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.
User reviews: Very Positive (127 reviews)
Release Date: Mar 7, 2014

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June 13

Get your Riptide on with Vector Unit!

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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“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 This 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
3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
10.7 hrs on record
Best jet racing game I've ever played! I've been waiting for this game since Jetboat Superchamps from 1999.. Try it for yourself, it's cheap as chips!
Posted: October 9
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
1.6 hrs on record
A visually appealing jet ski racer fiddled with poor mechanics / design choices.

- Controls, there is barely any user input, there are 4 things you do in this game...steer, turn, boost and do tricks. (Analog sticks, A button, and left trigger) Most of your gamepad / keyboard is untouched.

- Progression System is Flawed, after you get past the first two circuits you will realize that the AI are starting to go much faster than you. You basically have to "grind" previously completed tracks to earn money for upgrades just to be able to compete which is tedius. Later on you will max out your first bike, and then realize you need to save up 100k+ for a better bike....(which is simply a time wasting grind)

- Only supports 720p resolution, it will go fullscreen, but the game could have looked much better at full HD.

- Mobile Port

+ A great variety of good looking and visually unique tracks to play on.

+ Easy to play / learn for all ages

+ Motorcross trick system is pretty fun to use, and cool to watch.

+ A lot of content / circuits to play through. (even if it requires a ton of grinding to get through)

Overall it's a pretty decent game if you can pick it up for a low price, but I wouldn't reccomend it.

Posted: September 27
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.4 hrs on record
not pay to win. 10/10 multiplayer 5/5 single player. ♥♥♥♥ you first place npc. you know who you are...
Posted: October 9
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
2.0 hrs on record
This isn't as good as the other game by this developer (Hydro Thunder Hurricane), but it's about as close as you will get to Wave Race on PC.
Posted: September 29
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0.6 hrs on record
Pretty well built arcadey style racing game. Personally I think it is an great port and deserves to be played.
Wish people played online though
Posted: October 2
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12 of 12 people (100%) found this review helpful
15.5 hrs on record
This is a very fun arcade racing game, though only if you're interested in the single player or have friends who also play it, as the multiplayer community seems practically dead.

I had a great time completing the single player campaign. There is a real sense of speed here, and while the graphics are nothing to write home about, they are pleasant enough and run great on my Radeon HD4850. It took me many tries to score 3 Stars in quite a few of the events, and some I had to come back to later after a few level ups and with a further upgraded hydrojet. The AI is decent, and I didn't notice any rubberbanding. Crashing into other players or even the scenery only slows you down a little (or a lot if you actuall hit the scenery head-on), and the only way to wipe-out is to land back in the water in the middle of performing a "Trick". In that case, you lose precious seconds while your hydro jet resets back on the track, and then has to accelerate back up to speed.

The game worked perfectly with my 360 controller, but didn't recognize a Logitech Attack joystick, so perhaps only the 360 pad is supported. There is keyboard support , but I didn't use it so can't comment much about how well it works. It's worth noting that "auto-acceleration" can only be disabled when using the controller and is forced for the keyboard. Mouse is only supported in the menus.

The single player Campaign mode is made up of 9 "Series" of events . The events in a series are played stand-alone - there is no "comlete these X events one after another and then total up your score to get your placement" type of tours in this game. The first "Beginner's Luck" Series contains only 4 events, but this increases all the way up to 12 events in final "All Stars Cup". In each event you get 1, 2 or 3 Stars for placing in the third, second or first place respectively, and the total number of stars are used to unlock/qualify for latter events.

There are four types of events. "Race" is self-explanatory. In "Elimination," every 15 seconds the racer in the last place is eliminated until only the winner is left. "Hot Lap" has you race a single lap against time, and "Free Style" give you 60 seconds to score as many points as you can by performing Tricks. The first 8 series all contain a mix of these four event types, while the final "All Stars Cup" only has Races.

A core part of the game game is the character progression system. As you place in the events, you earn experience points to level up your character, and money to purchase and upgrade hydrojets. Every time you level up, you get 1-2 skill points to spend on either new Tricks or perks.

