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 2015 is a realistic racing simulation, closer to a Gran Turismo than Mario Kart or even Need for Speed. As such, it features realistic handling and physics, which may make this too sensitive for younger drivers, even when playing on the Easy setting, which gives you computer-assisted braking and steering. The game also has a level of complexity casual race fans might not appreciate; your car can run out of gas mid-race, and your tires can get worn out after a few laps. As in the real sport, numerous corporate logos are found on tracks and cars within the game. F1 2015 also features online events, which means that players may interact with fellow racers who don't talk in a manner that's appropriate for everyone.
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What's it about?
Unlike many racing games, F1 2015 doesn't have a career mode and thus doesn't have a story. It does have a Championship mode, which has you racing your way through the 2015 Formula One season, and you do pick a race team to play for as well as a specific driver to play as when you begin, but it's only a linear series of races; the game doesn't explore your driver's life off the track.
Is it any good?
How much you'll enjoy F1 2015 really depends on what kind of racing games you're into. If you're a fan of Mario Kart, Need for Speed, or really any arcade-like driving game, you'll find this to be too complicated and overly sensitive. That's especially true when your car comes to a stop in the middle of a race because you didn’t realize you had to refill the gas tank when that red-gas-pump-looking light started flashing. But if you're more into racing simulations such as Gran Turismo, you'll probably find this lacking. That's because, unlike previous installments of this series -- and basically every racing game -- F1 2015 doesn't have a proper career mode, which is what most people play in racing games along with the online modes. Sure, you can race your way through the events of the 2015 Formula One season in the Championship mode, but this doesn't have a mode where you go through any kind of personal or professional progression. The overall effect is that F1 2015 should've been deeper and feels like a shadow of other racers on the market.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about realism. What makes this game realistic? Does it make you want to drive a real car? What about a real race car in a Formula One event?
Talk about teamwork. Did you notice how the members of your pit crew work together to get your car back on the road as quickly as possible? Why is it important to work together when you have a common goal?
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