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Rev up your rocket-powered hydro jet and put your racing skills to the test. Riptide GP™2 features dynamic racing on fully interactive water surfaces, a deep career mode with tons of upgrades, customizable riders and skills, online and local multiplayer, and fully integrated controller support.
Release Date: Mar 7, 2014
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Get your Riptide on with Vector Unit!

June 13th, 2014

Join the Vector Unit team for an evening of multiplayer mayhem in Riptide GP2, Sunday, June 15, starting around 6pm Pacific Time. We'll be online, joining games and occasionally bouncing out to join another game if there are multiple going.

We really appreciate all of you who've supported the game, and are looking forward to playing together! Bring your A-game!

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Riptide GP2 Steam - Update 1 (Apr 7, 2014)

April 7th, 2014

This is our first update to the Steam version of Riptide GP2, which includes a handful of asked-for feature enhancements and a few minor fixes. All users are strongly encouraged to update to this latest version! The largest enhancement is Online Multiplayer QuickMatch Mode:

  • Allows you to see who else is in the Lobby with you.
  • Allows you to join a Match that's in progress at the next Race start.
  • Shows you the status of each racer while you're waiting.
  • Allows up to 6 players to race simultaneously!
Highlights - Update 1 (Apr 7, 2014):
  • Added Multiplayer Waiting Room for Quick Match
  • Fixed Cloud Sync issue for save data. You can now sync properly on multiple machines.
  • Increased MP Stability
  • Graphical enhancements
  • Art improvements
  • Economy tweaks to rider progression
  • Various other bug fixes
Full Changes - Update 1 (Apr 7, 2014):
  • Waiting Room Screen for matchmaking
  • Cloud Sync fix
  • Added fresnel term compute to jetski paint shader
  • UI focus state bug fixes
  • Removal of unnecessary UI text
  • Helmet tweak
  • Rider female model tweak for shoulder and groin
  • Rider Shoulder texture and mesh tweaks
  • Updated Display Settings
  • QuickMatch now tries to join you in lobbies with people from your friends list, if found.
  • Render state cache bug fix and performance improvement
  • Attract mode camera target bug fixed
  • Adjustments to the starting grid
  • Cross-version incompability enforcement added
Thank you!
Thank you for all the great feedback! We maintain a prioritized list of issues that are reported by our players so don't hesitate to hit is up for fixes, changes, etc. in the Steam Riptide GP2 Official Game Group Discussion Forums!

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“What's grand about the game is the freaking gameplay. It's unabashedly fun. In a world of things trying to strip fun away from you, that's something you should hug like a long lost relative you haven't seen in years.”
Gaming Blend

“Riptide GP2 has the feel of an old school arcade racers and it is easy to get sucked into the experience.”
8/10 – GAMERamble

About the Game

Rev up your rocket-powered hydro jet and put your racing skills to the test as you rip across a dynamic, ever-changing torrent of waves in Riptide GP™2.

Race through futuristic cityscapes, twisting canals and rivers, open harbors and mysterious research facilities. Hurl yourself off sky-high jumps and bust out death defying stunts. Build a collection of powerful watercraft and customize their performance and paint schemes to suit your individual style. Take your skills online to battle other players around the world -- or trade elbows with friends in split-screen matches right in your home!

Featuring dynamic racing on fully interactive water surfaces, a deep career mode with tons of upgrades, customizable riders and skills, online and local multiplayer, and fully integrated controller support, Riptide GP2 is the standard in modern water racing games.

From Vector Unit, developers of Hydro Thunder Hurricane on Xbox 360 and Windows 8.


