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Decent Launch Title, but unless your a hardcore F1 fan wait for F1 2012.
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.