I play this game all the time, and I am a 16 year old guy. This game does not influence anything bad. This sites review had drinking, drugs and smoking in it. I haven't seen a SINGLE scene in which somebody drinks or smokes. This game is packed with endless hours of fun, and in my opinion, teaches that if you persist, you can be the best. Yes, this game contains street racing, but not like Need For Speed. This game is set at the Horizon Festival in Colorado, and has closed, set tracks for racing. No civilians are at risk, unless you are free roaming, but then again, it's only A.I. cars with no drivers. And what I meant about persistence, is in the game, you are the last contestant. Everyone else is more known than you are. To get to the top, and beat the champion, you have to compete in several races (all on closed track with the exception of star showdowns which ill cover) and get you gold wristband to race 4 time Horizon champion, Darius Flynt. In order to get there, you must earn new ranks, and complete star showdowns. A star showdown is basically you vs a well known driver, and the reward for winning is a new car, which can be upgraded. Just remember folks, games do not negatively affect children, teens or adult (It's been proven several times before). Like I said, your child can learn perseverance from this game. Plus, it's only a racing game. What boy/guy wouldn't want to tear up the streets with an exotic super car like the Bugatti Veyron SuperSport, or hit the dirt track with a fully rallied up Subaru Impreza WRX STi? Your child can also learn plenty about cars like I did. It's a great game, and if your child uses a steering wheel as a controller, can possibly help learn real world driving skills. I say it's totally appropriate for children, but then again that's up to you. And this site TOTALLY lied about the sexual content part. Not ONE sex scene in the entire game. It's a racing game, not a James Bond movie. Violence? It's just 3D virtual files made to look like a car the have been rendered with a beautiful game engine that has cars bumping each other at the worst. I hope this helped.