Forza Horizon 2 Presents Fast & Furious is a brief nevertheless expertly performed little crossover package that mixes the superbly good driving mechanics of the genre-leading Forza Horizon 2 with a smattering of a few of the cars from Fast & Furious 7. It’s an entertaining means of spending a night, although I mentioned it’s an experience mostly constructed by repurposing wholesale slabs of Forza Horizon 2 content rather than carrying out much new or fascinating with the movie license.
It restricts us to the French part of the pre-existing map however it does include a good few occasion kinds in its brief two- to three-hour duration. There are tight street races around Nice, high-speed blasts throughout the countryside, a small clutch of stunt difficulties, and a couple of the series’ trademark Top Gear-inspired Showcase Events (which, in this instance, pit your car against a helicopter and a plane).
As you’d assume, the racing and driving here’s just like blissfully amazing since it is in FH2.
Numerous operating helps can be toggled to sharpen the experience to your preference, and there’s plenty of enjoyment to be learned from tearing up France in the Fast & Furious series’ renowned black Charger, viewing the butterfly valves on the blower work extra time as you poise nearly 4,000 pounds of Detroit metal in the ideal drift The one significant new mechanic is a nitrous boost mechanic – an evident inclusion for a Fast & Furious tie-in – and it’s been applied well. When brought on, the screen shakes and there’s a great, powerful shift in the already outstanding audio. The general influence on your speed doesn’t cross into Hollywood absurdity, it’s a lot more subtle and practical, however I think the latter is a lot more fitting for Forza. It’s only accessible during situations, nevertheless; you can’t activate nitrous in free-roam. It’s a bizarre design option and one that’s slightly discouraging.
However, owners of Forza Horizon 2 will discover nothing more than that by way of new content. The intro of FH2 Presents Fast & Furious, which drops you into a yellow Lamborghini Huracán, is basically a rehash of FH2’s introduction. The two Showcase Events are in reality just repeats of current Showcase Events in FH2 (the helicopter race in the Xbox 360 edition and the cargo plane face-off from the Xbox One edition). The vehicles, weather, and time of day are very different here, however the routes are the same, which seems a bit inexpensive.
With so much reused, it’s somewhat unusual that numerous normal Forza features are already plucked out. There’s no economy here; you merely earn the available cars by gaining them over the span of a short number of 11 situations (the action is narrated by Fast & Furious sequence actor Chris “Ludacris” Bridges, who offers the game’s reputable however undoubtedly loose connection to the films). Additionally, there are no visual customization features either, nor is there any upgrading or tuning. Every car comes pre-tuned to the top of its class and also you can’t apply custom styles.
Possibly most discouraging, the new cars designed for FH2 Presents Fast & Furious aren’t capable of making the journey back across to FH2 (or, least, they aren’t for today) if you own both. It’s a little pity simply because, once I’d clocked the accessible situations and gained most of the Forza Rewards factors being offered through the Forza Hub (where it’s outlined as a separate video game), I’ve sensed little need to return to this version.
Forza Horizon 2 Presents Fast & Furious is a slim tie-in that at least offers a few great-looking new cars, a boost of nitrous, and a quick however properly designed set of races. It’s fun although it lasts, however it’s furthermore turned out to be disappointingly constructed around recycled maps and situations. (It’s, nevertheless, totally free until April 10, 2015, so by all means snap it up while you can.) As an overview of Forza Horizon 2’s more substantial driving action it’s quite a great one, however for long-time Forza followers it’s simply worth the quickfire 500 points to your Forza Rewards Tier (which decides your month-to-month gift credits in Forza Motorsport 5 and Forza Horizon 2 on Xbox One).