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F1 2014 is a video game by Codemasters, based on the 2014 Formula One season. It is the sequel to F1 2013, and the sixth video game in the series, which also includes F1 2009, F1 2010, F1 2011 and F1 2012.

The game was announced on July 31, 2014.[1] Codemasters confirmed that the game would not be released on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One (eighth-generation consoles), and would not include the Classic Edition. It was released in October 2, 2014 in Japan, October 16 in Australia, October 17 in Europe and October 21 in North America. The music was composed by Ian Livingstone.[2]

FeaturesEdit

Unlike previous games, Career Mode allows the players to race in any team. The 2014 team and driver line-ups are available in the game, along with the Red Bull Ring and Sochi Autodrom.

Teams and driversEdit

Team No. Driver
Austria Red Bull-Renault 1 Germany Sebastian Vettel
3 Australia Daniel Ricciardo
Germany Mercedes 44 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton
6 Germany Nico Rosberg
Italy Ferrari 14 Spain Fernando Alonso
7 Finland Kimi Räikkönen
United Kingdom Lotus-Renault 8 France Romain Grosjean
13 Venezuela Pastor Maldonado
United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 22 United Kingdom Jenson Button
20 Denmark Kevin Magnussen
India Force India-Mercedes 27 Germany Nico Hülkenberg
11 Mexico Sergio Pérez
Switzerland Sauber-Ferrari 99 Germany Adrian Sutil
21 Mexico Esteban Gutiérrez
Italy Toro Rosso-Renault 25 France Jean-Éric Vergne
26 Russia Daniil Kvyat
United Kingdom Williams-Mercedes 19 Brazil Felipe Massa
77 Finland Valtteri Bottas
Russia Marussia-Ferrari 17 France Jules Bianchi
4 United Kingdom Max Chilton
Malaysia Caterham-Renault 10 Japan Kamui Kobayashi
9 Sweden Marcus Ericsson

2014 drivers not included: André Lotterer (Caterham-Renault)

EventsEdit

ScenarioEdit

Very EasyEdit

Event name Track Weather Car Objective
Chasing Cars Australia Clear Mercedes Catch Sebastian Vettel and retake your position before the end of the race.
Just Williams Spain Clear Williams Fend off Alonso to repeat Williams' famous 2012 win.
Off with a Bang! Canada Light Cloud Red Bull Take advantage of Hamilton's engine problems and finish on the podium.
Bull in a China Shop Austria Light Rain Mercedes Recover from a mistake in the rain and take the win.
I Am No.1! Bahrain Clear McLaren Claim your position back from your team mate.

EasyEdit

Event name Track Weather Car Objective
Worlds Collide Germany Light Cloud Mercedes Take advantage of a collision between the race leaders and claim a podium finish.
Fuel's Errand Brazil Overcast Ferrari Maintain 2nd place whilst managing your fuel.
Grid Runner China Overcast Force India Recover from a 5 place grid penalty.
How Did He Do That? Canada Overcast Red Bull Overtake Button and finish the race in 1st.
Hungary for the Win Hungary Clear Mercedes Maintain 1st position while navigating backmarkers.

MediumEdit

Event name Track Weather Car Objective
He's Safe! USA Clear Williams Take advantage of the safety car and finish on the podium.
Damage Limitation Russia Light Rain Lotus Finish in the top 10 after pitting for a new wing.
The Undercut Belgium Light Cloud Marussia Finish ahead of your championship rival.
Tifosi Triumph Italy Clear Ferrari Capitalise on Vettel's engine failure and take 1st.
Now or Never Abu Dhabi Dynamic Caterham Bring the car home in 11th or better to beat your Constructors' Championship rivals.

HardEdit

Event name Track Weather Car Objective
Cloud Burst USA Dynamic Red Bull Navigate the downpour on intermediate tyres to bring home maximum points.
The Alamo Hungary Clear Sauber Hold on to 8th place with a slightly damaged front wing.
Hmmm...Interesting! Britain Dynamic Sauber Stay ahead of the drivers using dry tyres.
Fly by Night Singapore Clear Ferrari Use a strong grid start to steal a podium finish.
The Flying Finn Japan Dynamic Ferrari Take the win in damp conditions after starting in 17th.

