Do you know Fast & Furious crossroads existed before last week, when the game was released on PlayStation 4, Windows PC and Xbox One?
The game had almost no buzz, aside from a 2019 trailer launch at The Game Awards. No reviews have been submitted to the press, and there doesn’t seem to be any sort of marketing campaign for it – a bizarre situation for a licensed game involving one of the hit series. most successful of all time. The film features the cuteness and the voice talent of stars Vin Diesel, Michelle Rodriguez, Sonequa Martin-Green, Peter Stormare and Asia Kate Dillon, among others.
Despite Fast & Furious crossroads̵6;Impressive cast and source material success – although its release seems a bit more random, now the latest Fast and Furious movie has been delayed for a year – it looks like the game are sent out into the world to die a quick, hoping death to silence, never to be mentioned again.
I understand that urge, especially after playing the game itself. Fast & Furious crossroads Not a complete wreck, but its many fundamentals destroy any interesting opportunities it may have.
An undercover crime of highway thieves
Crossroads introduces a new group of street racers and outlaws led by Vienna Cole (Martin-Green). They operate in the world of Fast and Furious movies, and when they find themselves in mind, they contact someone who can help: Letty (Rodriguez), who will join the rest of the “family. “.
The story involves a secret historical underground criminal organization consisting of highway thieves clashing with the heroes of the game, raising the stakes until the car flies through the air, the ball breaks. Disconnect and vehicles become mobile hacking platforms. That’s about what you’d expect from a Fast and Furious story: minimal logic, but lots of clutter. All the voice actors sound like they’re really trying, which is a positive sign in this kind of licensed game, but the rest of Crossroads can’t keep up with the cast’s efforts to create something out of this mess.
You will control different characters in each mission, sometimes jumping between them multiple times in a single mission, though the game will tell you when to do so. All the big stars are there, but the newer actors do most of the heavy lifting. I don’t even want to guess whether any of these are considered normative or what it will even mean for this particular franchise.
Crossroads Not a racing game, as very few missions involve racing. It is not an open world game, as there is no open world, and there is almost no freedom in how you tackle each task or even how you get to the next installment. It goes like this: You learn something about the story, drive to the next area, be able to fight some other car on the road, can do some stunts, can do a race car, can only drive. And then there’s another cutscene, and then, you drive to another place.
There is no map of the outside world and no way to explore these environments for yourself. Instead, the campaign includes driving trailers separated by cutscenes of characters talking to each other, before you return the driveway to your next destination. Sometimes that race is a race; Other times you’ll need to fight rolling weapon platforms; And sometimes you’re just … driving to get somewhere.
That’s a problem, because driving is brutal. Every journey from point A to point B causes you to be cornered on a single road and that road is poorly communicated. That led to many collisions where I thought I could go somewhere, just to crash into an invisible wall. The game includes take-down attacks that you can use to crash enemy vehicles into each other or sides of the road, seemingly lifted straight from the Burnout series, but without any of the series’ attention That movie comes in detail or interesting feeling.
There’s only a single camera angle and it does a poor job of showing what’s going on. You can play using the keyboard on a PC, but the game won’t tell you what button does what, only shows a prompt for the controller. When and if you manage to successfully guess which buttons do what, just be aware that you’re stuck with that configuration, since there’s no way to re-edit keyboard controls.
Crossroads explanation too little. Although I admire the idea of a dangerous drive where I am carrying some form of volatile fuel that could explode if I do have an accident, it is really tedious. I was able to head into a lot of things before the game finally told me that enough was enough. What is the difference between first and third direct collision? I do not know.
The game will never tell me when my cargo is about to explode until it happens, and even then, I have no chance of seeing it. This is Fast and Furious – why introduce the amount of vehicle bomb just so that it explodes off screen if you fail the challenge? Not the whole series of cars making silly jumps and drifts while things explode right and left?
Ignore all that frustration and play linearly, and even the basic driving controls don’t work. Crossroads. It was as if every aspect of driving, from acceleration to handling to the use of handbrake and nitrogen, was handled by a different group. more consistent with the feel of the series. The results made me unable to predict how my car would react to each situation until it happened.
Crossroads There’s also multiplayer options, at least sound interesting, but there aren’t enough people playing this game, so it’s not viable unless you’re looking for an emulator “awaiting game”.
All of this and publisher Bandai Namco is still asking for $ 59.99 for the game at launch, while also offering $ 29.99 season tickets that get you “three add-on packs loaded with new cars, custom items and more! ”
Ordinary games do happen, often in spite of everyone’s best efforts, but apparently this effort to launch the game under the radar, gives big name recognition but nothing more than that. , that Fast & Furious crossroads from “what happens” heap to “transparent cash” group. The good news is, based on 27 Steam reviews so far (mostly negative) and the long wait to find anyone playing with online, hardly anyone gets fooled.
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