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The Fast and the Furious PS2 Cover Art

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The Fast and the Furious Is a racing game developed by Rockstar San Diego and published by Vivendi Universal Games (Sierra Entertainment in Special Edition version). it was based on The Fast and the Furious film franchise from Universal Pictures, and is spiritual successor to the first two Midnight Club games. it was released on April 12, 2005 for Sony PlayStation 2, Microsoft Xbox, and on June 27, 2005 for Sony PlayStation Portable. a sequel to the game titled Fast & Furious: Los Angeles (known in development as The Fast and the Furious 2: Los Angeles) is released on October 28, 2008 for Sony PlayStation 3 and Microsoft Xbox 360.

Players race through open world recreations of San Diego, Atlanta and Detroit listening to 98 (124 in the Special Edition version) licensed music tracks that include hip-hop, rock, and more. The game features a number of graphical views after the player crashes into certain objects, or travels across particular stretches of road. There is also the ability to customize a player's vehicle. Other than modifying the external looks, the vehicle's performance can also be improved (with the exception of all 'A' Class vehicles except motorcycles).

Vehicles

There are seven types of cars: Tuners, Luxury Sedans, SUVs/Trucks, Exotics, Muscle Cars, Sport Bikes, and Choppers. As the game continues, different clubs that drive a specific type of car will invite the player to race with them: American Royalty Car Club (Muscle Cars), Big Playas (SUV s/Trucks), By Invitation Only (Exotics), Chopper of America Bike Club (Choppers), Luxury Rollers (Luxury Cars), Original Riders (Sport Bikes) and Unbeatable Street Racers (Tuners). If the player beats a club in three races they unlock a special ability for that class. Tuners, Sport Bikes, Exotics, the Lexus SC430, Mercedes Benz SL 500 and the Cadillac XLR in "Special Edition" get "Zone" (a form of bullet time which allows for more precise handling at high speeds), Trucks/SUVs and Luxury Cars get "Agro" (which allows the vehicle to plow through traffic and other obstacles without taking damage or slowing down), and Muscle Cars and Choppers get "Roar" (the only offensive ability, it launches a sonic wave that blows away any vehicles in its path).

Gameplay

The Fast and the Furious is an open world racing video game with car modification, both visual and performance. By winning races, the player unlocks new cars and options to customize them with. These options include enhancing the performance, adding vinyls and new paint jobs, and physically modifying the car by changing parts such as wheels, bumpers, spoilers, neon, hoods, and engine components. The cars are divided into four classes: D, C, B and A, depending on their performance.


There are five types of races in the game: Ordered Race, Circuit Race, Unordered Race, Autocross Race, Track and Frenzy. In ordered races the player races through the city on a course marked by yellow-orange flares to reach a finish line. In circuit races the player races along a circuit course through the city for a set number of laps. In unordered races the player is free to go through scattered checkpoints in any order before crossing the finish line. Autocross races take place in a walled-in circuit of the street with no traffic or police, the goal being to finish the circuit faster than a set time. Track events, available in arcade mode, are similar to autocross races, except that the player competes against other races inside the barricaded track, often taking more damage. Frenzy events also available in Arcade, are time trial races where the player gets every 15 second a nitrous boost, also the handbrake won't work and the race only ends when the time is over.


Players can also create their own races in the Race Editor (not available in PSP release) Players can create either a circuit, ordered or unordered race by placing checkpoints throughout the city, and can change racing conditions such as traffic, weather, and time of day.


Multiplayer

The game includes an online mode, where players can race with other players from all around the world. There are also many clubs available to join, but players can also start and manage their own. Most offline modes are available for play online, while in online mode it's possible to chat in-game, including a cruise mode, capture the flag, circuit racing, ordered racing, unordered racing, tag, paint and Autocross. Tracks created via the Race Editor offline can be used Online.

The Fast and the Furious Special Edition

The Fast and the Furious Special Edition PS2 Cover Art

PlayStation 2 Cover art

'The Fast and the Furious Special Edition is a revised edition of The Fast and the Furious. It is available as a Greatest Hits release on PlayStation 2 and a Platinum Hits release on Xbox (the special edition of the game is not available for the PlayStation Portable). The game was released on March 12, 2006 or exactly eleven months after the original version's release. It was released on December 19, 2012 on PlayStation Network for the PS3; However, it was removed after a passing of time due to licensing issues.


The game features all of the cities, vehicles, music, and other features from The Fast and the Furious. This version of the game also allows the player to import the The Fast and the Furious data on their memory card to The Fast and the Furious Special Edition to make up for lost progress, thus saving the player from starting all over again.


The following features were added in Special Edition:

  • 24 new vehicles (including some from brands not in the original version, such as GMC, Infiniti, Pagani, and Scion)
  • Tokyo, as a returning city, which is a slightly updated version of the Tokyo city from Midnight Club II. It serves as optional career mode, Tokyo Challenge.
  • 25 new licensed songs
  • Additional races and battle maps
  • Recolored Menu UI, being recolored from a mostly blue/gold UI to a red/black/silver colored user interface

Soundtrack

The following music can be found in The Fast and the Furious, the Special Edition soundtrack is also included. Music artists found in the game include The Game, Paul Wall, T.I., 50 Cent, Big Tymers, Mannie Fresh, Bump J, Calyx, Dark Energy, Deep Blue, Ash, Aztec Mystic, Jimmy Eat World, Kasabian, Marilyn Manson, Nine Inch Nails, and other artists. The soundtrack consisted of 99 tracks. The Special EditionTemplate:'s soundtrack consisted of 25 tracks; 124 tracks altogether.

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