F1 2014

Game review by
Chad Sapieha, Common Sense Media
F1 2014 Game Poster Image
Realistic racer encourages respect but doesn't innovate.

Parents say

age 15+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 9+
Based on 1 review

A lot or a little?

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

Educational Value

Kids can learn about F1 cars and develop a sense of good sportsmanship in this realistic racing game. Unlike most racing games, aggressive driving is discouraged here, since players will be disqualified if they ram other racers' cars. This should encourage kids to be conscientious of their fellow drivers. Kids also will be exposed to the basics of F1 mechanics, examining and adjusting key parts of their vehicles such as ride height, aerodynamics, suspension, and chassis balance, observing the impact on car performance. F1 2014 will be educational for young race fans interested in learning the basics of F1 cars, as well as the regulations and behaviors associated with the F1 racing circuit.

Positive Messages

Encourages friendly competition, respect for fellow competitors.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Drivers don't speak, but they celebrate and hug one another after the race, suggesting they're good sports.

Ease of Play

Very challenging, but switching on all driving aids -- especially automatic braking -- should make it accessible to less experienced players.     

Violence

Cars collide and spin out. 

Sex
Language
Consumerism

Real-world brands -- including UPS, BlackBerry, and Petronas -- are plastered on cars, stadiums, and rider uniforms.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that F1 2014 is a simulation racing game focused on the FIA Formula One World Championship. It simulates the mechanics and rules of the sport, including tenets that govern drivers' on-track behavior. Crashing into other cars is forbidden and will end the race for any driver who instigates a collision. This means players have a strong incentive to drive quickly but carefully, respecting the space of other drivers and vehicles on the track. Drivers are depicted as good sports who hug one another and celebrate after each race. The game can be played online with open voice communication, which may expose players to unwanted commentary.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Teen, 17 years old Written bylewiswoodhall May 30, 2015
Pretty much no Language, Violence or Sex. May be uninteresting or difficult to younger children.

What's it about?

F1 2014 is a simulation racing game that puts players in the driver's seat of the world's fastest cars. Players compete in multiple F1 racing seasons against familiar F1 stars on authentic tracks located around the globe. The career mode's story is told by dynamically generated newspaper clippings that discuss your driver's performance and potential opportunities, such as contracts with new teams. On the track side, players have the ability to fine-tune their rides with the help of an engineer and can alter difficulty by toggling a variety of driving aids. Players also can select a rival for upcoming races, creating an extra objective beyond simply placing on the podium. Outside the career mode, players can opt to compete in Grand Prix events or enter multiplayer races in split-screen, local area network, and online modes. 

Is it any good?

F1 2014 feels more like a refinement of previous F1 games than something truly new. Its faithful recreation of the sport's events and atmosphere is likely to hold few surprises for most players. Even the incorporation of changes to F1 regulations won't be noticeable to most players who aren't intimately acquainted with previous F1 games or the real-world sport.

Still, the racing mechanics are solid. Cars handle well (especially if you're good enough to play with most of the aids switched off). Plus, the sense of speed -- especially from lower camera angles -- is terrific. Even rookies can get into this one, thanks to a new Very Easy mode that comes with some very generous driving assists. Switch on automatic braking, for example, and all you really need to do is keep your trigger finger on the gas and steer to avoid fellow competitors and navigate turns. F1 2014 may not revolutionize F1 racing games, but fans of the sport should be fairly entertained.   

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about online safety. Do you tend to engage in online conversation with other players or simply listen in? If you choose to chat, how do you determine which players are safe to talk to? 

  • What does it mean to be a good loser or a good winner? How do you ensure that your emotions aren't expressed negatively when things don't go your way?

Game details

Themes & Topics

Browse titles with similar subject matter.

For kids who love racing

Our editors recommend

Common Sense Media's unbiased ratings are created by expert reviewers and aren't influenced by the product's creators or by any of our funders, affiliates, or partners.

See how we rate

About these links

Common Sense Media, a nonprofit organization, earns a small affiliate fee from Amazon or iTunes when you use our links to make a purchase. Thank you for your support.

Read more

Our ratings are based on child development best practices. We display the minimum age for which content is developmentally appropriate. The star rating reflects overall quality and learning potential.

Learn how we rate