- March 10th, 2017
- Xbox One
- Playrise Digital
Table Top Racing: World Tour is a racing game made with an attempt to take us back into the days of Micro Racer games, sadly though it brings back nothing that made those games special.
Playing as mini versions of cars you are racing through locations which are actually fun to see. Racing across a kitchen counter where cereal boxes are along the side and you run into cans and bottles can be a little exciting. You can also drive through a mechanics bench, a sushi place, and the deck of a ship. They are all nice to drive around with one race but after that grow stale and you can quickly see the flaws.
This quickly brings us to the games major flaw, the racing itself. It feels extremely slow and sluggish. Even the fastest upgraded car still feels like its barely moving. Turbo power ups last only a second or two before bringing your car back to a crawl. Now because of this, the races just feel to drag, literally. You rarely will even need to slow down and drifting just isn’t even fully functional because of the controls.
Power ups don’t even have dictate the pace or standings of the race either. Most attack power ups are useless, even something like freeze or the missile won’t really have an effect on the turn out of the race. The majority of the time it will be however was in first place towards the start of the race will remain in it.
You can upgrade your car which is nice though it adds nothing. The game never changes its way if your driving the beginning car with no upgrades or driving the fastest car fully upgraded. Money comes so easily as well that upgrades never feel like a long haul to wait for. AI though for some races before you can fully upgrade your car though can just be unforgivably tough though.
You’d hope at least the game modes may be decent though. Single player championships are just a mixture of racing, time trails, elimination races and the casual odd stipulation match. Online isn’t much better either with everyone having all upgrades then leaving during the race because there is no chance of winning.
Overall this game could of been better. It could of been a little throwback to retro games of the same kind. Instead we got a uninspired let down of a racer that was forgotten just as quickly as it arrived.
Score : 2/10
Digital Review Copy Provided Courtesy Of Playrise Digital
- 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.
Digital Review Code Provided By Vector Unit