F1 2010

Common Sense Media says

Incredibly realistic racing sim with ads and crashes.





What parents need to know

Positive messages

The overall tone of the game is very professional and sportsman-like. However, players are not informed of the potential medical consequences of high-speed collisions (which younger players could interpret to mean there are none). Also, the barrage of corporate logos may be a turn-off for some. 

Positive role models

The drivers, mechanics, agents, and other racing folks you'll encounter all act professionally and are generally friendly and helpful.

Ease of play

There are so many details to keep track of in this game that novice players are likely to get lost among them all. And while the driving controls work well, they too are very complicated. Manual shifting is a must -- a factor that will thwart many younger players.


Violent, damaging collisions can occur, but the game gives you the option of turning crashes off. With the crash option deactivated, cars will bump into one another with no damage whatsoever.

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Corporate sponsorship is a huge part of the game. Do well and you might have different real-world companies vying to sponsor you. Be prepared to see more brand names and logos than you've possibly ever seen in a video game before.

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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that while F1 2010 is a realistic racing game with oodles of corporate logos. It is an extremely difficult game for younger or more inexperienced players to handle. Its presentation of Formula 1 racing is very detailed and authentic. While this may appeal to hardcore racing fans, it will likely frustrate casual gamers who are just looking to drive fast around a cool track. Also, studies have shown that realistic racing games can impact how young drivers behave in real life. There is an option to turn off crashes.

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Kids say

What's it about?

F1 2010 presents players with one of the most complete and detailed professional racing experiences ever. Driving here, just as in real Formula 1 racing, requires knowledge and experience with manual gear shifting. When the weather changes, you need to drive differently to compensate for wet roads. In between races (and in between laps) you need to maintain your vehicle and swap tires. And you don't just race: You plan your career with your manager, you negotiate contracts, earn sponsorships, and give press conferences. There's a whole world of things to keep track of, even when you're off the track.

Is it any good?


F1 2010 has some of the most stunningly gorgeous racing visuals ever. The way water splashes off the road in a rainy-day race will blow you away. And the level of detail -- chats with your manager, regular vehicle maintenance, contract offers, etc. -- is incredibly impressive. All of this does make the game way more complicated than your average racing game, though. And for many casual players, F1 2010 will simply be too much. However, hardcore fans or gamers looking for more of a career sim than just a quick race will relish the deep and full experience they'll get here.

Online interaction: This game supports open voice chat while playing online. Common Sense Media does not recommend moderation-free online communication for pre-teens. We suggest using the parental controls built into the game console to disable onlinecommunication features.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the advertising in the game. Corporate logos are everywhere, yet this is an accurate representation of the way professional racing is in real life. Do you think there's too much advertising here? Or does it just add to the realism?

  • Families can also discuss whether they appreciate the game's attention to detail even if it makes the game more difficult to play? Would you prefer a less-realistic, but easier racing game?

  • 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
Available online?Not available online
Release date:September 22, 2010
ESRB rating:E for (No descriptors) (PlayStation 3, Xbox 360)

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Kid, 11 years old November 11, 2013

Awsome but too hard

10000000 hard
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Safety and privacy concerns
Kid, 11 years old May 31, 2011


Okay could have improved multiplayer. Horrible crashes
What other families should know
Too much consumerism
Kid, 11 years old February 15, 2011

Very good!

Very fun and very realistic!


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