The Fast and The Furious Review
The Fast and The Furious box art
System: PSP, PS2 Review Rating Legend
Dev: Eutechnyx 1.0 - 1.9 = Avoid 4.0 - 4.4 = Great
Pub: Namco Bandai 2.0 - 2.4 = Poor 4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy
Release: April 24, 2007 2.5 - 2.9 = Average 5.0 = The Best
Players: 1-4 3.0 - 3.4 = Fair
ESRB Rating: Teen 3.5 - 3.9 = Good
It's Amazing How Fast This Game Can Make Me Furious...

by Cole Smith

May 15, 2007 - The Fast and the Furious for the PSP is largely disappointing. Technically, it's just not a great game. It doesn't look very good, and there are some technical issues such as an unsteady framerate and long loads. The game also suffers from repetition, in both the graphics and gameplay departments. There are no shortage of good racing games out there, and those good racing games have absolutely nothing to worry about concerning this game's introduction into the market place.

The Fast and The Furious screenshot

Loosely based on the movie The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift, this game has little in common with the movie. Aside from a few characters' names and the fact that all of the races take place in and around Tokyo, there isn't much of a story here. It's essentially a career mode in which you take your character and try to win races to earn money to upgrade your vehicle or vehicles. It's suggested that you obtain two vehicles to accommodate the two major styles of competition: racing and drifting. It's not necessary to have two different vehicles, as you can more easily outfit one with all of the various upgrades to handle both tasks quite adequately.

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Street racing is called Wangan. It takes place in the evening on the streets of Tokyo. These streets are well lit and display plenty of neon and other illuminated structures. These streets give you the opportunity to wind up your vehicle. There are some turns and traffic to keep you on your toes, but if you're looking for something that requires different skills, then drifting is your other option. Taking place on the outskirts of town on the winding, mountainous roads, these courses are referred to as touges. Here, the object is not only to stay on the road, but to drift into the hairpin turns as both a measure of style and skill. Drifting requires that you apply the brakes to your vehicle while entering a turn at top speed. Also called powersliding, this maneuver allows you to take corners quickly while maintaining your RPMs for instant acceleration upon releasing the brake.

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At the outset of the game your vehicle will be too slow to take advantage of the drifting maneuvers. Even on the open streets you'll find that your vehicle is too slow to take on most crews. You can try to challenge the various crews, but for the most part it won't be your lack of skill as it will be the limitation of your vehicle. You can re-challenge crews if you so desire, and that's a good way to earn money, especially if they are easy enough to beat. Just keep winning against these losers and you'll be able to upgrade your vehicle to near professional status in record time.

Each competition isn't particularly long, but when you consider just how truncated the map of Tokyo is, four minutes is actually a decent length. Getting to different places on the map takes virtually no time. You can warp to a location, or if you prefer, you can cruise around looking for competitors. You can approach the various crews looking for a race, or you can cruise along and flash your headlights at oncoming cars as a signal to entice them into an illegal race. There are some 80 different crews and 40 different racers, with a large number of licensed Japanese cars. The upgrades are plentiful and actually do make a difference but you have to have a number of them added to reach a certain point where you can actually feel the difference. You're not going to notice anything with the first few upgrades.

The Fast and The Furious screenshot

Cosmetically, the vehicles can be enhanced with paint jobs, rims, spoilers, and decals. The cars look great when you first outfit them, but in the game they look pretty bad. You can't make out much detail. The paint job doesn't shine and you can't read the decals. Overall, the graphics are prone to jaggies, making it hard to judge the road in the distance. Things look fine at close range but sometimes you can't tell a cliff from a turn. It also doesn't help that the framerate is inconsistent, and that the camera shakes, in an apparent attempt to add some dramatic intensity similar to the cinemaphotography of the movie.

It's the electronic music that best fits the soundtrack. It has an authentic, hip, Oriental vibe to it. The Asian hip hop sounds contrived as does the other pap that passes for pop. The sounds of the vehicles are flat, and the delivery of the voiceovers is equally one-dimensional.

The Fast and The Furious screenshot

Overall, the presentation of The Fast and the Furious suffers. This is definitely an average game, and with all of the good racing games available, there's no reason to consider purchasing this one. If you enjoyed the movie, don't let this game spoil the fantasy for you.

By Cole Smith
CCC Senior Writer

Features

  • Revolutionary Drift Model - The first game to create an authentic drift model system that is fun and approachable for players of all skill levels. Turn on the assists and feel like a pro, or turn them off and hone your drift skills.
  • An entirely authentic Drift racing experience - Focusing on the "next big thing" in underground street racing, this video game utilizes Universal's extensive sound library, an incredible context based camera code, a revolutionary context based rumble system that gives players the feeling of driving city streets at break neck speeds like no other.
  • Total Immersion! Immerse yourself in the world of the game. 10,000+ polygon model cars, cinematic camera angles straight from the movie, unique boss challenges, stunning visuals, and over 100 JDM Tuner, Classic Muscle and Concept cars makes this the best looking, best playing racing game on PS2 and PSP.
  • Robust customization options - Enhance the feeling of being part of the underground street racing world. Tune your ride with a hundred licensed wheels and over 300 body kits from real JDM companies. Tune your ride like never before from performance to appearance and for the first time on PS2 and PSP swap out your engine to truly push the limits of your vehicle.
  • Based on the blockbuster film franchise, The Fast and the Furious is a nitrous-fueled drift racing game that captures the style, speed, and attitude of the underground street racing phenomenon.

    Rating out of 5
    Rating Description

    2.2

    Graphics
    The cars don't show much detail. The environments are aliased.

    3.0

    Control
    The cars start out slow but they handle well after an assortment of upgrades.

    2.1

    Music / Sound FX / Voice Acting
    The voiceovers are awful. The sound effects are anemic.

    2.4

    Play Value
    You might get some replay value out of the multiplayer mode but the single player mode is too repetitious.

    2.4

    Overall Rating - Poor
    Not an average. See Rating legend above for a final score breakdown.


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