February 27, 2019 at 2:23 AM #1312
Forza Horizon 2 Presents Fast & Furious
Rating: 4.0 – Great
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Before the release of the latest movie in the Fast & Furious franchise, Furious 7, a deal was struck between the filmmakers and Microsoft to create a small video game very vaguely based on the movies, in an attempt to score a quick buck. The end result comes across as a pretty decent expansion to the core experience of Forza Horizon 2, and the fact that it was free when it first came out certainly helps matters.
Forza Horizon 2 Presents Fast & Furious is a standalone expansion to Forza Horizon 2, meaning that one doesn’t have to own the core game to download it. For the most part, the gameplay is a duplicate of what is experienced in Forza Horizon 2. Players are free to explore the open world, complete missions, complete bonus challenges, and more. However, this standalone expansion does it all with a Fast & Furious flavor.
Instead of the usual narrator from the Forza Horizon 2 core game, players instead have rapper/actor Ludacris explaining everything. The main goal of the game is to collect cars, many of which are cars heavily featured in the franchise, most notably Dom’s epic 1970 Dodge Charger.
The main hook is collecting all of these cars, and the ride to accomplishing this is quite entertaining. Where this experience falters is its endgame, unfortunately. It’s good for a few hours of really quality entertainment, but unless one is absolutely enthralled with playing with these cars in the mostly empty (compared to the main game) open world, then racing fans are likely to just switch back to the main Forza Horizon 2 experience.
The graphics and the audio design are all on par when compared to Forza Horizon 2. In fact, the open world is identical, but there is some new music pulled from the film franchise, offering a slightly better soundtrack, in my opinion. Ludacris does a pretty great job as the narrator as well, and he’s certainly more entertaining to listen to than the narrator from the actual Forza Horizon 2 game.
This game can be completed in just a few hours. It supports online multiplayer and a large open world to explore, but it has significantly less content than Forza Horizon 2 itself. Getting all the achievements and hitting the 100% statistic in the game is also really easy, and most people will do it by complete accident while going through the game.
When it was free, this was a no-brainer. However, this standalone expansion now costs money, so only extreme fans of the film franchise or those looking to get more Forza Horizon 2 style enjoyment should think about picking this one up. It’s a pretty fun game taken on its own merits, but obviously it’s overshadowed by the core game that birthed it, and it doesn’t quite do enough with the Fast & Furious franchise license to be considered anything amazing by any stretch of the imagination.
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