Fast & Furious is one of the biggest movie franchises out there, and now they are teaming with Forza Horizon 2, one of the best racing games, for an experience that is intended to suck you into the movies and Forza with a bite size offering completely for free. Yes, for free, AND you don't even need to own Forza Horizon 2 to enjoy it. While it may not feel like a true Fast & Furious experience, it's a great showcase of what Forza has to offer for those new to the series.
+It's FREE (until April 10th)
+Very easy 1000 achievements and only takes 2-3 hours.
+You get to drive some amazing high-end cars.
+Very smart way to promote Fast and Furious plus Forza Horizon 2 demo.
+Ludacris actually voices his character in the game as narrator.
-Aside from the supercars, it doesn't really feel like a Fast and Furious experience.
-Only one radio station.
-Limited selection of cars.
While Forza Horizon 2 Presents Fast & Furious might be a mouthful (simply referred to as Fast & Furious from here on), it's an interesting take on DLC even though it's clearly promoting the upcoming movie (which looks great) that tries to do something different with an already proven franchise. First and foremost, this Fast & Furious DLC is completely free AND is a standalone offering, so you don't even need Forza Horizon 2 to enjoy it. The catch is that it's only free until April 10th, which will then be $9.99, so even if you don't have time or intent on playing it now, download it so you can player it later whenever you prefer.
If you're a seasoned gamer, the licensed franchise might have you hesitant, but again, if you get it now it's free, so there's no downside even if it wasn't a great experience. Luckily Fast & Furious is actually quite a decent gaming experience though that's most likely due to its great Forza Horizons 2 roots which it's based on. The game takes place in the city of Nice and some of its surrounding areas, but it's a much smaller contained play space if you're used to the massive open world of Forza Horizons 2.
Fast & Furious puts you behind the wheel of many notable vehicles that you've seen in the previous movies and apparently in the upcoming Furious 7. Tej Parker (voiced by Ludacris himself) tasks you with finding 10 specific supercars, and you'll gain most of these by racing for pink slips after completing a setup race beforehand. You will hear a lot of the same lines over the course of the campaign, but at least it's authentic. There's a handful of different race types and events, but the bulk of your experience will be standard racing and if you beat the target vehicle you get to keep it. The campaign itself is quite short and should only take you 2 to 3 hours to complete, but there are some extra bonus events and collectibles to find if you want to sink more time into it.
Just like Forza Horizon 2, the game implements the drivatar system to populate your game with people from your friends list, all except the target car you're racing against to win. You can change the difficulty and settings as well if you prefer a harder challenge. My main complaint about the game, which I know, is odd for something that is free, is that it doesn't feel like a Fast & Furious experience at all aside from being able to drive some iconic cars from the franchise. It really just feels like a Forza Horizons that is shoehorned into a loose Fast & Furious storyline. Aside from the final mission, there wasn't a mission that was ripped out of the movies or had me thinking it was in one of the films.
That being said, the fact that it's free and standalone, means everyone can enjoy it and maybe get their feet wet with the Forza series. It's a short campaign, so there isn't much time commitment needed and if you like achievements, it's a very simple 1000 gamerscore boost. If you decide to use the Forza Hub app that it suggests, you're awarded another bonus car, and is again a simple way to show new players to the series what Forza has to offer.
Is it a simple way to showcase a demo to a game by attaching it to a beloved franchise? Sure, but that's not necessarily a bad thing when the core game itself is so great. It may not be the epitome of a Fast & Furious game by any means, but the price is right. That being said, you do get the Furious flavor from the get go, as you're given Dom's iconic 1970 Charger and will eventually unlock other supercars to cruise around in. Forza Horizon 2 Presents Fast & Furious showcases what Forza Horizons 2 has to offer in a smaller and more compact experience, but it's still a great experience. Now it's your turn to experience a 10 second car by driving fast and furious.