I haven’t played the classic F1 games. The ones I’ve played were F1 2002, F1 2005, F1 2006, F1 Championship Edition, F1 2009 (for the iPod Touch), F1 2010 and F1 2011.
My only memory of F1 2002 on PS2 is me and my brother trying to play local multiplayer, in my screen I could accelarate and brake, but I couldn’t move left and right. My brother couldn’t move at all. Looking back I think the reason I couldn’t move was because I was using the D-pad (I had never played a game at that point where the analog sticks had to be used). I think the reason my brother couldn’t do anything was because he was using a PS1 controller. F1 2002 was the free game that we got with the PS2, which was a birthday present for us.
F1 2005 and F1 2006 were both the same basically. The only difference for me was that the 2005 cars had to take some serious hits before the cars were damaged, whilst in F1 2006 the cars took damage fairly easily.
F1 Championship Edition was really just the PS3 version of F1 2006. But there was online play this time, and the graphics obviously were much better. I generally enjoyed the game, except the cars were a bit understeery, and it did lack many features.
F1 2009 for iPhone was terrible, the handling was so over-sensitive, the slightest turn and you’d be doing a U-turn.
F1 2010 and F1 2011 are the games I’ve enjoyed the most. They are the games which I’ve been the most engaging for me. The thrill of taking tenths of your previous laps (Yes I’m sad) was just great and something that wasn’t as enjoyable in past F1 games. The Collantine Cup has also vastly increased my interest in the game. I’d F1 2011 is the best I’ve played simply because it has a bit more than F1 2011. However there are still many small problems which stop the game from being perfect.