So after hearing how there’d be a Fast & Furious themed DLC for one of my favorite games of 2014-2015 (Forza Horizon 2), I decided to download it and try it out. I wanted to see if it would be as awesome as I had hyped it up in my mind. So a part of that is I decided to go ahead and give my thoughts on the product, let you know if you should download it on your Xbox.
The plot of the game is you essentially take back on the role of the character from the main plot of Forza Horizon 2. Sadly though, you don’t play any of the characters from the Fast & Furious franchise like I had personally hoped. However you are tasked by Ludacris’ character from the films to go and acquire 8 different cars. They range from muscle cars to incredibly exotic and fast cars, all aesthetically pleasing to look at, but awful to drive. The companion game seems to have automatically upgraded a vast majority of the cars you’re tasked to get to the point that they are a pain in the rear. I’m honestly shocked that the DLC was able to tear down what Forza had built up over all these years in terms of the driving mechanics.
One thing that stuck out as a sore thumb to me was the ‘NOS’ ability that was added to the DLC. In the Fast & Furious mythos each car is outfitted with a tank of nitrous that once triggered it makes the car move faster than a stink bug in heat and in a shorter period of time. So of course in a game based around Fast & Furious, the cars have to have nitrous (but only in races…). The nitrous literally gives you no advantage whatsoever with your missions. It only blurs the sides of the screen to make it LOOK like you’re moving faster, but in reality, the speedometer of the car stays the same.
The game itself adds no new locations to the original Forza Horizon 2 map. Also you have the ability to access the online free-roam capabilities through the in-game menu. The point? You basically get the full Forza Horizon 2 game just with fewer cars and fewer races. And it’s FREE. Why the creators of Forza allowed this to happen is beyond me. I feel like they put themselves in a situation where they are essentially being robbed blind. I don’t know why but that alone made my whole experience with this DLC lackluster.
All in all, ‘Forza Horizon 2 Presents Fast & Furious‘ is an incredibly weak and awful expansion to a wonderful racing game. The DLC isn’t worth you sacrificing some space on your console, it adds next to nothing new in terms of content, and the cars have minor aesthetic changes to them so that they seem “new”. But if you really really really wants to find something you can download on your Xbox or PS4 that’ll hold your attention for all of 30 minutes, this game is for you.