Riptide GP 2 Review (XONE)

Worth It for a Small Price

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Riptide GP 2 screen 1. Vector Unit

Vector Unit's Riptide GP 2 jet ski racing game makes the jump from mobile to Xbox One. While its mobile roots show a little too darkly, for just a small price it more than satisfies any Wave Race / Hydro Thunder itch you might have. See our full review for more.

Game Details

  • Publisher: Vector Unit
  • Developer: Vector Unit
  • ESRB Rating: “E" for Everyone
  • Genre: Racing
  • Pros: 6-player local multiplayer; solid gameplay; great soundtrack
  • Cons: No online multi; only looks OK; slow progression

Features and Modes

Riptide GP 2 is a sort of Wave Race or Hydro Thunder-style racing game where you tear around closed water courses on jet skis. Originally released on mobile devices, it makes the jump to Xbox One fairly successfully, though it's mobile roots are still pretty evident. Modes include a career mode where you play through all of the courses while earning cash to upgrade your machine. There is also a VR Challenge mode which is an asynchronous online multiplayer mode where you compete with your friends for leaderboard times. There is no standard online multiplayer, however. There is a local 6-player split screen multiplayer mode, which is pretty surprisingly awesome. Or, it would be provided you have 6 controllers. 

The meat of the game is the career mode, but the progression has that definite mobile feel that makes it pretty grind-y.

 Each event awards you a max of 3-stars for winning, and you need X# of stars to open the next event, so you have to pretty much win every event to progress through the game, which actually is pretty difficult. Every event you run earns you cash that you use to upgrade your machine, and you also level up which lets you select new tricks and boosts.

So you just sort of slowly grind through the career, earning stars, reaching plateaus in your progression, and upgrading your machines so you can actually reach the next event. So, yeah, grind-y.

Gameplay

The gameplay is solidly fun, though. The races are generally short, so you get in and out pretty quickly which gives the game an addictive "one more race ..." quality that offsets the grind a bit. The controls are simple with just gas and brake on the triggers and steering with the left stick. No complicated leaning or special turning controls here. You also can do tricks off of jumps - or big waves - that earn you boost that you use with the "A" button. The trick system has you pressing directions on both analog sticks, so there are lots of potential combinations for tricks. The A.I. is actually really good, so you have to be on top of your game to win, and even then you'll still probably get beat until you upgrade your machine. Also noteworthy are the wave physics, which are pretty darn decent. 

Graphics & Sound

Visually, Riptide GP 2 isn't much of a looker. It's just okay. The water looks decent. The machines look fine. The backgrounds are sort of futuristic looking. Nothing about it is going to blow you away on Xbox One.

The sound is a little better. The engine noises are a bit one-note, but the music is awesome. 

Bottom Line

All in all, Riptide GP 2 isn't going to blow anyone away, but when you consider the cheap price tag it is hard to pass up. The gameplay is decent enough, and there is a surprising amount of content overall, so for that price, it is totally worth a look for fans looking for some wave racing on Xbox One.