Reviewed by Liz Squires
Fast and Furious: Spy Racers Rise of Sh1ft3r is a family friendly video game that is accessible to all. It has a Pegi 3 – 7 age rating depending on console variation and is really easy to download and set up. I asked my 9-year-old son to take this game for a spin. After all, I’m still playing games that belong on the Atari or Sega Megadrive. I must admit I have been educated in the ways of video games since having a child and have found that they are considerably different to how they were when I was a child.
Fast and Furious Rise: Spy Racers Rise of Sh1ft3r is an adaptation of the children’s hit Netiflix series “Fast and Furious Spy Racers” which as I’m sure you can tell, is a spin off series of the incredibly popular Vin Diesel movie franchise – which might I add – is now on its 9th Movie.
The game is easy to install on the Playstation 4 and is also available on PC, Nintendo Switch and Xbox One. There are a multitude of gaming modes which include: the Spy Tournament, Quick Race and Multiplayer. The Spy tournament offers a number of levels and maps, essentially a story mode the spy tournament sends you on missions with your spy racer friends, allowing you to unlock maps and characters as you go.
The levels are relatively easy and offer power ups on your vehicles for jumps and drifting. The player earns Yoka coins at the end of each race, which appears to be some kind of sponsor affiliated with the game. Gaining the Yoka coins allows you to spend them in the Yoka store where you can buy characters, and keys for their cars. There is an option to upgrade vehicles weaponry and power ups. The Yoka shop also allows you buy extra power ups and weaponry for the vehicles.
The game itself is appropriate for the age range and there is no bad language or violence, the weaponry and power ups on the vehicles are paint balls and paint grenades and there’s no damage to vehicles. The cars are easy to control and the races are easy to complete. The graphics are good and the cut scenes are well executed. The multiplayer mode includes 2 player split screen and up to 5 online players. There are up to 8 players on each map and 3 laps per race, at the end of the races there is a trophy that can be earned. Unfortunately to my son’s dismay there’s no first-person view which he was really quite put off by, however, I don’t like the first person view so much prefer third person view. So really, I think its personal preference for the view mode and which on players like.
The tutorial was a little tricky to work through as the information for each task was in quite a large box to the right-hand side of the screen, obscuring the view of the track and making it difficult to execute the moves required to move on to the next part.
The price I feel is a little steep at £34.99 on the Playstation store, however, there are cheaper options ranging from £28.00. I recommend the game for very young players or players just starting out with racing games, but I don’t recommend this game for children over 8. There are better games with more challenges for a more competitive price on the market.
Fast and Furious: Spy Racers Rise of SH1FT3R is available for purchase from here.