The Fast and the Furious for the PSP Drifts to New Features

February 26, 2007

The Fast and the Furious for the PSP Drifts to
New Features

NAMCO BANDAI Games Brings Edge Of Your Seat
Portable Drift Racing On The PSP

NAMCO BANDAI Games America Inc. announced today
that its newest racing title, The Fast & the Furious™ has new features for the
PSP. The video game is developed through a licensing agreement with Universal
Studios Consumer Products. The Fast & the Furious on the PSP system will allow
players to feel an unparalleled sense of power as they drift their way through
beautiful visuals and new modes exclusive to the PSP system. Trade your
customized rides through wireless in the Swap Meet, stop neglecting your car and
give it an oil change in the Tune Shop for a temporary performance boost,
challenge up to 3 friends in multiplayer drift battles in the Road Sweeper mode
and visit the Extras menu to view tricked out rides from the movie and real

The Fast & the Furious for the PSP system follows
on the red hot heels of last year’s successful PlayStation®2 computer
entertainment system game. Introducing a ground breaking drift mechanic,
drifting became accessible to both beginning and veteran racing game drivers
alike. Here’s what car enthusiast and gaming magazines had to say about it;

“Realistic grip and nitrous-fueled sprints add
impact as you screech through neon-lit city streets and down darkened
mountainsides.” Super Street, October 2006.

“…a metric ton of ways to pimp out your ride, and
a few nods to the three films upon which it’s based.” Electronic Gaming Monthly,
November 2006.

Inspired by last year’s hit film, The Fast & the
Furious: Tokyo Drift, the game places the underground world of drift racing into
the players’ hands. Gameplay features a unique drifting mechanic that allows
beginning players to enjoy the game, while giving veteran racers a chance to try
out more complex techniques. Players will be able to race in over 100 JDM Tuner,
Classic Muscle, and Concept cars with over 300 body kits from real JDM
companies. See the action from cinematic camera angles straight from the movie
as players encounter boss battles across gorgeously rendered city streets.

Exclusive PSP system Features:

  • Swap Meet – Gamers have the chance to show off
    their creative side by using the PSP system wireless connectivity option to
    trick out a ride and send it to other players via “Swap Meet” to use in
    non-career game mode.
  • Road Sweeper – Putting drift racing skills to
    the test, up to four players can be challenged in this feature where the aim
    is to tag as many highlighted corners as possible using drifting maneuvers.
    The more complex and varied the techniques are, the more points added to the
    overall score. The player with the most tags (or drift points if there is a
    tie) wins at the end of the race.
  • Oil Change – No car runs well without oil, so
    to increase performance, The Tune Shops will offer a multi-grade oil change as
    a purchasable item. By purchasing the oil, the player’s speed and performance
    will be temporarily enhanced upon returning to the HUB.
  • Extras – Fast & Furious fanatics will get a
    special treat in the “Extras” section that will feature an unlocked selection
    containing images of both the movie and real world cars.

Rated T for teen, The Fast & the Furious has a
suggested retail price of $29.99.

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