“ Manufacturer: Vivendi Universal / Genre: Racing / Driving / ESRB Rating: T - (Teen) / Online: Online Gaming Support / ESRB Descriptor: Mild Lyrics / ESRB Descriptor: Mild Language / Control Elements: Gamepad / Control Elements: Joystick / Max. Number Of Players: 4 / Memory Support: With Memory Support „
* Prices may differ from that shown
The makers of the Fast and the Furious must be given credit for the lengths they have gone to in sticking to the street-racing style of the film and the way in which they have introduced a host of characters and cars similar to those present in both the original film AND the sequel. Just like the big-screen version, the game takes place on the streets of Los Angeles, with a pulsating soundtrack comprising of rock and hip hop beats. With a choice of street, drag and closed circuit options, any gamer fond of racing games will surely find this offering to their taste.
The concept of the Fast and the Furious follows the game player taking on challenges from rival gangs (avoiding getting caught by the law in the process), and earning reputation points along the way. The more games you win, the more your reputation grows. As you become more respected in the street racing world, you will receive more challenges from rivals (who make contact via mobile phone). The player also gets the chance to join clubs, as well as being able to build the 'ultimate car' along the way. Authenticity reigns supreme, as - just like in real life - people are at work during the day, so it is only at night time when you will find someone to race against. Part of the game is set during the day however, as one minute of the game represents one hour of real time.
Driving through the city, the player can look at a map of LA and areas highlighted in yellow represent competitions that are taking place at that time. There are around eighty missions in all, and winning the game, as well as earning reputation points, also allows the player to earn cash. The further the game progresses, the more of the story of the film(s) are revealed. As far as graphics go however, the Fast and the Furious, whilst impressive in its gameplay and original concept, isn't a patch on the likes of the Gran Turismo series.
There are more than twenty licensed cars within the game which can be customised to the individual's taste. Performance and cosmetic enhancement are possible, with genuine parts to choose from from brands such as Dunlop, Volk, FocusSport, HKS and GReddy. Undercarriage lights and air dams can be added, as well as the option of upgrading suspensions, engines and exhausts. Adding to the authenticity value of the game, the player can pull up to a dealership for a new car or a garage when they require new parts. All in all, the Fast and the Furious is a fun game, and whilst there is room for improvement, it is rather different from the other racing games available. It's worth a look, particularly for fans of the film franchise.
*First published on Amazon.co.uk*
Inspired by the events of the movie, The Fast and The Furious: Tokyo Drift, this game will immerse players in the underground world of drift racing. Set in a world related to, yet separate from, the movie, the game features a ground breaking drift mechanic that makes drifting accessible to both beginning and veteran racing game drivers.