers of LBP vita).

Design - essentially in its features this vita version is more like a refined F1 2010 rather than 2011, it features everything except the press interviews, flashback ability and MP is limited to 4 players. Pitstops, stategies, choosing your team, and all the modes of F1 as we know it are present including KERS and DRS, in addition to the vita version are challenges which seem like a DiRT inspired manner of breaking up what is still rather a hardcore racing sports game. Challenges work well enough helping to break up the experience and feature different scenarios such as unique pit stop stategies and head to heads with other race driver AIs.

Gameplay - Its relatively similar to consoles, though there is some slight handicapping in relation to speed and handling, a problem quickly found at the start is that the assist options do nothing but destroy any sense of handling, but they can be turned off and you'll be nailing apexs with a bit of experience in no time. AI was a major problem in the 3DS and luckily it is much improved, however I myself set it to the max to get any challenge at all, AI seem to possess individual traits and some will perform better than others on different tracks, but there is still a slight craving for a harder difficulty as some tracks like monaco AI lag in lap times by about 10 seconds on max difficulty (qualifying + race session), although on melbourne that gap is less than a second, so there are some inequalities (don't know whether they have patched though). Overall you will be getting some challenge but beware that %50 comes from the endurance factor, and most the assists off (I do race on automatic).

Graphics - the most contreversal of all because its hardly setting all cylinders ablaze, I came from wipeout 2048 to this and its a dramatic drop. The game has a lack of shaders and special effects which refrain it from looking beautiful, also car models have a lack of antistophic flitering meaning that livery details are not that crisp. However it does go to show that even 'limited development time' build can still be pretty substantial as the vita's quad core and RAM easily see to impressive draw distances, no jagged edges, mostly sharp clean textured tracks and most of all a smooth FPS, even with 23 cars in front. no bugs or glitches, no load time issues. There is some attention to detail such as modeled pitstops, cockpits, tyres actually looking wet, or filthy if you go on to gravel.

Overall if you want a F1 game on the go, you want that core racing experience (and remember that this is the only true racing game on the vita currently) then this is good enough for the price, no you won't find groundbreaking graphics or anything distinctively added to the career experience, but it does contain that racing spirit. If on the other hand you want to experience F1 in full glory for the first time, then F1 2012 on the consoles may be better.

**1 note: F1 in general vita and consoles have the option to race in 3 lap sessions rather than the full 2 hour average, however 3 lap sessions make much of what makes F1, pitstops and qualifying pointless, so F1 in general is for the hardcore racing fans.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on 21 April 2012
Since I spent hours reading countless reviews, and deliberating on whether to buy this game, I thought I would add my own two cents worth, just in case anyone out there is in the same position. I'm only a casual fan of Formula One, but I do like sports simulation of any kind. I have F1 2011 on the PS3, and like so many others have said before me, the Vita version doesn't stand up to the PS3 version, but it's still worth buying in my opinion.

I think the biggest concern of mine came when viewing the video trailers of this game. It all looked very low-res, and dull, lacking any detail. I have to say I was quite pleasantly surprised when I played the game myself. Colours are a lot more vibrant than they appear in the trailers. Detail in the landscape appears better too. It's not HD quality, but you find yourself concentrating on the race so much, that you don't really notice. But the overall visual representation is good.

I haven't played long enough to comment in depth on the gameplay, but what I have experienced so far has been good, as good as the PS3 version. A lot of people have said that it's too easy, and too forgiving. Well, I just cranked the difficulty level up a notch and I get a nice balanced game, although I'm no expert I have to say.

Another nice little touch that I haven't seen on the PS3 version is that you can take a break from driving for a few minutes, and just watch the session from the sidelines. I like little touches like that, although I know most people just want to get stuck into the racing themselves.

To sum up, as a casual gamer, I'm glad I decided to buy it in the end. If you can't decide, then I wouldn't let the bad reviews put you off.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on 10 March 2012
after buying ridge racer, and being very dissapointed.

i wanted a good racing game. and this is one. its essentially a portable version of F1 2011 on ps3. so the whole season is there all the drivers, and all the cars, and tracks. the detail is stunning. and overall worthy of the best racing game yet.

its keeps my coming back as its got a good learning curve. once you mastered the driving techniqe you are sorted. so have patience. it has lots of rewards. worthy of your money.

cant find fault with it at all. great price. and a must for your PS Vita collection.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 4 March 2012
I have spent a lot of hours playing this game. I agree with the other reviewer who mentioned they just basically copied/pasted over the PS3 version with no thought of the PS Vita's gadget controls.

