[Review] Riptide GP: Renegade Hands On – SHIELD TV

The day is finally here and a new Riptide game is among us! When one of the most respect game developers release a new game it’s time to buckle in. Like those before it is jam-packed with jet ski racing you’ve grown to love, the 3rd installment is no different but better. Now what’s new and exciting about this compared to the previous entries in the series well watch this trailer to get a glimpse and then read below.

 

Story

You are a hydrojet rider, framed and cast out from the Riptide GP league, forced to race illegally through city waterways, flooded ruins, and churning factory machinery in an effort to reclaim your reputation and your title.

Renegade is exactly as it sounds it’s a story similar to the story seen in The Crew a racing game released by Ubisoft in 2014. Where you’re in the spotlight and the worst happens and suddenly you’re at the bottom of the barrel and you have to work your way up the ladder to achieve revenge.

Gameplay

Well now that we’ve touched on the story you’re probably wondering how is the actual gameplay? I can tell you the gameplay is phenomenal.The classic combos you’ve had in the past few games are back with a few new addition such as tricks on land masses and gliding on non water objects in the new “Thrill-Ride Environments” which as odd as it sounds it’s actually really fun and a great addition to the series. Just like the previous titles it’s a game you can pick up and play or a game you can really sink your teeth in and loose sense of time which I can admit so far has already happened. In addition to the main story mode Renegade has a lot of content of Challenge racing for times, online synchronized racing and 2-4 person split screen or as it’s commonly referred to now is couch co-op. The load times are insanely fast and buttery smooth with some of the best looking graphics on the SHIELD TV today being in 1080p at 60FPS, with options to tweak based on hardware. And as you can guess from this yes it’s coming to more than just the SHIELD TV and according to the developers it will be soon but for now it’s SHIELD TV only. Google Play Games support is included for achievements and I assume cloud save will come later when it’s released among general Android devices. Before I forget to mention the IAPs that GP 2 had are gone in Renegade which would make sense why it’s a higher premium price than previous entries but compared to Steam and the consoles pricing it’s $5 less at $10 instead of $15 so it’s got that going for it as well.

Conclusion

In conclusion, Vector Unit has set the bar high for game developers and really indie developers in general and established themselves in the arcade racing world and with cross-platform availability and a low barrier to entry in terms of price they’ve struck gold. With the immersive and beautiful crafted world the indie arcade racer is one game you don’t want to miss out on this year and worth every penny and second of your time, I haven’t had this much fun since CTR(Crash Team Racing) . You can download it by clicking the link below and if for some reason you can’t wait for it to come to other devices and don’t have one already but can get one, do yourself a solid and grab a SHIELD TV.

Price: $10

Availability: SHIELD TV (Others coming soon)

Final Rating: 9.5/10

 

Anthony Garera

Anthony is a 4th year student attending Western Carolina University studying Computer Information Systems with a passion for technology and being an early adopter, also an Android Enthusiast. Devices - Nexus 6P, Huawei Watch, Nexus 7(2013), 13' Retina Macbook Pro, NVIDIA SHIELD TV, Google ADT-1, and Nexus Player.

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