  • Single Player Career Mode
    Compete in over 60 challenging Race, Hot Lap, Elimination, and Freestyle events.
  • Upgrade Your Watercraft
    Collect 10 powerful hydro jets and upgrade their performance and colors to gain an edge on your competition.
  • Thrilling Stunt System
    Level up your character to unlock and master 25 outrageous stunts. Wow the crowd, charge your boost and make your competition eat wake.
  • Online Multiplayer
    Pit your skills against the world's best in fierce online battles.
  • Split Screen Multiplayer
    Trade elbows with your friends in 2 player, 3 player, and 4 player split screen races.
  • VR Challenge
    Race against virtual recordings of your Steam Friends' best performances in "VR Challenge" mode.
  • Full Controller Integration
    Play in Big Picture mode. Seamlessly switch between keyboard and gamepad without having to tweak settings.
  • Online Sync & Backup
    Keep your game synced to the cloud and continue your game across computers with your Steam ID.

System Requirements

    • OS: Windows 7
    • Processor: Pentium 2.4 GHz or Athlon 64 3200+ or greater
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: GeForce 6800 / Radeon X1800 Shader Model 3 or greater
    • DirectX: Version 10
    • Hard Drive: 250 MB available space
    • Additional Notes: Shader Model 3 or greater required
    • OS: Windows 8
    • Processor: Intel P4 3.0 GHz or Athlon X2 64 3800+ or greater
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: GeForce 8800 GT 512MB / Radeon HD 3870 512MB or greater
    • DirectX: Version 11
    • Hard Drive: 250 MB available space
Helpful customer reviews
68 of 104 people (65%) found this review helpful
327 products in account
1 review
2.1 hrs on record
I have a hard time recommending this game in its current state.

First the things I like.

The games controls great using an xbox 360 controller.

The game looks really good. They didn't just port the mobile version, they upgraded the graphics and it shows.

I have not been able to connect to a multiplayer game yet to make any comments about that. The game just sits there saying waiting for other players

What I don't like. and hope they are able to fix

First the sound. I am a huge fan of hydro thunder. And part of what makes that game so awesome is the whole background music and co-pilot talking to you type thing going on. Sadly there is none of that in this game. I actually really dislike the background music, it fails at making you feel like your on the edge of your seat like it does in hydro.

The sound effect used for wrecking your jet ski is just plain bad, reminds me of broken glass. seriously I just trashed a jet ski and the best sound they could come up with is the sound of dropped glass?

I could learn to live with the whole music thing, after all I can turn it off and play my own tunes, which I would recommend doing. However after 37 races I am losing interest in this game very quick. I have gone from this is really cool to this is really annoying. We all know this game is a port of the mobile version. The mobile version had in app purchases. Now to their credit they did remove that part of it. For the record I hate playing games that are pay to win or we are gonna make you grind grind grind. Well that's what it feels like to me, a giant grind.

Yes this game is nothing more than a grind when you get right down to it. I am on the third series of races out of 9 all together. Within each series you have multiple races. Each series requires x amount of stars to open and each race within requires x amount to open. I started to notice after the first series that I just could not compete anymore. I spend what little money I have on upgrades and bam all of the sudden I am coming in 2 and 3rd. I have reached yet another point in the 3rd series where I simply can not compete cause my bike is not good enough. So what do I have to do, gp back to the first series of races that I can actually come in first place now and start racing them over and over again until I earn enough money to be able to compete once again. An average race only lasts a couple mins so it doesn't seem bad really. But let me give you an example. I need 60,000 to unlock all 4 upgrades to my bike. I would buy a new bike but to get a comparable one in stats it would cost me 100,000. If you win a race you can make approx 1100 to 2200 if i recall a race. if come in second or even third you get paid squat. You do gain extra founds every time you level up as well. for example if you reach level 8 you get a 8,000 bonus. a thousand per level if I remember right.

My problem with this all is the fact I have reached a dead end in the game. I can't win any more races to collect stars to be able to continue in the game. The only way I can accomplish that is to upgrade my bike so I don't keep getting smoked by an average of 4-6 seconds. And the only way to upgrade my bike or buy a new one is to grind out races I have already won over and over again.

Keep in mind I am only in the 3rd series, this may or may not get better. I don't know and a may never find out because I am already burned out racing the same couple races over and over trying to earn money so I can upgrade my bike.

