- Feb. 24th, 2017
- Vector Unit
- Xbox One / PS4 / PC / iOS
Riptide GP Renegade is a straight up racer with influences from games of yesteryear, but it actually ends up being a very solid and fun aquatic racer.
Unlike a normal racer, aquatic racers can be a tricky bag to accomplish. Having to navigate across water not only feels different than a normal street or road but also brings in extra obstacles. Having to ride fast cutting through the water and also timing how to hit waves is a situation here that actually feels smooth which was a refreshing feel .
The game has 9 different tracks that all offer something different to see. While some levels feature some big set pieces to see, the game recycles them all so often. Within a small amount of the time in the game you can feel the repetitive nature of having to run the same maps over and over.
They do attempt to mix it up with having more than just standard races. You’ll also have to complete in elimination races, obstacles races where you’ll dip between markers, and trick competitions. For the most part the AI isn’t that bad with not having the rubber band effect many racers have where if you are super ahead the AI will catch up. However though some races have police AI come in as well at certain points which can completely ruin a race. The police is there for no reason at all and can rubber band to you easily. No matter how fast you are going the police are seemingly able to race to you and attempt to run you off the course into a crash which can ruin an otherwise good race.
Going through the main story mode which requires you to beat events with “x” amount of stars to continue, the game also boasts a simple progression and upgrade system. You can earn XP and customize your stuff and are also awarded money to upgrade your jet ski. However though, by the time you’ll fully upgrade your ride a new one will become unlocked. More often than not though; the new ride is just slightly better than your previous fully upgraded one. This sometimes bring your sense of upgrading down knowing that its almost just a filler before your next unlock.
In short, Riptide GP Renegade brings a fun arcade title to the Xbox One. It successfully makes a solid aquatic racer that you can spend a few hours on. If you can get past the repetitive maps and the awful police AI you’ll find an old school racer brought into the modern times.
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