There are 9 hydro jets to purchase in addition to the one you start with, all with upgradable Acceleration, Top Speed, Handling and Boost attributes. Each hydro jet has a different starting and maximum upgradable value for each attribute, and not even the most expensive hydro jet is the best at everything. I personally prefer the Lancer which is a Jack-of-all-trades - pretty good in every area but not the best in any.

Tricks are crucial to doing performing well in all event types as they are used fill up your boost gauge, as well as scoring points during Free Style events. Complex tricks giving greater boost and point rewards require more skill points to unlock, and the most difficult ones even have "prerequisite" tricks that your character must have first. As mentioned before, Tricks can only be executed while the hydrojet is in the air, and landing back on the water before the trick is completed results in a temporary wipeout. The more difficult the trick, the more airtime is required to execute it. Using the same trick multiple times in a single event results in diminishing returns, so it is recommended to have multiple tricks of each difficulty in your repertouire.

Dissapointingly, Perks only come in two flavors - extending the boost time granted per trick, and allowing you to land a tiny bit earlier without wiping out while performing a trick (though you get less boost/point rewards if the trick isn't completely finished.)

And unfortunately the progression system is a detriment to the Online mode. Even if you do happen to find someone playing, the chances of them being a similar level as you are very slim, which leads to very one-sided races. There is an "Invite Friends" option though which would work much better if you have Steam friends who you know are a good matchup for you. I played a few online matches against a couple mis-matched opponents, and didn't notice any lag - the game ran the same as offline.

There's a Split Screen option for 2-4 local players, but I couldn't try it because it seems to require each player to use a 360 controller and I only have the one. I'll update the review if it turns out there's a way around this.

The final mode is the "VR Challenge" which has you race against the "ghosts" of your Steam friends to try to beat their times. Again, you need to have Steam friends who play this game and have a similarly built up character to yours.

TL;DR get this game for the great single player arcade racing, unless you know you have some buddies to play with.
Posted: September 13
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8 of 8 people (100%) found this review helpful
9.3 hrs on record
Really fun arcade type jet ski racing game. The physics are a little lackluster but its still a solid experience, offering a decent variety of tracks, jet skis(even though they pretty much all feel the same i think) and stunts, I liked most of the techno music too. Riptide GP2 is a wonderful port from mobile, with PC specific settings and outstanding performance, so it'll likely run well on your toaster if you give it a try.

Posted: September 23
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9 of 11 people (82%) found this review helpful
4.7 hrs on record
Well this is not a new idea what the developers have created.
but bringing it back and looking fresh and making it different
from the rest of racers out there they get a
10 out of 10
for sure.

I hope to see some new dlc and am pretty impressed that the
game is small and makes the retry race ever so fast.

as i'm writing this i have 2.5 hrs of game play on it. i'm sure i'll be reaching 30 ^_^
hope this helps someone out there make the right chouce in buying a game. chow ^^
Posted: September 24
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
8.2 hrs on record
I loved the original Wave Race and have been looking for something to scratch that particular itch for a while now. Make no mistake, this is a budget game and I originally played it on my mobile. The transition onto PC has worked pretty well and the game definitely benefits from using a controller. The graphics, sounds and music are well implemented although I use SweetFX to further enhance the visuals.

The core structure of the game is simple; compete in various types of challenges to earn stars and unlock new events. Competing also earns currency and skill points. The former can be used to purchase and upgrade racing craft while the latter allows new tricks/stunts to be earned. When stunts are performed, a boost meter is filled allowing a considerable pick up in speed. This becomes essential for staying competitve in later stages.

The hydro jets interact well with the dynamic water surface which ultimately leads to a fairly satisfying and enjoyable experience. The controls also respond in a consistent and fairly believeable way.

On the down side, the races are a little short (2-3) laps and the courses fairly similar (mainly closed but some which are more open). I hope that this issue is addressed should Riptide 3 be made.

