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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
Winning requires both skill and the willingness to keep trying until you get it right. The game also rewards players for driving recklessly and exceeding the speed limit.
Positive Role Models
Players have to drive in excess of local speed limits. Players are also rewarded for driving recklessly and for destroying public property.
Ease of Play
The game's controls will be familiar to fans of this series and similar racing games. This has multiple difficulty options, as well as assists that can change the handling and controls, making this as arcade-like or realistic as you like.
Violence & Scariness
While there are car crashes, drivers are never shown injured or killed.
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Communication between players is not monitored.
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Products & Purchases
This is an add-on to the game Forza Horizon 4, which is the latest in an ongoing series of racing games. It's also connected to the Lego Speed Champions line of Lego car toys, and thus may prompt players to want the toys.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Forza Horizon 4 Lego Speed Champions is a cartoony racing game for the Xbox One. An add-on to Forza Horizon 4 -- which means you need Forza Horizon 4 to play it -- this has players driving fast and recklessly. But it doesn't have any objectionable content. There may be some swearing overheard during online play, because online communication between players isn't monitored. Because this is a Lego product and is specifically connected to the Lego Speed Champions toys, this may prompt players to want those toys.
Is It Any Good?
With the exception of the underside of your bare foot, Lego makes everything better, and that includes this charming add-on to an excellent racing game. In Forza Horizon 4 Lego Speed Champions, the England of the open-world street racing game Forza Horizon 4 has been converted into a giant Legoland called Lego Valley, complete with pirates, dinosaurs, and other things made of colorful plastic bricks. There's even a new all-"Everything Is Awesome" radio station. More importantly, this adds a meta game where doing tricks and completing tasks earns you the bricks you need to build things like a home for your Lego driver.
But even with all the painful plastic, this is still a Forza game, with all the depth that implies. Cars, including such Lego ones as the 1967 Mini Cooper S Rally you start out with, are fully adjustable, and that includes deciding if you want the controls to be arcade-like, realistic, or somewhere in between. This also has the regular game's wide variety of events and event types; so much so that it's like a whole new game. Though it is, in keeping with the Lego ethos, a bit sillier. Not everything in the world has been Lego-ized, and driving a real-world car on a Lego track is pretty funny. And while this humorous approach may be a problem for those who prefer their racing games to be serous and realistic, race fans who don't mind getting a little silly will find that Forza Horizon 4 Lego Speed Champions is, well, awesome.
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