A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this game.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Fast RMX is a downloadable, futuristic arcade-style racing game that's safe for all ages. While vehicles do crash and explode, there's no blood or gore. There's also no one moderating chats when you're playing online. Players should also be aware that learning how to play the game is easy, but the difficulty spikes over time, which could frustrate players.
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What's it about?
As a racing game, FAST RMX doesn't have a story. That said, there's a progression in the game's Championship mode that has players making their way through a series of racing events. But there's no story or other narrative elements driving this mode (pun intended, sorry). Players will discover that matching the glow of your vehicle and the color on the racetrack will provide a speed boost, which can be the difference between winning a race and coming in last. There are also multiplayer tracks to test your skills against other racers.
Is it any good?
This racing title is fun and easy to get into, but its simple presentation keeps it from fully taking the checkered flag. With floating ships, as well as tracks that are closer to roller coasters than anything you'd see at a real speedway, this puts a fun and futuristic spin on your typical arcade-style racing game. In the tradition of F-Zero and the Wipeout series -- and, in some respects, such musical games as Rock Band -- Fast RMX is an engaging arcade racing game but with a color-coded twist. As you drive, you'll see sections of the track that are highlighted in blue or yellow. Hitting a button, you have to switch the glow of your vehicle between blue and yellow to match the track. If you do, you'll get a serious burst of speed; fail, and your car will slow to a crawl.
Aside from this color twist, the game has many of the things we require from every racing game. Along with a good variety of fast cars, this has twisty tracks peppered with pitfalls and hazardous jumps. It also boasts both a single-player Championship mode as well as multiplayer modes for both your online pals and those sitting next to you on the couch. It even adds options that were absent in its predecessor, FAST Racing Neo, including the ability to customize the controls, turn the terrible music down or off, or play from multiple viewpoints. Unfortunately, it still comes up a bit short. Multiplayer is restricted to one-off races, while those "multiple viewpoints" don't include one that puts you in the driver's seat. Still, if you'd like to drive fast in the future, this should satisfy your speed fix.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about driving safely. While this game has you driving fast and flying off jumps, what does it teach you about driving safely?
Talk about pattern recognition. If you fail to match your car to the right color, you won't win, but how can you apply this to real driving? What if the colors were red, yellow, and green?
Discuss learning from your mistakes. Given how this game is a big improvement over the previous model, what does it show you about accepting when you've done something wrong and learned from it?
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