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The parents' guide to what's in this game.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that F1 2019 is a realistic racing game for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Windows PCs. This is the latest installment in the racing franchise, and while there's no inappropriate content in the game, it has a depth, challenge, and realism that limits its appeal to mainly older gamers. While there's violence in the form of car crashes, there's no blood or gore. As with real Formula One race events, many surfaces of cars and race tracks are adorned with corporate logos.
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What's it about?
In F1 2019, you start off as a Formula Two driver and work your way up the circuit by engaging in a series of races. How well you do determines not only if you can progress, but what teams you can race for. Once you graduate from F2, you then work your way through the ranks of Formula One drivers in hopes of getting to the championship. The game features 21 separate racing circuits to drive across, as well as all of the racing teams and drivers currently on the real-world circuit. Players can potentially make rivals of some of these drivers based on how they race, providing additional drama on the race course.
Is it any good?
While casual racing game fans will find it difficult, serious racers and devotees of Formula One racing will really enjoy this authentic driving simulation. Like previous installments, F1 2019 is a realistic driving game that tries to re-create what it's really like to drive a Formula One race car. Besides having all of the events, the professional drivers, and their teams, this game also lets you fiddle with all aspects of both your cars and the races you enter. It boasts authentic physics and handling, though the settings do let you adjust these with assists that make it slightly easier to steer and brake.
As for this year's model, not only does the game have improved visuals that make it look even more like a real race being broadcast on TV, but the online modes have been expanded to include a "make your own tournament" option. It also adds Formula Two events and drivers, with the career mode starting you off as an F2 racer before you graduate to F1. What isn't new: All of the game's depth and realism can make it intimidating and difficult for those unfamiliar with real Formula One racing and for people who just aren't great at realistic driving games. Even with the assists turned on, the difficulty level here can be a bit frustrating. But if you are a fan of the real thing, or just prefer your racing games to be realistically difficult, F1 2019 is like having the keys to your very own race car.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about advertising in games. Many surfaces in F1 2019 have corporate logos on them, but does this make you want to buy these products? Why do you think they do this in real racing?
What does playing F1 2019 teach you about driving safely and the importance of following the rules of the road, including the speed limit?
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