F1 2011

Common Sense Media says

Ad-stuffed racing sim is authentic and challenging.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

The game is very positive on the sport, but tends to downplay the human factor in accidents. Sportsman-like conduct is encouraged and the professionalism of these drivers is highlighted, but there is a flood of advertising logos throughout the game. 

Positive role models

Everyone you hear from in the game -- mechanics, agents, and owners -- is friendly and encouraging. 

Ease of play

The game warns you up front that there's a lot to keep track of information-wise and it's not exaggerating. Driving controls work fine, but if you're used to street racing games or even NASCAR titles, learning to handle a Formula 1 car will take a lot of getting used to. It's not a game that's welcoming to novice players. 

Violence

Crashes can be violent, but can be turned off via the menu system, which results in cars simply bumping into each other. 

Sex
Not applicable
Language
Not applicable
Consumerism

Corporate sponsorships are a bit part of the F1 scene and there are logos for real-world products all over the place -- on the track, on the car, and on the player's jumpsuit. 

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable
Privacy & safety

Some safety/privacy concerns. Players can play in a 16-person multiplayer mode, where they might be exposed to harsh language and insults from others. 

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that F1 2011 is a hyper-realistic racing simulator that is loaded with corporate logos and may be much too difficult for some players (especially younger ones). The game presents Formula 1 racing in a true-to-life fashion, blending all the complications that go with navigating a winding track as competitors race past you and the business side of F1. That makes it extremely unwelcoming to casual driving sim fans. While the commercialism is authentic, it's also nearly overwhelming, so parents sensitive to that might want to think twice. Violent car crashes can be turned off in the menu. 

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Kids say

What's it about?

In F1 2011, players slip into the confining seat of a Formula 1 driver, zipping through claustrophobic hairpin turns at one point, then managing aspects of their career (from managing contracts to signing sponsorships) the next. They'll also have to maintain their vehicle between races, in order to remain competitive, and customize it to fit their style. The game plays close attention to F1 rules, too. Try to take a shortcut and it adds a 10 second penalty onto your time.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

If you're a F1 enthusiast, you will be squarely in your element with F1 2011. If you're not overly familiar with genre (or with any sort of hard core racing sim), you will be downright baffled about what's going on. The game is a fantastic simulation of the popular racing sport, but it throws players immediately into the deep end and lets them sink or swim. The amount of information presented to you at the beginning is nearly overwhelming, but it gets even harder once you're out on the track, where the Artificial Intelligence used for controlling the other racers is ruthless, speeding past you whenever it spots an opening. All of this said, the game is beautiful and handles as precisely as you would expect. Fans will be incredibly happy with what developer Codemasters has put together. 

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the amount of advertising in the game and how distracting it is. Do children notice it more in this game than on televised Formula One events? 

  • Families can also discuss if the simulator feel of the game, with all of the details to keep up with, adds or detracts from the playing experience. 

  • Families with teens who are just learning to drive might want to pay attention to a study that suggests that playing some racing games can lead to taking more driving risks in real life.

Game details

Platforms:Xbox 360, PlayStation 3
Price:$59.99
Available online?Not available online
Developer:THQ
Release date:September 20, 2011
Genre:Racing
ESRB rating:E for (PlayStation 3, Xbox 360)

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Kid, 12 years old December 23, 2011
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9
QUALITY
 

12+? I don't think so!

I grabbed this game off the shelves because I am an avid F1 follower. This was simple to grasp, and I got the hang of it one lap into the race I was doing. Obviously, when you crash, things go flying around a bit, but there's no injuries. You may knock over your Pit Engineer, but he just rolls over and gets back up. I find it simple, ad enjoyable, and think 12+ is quite over the top for this game. I would say 3+, but it would be a bit hard to grasp at that age.
What other families should know
Educational value
Great messages
Great role models
Too much consumerism
Teen, 13 years old Written byMorgiman April 9, 2015
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3
QUALITY
 

Amazing Game (12 is very overatted)

Great Graphics and realistic any who thinks this is a 12+ think again i got this game when it came out and its great and for the younger ones a breaking assist to help them :) Deffo Get It Very Positive When You Do Your Best And Role Models Are Great :)
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Kid, 11 years old January 31, 2015
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9
QUALITY
 

PG - Very Mild Fantasy Violence

F1 2011 is a Formula 1 racing simulation game in which you can race multiplayer or on your own. I rated it PG for very mild fantasy violence. The very mild violence occurs in car crashes which many F1 followers will be familiar with - however, the consequences are never serious and the game has an option in the settings to turn off violent crashes. I agree with the other reviewer, and really enjoyed the game. I did think it was really quite hard to pick up though. Consumerism is everywhere though, but on the whole it is very educational.
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Too much consumerism

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