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.