Time AttackEdit

Country Track Car Weather Bronze Time Silver Time Gold Time
Brazil Autódromo José Carlos Pace Williams Clear 1:20.142 1:17.107 1:14.945
United Arab Emirates Yas Marina Circuit Ferrari Clear 1:53.956 1:50.163 1:46.839
Russia Sochi Autodrom Toro Rosso Clear 1:54.554 1:49.919 1:47.378
Bahrain Bahrain International Circuit McLaren Clear 1:42.211 1:38.561 1:35.998
Austria Red Bull Ring Red Bull Clear 1:16.883 1:13.996 1:11.855
Malaysia Sepang International Circuit Caterham Light Rain 1:58.581 1:54.410 1:51.122

BoxesEdit

ReceptionEdit

Mixed reviews were received for the absence of new features and changes of Career Mode compared to the previous games.[3] The game even got criticised for the differing handling model between the different user inputs (gaming wheel and Xbox 360 controller).[4] This is because of how the game creates a small racing rift between the two.

The game received a 4 out of 5 by Hardcore Gamer, who said "F1 2014 plays to its strengths and doesn't get bogged down with clutter. While classic F1 races can't be recreated this year, the career mode is a far more diverse and enjoyable experience. The racing action is more intense than ever before, leading this to be one of most enjoyable F1 games ever created."[5]

TriviaEdit

  • As the game was designed before the announcement of the Autódromo José Carlos Pace's resurface, it still contains the original surface and pit lane. Also before the Autodromo Nazionale Monza's Parabolica run-off corner was asphalted, it still contains the original run-off surface.
  • In the game, the Williams FW36 car has the stripes and logo of Martini & Rossi replaced with darker blue and black stripes, due to the restrictions of advertising alcohol in a PEGI 3 rating.[6][7] The drivers' crash helmets also have the stripes and logo removed from their livery.
  • In the game, the Force India VJM07 had all of its alcohol and brewery sponsors removed from the in-game car, but some of them were replaced by logos that did not actually sponsor on the car. Kingfisher was replaced by "Hi! Blitz" on the engine cover and "CineBlitz" on the rear wing and on the front wing endplates. Royal Challenge was replaced by Royal Challengers Bangalore and United Breweries was replaced with UBICS. Smirnoff was replaced with Sahara.
  • The McLaren MP4-29 appears in its launch livery in the game.
  • Players can choose an unlimited amount of flashbacks, as the feature was not featured in the previous games.
  • The preview image of a track is displayed instead of a hotlap video.
  • The showroom in the menu is set on Turn 1 of the Bahrain International Circuit.
  • Players can drive any team in Career Mode.
  • The Young Driver Test has been removed from the game, being replaced by Evaluation Test.
  • F1 2014 does not have classic tracks and cars, which were likely announced to be back in F1 2015. However, it did not happen.
  • Some Scenario events reference to real Formula One moments:
    • "Just Williams" refers to the 2012 Spanish Grand Prix, in which Williams won after a long time.
    • "How Did He Do That?" possibly refers to the 2011 Canadian Grand Prix, but in the opposite way; the player instead has to overtake Jenson Button.
    • "The Flying Finn" refers to the 2005 Japanese Grand Prix, in which Kimi Räikkönen won the race after starting in 17th.

VideosEdit

NotesEdit

  1. "F1 2014 and Beyond". Codemasters. 31 July 2014. http://blog.codemasters.com/f1/07/f1-2014/. Retrieved 25 November 2014.
  2. Greening, Chris (19 August 2014). "Ian Livingstone returns to Formula 1 2014". Game Music Online. http://www.vgmonline.net/ian-livingstone-returns-to-formula-1-2014/. Retrieved 25 November 2014.
  3. "F1 2014 Review". Game review. 15 October 2014. http://www.eurogamer.net/articles/2014-10-15-f1-2014-review. Retrieved 25 November 2014.
  4. "F1 2014 - Wheel vs Pad Issue". Apex Online Racing. 19 October 2014. http://apexonlineracing.com/community/threads/f1-2014-league-discussion-wheel-vs-pad-issue.3471/. Retrieved 25 November 2014.
  5. Peeples, Jeremy (4 November 2014). "Review: F1 2014". Hardcore Gamer. Hardcore Gamer. http://www.hardcoregamer.com/2014/11/04/review-f1-2014/115222/. Retrieved 4 December 2014.
  6. "Formula 1 Game Twitter (3:54 AM - 31 Jul 2014 Tweet)". Twitter. https://twitter.com/Formula1game/status/494798139719577602. Retrieved 26 November 2014.
  7. "Formula 1 Game Twitter (6:42 AM - 31 Jul 2014 Tweet)". Twitter. https://twitter.com/Formula1game/status/494840583840468993. Retrieved 26 November 2014.

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