F1 2011

Game review by
Chris Morris, Common Sense Media
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Ad-stuffed racing sim is authentic and challenging.

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The parents' guide to what's in this game.

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 & Representations

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. 


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


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

What 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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Teen, 13 years old Written byMorgiman April 9, 2015

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... Continue reading
Teen, 15 years old Written byGamersnews32 July 31, 2020

Challenging classic F1 game

F1 2011 is a Formula 1 Sim Racer, therefore the game is pretty tough. The game can be fun in multiplayer, although more competitive, but career mode is mostly c... Continue reading

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?

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. 

Talk to your kids 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: PlayStation 3, Xbox 360
  • Price: $59.99
  • Available online? Not available online
  • Developer: THQ
  • Release date: September 20, 2011
  • Genre: Racing
  • ESRB rating: E
  • Last updated: August 29, 2016

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