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Riptide GP: Renegade review

High powered water sports aren’t the most covered topic when it comes to the gaming market. That being said though when the subject is addressed, it is done extremely well. I give you Riptide GP: Renegade.

Vector Unit (which is an awesome name by itself) have polished up what was in my opinion already a success. Back in January 2015 our very own Phil Kowalski reviewed Riptide GP2 and gave it a glowing report. Well 2 years on and Riptide GP is still good and it also looks a lot better. Testament to it’s own success Riptide GP: Renegade has also had a go at the mobile gaming genre and won!

Riptide GP: Renegade

The arcade racer has seen a bit of a decline in recent years with more realistic games taking the front line and leaving little quirky titles in their wake. It is good to see though that the arcade racer hasn’t died off just yet and developers like Vector Unit are still confident they can pull it off. Riptide GP: Renegade see’s you racing on hydrojet racers across 8 different maps. After being sentenced to a 2 year ban for illegal racing your character has to start from the bottom and work your way up back to the top of the podium.

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The campaign mode does exactly what it should and as you progress through the ranks gaining XP and levelling up your hydro racer your competition also gets better. This makes achieving the top spot more difficult. The story isn’t really engaging but it adds some seasoning to the game and gives you a bit of purpose as you progress. True to most mobile games each race is ranked with a 3 star system depending on how you do. There does seem to be a bit of a difficulty spike in your competitors,however. This makes keeping your 1st place that bit harder to maintain. However if you’re a grind addict then you’ll enjoy this because to get the appropriate upgrades you may need to do a bit of grinding to get the parts you need.

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When you take part in a race, depending on where you finish, you get a certain amount of prize money that can be spent on upgrades. As you progress the cost of upgrades increases so you have to think carefully where you want your money to go, whether it be acceleration, boost, handling or increase in top speed. Despite your upgrades though if you so much as make one error then you can quickly go from the front to the back in a matter of seconds, leading to some frustrating catch up moments.

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The stunt system plays an important part because the more stunts you perform in a single race the more it increases the amount of boost you have at your disposal. The stunts are fairly easy to pull of with just a little tweak of the thumb sticks. Initially though the stunts are basic but you can unlock more as you progress through the game. Scattered throughout each stage are ramps and table tops that help you get enough air to perform your tricks, however to add a little spice you can also perform tricks off high waves and the wakes of other riders that they leave behind. Don’t concentrate too much on the stunts though, because again if you bodge one you’re not going to keep your position for long.

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There is a some online and local multiplayer gameplay that offers something a little different but options on race type are limited. Visually Riptide GP: Renegade is good, obviously the console version looks better than the mobile version but with full 1080p and 60fps the gameplay is smooth and crisp. That being said though the backgrounds are a little basic and have a touch of Trials Fusion about them but to be fair, like the original you’re not looking at the backgrounds for long because there is always someone trying to nick your spot on the leaderboard. The soundtrack has been polished a bit compared to it’s predecessor and is just about acceptable and appropriate to the fast paced gameplay.

On the whole Riptide GP: Renegade still remains a must buy for racing fans and noobs alike. It will sit proud next to any racing game you have and will draw you back to retain your top spot and upgrade your Hydrojet. Good job, Vector Unit, not only for this one but for keeping the arcade racer alive.

Thanks to Vector Unit and Xbox for supporting TiX

 

 

 

Vector Unit date Riptide GP: Renegade release

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The Riptide franchise has been around for a little while. In fact, I think it was one of the first games I reviewed on Xbox One. Vector Unit have stepped back into the fold with the announcement of the rapidly incoming Riptide GP: Renegade, coming very soon to Xbox One.

If you’ve not played Riptide before, where have you been? The concept is similar to Wipeout. You ride a futuristic gravity defying racing machine around several tracks in order to win not only the race, but a championship. The only major difference with Riptide is that this is done mainly over water and there are no weapons.

So, what will make Renegade stand out from the other Riptide GP titles? Well, it’s a Play Anywhere title for a start, meaning that you can pay once and play it on both Xbox and Windows 10, making it great value already. Renegade is the first Riptide title to be designed with consoles in mind rather than ported from the mobile platform.