I can't begin to tell you how many hundreds of hours I have sunk into to hydro thunder, from the original arcade to the dreamcast, even this company's redux of it. This game was a no brainer for me to purchase. Kind of regretting it right now. This is not the next hydro. However with a few tweaks this game could be awesome in its own right.
Posted: March 9th, 2014
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20 of 22 people (91%) found this review helpful
170 products in account
15 reviews
5.8 hrs on record
First off, don't let the fact that this was originally a moble game turn you off. In my opinion, if a game is good it can exist on any platform and still be a good game so it doesn't matter what platform it originally came out on. With that in mind, lets review.

If you were ever a fan of Jet Moto, Sled Storm, or any other arcade stunt/racing games you'll find yourself remembering the great times you had with those games within Riptide GP2. What the game lacks in graphics it more than makes up for in fun. While I say that keep in mind that although the graphics might not be up to par with the current generation of games they are still fairly decent. Furthermore, the action is smooth and I've never experienced any slow ups or lag while playing.

Physics wise the gameplay is loose. Don't expect a realistic simulation of jet skis or water racing here. Instead you'll find a more arcade style of gameplay physics which is, once again in my opinion here, a nice refreshing change from all the hyper-realistic gameplay that many other games try to convey. Not that I don't enjoy some realism in my games, but sometimes its nice to just kick back and not worry about all of that.

In terms of general gameplay expect to have a blast trying to get the best time while performing some crazy stunts. The stunt system is fairly detailed and stunts are set by your level, which gives you a chance to make your character your own. Other customizable features are the ability to choose the colors of your ride and your rider. It's not super detailed, but enough to make it your own. The courses in the game seem well laid out and there's a wide variety of racers to choose from which you buy and upgrade using money you earn while racing.

There is selection of multiplayer options within the game which was somewhat unexpected. First up is your standard online multiplayer. I've raced others a handfull of times and the action is always smooth and fun. Second is the race for time multiplayer in which your times on each course are sent out to your friends where upon they can race a ghost of your gameplay. This is a nice option for those who may want to compete against others who may be on a different time scale than others. Finally there is a multiplayer split screen option for up to four players. Personally I have not tried this option yet and found it fairly unusual but nice within a PC game.

Overall the game is a lot of fun if your not looking for realistic racing action. There's at least as much content within the game as there was in any of the Jet Moto games and in my opinon is well worth the price of admission. If your looking for some simple fun races with plenty of options to play with friends you've got to try Riptide GP2.
Posted: March 13th, 2014
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23 of 29 people (79%) found this review helpful
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3 reviews
105.6 hrs on record
If you enjoyed Waverace 64 and/or Jetmoto, then you will love RIPTIDE GP2!

The controls are super smooth and the career mode is effing awesome with new hydro jets to unlock, sick stunts to master, and a variety of events to compete in. It feels like you are racing in a futuristic water park The courses are really well designed.

Executing tricks will charge your turbo boost meter different amounts depending on the difficulty. Using turbo boost will rocket your jet into high speed thrill mode where you will need impeccable timing to take turns and hit jumps with precision. One of the keys is knowing which trick to pull at the right time. The better your stunts, the faster you'll go. The waves are ripe for ripping and knowing when to slash through or glide on top of them is another of the many facets of timing and skill mechanics that make RP2 so enjoyable.

The ghost feature allows you to race friends and yourself to improve times and climb the leaderboards. Plus, you can race up to 5 players in online multi-player. Throw in a lengthy career mode and kick azz music and you have one of the best racing games around that's easily worth the price tag.

Thank you for bringing RIPTIDE GP2 to Steam as I don't own a "mobile device."
Posted: March 11th, 2014
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16 of 18 people (89%) found this review helpful
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212 reviews
10.1 hrs on record
This Jet Ski racing game is easy to play but difficult to master. Anyone can pick it up and have fun playing it. makes the local split screen awesome as a fun party game. The music is great, some kinda trance music, but its very relaxing oddly for a racing game and fits with the atmosphere real well. The waves are amazing, even the other racers sorta leave wakes or mess with the wave physics it seems. The developer is active on the forums which is helpful, and the controls are fluid and great with a controller.

