Has it really been nine-or-so months since FAST Racing NEO first graced our consoles? This writer finds it hard to believe and yet here comes an incessant rattling that many might consider to be an opinion on its DLC pack we've been dying for. To say that we at Nintendo Life are fans of Shin'en and the games they produce is no secret, so expectations were high for what this new content promised to deliver, and we can thankfully say our lofty desires have been, for the most part, fulfilled.
Taking a leaf out of Mario Kart 8's book this pack offers eight brand new tracks to whizz around as its biggest appeal, along with new music to accompany the aforementioned whizzing and a 'Vehicle Profile' for every futuristic racer. The tracks fit so well into the rest of what the game has to offer that there were instances where it wasn't clear that we were playing new courses at all, despite crashing into every wall and flying off every edge imaginable. Some tracks are certainly better than others, with the jump-riddled Antarctica being a personal highlight.
The other snowy track in the DLC, appropriately called Iceland, takes clear inspiration from F-Zero yet again by offering a tubular track. This does add some variety but out of all the courses this one feels very barren, often coming across as featureless between obstacles. The polar opposite of this is Kuiper Belt, taking place in outer space and boasting a no-holds-barred arrangement of twists, turns, and surprise hazards that'll catch you out if you're not paying attention. If it were any other game we might say that the detail and sensory overload this track provides is a bad thing, but given that this is what the game is all about it's one of the best courses it has to offer, even outside of the DLC.
On the whole every track has a personality and its own series of challenges, but their difficulty isn't light years away from the original courses in the standalone version of the game. This is absolutely the right attitude to have, as making the tracks more of an 'expert' experience would have ostracised every player who hasn't zipped around everything else in Hypersonic mode, and we're glad the developers took this decision.
Unfortunately the praise isn't so lavish for the other side of the DLC, as neither feels like a selling point to make us part with our cash. The new music tracks are great, if largely expected, but the Vehicle Profiles are nothing more than what seems to be a large piece of concept art. If these had been thrown in as a bonus it would have been very welcome, but considering it was one of the three selling points of the DLC we can't help but feel a bit short-changed on that front. Thankfully these gripes are minor at best; the DLC as a whole is perfectly well priced for the tracks alone, and realistically that's why people will download it.
If FAST Racing NEO didn't fully satisfy that eye-bleedingly fast-paced itch for you in its vanilla form, then we can't recommend the Future Pack enough. After all, it's just more FAST Racing NEO at an attractive price.
@AlexOlney It's working fine for me.
@SLIGEACH_EIRE It started working about a minute after I posted the comment, so I removed it to avoid any confusion.
I too was disappointed to find out what the vehicle profiles were.
From the way Shin'en worded it every time they mentioned it, nobody should've expected new vehicles, I certainly didn't.
But I did think 'vehicle profiles' meant an alternate skin for each of the crafts.
But the tracks were always the main point of the DLC, and it would've been fine honestly, if that's all that was included.
Game still amazing. DLC still great. Shin'en still more talented than most major studios.
The tracks look nice. The first 2 tracks I like. Those red signs in Mori Park annoy me. No need for them there and they don't make sense either. Not a fan of New Zendling. That jump on Zenshoh Habitat messed you up good and proper. The name of the last track didn't come up. It's probably the track I like best.
also, the update in italy brought the translation of the game with some text error like "8o posizione" instead of "ottava posizione". Nice dlc though
So the vehicle profiles are just a screen featuring each of the existing vehicles? I was hoping for a modified Fulcon Capital vehicle, but oh well, this is all about the new tracks anyway. Will download tonight for sure.
These tracks are amazing. They're fast, crazy, beautiful and quite challenging. DLC was definitely worth my money.
@bluedogrulez Well, these profiles have art for the vehicles, information about them, and also new music for each of the vehicles. They're a nice extra.
I also love how some of the vehicles have engines named after the developers (for example, Linzner). It's a cool detail.
Its easily worth the low price for 8 tracks. I already bought it and played on of the new cups.
The new tracks isn't easy to win on, and the tracks aren't annoying either. If you memorize the tracks, it gets alot easier.
