Riptide GP: Renegade Reviews

  • FullMoonBeaverFullMoonBeaver923,235
    22 Feb 2017 23 Feb 2017
    11 2 13
    Riptide GP: Renegade
    Developed & Published by: Vector Unit
    Release Date: February 24th
    Price: £8.39

    Racing games have always been a popular genre over the years, with many being of the 2 or 4 wheeled kind. But what about when you take away all the vehicles wheels? You get the Riptide series of course. Exchanging tarmac for water, and a 90's Sega arcade feel, and some gravity defying stunts thrown in for good measure.

    For those of you not familiar with Vector Unit's latest Riptide game, they are also responsible for Riptide GP2 and Beach Buggy Racing on Xbox One over the last couple of years. Fun games too. But how does the latest iteration fair? Let's continue.

    Renegade sees you as a disgraced and recently imprisoned Impact out for revenge. This is a familiar setting for many games from the 90's. Or a Steven Seagal film. So, aside from the clichéd story, how about the NPC racers? It's more of the same. But I liked them. Especially the party animals Pyta and Fryta. Stereotyping without being offensive all the way through the text based narrative during the course of the games story.

    Moving on to game modes, Riptide has a wealth of options for you to play. Story, Quick Race and Multiplayer. Not just offline split screen, but also 8 player online. Not often a game caters for both, but if you've friends over and enough pads, or online friends with a copy, then you can dive in to some versus mode shenanigans.

    Frame rate was never once an issue for me, even once I fully upgraded the fastest of the Hydrojets that you will unlock with story progression. During this, you will have to compete in a selection of events; Race, Elimination, Slalom and Freestyle. With just 4 events, you'd be hoping for a wide selection of tracks, right? Sadly the answer is no. You have 9 tracks to race on, which after the halfway point you will have memorised all turns and jumps and be begging for more. The upside to the shortage or courses, is that they are not only varied, but also on the large side with plenty of jumps to practice your stunt loving side.

    Away from the Story mode are side quests that bring in other NPC's and their scores to settle. This adds a distraction, but events and tracks are still the same. The added bonus is that all the XP you gain along with the credits allow you to purchase new stunts and upgrades for your Hydrojets. Which are essential as you pursue Krex.

    After having played the previous title in the series, I have to say that Renegade is remarkably easier. Sure, there are some races that will prove to be too hard to claim the podium in at your first attempt. But there is nothing to stop you coming back later with a better Hydrojet.

    Graphics
    There is plenty of water about, so naturally it needs to look good. But water has always been an issue when it comes to video games. Sure our will see better out there, but for an Indie developer, Vector Unit have done a good job with the water. As for the tracks 9 locations, they're big with varied locations, such as Firewater, The Ruins.

    Music/FX
    Continuing the arcade feel here. Splashes and revving engines dominate the audio during the races.

    Gameplay
    Typical controls for a racer with analogue sticks in use for pulling off stunts as per the previous Riptide game. Still works, and feels fluid as you nail a log roll coming off a ridiculous jump on Sky Mines. Each Hydrojet handles differently as per their stats, so choose wisely for each race. Don't forget your nitro either.

    Replayability
    Plenty of tracks to race through single player, and with both online and offline multiplayer, there is enough reason to come back and continue playing with friends. Or finding them well hidden Easter eggs.

    Achievements
    Some miscellaneous achievements to unlock, with the rest unlocking through single player. Nothing that's really too hard to do, and a relatively easy 1000g. But the best bit for you achievement hunters, is none of these achievements are tied to multiplayer.

    Summary
    Overall, Renegade is a great racer, albeit lacking in track selection. Thankfully the tracks that are available are of a decent size. Some more circuit racing would have been fun, but as it stands, Renegade is a solid game and pulling of crazy stunts is a whole lot of fun. Worth the price and time investment.

    A copy was provided for review purposes.
    4.0
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    FullMoonBeaverThat announcer would have made it all the more better. That level is one I had some problems with too. But thankfully it's not impossible
    Posted by FullMoonBeaver on 07 Mar 17 at 22:31
    Good review again.

    I was hoping for a similar experience as I had with Table Top Racing(as we've discussed before) - a pretty good game which is easy going. Well worth the price. Brings back memories of Wave Race 64 which I loved
    Posted on 23 Mar 18 at 09:21
    FullMoonBeaverThanks. I had a blast with this. Enjoyable games. The developer announced that they’re working on Beach Buggy Racing 2. So I’ll be looking forward to seeing if that improves over the last game.
    Posted by FullMoonBeaver on 23 Mar 18 at 10:03
  • boldyno1boldyno11,569,003
    27 Feb 2017
    3 0 1
    Riptide GP : Renegade is a racing game released on Xbox One and also Windows 10 as a play anywhere game, it is priced at £8.39.

