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It’s fast, and I’m Furious.
Fast and Furious: Showdown is yet another game that tries to make money off a hot franchise (the Fast and Furious franchise), and just like many other games based off movies, this one lacks in creativity and fun.
The Story Mode takes place over 30 challenges that are what you’d expect: drive through a course in a certain time limit, destroy enemies with guns, leap onto trailers and commandeer that trailer.
It takes a while to get used to the controls, but I didn’t have much trouble with them.
But the problem is, I found the story to be very bland and boring – it’s just a bunch of guys and gals racing all over the world to hijack (or stop a hijack of) weapons or high tech equipment.
And most levels are just a basic drive from one arbitrary point to another. Boring!
The game’s plot is really bad: there’s no personality on display here, there’s no buildup to a climax, and the ending is a major letdown. Besides, there’s a vast disconnect between the gameplay and the cut scenes that really makes the story lackluster.
And some of the stages are hard – the second to last level is really tough. If you get stuck, then the game will come to a halt.
Sure, you can play these levels with another player (it does add some fun to play with a second player), but the lacking presentation really hurts the value of this game.
After the Story Mode, you can take on Challenge – which are 24 challenges. Here, you blast cars, cause lots of wrecks, take on speed challenges, and do lots of drifting. I found it to be more enjoyable than the Story Mode – it has more variety.
The Fast and the Furious Showdown feels like another lazily put together game to get fans of that franchise to fork over more money. SKIP IT.
The game itself is ok for what it is, a movie based game (which are never that great) but I rented this for my new WiiU as opposed to 360 specifically so I could use my WiiU Pro Remote (the one that is a 360 remote clone) and play online on the Nintendo Network. (I haven't had my WiiU too long so I was hoping to have that 360ish experience on my WiiU and see how it goes...I was very excited). Unfortunately, unless I am missing something, on single player, you have to use the GamePad remote and there is no multiplayer online. I like the GamePad, but I don't like how it seems WiiU FORCES you to only use that on some games unless you have 2 players.
Graphics and everything are ok for the type of game it is. The only reason I knocked it down from what maybe would have been a 7 otherwise was what I described above. I guess I need to rent Darksiders 2, Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor's Edge or some other game I already beat on 360 just to finally check out the full experience I am looking for with the Pro Remote and online functionality.