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Riptide GP : Renegade Review

 

  • 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.

Score: 7/10

Digital Review Code Provided By Vector Unit

Pixel Heroes : Byte & Magic Review

  • Feb. 3rd, 2017
  • Xbox One / iOS / PC
  • Headup Games

 

Pixel Heroes : Byte & Magic attempts to bring back the old time randomly generated turn based RPG of yesterday but fails to succeed in almost every sense.

You control a party of characters sent on quests. It’s a simple premise, move forward, level up, kill, loot, rinse and repeat. The game goes back to the 8 bit day with looks and sounds but takes it one step too far on the Xbox One and puts the game in 4:3 aspect. That means that you will see blank space on the left and right side of the screen.

For being a dungeon crawler though the game is extremely linear. You always move forward in your quest and most quests end up playing out almost the same. Dungeons play out as numbered rooms where you face groups of 3 enemies or sometimes a trapped chest. One big flaw though is that there is no option to back out of a fight. You always move to the right so even with a clear path behind you, you can’t go back. So if you get thrown into a battle against enemies much stronger than you then your only option is to fight till the end.

The combat is pretty much a rock, paper, scissors type system. Each person has different attributes to them so they take more / less damage from different attacks or magic / spells. The problem is that since the game becomes so overly repetitive so quickly the combat quickly just becomes a tiresome affair.

You should expect quite a steep difficulty to the game and expect to die many times. The game employs permadeath as well so don’t become too attached to any characters you may have. Sadly when playing it just never feels like your making progress. The few times you’ll start to feel powerful that you are doing well you’ll just face a boss that wipes you out like nothing, then its back to square one.

Pixel Heroes biggest fault is the UI for the inventory system. It doesn’t work at all on consoles. The simplest things like trashing items and going between characters inventory systems is just overly complicated.

Sadly Pixel Heroes falls short on all its attempt to deliver a solid blast from the past. If you truly need your fix for a game like this then there are many on PC that while maybe costing more do it a lot better.

Score : 3/10

Digital Review Code Provided Courtesy Of HeadUp Games