F1 2011 vs. F1 2010 - side by side comparison





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Uploaded on Sep 21, 2011

F1 2011 is out this week. Codemasters have promised lots of improvements over last year's game.

One of the things on the list is graphics. The main difference is a completely reworked set of lighting and post-processing. A lot of the community complained about the yellow filter that was so obvious in F1 2010, as well as the much too intensive bloom. All this has been changed this time around, the game looks a lot more natural, albeit a bit less spectacular, at least in normal weather.

On the other hand, rain looks absolutely mind-blowing. It is even more intensive than it was in F1 2010, we can also see a lot more water on the track's surface. Singapore at night, in the rain, is something I am going to play all the time, I only wish I had a bigger TV.

I did not crop the videos, I scaled them down to 75 % in order to see more on the sides. If you do not like the black bars, just download the video and zoom in with your media player. You can also go through it frame by frame to better see the differences. F1 2010's clips might seem to stutter a bit, that is because I had to use time-stretching to match the laps as closely as possible. Sound is from F1 2011.

Both games are rendered in DX11 at 1920x1080 with MSAAx8 and all details maxed out.

I have not had much time to do some actual racing, but from what I have seen so far the handling has not changed too much. Still, the car does not feel so sticky anymore, and it is definitely easier to spin out with traction control off. All in all, the cars' behavior on the track looks more natural, but the handling without any assists should be a lot more difficult. I played some F1 simulator last year, and it was absolutely impossible to use the first or second gear in very slow corners, and even taking off below the third gear was tricky. A pro-sim mode definitely should have been included by Codies.

I will play the game some more over the next few days, so I should be able to say something more about other changes. I like what I am seeing so far.

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