The biggest irony of Fast and Furious: Legacy is the fact that this game has pretty much nothing to do with the movies –and it is pretty obvious from the start when you are briefed by side characters who are totally not Dominic Toretto (you meet Roman and Tej instead). Fans of the movies will certainly be disappointed with this game. But if you just needed a decent racing game with good cars, good controls (we appreciate the way they designed steering for this game), and exciting jumps, then this mobile racing app is still worth the time to download.
What is Fast and Furious: Legacy?
Legacy is a street racing game that allows players to compete in a wide variety of races using different cars. As a freemium game, it has systems that will require the player to wait before certain tasks are finished (such as oil changes, upgrades, and car repairs). Naturally, there are IAP's that will allow you to speed these up as well as acquire new vehicles. While it is possible to manually grind the game in order to get good stuff, a lot of effort and time is still needed.
The title of the game is such since it has a movie-series tie-in. Officially, Legacy is set in a period after the events of the 7th film in the series. In-game, this does not account for anything at all since you do not encounter any of the important characters (no Vin Diesel, Jason Statham, or Dwayne Johnson cameos for anyone, heck, not even a nod to Michelle Rodriguez). This is pretty disappointing since one of the biggest draws of a movie tie-in is the fact that the game should have a literal tie-in to the films.
While the branding may feel misleading, the actual game is not. This is pretty fast and furious, though it could have certainly benefited from having a little more speed. What does stand out in the races, however, is the controls. Gone is the cumbersome tilt-to-steer mechanics seen in many other racing games. Instead, players have to swipe across the screen in order to steer the car around the track. To drift, you have to manually control the pointing of the nose as well. The actual practical use of the controls takes practice, and there is plenty to be improved, but we appreciate the way that the developers are actually trying to do something different with how you can control a car with a touch screen.
As a mobile game, Legacy suffers from its' share of visual issues and performance jitters. This is particular noticeable in busy stages with lots of explosions. And much of the additional visuals in the game do not match up with the lighting and texture details of the stages making it as if most of the objects are just pasted on top of the backgrounds.
But of all the mobile-based handicaps that can cripple a game, it is with the IAPs that F & F Legacy suffers the most. The tutorial alone is a good hint, there's a whole part that requires players to actually enter the store to see the cash deals for cars, and that is just the start of the game. There are plenty of instances (especially when you have you first upgrade, or go through an oil change) where the game keeps reminding you to spend real cash. This can get real annoying real quick, so for those of you who have little patience for IAP shenanigans, we suggest you give this game a wide berth.
Go for Better Cars
Normally, the easiest advice to give regarding a tie-in game is for fans to enjoy it. This is not the case this time. Fast and Furious fans are more likely to be disappointed with the lack of relevance of the game to the movie (even a few bonus missions that lets you simulate some of the best chases in the films would have been ice). As a game on its own, FF Legacy is okay. The courses are few and easy to master (taking you to locations such as Miami and Tokyo), and the new control system might be something good (it still needs polish, but it feels nice to play differently).