Metascore
59

Mixed or average reviews - based on 22 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 22
  2. Negative: 3 out of 22
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  1. The sense of power and weight, combined with awesome drift controls and the aforementioned speed, mean you won't have to wait until you can buy faster cars to enjoy the game as it's meant to be enjoyed.
  2. While this is no "NFS: Underground," followers of both drift racing and the scandalous underworld of street racing will find a good deal to admire.
  3. The Fast and The Furious is by no means a bad game, but in a genre already flooded with countless racing titles it doesn’t really stand out or do anything new.
  4. A fairly basic and accessible racing game is unfortunately marred by upgrades that aren't sufficiently explained. The setting is ripe for a sequel, however, and I'm hoping that it gets just a little more newbie-friendly. For my sake.
  5. F&F is fun, popcorn entertainment, exactly what it intended to be.
  6. 66
    The driving physics are tuned too much for drifting, making the street racing sections play a little awkwardly, while the drift races are too easy because you aren't penalized for driving like an idiot. However, the cars carry a great sense of weight and presence on the street and the customization options are excellent.
  7. It feels like one of those uninspired also-rans cribbed from "The Fast and the Furious" in the first place. It's not an entirely bad street racer, but it does nothing new, and it makes pretty lousy use of the license.
  8. This type of game has been done better, and on top of that, the genre has moved on to the next generation where murky and jaggy graphics are a thing of the past.
  9. PSM Magazine
    65
    Unfortunately, the ovverall pace of the game is bogged down by the numerous loading screens. [Dec. 2006, p.84]
  10. The strongest features it offers are the robust customization and nice car models. There are better "underground" racers out there with comparable features (many of which can now be had for half this game's $40 price tag), and if you're a fan of the movies, the movies are what you should watch.
  11. Game Informer
    60
    With the enhanced version of "Midnight Club 3" retailing for $20, I see little need for this title. [Nov. 2006, p.134]
  12. AceGamez
    60
    The Fast and the Furious will probably come off as unimpressive and forgettable - but if you've played Carbon as much as possible and you're still in need of your street racing fix then this will do you nicely for awhile.
  13. Without any identifiable storyline or single-player incentives, the various challenges on offer simply fail to motivate, and can become tiresome as a result.
  14. 55
    The PS2 is still clearly still capable of impressing in the graphics department as games like Okami and God of War 2 have proved, TFatF by comparison looks like it's from a different generation entirely, one where blurry low detail was the norm.
  15. PSM3 Magazine UK
    51
    Deeply uninspiring. [Apr 2007, p.86]
  16. Games Master UK
    51
    An utterly forgettable racer devoid of charm or pizzazz. [May 2007, p.66]
  17. Official U.S. Playstation Magazine
    50
    I want to like The Fast and The Furious, because somewhere under all the excruciating load times and arcade setting menus(I have to load a menu to change my camera angle? Ugh!)lies a solid game. It's a real shame. [Nov. 2006, p.119]
  18. Die-hard followers of drift racing and modification will applaud the unforgiving accuracy of the game engine but, given the importance they tend to place on shiny shiny good looks, they're also the people most likely to be turned off by the scrappy presentation.
  19. Official Playstation 2 Magazine UK
    50
    A competent but characterless racer that rolls, rather than roars over the finish line. Not so much a Maserati as a Mondeo. [Apr 2007, p.85]
  20. Electronic Gaming Monthly
    45
    "Need for Speed Underground 2" did two years ago everything this game does, but with much more style and variety. [Nov. 2006, p.124]
  21. 40
    Only for the truly hardcore street racing fans. It's not a good enough racer to attract the wide base of casual videogame race fans, and we can't recommend more than a rental even for the die-hard gearheads.
  22. Playstation Official Magazine UK
    40
    Given that fans of the movie have surely long-since moved on, there is simply no reason for this game to exist. [May 2007, p.120]

Awards & Rankings

#60 Most Discussed PS2 Game of 2006
User Score
6.6

Mixed or average reviews- based on 24 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 9
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 9
  3. Negative: 3 out of 9
  1. Aug 4, 2016
    10
    This is one of the best street racing games ever. Similar to Need For Speed and Gran Turismo. It has the same extensive number ofThis is one of the best street racing games ever. Similar to Need For Speed and Gran Turismo. It has the same extensive number of customizations just like from NFS Underground 2 and the number of cars in the game too. Feel the burst of speed and velocity of this game. Plus many Fast and Furious characters return in this game too. It's very interesting to see. Full Review »
  2. Dec 10, 2013
    4
    Physics are simply terrible, anyone has a concept about "what a tuned car should act like" will agree with me. I put some rating points toPhysics are simply terrible, anyone has a concept about "what a tuned car should act like" will agree with me. I put some rating points to this game only for the tasty body kits and rims, these fantastic cars deserve a better platform. Full Review »
  3. Calypstar
    Oct 23, 2008
    4
    Excellent range of cars and upgrades, pretty nice drifting engine, suggestive cinematic atmosphere mixes here with sub par graphics, terribly Excellent range of cars and upgrades, pretty nice drifting engine, suggestive cinematic atmosphere mixes here with sub par graphics, terribly unbalanced gameplay, non-existant story and almost complete lack of true racing (no circuits, only duel races). Guys from Eutechnyx are true masters in creating racing games that concentrate on everything but not on racing. I would only recommend this one for true fans of original movie and car maniacs. Full Review »