A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this game.
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.
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?
- Platforms: PlayStation 3, Windows, Xbox 360
- Subjects: Hobbies: sports
- Skills: Thinking & Reasoning: strategy
Communication: friendship building
Tech Skills: using and applying technology
- Price: $49.99
- Pricing structure: Paid
- Available online? Not available online
- Developer: Codemasters
- Release date: October 21, 2014
- Genre: Racing
- Topics: Cars and Trucks
- ESRB rating: E
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