Forza Horizon 2 Presents Fast & Furious (360): COMPLETED!

Just trips off the tongue, that title, doesn’t it? It does exactly what it says on the tin, though – a Fast & Furious (tenuously) themed Forza Horizon game. Oh, and it’s free.

Yes, actually free. Presumably to tie in with the next The Fast and the Furious film, but aside from “the man in your ear” being Taj from the films, and a short montage of clips from the series, there’s not a lot of The Fast and the Furious here. Instead, loading screens encourage you to buy Forza Horizon and Forza Horizon 2, menu screens have links to buy them, and the end of game screen is literally “BUY THESE GAMES!!!!111!”, so it’s more a free advert for those than the films.

I’ve not played either Horizon game, aside from demos of one or the other (or possibly both), but FH2PF&F (or as some of the cool kids are calling it, fuhtwopuffandff) feels like I’d expect. It’s a little bit Forza Motorsport, and a little bit Need For Speed Most Wanted. In the three or so hours the game takes to complete, you have to round up ten cars buy beating the owners of them in the usual win-it-to-win-it races, with a few other events thrown in, such as drifting and having to reach a point unscathed.

It’s not especially hard, as very few events required more than one attempt, and I’ve nailed all bar one of the achievements (I can’t get a high enough combo for the last one) simply by playing the game. It looks great, and the cars are fun enough to drive. The map is pretty small when compared to the likes of Burnout Paradise and Need For Speed Most Wanted, but then this is pretty much just a stand-alone DLC pack for Horizon 2.

Will I return to play it some more? Yeah, I think so. I’ve a few more boards to find and smash, one road to drive (out of 134) which is eluding me, and I need to sort that last achievement out. After that, I can’t imagine picking it up again, but for several hours of free fun, I can’t recommend it enough.

Apparently, it’s only free for a few more days, so best nab it now.

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Level 20 GET! All (two!) Korean cars GET! Amazing scenes.

Mainly raced myself today, although I did hire a driver for a couple of races. Managed another hardest-settings race too, although it was on the same track as the last one so it wasn’t really that challenging.

Braved the auctions again, mostly to get rid of some of the cars I have but don’t need, but won a few too, including a New Super Mario Bros Nissan Fairlady Z. I’m sure Nintendo will love having a Nintendo-based car in a Microsoft game.

Mind you, it’s slightly better than all the cars with naked people on.

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I’ve ranked up to Level 17 now, but I’m starting to run out of races to participate in. Some need me to buy a new car (which I tried doing via the auctions, but again they just frustrated me), but most need me to be on level 20.

Raced a few more races, mainly by hiring drivers. It’s the game that plays itself! You earn in-game credits for sitting on the toilet. Excellent.

I did drive a few myself though, including one on the hardest settings with all assists off, without touching the brake, and with the accelerator jammed down full the entire time. Ace. That netted me three achievements for the one race!

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It’s about time I went back to this for a bit. Why, then, did I spent a good 45 minutes doing nothing but watch my AI driver play two races for me, then spend ages trying to buy and sell cars? I didn’t actually do any driving.

And it’s a bloody driving game.

And the auction is broken, as you can’t specify a price you want to bid, making it all rubbish and long-winded when you’re buying. Pah.

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Still plugging away at this. Decided to upgrade my Porsche 914 to the heady heights of Rank A, with a PI of 834 currently. I can’t see how to push it any further, unless a new engine (and then starting again with the upgrades associated with it) will help.

Anyway, with that car I then took part in a couple of races, before deciding up up the opponent AI from Medium to Hard. Where “Hard” means “Cheating”, clearly. Suddenly, C and D rank cars both accelerate faster and reach higher top speeds than my high-end A rank Porsche. CHEATING.

And my auction fell through, as no-one had bought it. BOO and HISS.

Put it back up with a reduced buy price and starting price, and dumped a few unwanted prize cars up too.

Oh, and here’s a picture of my green and red Trueno:

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Bought myself a heavy car, and finished off the Proving Grounds races. I’ve also upgraded some useless car I’m been given to make it S rank, given it a red and green paint job, and stuck it on the auctions to see if I can make a profit. I’m guessing not.

Completed a few more races in the other serieseses too.

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Plowed through more races today. I’m alarmed to see that not only have I not lost a race yet, but I haven’t actually finished in any position other than first. Even after crashing. Hmm.

In an effort to improve the credits I get for each race, and to make it a little harder, I had a tweak with the difficulty settings, and now I don’t get any penalty for easiness. Not that it’s made much difference. In fact, since changing that, I’ve have the achievement for winning a race a whole race section ahead of everyone else.

Anyway. I’ve done all the races in the Proving Grounds now (having to buy an American car – I plumped for a Ford Focus – to enter some of them) except for the final series. I need a heavy car to do that, and since the required weight is about 1750kg and my heaviest car is only 1450kg-ish, and I can’t afford or haven’t unlocked anything heavy enough, I’m stuck there.

So I entered a few amateur races, hoping they’d be a bit harder. But they’re not. My current car of choice (the Focus, which I’ve tarted up now) is up to Class A, so thrashes everyone else who is still C or D.

Tried playing online again, but still no joy finding a race with low enough cars, and setting one up myself resulted in someone joining, saying “What? No S? Weak”, then quitting.

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Plowed through more races today. I’m alarmed to see that not only have I not lost a race yet, but I haven’t actually finished in any position other than first. Even after crashing. Hmm.

In an effort to improve the credits I get for each race, and to make it a little harder, I had a tweak with the difficulty settings, and now I don’t get any penalty for easiness.

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Despite only being dispatched at 3.30pm today, this had arrived in this morning’s post. Amazing.

Now, I didn’t think a lot of the demo, but since Gamestation had the full game on offer for £15 (if you bought any other 360 game), it seemed silly not to get this and Dead or Alive Extreme 2 together for £30. £10 cheaper than getting Forza 2 on it’s own.

And I’m glad I did, because it’s great.

I’ve played through about half of the “Proving Grounds” races, having bought a Mini and using that until I won a Porsche. This Porsche, in fact, which I customised:

Yes. It does look rubbish.

Best of all, was what happened 45 seconds after taking those pictures:

Bah.

I then watched a race online, and tried to play online but couldn’t find a single race with cars in a low enough class for me to have a chance. My best car is still only Class B, and every race was full of S or U cars. The same thing happens in just about every online racing game, sadly.