    Here is the press release from Vector Unit:

    In Riptide GP: Renegade, armoured riders kick out death-defying stunts over massive waterfalls, outrun cops, and boost at breakneck speeds across surging waves. The new game in the popular franchise brings all new tracks, vehicles, and characters. Game modes include a Single Player story campaign, as well as split screen and cross-platform Xbox One / Windows 10 online multiplayer races.

    Game Features:

    • Next Gen Water Racing - Riptide GP: Renegade sets the bar for modern water racing, with breath-taking dynamic water physics, splash-tastic spray effects, and more!
    • Xbox Play Anywhere - Yours to play on both Xbox One and Windows 10 PC. Pay once and get the game on both platforms. Sync your game progress and your Xbox achievements.
    • Cross Platform Online Multiplayer - Compete in 8 player online races against both Xbox One and Windows 10 players from around the world.
    • Split Screen Local Multiplayer - Race against your pals (and challenging AI opponents) on a single screen with split screen local multiplayer matches. Supports 6 players on Xbox One (4 players on Windows 10).
    • Deep Career Mode - Battle your way through a variety of race types and boss fights to reach the top of the underground hydro jet racing circuit. Earn XP and cash to upgrade and customize your hydro jet, unlock new stunts, and increase your rider's performance.
    • Thrill-Ride Environments – Evade police boats and drones while you blast through vast interactive race environments packed with interactive elements, secret shortcuts, and animated obstacles.
    • Futuristic Customizable Vehicles. Collect and upgrade a garage full of blistering fast hydro jets that transform while you ride them. Win money to upgrade and customize each one.
    • Includes Xbox Live - Earn Achievements, share game clips, and challenge your friends online.
    • 1080p / 60fps – Silky smooth, blisteringly fast racing action – even in split screen!

    I had previously played Riptide GP 2 and was looking forward to trying out the latest version and seeing what joys and tricks it brought.

    From the main menu the game a number of options available for gameplay, which are career, challenge mode, quick race, online and split screen so everything is covered there whether it be local play, offline co-op or online so a wide variety from the start.

    Most of my usage from this game came from Career or split screen, I never managed to do any online as there was never anyone else available but as the game becomes more popular this should hopefully not be as much as a problem and online play should be available.

    The career mode thrusts you straight in at the deep end (pun not intended!!) where you have to work your way through a number of races / events to progress through story mode. The events consist of race, slalom, elimination or stunt and the occasional boss fight. So quite a varied option while working through career but the biggest problem I have found is that there is only 9 different courses so you have soon worked out the layout and best place to do tricks etc. The courses mirrored or a few extras certainly wouldn't go a miss and has you progress through the story it does get quite repetitive.

    As you progress through the levels, you will unlock more hydrojets as there is 9 available and also as you progress earn xp and money which you can spend to upgrade your hydrojets or use stunt tokens to learn new stunts and upgrades which come in as you progress as the difficulty does go up slightly against the bots in career mode but nothing to hard to trouble most gamers.

    Each course looks good graphic wise and all are set against a good backdrop which you can enjoy while speeding along and the definition and frame right mentioned above by the developer in the presser certainly help this game as it is quite fast moving but no problems here. The little things such as water splashing against the screen adds a little realism to the game and though not outstanding the graphics certainly hold up in a game made by a small developer.

    The music fits in very well with the game and some high tempo music accompanies you as you twist and turn and do your stunts throughout each level on the game.

    The game will offer some replay value especially if the online takes off but with just 9 courses once single player career is complete there is nothing to really make you go back to this game once you have earned 3 stars in each level available.

    Achievement wise all of the achievements can be earned in single player career mode and are the usual sort of stuff in win certain races, beat a certain boss and level up throughout your career. It is a slight grind progressing through the levels it wont take to long and I have managed to unlock 600 Gamerscore in 8 hours with the rest expected to take 2-3 hours so its approx. 10 hours to obtain a 1000 Gamerscore completion.

    Overall I enjoyed a lot about this game and would certainly recommend it to others. The only downside being that there is only 9 tracks when a few more would have been ideal and have varied it up a little more. Definitely give it a try at a very good price as it can provide lots of fun especially in the co-op or online modes once it gets up and running
    3.5