Fast & Furious: Showdown

Common Sense Media says

Buggy, unimaginative race game where you're a car thief.

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Learning(i)

What parents need to know

Positive messages

Like the Fast & Furious movie series it's based upon, this video game is all about performing heists, hijackings, car chases, and evading the authorities -- not the stuff that gives a "positive message." Gamers can also shoot at cars with various weapons. The only saving grace here is you're out to stop a dangerous international gang from becoming more powerful.

Positive role models

You are part of the Fast & Furious crew, but there is nothing known about your character. All you know is you're part of the gang that's performing more than 30 main objectives and two-dozen optional side missions -- most of which takes place behind the wheel of a car -- to pull of heists and evade the police to make off with your cash or cars.

Ease of play

The game can be difficult to control because of finicky driving controls and shooting mechanics.

Violence

The game has some violence -- both behind the wheel as well as the option to team up with another player and shoot at those trying to stop you. This includes guns, rifles, and grenade launchers, all the while leaning out of the car's window. Gamers will see explosions, too, in both the gameplay and cutscene sequences. 

Sex
Not applicable
Language

The game has some mild profanity including the words "ass" and "damn," plus some of the music has suggestive lyrics, including references to having sex in one song.

Consumerism

The game is based on the Fast & Furious movie franchises, and this title debuted exactly as Fast & Furious 6 came out in theaters -- and that's no coincidence.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable
Privacy & safety

Creates serious privacy and safety concerns. In the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 version of the game, it's possible to talk with an online player -- and because your dialogue isn't monitored or filtered, gamers might be exposed to profanity or inappropriate (and potentially hurtful) comments.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Fast & Furious: Showdown is a racing game tied to a popular movie franchise -- and just like the films it's based upon, you can steal cars, evade the police, and shoot at enemy vehicles (mostly other thieves) to see their cars explode. It's clearly fictional -- and there's a story thread about you trying to stop a dangerous international gang -- but the premise has no positive messaging for kids. Along with some violence there is also some mild profanity in the game. Xbox 360 and PS3 gamers can also talk with strangers online while playing the game.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Science

  • motion
  • physics

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • applying information
  • strategy

Self-Direction

  • achieving goals
  • time management

Collaboration

  • teamwork

What Kids Can Learn

Fast & Furious: Showdown wasn't created with educational intent, and we don't recommend it for learning.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Science

  • motion
  • physics

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • applying information
  • strategy

Self-Direction

  • achieving goals
  • time management

Collaboration

  • teamwork

Fast & Furious: Showdown wasn't created with educational intent, and we don't recommend it for learning.

This Learning Rating review was written by Marc Saltzman

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What's it about?

Based on the popular Fast & Furious movie franchise, FAST & FURIOUS: SHOWDOWN is an arcade racing game that pits you as one of the crew, tasked with pulling of daring heists, vehicle hijacking, and escaping with your prize. The storyline, which spans the entire franchise, has you travel around the world -- from L.A. to Hong Kong, Moscow to Miami -- to try and stop a power-hungry gang before they can wreak more havoc on the world. The game lets you build your dream car and modify it with more than 50 upgrades. Then you can play against the game's artificial intelligence (A.I.) to try your hand at more than 50 missions, in total, or team up with a friend, cooperatively, over the Internet.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

Like most movie-related video games that conveniently launch at the same time as the film it's based upon, Fast & Furious Showdown is a real mess. Where to start? The game is short. It's ridden with technical bugs, bad A.I., and graphical glitches. The vehicles aren't easy to handle and the shooting mechanics are sloppy. The voice acting is terrible and the bland environments all look the same.

As you can see, there's very little to like about this poor excuse for a video game. Even if Fast & Furious: Showdown was $20 instead of $40, and you're a huge fan of the movie franchise, it still wouldn't be worth your time. Let this game be a reminder for publishers like Activision not to throw money at a game with a movie tie-in unless you're willing to make it a great game on its own merits. Note: All versions of the game are the same, except for the Nintendo 3DS version.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about assuming the role of a car thief. How does it feel to play this type of character?

  • What is the impact of media violence?

Game details

Platforms:Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo Wii U, PlayStation 3, Windows, Xbox 360
Price:$19.99 (Nintendo 3DS), $29.99 (PC) and $39.99 (X360, PS3, Wii U)
Available online?Not available online
Developer:Activision
Release date:May 28, 2013
Genre:Racing
Topics:Cars and trucks, Adventures
ESRB rating:T for Mild Language, Violence (Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo Wii U, PlayStation 3, Windows, Xbox 360)

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Teen, 13 years old Written byDuckCommander13 December 16, 2013
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12
QUALITY
 

Fun Game

There is only 1 swear word "H"You get to run over cars and kill the people in them but you see nothing inside them. You see cars that are ruined and you steal cars. It can be really tough and frustrating for younger kids. This promotes all of the movies
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much swearing
Too much consumerism
Safety and privacy concerns
Teen, 16 years old Written bywillman72 December 1, 2013
AGE
6
QUALITY
 

trash

What other families should know
Too much violence

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