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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
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.
Encourages friendly competition, respect for fellow competitors.
Positive Role Models
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 & Scariness
Cars collide and spin out.
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Products & Purchases
Real-world brands -- including UPS, BlackBerry, and Petronas -- are plastered on cars, stadiums, and rider uniforms.
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.
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.
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