So, next gen water racing is heading to Xbox One, utilising dynamic water physics and new spray-effects. Dodge police boats and drones while you blast through the vast interactive race environments packed with destructible objects, animated scenery and secret shortcuts.

Riptide GP: Renegade will offer up to 8 player online multiplayer racing or go split-screen in local couch co-op with up to six racers depending on your platform. As with the other title in the series, you can collect and upgrade a whole garage full of blisteringly fast hydro-jets that transform while you ride them. Win prize money to be able to purchase upgrades, customisations, paint jobs and numbers.

All of this will run on console in silky smooth super-fast 1080p at 60fps, even in split-screen.

Riptide GP: Renegade will be hitting the Xbox One and Windows 10 platform on the 24th of February.

Vector Unit reveal Riptide GP: Renegade

Riptide GP: Renegade

I remember one of the first games I played on Xbox One and indeed, reviewed, on TiX. It was Riptide GP 2 and it was some fun, pretty mindless water-based racing. Nothing too taxing. Well, over a year later and developer, Vector Unit, have revealed the second trailer for the incoming Riptide GP: Renegade.

Coming sometime in the second quarter of 2016, Riptide GP: Renegade will offer the same rocket-powered water based racing as GP 2 did. Power your craft through futuristic environments while pulling off crazy mid-air stunts to boost your speed. Fight your way to the front of the pack.

Riptide GP: Renegade will feature a challenging single player Career Mode as well as split-screen local and online multiplayer. As with GP2, you can earn XP and in-game cash to use for jetbike upgrades, unlocking new cunning stunts and increasing your rider’s performance.

There will be a variety of race types to battle through as well as boss races to win as you embark on your career. Blast your way to the top of the underground hydro jet circuit. Compete against your friends or your best of enemies in 60fps 1080p visual goodness.

Matt Small, Creative Director and Co-Founder at Vector Unit;

We’ve been hard at work getting Riptide GP: Renegade ready for series fans and new players alike. This version has ben developed from the ground up for next-gen consoles. We kept what worked, but completely retuned the mechanics and the graphics engine, and we can’t wait for players to get their hands on the game.

Riptide GP: Renegade is coming to Xbox One in the second quarter of this year. I’d really love to see some rider character DLC for it. Deadpool pulling some of the stunts below would be awesome.

Here’s the new trailer for you. Let us know what you think.

Beach Buggy Racing coming to Xbox One

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Vector Unit, developers of hits like Riptide GP2 have announced that Beach Buggy Racing will be coming to the Xbox One this spring.

A popular Android and IOS game, the console version will be a premium title meaning the game has been retuned to remove the free to play economy. As expected the game engine has been reworked to give improved graphics, up-rezzed textures and car models, and screen space effects like ambient occlusion. Top this off with a smooth 60fps at 1080p and a split screen local multiplayer mode that on the Xbox One will support six players, yes I said six, this is looking to be an awesome little title.

If the price tag of Riptide GP2 is anything to go by then again we could see a great little title for under a fiver.

Riptide GP2 Review

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As I may have mentioned before, having lived by the coast up until recently, I can appreciate the adrenaline rush that you get from motorised water sport. There was a jet-bike sales place around a mile away and we frequently had them hopping across the waves in a shower of fun. I didn’t have the funds or temerity to try this, but it looks like something I’d need to dry-clean the wetsuit for every time I’d tried it.

Riptide GP2 in many respects, evokes the same kind of responses in me from a gaming point of view. From the very beginning of the game, the idea is to get you in the water and used to the idea of getting a bit damp. The initial exchanges are a taster, to get you used to the handling, acceleration and braking of your jet-powered water bike. This initial session also gives you an introduction to the freestyle elements of the game.

After this short training introduction is finished, you’re into the main game menu with a choice of options. Career Mode does exactly what it says on the tin, you start off at the beginner’s season, moving on up through the difficulty levels as you go. VR Challenge allows you to race against a VR version of your friends, with the challenge being to be top of the leaderboard.

The third mode you can choose is for the splash-party animal in you. Split screen. This can handle up to 6 players in a single split-screen session. When you take into consideration that this game should be running in full 1080p at 60fps, is quite the achievement. What’s not to love about that?

