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Riptide GP: Renegade Review - Dead or Alive, but Mostly Dead

Riptide GP: Renegade

Riptide GP: Renegade is the sequel to Riptide GP2, although you'd be forgiven for thinking that this is the earlier game in the series. Renegade starts off strong with some interesting tracks featuring fun events like a rocket taking off or a naval battle that change the race with each lap. It actually seemed pretty solid for the first few hours when those tracks and the handful of race modes were still relatively fresh.

The trouble comes when you realize that all this has added to Riptide GP2 is a bunch more of the same stuff without any additional depth. There are only around 10 tracks, and the career mode has so many events between unlocks that you'll frequently end up playing the same tracks with the same setup multiple times. This'd be one thing if they were particularly good, but most of them consist largely of narrow corridors and tunnels that get boring quickly.

I ended up losing interest after a little more than 3 hours. This feels like a minor update to Riptide GP2 that tries to justify being a full release by wasting your time with loads of padding. The fundamentals of a good game are still here, but they're not enough to save the game from its unexciting progression and repetitive events.

Rating: 55%

MSRP: $10, but much cheaper on sale.

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