Well, this is alright.
I can’t say I was expecting all that much, either. Sure, I like Forza Horizon 2 as much as the next guy – finely-tuned arcade driving mechanics, that lovely balancing, a range of event types, a big, beautiful open space to speed around in. And this is basically just a slice of that; a bit like a demo for it, really, albeit one that mostly repurposes slabs of the game with the movie license awkwardly attached. Shameless cultural cross-promotion is what it is, and I’m not entirely keen, but at least you get a smattering of the movie’s cars and a whole bunch of tortuous, unskippable voice work from Ludacris.
That’s mostly it, really. The driving is fine – good, actually – and you’ll have chance to play with it during a handful of themed races across two-or-so hours. You can toggle the difficulty and various driving aids, there’s a new boost of nitrous in certain races, all the achievements are named after dopey quotes from the films, and a fun time will be had by all. You’re confined to the France portion of Forza Horizon 2’s map, but that does include wind-y street races in Nice, romps through the countryside, and the odd one-on-one with aircraft.
It’s a decent tie-in, and I’m pretty sure I got it free, so who’s complaining? Certainly not me. If you’re a die-hard fan of Forza Horizon 2 then you might recognise that a lot of the routes are identical, differences in vehicle, weather and time of day notwithstanding, but I guess that’s a small price to pay for all the long minutes of Ludacris you can’t skip.
Why can’t you fucking skip the dialogue?
Anyway – it’s fine. The achievements are all dead easy; most are for simply unlocking each of the driveable cars, and the few others are for simple stuff like performing X number of drifts, burnouts, wreckages, etc. Most of them you’ll get without any conscious effort. The only thing that might require your attention is the achievement for racking up a skill chain of over 50,000, but anyone with two thumbs should be able to manage that without much fuss.
The next update will be… let’s just say somewhat less pleasant.