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Speaking of the graphics, there are two main focuses for the eye. The jet-bike and rider are well drawn and fully customisable, with the option to re-spray to your favourite colour should your heart desire. The rider moves smoothly on the bike, leaning left and right to yank it round those tricky turns. Perform some freestyling and you’re suddenly launched into an aqua-X-Fighters style plethora of handstands, bike flips, bike twists and leg stands. Timing is everything here, there’s little room for error. Get it slightly off and the chances are, you’ll end up face first in the water, losing time and places, and the precious boost you’ll have earned for the trick.

The second focus, and the one that will jump out straight away, is the water. It’s an amazing effect. It undulates and flows, catches the light and lurks in the shadows of the scenery. Land a high trick and it’ll splash your face. There are waterfalls and massive wave machines, vortexes and tunnels. All filled and flowing with the wet stuff and for the vast majority of the time, it looks so authentic, I was expecting Free Willy to come bursting out in front of me.

The only disappointment with the visuals are the background graphics. They look as if they need a little bit more polish, but with your concentration focused on the next twist in the circuit, you’d only notice it if you were really looking for it and I feel a little guilty pointing it out, especially as the game runs so fast in such a high-resolution. I’m just being picky if anything.

One thing that did disappoint was the audio. The soundtrack is repetitive and definitely one for fans of the pop genre. There’s no option to choose a different style of music unfortunately, which is a shame. Even though the game is packed very tightly to save precious HDD space, you feel as if some more choice in the music department would save the volume being turned down on occasion. The bikes all have that whiny, expected engine noise and the water is very noisy as again, you’d expect. The audio is simply adequate.

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Campaign mode, then, starts you off on more or less equal footing with the majority of riders. You’ve been given a bike to start off and it’s up to you to upgrade it. Races can be broadly categorised into 3 modes, standard race, time trial, elimination. Finish in the podium places to earn XP, stars and currency. XP allows you to learn more tricks to earn more boost. The more difficult the trick, the more boost you can earn. Stack the tricks if you get the opportunity, just be aware of the timing thing I mentioned earlier. Stars allow you to progress in the campaign so it’s in your best interest to go all out for a win. Currency allows you to upgrade your machinery, or maybe even invest in new ones. You can also earn XP and cash in the VR Challenge mode, so you can always top up your earnings if something is just a little too expensive on the upgrade-cycle.

The game mechanics are easy to pick up and play, introduces a freestyle element with ramp and wave-to-air tricks. Landing these can be a little tricky, time it wrong and you’ll wipe out, losing you time and possibly a podium place. There are a good selection of tracks available. Some are multi-level, all have strategically placed ramps and waves enabling you to pull those all important tricky tricks.

Ultimately, this game should be one of your must-buys. It’s simple to pick up and easy to play. It’s fun, social and competitive as well as glorious to look at. Riptide GP2, it’s MotoGP on water. Wipeout without the weapons. In fact, with guns, it’d be downright awesome. What are you waiting for, why aren’t you playing it now?

Thanks to Vector Unit for supplying TiX with a download code

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Riptide GP2 coming to Xbox One January the 23rd

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Having lived by the coast, I can vouch for the fact that high-powered motor-powered aqua sports can be exhilarating and dangerous. In a surprise Tweet from Hydro Thunder Hurricane developer Vector Unit, they would appear to know it too.

They have announced via their social media account that Riptide GP2 will be released on Xbox One this Friday, January the 23rd.

Feel the adrenaline rush as you ride your rocket-powered hydrojet around futuristic tracks across a dynamic and ever-changing watery surface.

Although Riptide GP2 wasn’t necessarily a surprise, the imminent release date might be. The game will feature new tracks, new game modes, online multi-player, VR challenge modes, a new, involved story mode and customisable hydro-bikes.

This promises to give it the full beans at 60fps in full 1080p, even with up to 6 player split-screen action. Jump, flip, ride, try not to drown or crash. Riptide GP2 should offer a challenge to all racers.

Here’s the Xbox One trailer, will you be donning a wetsuit for Riptide GP2?