Riptide GP Renegade is a jet-ski styled racer that features a story mode for single player in addition to both local and online. This story mode is a series first if I am not mistaken, as GP2 only had a career styled single player that allowed you to climb the ranks. In Renegade though, there is a cast of characters that engage in dialog (text, not spoken) and a somewhat overarching story. Though the story is a simple tale of revenge and making new friends along the way to help exact it, it fits the universe quite well. It’s familiar and cheesy in all the right ways, never overstaying its welcome or taking itself too seriously. It is an exceptionally paced career of sorts, one that feature both main line events as well as bonus ones. Progressing through it not only unlocks new rides and abilities, but also new characters which were not present in the prior title. Most have stories and traits that are as cheesy as the story, but again, it works for a title of this nature. It is nice to get some variety out of the character selection, as well as picking up new rides and adjusting the color schemes. It has a surprising amount of depth, while still remaining a truly budget friendly title.
Multiplayer wise you cannot really go wrong. On Xbox, up to six players can compete in split screen, with pc allowing four local players to take part. This is fun and while it does not have the action orientation of a battle racer, the tricks allow it to stand on its own allowing you to shake things up the with a well-timed stunt. Only downside is the computer difficulty, which seemed fairly hard on the normal setting. Once you hit a turn wrong or wiped out, there was little to no chance of coming back, usually resulting in a bottom three placement depending on how severe the mistake. Online, you can play in the variety of modes with up to eight players. It is a great option to have when you want some real competition but have no guests to show off to.
Riptide GP Renegade is everything I want it to be. It is casual, fun, more than fairly priced, and retains all this while looking and handling great. For $10, it is a steal of a game, and offers much more than face value. I had plenty of fun playing, and anticipate continuing to do so while I mop up the rest of the achievements. Whether you are in it for the nostalgia, the local and online multiplayer, or just need a fun racer, Riptide GP Renegade is going to steer you in the right direction.
*Note: A copy of the game was provided for the purposes of the review
Final Score: 8/10
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