I haven't got this game yet, so the physical eShop selects version is perfect for me and it comes with the DLC!
I played through the tracks once on supersonic and they're pretty good. What annoys me though is that you have to open the eshop every single time you load up the game for the DLC to be playable. Hopefully this glitch is patched very soon.
I bought this DLC and is not working !!!
Game ignores, that I have it downloaded...
Just have to wait for the kids to go to bed and it's fast racing time! Hope to see some people online too
The profile feature reminds me of what F-ZERO GX did with the Pilot Profiles, but very basic. Why can't you rotate and zoom in on the vehicles? Why not a brief Description of the of the machine or Pilot? The music is cool know.
Loving my physical copy. Although the title on a white background is a bit lame.
@Grumblevolcano Agreed, I was noticing that too.
If I could buy DLC online, I'd queue this up for download now...but will be downloading when I get home!
Amazon has just delivered the physical copies of this and Steamworld That's my weekend gaming sorted....
@Koapa Same happened to me, but you have to go into the e-shop again from the game itself (I went in from the cup pages) and when you close the e-shop to get back it will unlock the dlc!
Funfact: I was planing on downloading it some time later because i haven't even played through all the other courses yet, but when I looked it up on the eshop, i saw one of the courses is 'New Zendling' and i immediately thought of the district in Munich, Germany I grew up called 'Sendling', which is one of the 4 districts surrounding the Oktoberfest, and which has a bit of a cult status because of its early hip hop and street art culture since the 80ies. I knew Shin'en was based in Germany, but could it be, that they are actually based in my hometown?
So i looked it up, and they are actually based in Munich, but in 'Neuried' which is right next to Sendling. 'Neu' in english is 'new' and if you want people around the world to pronounce Sendling right, you have to write Zendling. So i couldn't resist downloading it at once, to see if there were any landmarks i would recognize, and in fact it reminded me of my hood in the year 2121 It is a great game already, but now i have to support it even more!
Hi, it's my first post here. I've just finished all new tracks and they are rly good. The game is amazing but also quite difficult. Hope Shin'en will fix the issue with DLC purchase recognizing soon.
Looking forward to their next project. o/
Seems to fast for me ☺
... getting old...
Ordered steamworld collection in its stead
I simply can't get enough of this game. It fills a void left by both F-Zero and Wipeout. Heck, even Xtreme G! Thank you so very much Shin'en! So happy I got the boxed edition as well.
I'll get the boxed edition since I have n space left on my HD but always wanted this!
@Loki Hello, glad you've enjoyed the DLC!
These tracks all look great and I can't wait to play them later. Also, the ice one reminds me of Ice Ice Outpost from Mario Kart 8.
Can anyone confirm if the glitch exist in the physical version, that you have to visit the eshop to activate the extra courses? Because then it would very much defeat the purpose of having it on disc. I want to be able to play all of the game on any Wii U in the future when the eShop has closed down.
Downloaded this earlier today, and I love the new tracks.
Can anybody tell me how many MB this takes to download?
Buying this immediately when I'm back home in a few weeks. Shame that there is no DLC purchase option in web. That is really weird in Nintendo's part that they messed that.
@polarbear The physical version has the latest version with all the DLC and updated features on the disc like the option to turn the map ON or OFF. No need to download any updates (unless they release any future updates). Where the Shop Option would be, the Vehicle Profile is instead (although I guess this gets replaced when you buy the DLC on the Digital version?).
It is kind of irritating that it uses a separate save file and not the same one as the download version, so I had to unlock all the content again. Not a bad thing, as this game is awesome.
Any information about the progress of the bug-fixing? I can´t even play the DLC. My WiiU doesn´t realize that there is a download. And no, that eshop-and-back-trick doesn´t work here. At the moment I payed 5 bucks for nothing.
@RadioShadow. Thank you for the info. Then I will buy the physical version also. Awesome game!
but why tho
what did I spend $5 for, to deal with such an inconvenience
@CharlieSmile I thought it would only have to be done once, but yeah it's an nuisance like this. I guess they are aware of it by now and hopefully will fix it very soon.
The tempo this game keeps up is insane.
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