Developer: Playground Games
Publisher: Microsoft Studios
Platform Played On: Xbox One
Microsoft’s “biggest sale ever” brought lots of Xbox One and Xbox 360 games to my attention, but it also left me with varying DLC options to indulge myself into.
The racing genre isn’t one I tend to buy into outside of Mario Kart, but developer Playground Games manages to make Forza an engaging title with an attitude that was last seen with older Need for Speed titles.
Forizon Horizon 2 Presents Fast and Furious is a ‘standalone expansion’ to Forza Horizon 2, it doesn’t need the player to have a copy of Forza Horizon 2 to play. So if you’re looking into the series but don’t want to spend full price on a copy of the game, or if you’re already a fan and want to play more, this DLC is suited for both of you.
The short campaign will only take you a few hours to 100% complete, and features the voice of Fast and Furious character Tej Parker, voiced by Ludacris himself. He sends you on missions to collect classic cars from the Fast and Furious movie franchise, by completing missions that are slightly inspired by the films.
Whether it’s the 1970 Dodge Charger or the Nissan GTR, all the cars feel great to drive, just as they did in Forza Horizon 2. There’s also an extra NOS mechanic that you can activate in races, but not in free-roam. Everything feels like the same game, just with a Fast and Furious flavour on top of it.
And while that is what’s being sold, it’s also a little uninspired. Forza Horizon 2 and its prequel already felt like Fast and Furious: The Video Game, so while this obvious tie-in with the film was obvious, I felt there could have been more. It’s inoffensive in its entirety, and just makes me pine for a fully fledged Fast and Furious game on the Horizon engine.
If it’s on sale and you enjoy racing games, I’d say go for it. $10 (and whatever the full-price equivalent is in your region) however feels steep for what is on offer.
Oh and the soundtrack is fantastic.