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What 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.
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What's it about?
In FORZA HORIZON 4 LEGO SPEED CHAMPIONS, the England of Forza Horizon 4 has been Lego-ized, complete with Lego sheep, Lego ghosts, and Lego pirates. Like the original, this is also an open-world, off-road and street racing game with a wide variety of racing and driving events. As you finish events and objectives, more open up, eventually filling the landscape. Except that unlike the original, you also earn bricks by completing certain tricks and objectives, and these bricks are then used to build things like a nice house for your Lego driver to call home.
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.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about advertising. Forza 4 Lego Speed Champions is connected to a series of Lego toys, and aside from being fun, is clearly designed to entice people to buy said toys. Does this bother you? Why or why not?
Does playing Forza 4 Lego Speed Champions show you why it's important to obey speed limits and the rules of the road, as well as why you should wear your seatbelt?
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