That said, this is still a very awesome game and worth the money.

You should check out the PS store for comparison on price.

Some games are cheaper here, some are cheaper to download directly. Amazon is currently 40 pence cheaper, but I would download straight away for that price difference than wait.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 4 April 2013
Now I waited for the Vita to turn 1 before I reviewed this game for comparison reasons.

Intro: The game starts up with your traditional trademark logo's following with a stunning trailer of F1 cars speeding at tremendous speeds around a beautifully rendered track. When first seeing this you wont be able to wait to get into the action only to then be misguided by the initial trailer.

Gameplay and Game Modes: There are quite a few modes ranging from a single race to a 3 season career mode. The career is quite dissappointing as in your third season you may have earned a contract with Red Bull or Mclaren only to have the career end, snatching away any sense of achievement. There is also Online Multiplayer but the mode is barely worth a mention as a match can never be found due to no one playing worldwide. The actual driving in F1 2011 is very enjoyable and feels tight even with the Vita's small analogs, you should have absolutely no problem cornering at high speeds and keeping stability of the car.
F1 2011 does have its flaws and stand out considerably. The AI in the game is of extremely poor quality, there your typical follow the line and practically stop to turn a corner, which is a huge shame as driving yourself feels fast and exhilirating only to then see an AI behaving exactly the opposite an F1 racer would. You can simply skip qualifying sessions, start in last place and be in pole position within the first 2-3 corners of the first lap.
The entire tuning system from the console version made its way over which is impressive but it isnt really needed as you will find it extremely easy to win any race without ever even tuning a thing, which is a wasted oppurtunity to really push the game and make the gamer think about each race differently.

Graphics: Graphically the game is sub-par with some extremely low res textures especially on the cars themselves, which is where you will spend all your gameplay time and can be a real eye-sore, especially when comparing to other offerings available on Vita. The scenery is acceptable and looks fine when flying round any of the courses.

Overall: F1 2011 has many flaws but does do some things right. The worst thing about the game isnt the game itself but the missed oppurtunities and polish that could have made a real impact on the player to give them reason to come back consistently. 3/5
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on 4 December 2014
delivered well before promised time.quality was as stated ,excellent.very happy with price,condition and service.a1.
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5 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on 25 February 2012
Well this game could have been so much better.

It seems to basically ignore any features that the Vita has, for example:

1. you cannot use the touchscreen for the menu system.

2. you cannot use the dual sticks either (one for steering and one for acceleration/braking) which is utter madness!

3 You cannot steer using the accelerometer.

So controlling your super powerful F! car can be a bit difficult!

Frame rate is fairly low most of the time and stutters quite a bit.

Even so the game is quite fun, if they fixed my points 1-3 above I would give it a 4.
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on 25 April 2015
Pure awesome F1 game, very realistic and good game overall.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 16 April 2012
I've been an F1 fan since birth and i've played virtually every F1 game out there. I was really looking forward to this game having enjoyed F1 2011 on Xbox.

Lets get one thing straight, the Vita is a fantastic piece of kit. The quality of games like Unchartered, Fifa and Wipeout is amazing, just like holding a PS3 in your hands. But F1 2011? absolute rubbish and i never thought I would say that.

First up, the presentation is fine, the game has lots of options and game modes and for the most part offers what the console versions do for content. But thats where it ends.

Unfortunately, the bad points points outweigh the good. The main one being the gameplay and graphics. This isnt a bad racer, its just nowhere near what it should be for a system as good as this. Wipeout is probably the nearest you will get to this game as a comparison but Wipeout plays and looks like a next gen handheld game whereas F1 2011 plays like what it is, a port from the PSP version from last year or worse still, a port from the 3DS version. The graphics are appalling, they are fuzzy, low-res and have hardly any detail and they certainly dont make use of the excellent screen on the Vita. Likewise the gameplay is slack, cars 'slide' around corners and never feel like they have traction like they do in their console versions so therefore you end up playing a rather 3rd rate driving game thats been lazily programmed and obviously rushed out. If you are used to Tetris on a Gameboy then you will think the graphics are fine but if like me you are used to console and psp graphics you will know this game is rubbish. At one point i even wondered if i had picked up my original PSP until i saw the 2nd joystick.

There is none of the 'Live the Life" elements in here from the console version and the touch screen is barely used. its so obviously a straight port from the 3DS version, which for the Vita is a sin. The Vita is an amazing piece of kit, just dont make the mistake of thinking that this game follows suit and thats coming from a F1 fan.

Avoid and wait for F1 2012 and even then, make sure its been produced for the Vita.
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