There is a thing called VR challenges, like Mirrors Edge and others games, if someone in your friends list on steam raced that challenge, you can race their ghost to beat their time. Its fun playing against other friends ghosts. There are online matches with a small community of players but like any game if looking for online races can always ask in the forums to add more friends to play online together. The community seems very friendly for this game.

Like ski games, there are jumps you can do tricks on and there are TONS of tricks. For a race game this should be a must have since there are ten million car racers, but for being the only jet ski racer, its pretty AWESOME!

Rating: 10/10 Value: $19.99
Posted: March 23rd, 2014
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40 of 63 people (63%) found this review helpful
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8 reviews
28.8 hrs on record
Boat racing? Vector Unit? Count me in!

Vector Unit, the developer behind this game, are responsible for the very excellent XBLA game, Hydro Thunder Hurricane. If you're a boat racing fan, be sure to check that one out. It's on Windows 8 for PC and XBLA for Xbox 360, of course.

This was a mobile game, and you can tell in some places, but it's a very, very good PC port. It has everything you need. Plenty of graphics options, automatic controller/keyboard support, all that stuff.
The mobile stuff (optional auto-acceleration feature) is in there, but it's fine.

The graphics have been enhanced from the mobile version, and they look really good. If you haven't played the original version, then you'll be in for a treat. The art is fantastic, as in every VU game.

The music... It's beautiful! There are a couple of tracks I don't care for, but there are a few more I just absolutely adore.
VU, I want a soundtrack to buy!
It's kind of modern sounding. Not really dubstep, but close to it. I hate dubstep, though, so that's kind of odd. It's just really nice to listen to. For me, at least.

There are 12 tracks, and they all have a unique theme. Pretty to look at, but you don't have much time for that in this game.
It's extremely fast-paced. Stop for a second and you're going to lose.
There are a few shortcuts/alternate routes on (some of?) the tracks, but they're not the main point of the game. If that's what you love about boat racing/Hydro Thunder, then you won't really find much here.

But no, one of the main points of the game is to memorize and pull off cool stunts in the air to gain boost to go faster and beat your opponents. (In some cases, the clock is the opponent as well)

There is a TON of customization for your boats. Basic stuff like paint, upgrades, etc, but still, quite a bit of customization. So if you're into that, then I can assure you, it's on full display here.

The career mode is simple. You just play the various events, try to do your best, earn 1-3 stars per event, and use those stars to unlock further events to complete your career.

There's a time trial mode, and if you are a big nut for that kind of thing (like myself) then this game will offer endless replay value for you. Gotta keep trying to shave off a hundredth of a second here, another hundredth of a second there, and so on...

There's also split/screen multiplayer for up to 4 players! That's a fantastic feature that virtually no PC games have anymore. (I think) it only allows controllers in split/screen mode, though, so be prepared to gather up all your controllers, heh.

The online multiplayer is fun. I hope a lot of people end up buying this game, because we need to have more consistently full (6 player) matches! 1v1 can be fun but that's not how I want to play online boat racing. :(

Last, but not least, we have the controls...
They're OK. I'm used to games like Hydro Thunder, Split/Second, Burnout, and so on. The controls in this game aren't quite as... tight? responsive? as you're probably used to. You just have to hold down a bit longer than most games to get a tight turn. The track design plays OK with this kind of control, though, so it's pretty much all good. The main thing is just you, yourself, getting used to the controls. After you do that, they're fine.

Overall, I'd say 8.5/10. It's boat racing with a huge emphasis on tricks and boost, not too much else. Made originally for mobile devices, so it's not a very complex game with crazy twists and turns and huge variety, BUT it's still a very good game. Well made, fun to play for a while (especially if you like multiplayer or time trialing), and so on.

The game has a nice style and charm to it, but I'm a huge boat racing fan so I may be biased. You'll have to try it for yourself.
For $10 dollars ($7 during launch week) I consider it a steal, but that's just me.

I can't wait to see Vector Unit's next game! :)
Posted: March 7th, 2014
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