If you can pick this up on sale, it's a firm recommendation if this type of game appeals to you.
Posted: September 21
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.7 hrs on record
This is a fun little game. You learn different tricks as you level up. Great music and graphics.
A great find in the bundle i got it in.
Posted: September 4
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
31.8 hrs on record
This game is a winner - like others say - if you liked waverace on the nintendo you might like this a lot. I bought a 4 pack and gave it to my kids - age 10, 8 and 4 - we all have 360 controllers and each one of us has put quite a lot of time into it. My 4 year old gets upset when he doesn't win, but still plays it quite a bit. Good simple race game and i have to say i can't believe its so good and an android port. I hope to see some new content and am pretty impressed that the game is only 231 mb download for the amount of play.
Posted: July 12
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2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
4.1 hrs on record
more like rip off
Posted: September 17
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1 of 4 people (25%) found this review helpful
1.4 hrs on record
Game is good but desperately needs cloud support as it primarily a tablet ported title.
Most people play it on a laptop, tablet, etc and need to have cloud to save your progress back to your desktop.
Posted: August 27
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0 of 2 people (0%) found this review helpful
1.2 hrs on record
i want a refund
Posted: June 17
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0 of 4 people (0%) found this review helpful
10.0 hrs on record
awesome game but no multiplayer :(
Posted: May 15
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6.6 hrs on record
If you like racers (Especially Sonic Transformed) you'll love this. Water physics feel real even when tracks make have uneven surfaces. Didn't expect to love this game so much.
Posted: June 23
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2.4 hrs on record
Do you like Hydro Thunder? Hydro Thunder is one of the greatest racing games of all time, let's be honest. It would take a lot for a game to reach its heights. Riptide GP2 comes close to being as great as that game.

Where Riptide GP2 is most like Hydro Thunder is in its controls, game play, and fun factor. This game is a blast!!! Oh, and speaking of controls. I've seen some early reviews of this game stating it doesn't allow you to control acceleration, and instead auto-accelerates like the tablet version. This isn't the case. It offers you both types of control, so you can manually control your speed if you wish.

The graphics are great for this game and I'm glad they upgraded them on PC! This isn't a lazy port of the tablet version. It all runs buttery smooth and your eyes will be very happy. However, the graphics aren't as inventive or as diverse as Hydro Thunder; both in tracks and vehicle types. This isn't necessarily a bad thing, but it keeps it from Hydro Thunder greatness.

My only gripe about the game is it feels a bit grindy. It takes a lot of races to unlock tracks and exceptional new vehicles. Still, this is a minor nitpick. (Oh, and I shouldn't forget a slightly related nitpick that really makes me clench my fists in anger. On the Steam page they mention Riptide GP2 comes from the creators of Hydro Thunder Hurricane on Xbox360 and Windows 8. For someone who refuses to upgrade to the POS Win8, and doesn't want to purchase any games off of XBox live, I'm left, like other Win7 users, out in the cold when it comes to the cool sequel to the beloved Hydro Thunder. Yeah, rub it in my face.) Microsoft made a BS move. But I digress.

Got this for half price on a Steam sale, but must say that even at full price, $9.99, this game is well worth it!
Posted: July 7
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2.3 hrs on record
Fun, mildy challenging racing game. Mechanics are great, looks great, but it can be annoying sometimes. The amount of money you earn is more or less on par with how much you have to spend on upgrades in order to win races, so that's not a problem, like with many other similar games. I personally got kind of impatient to get a new vehicle, so I ground out a lot of credits on a lower level race in order to do so, but if I had waited, the amount of money I earned in the next tier would have made it far easier and faster, so getting new jets isn't too hard either, but it can be a little difficult to decide whether to keep upgrading your current one or to buy a new one. I enjoy this game a lot, and am a bit less than halfway through. Easiely worth $10, even though I haven't even tried any of the multiplayer functions yet.
Posted: July 7
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7.3 hrs on record
Positives: I really like this game alot. it's like a cross over of WipEout, Jetmoto, and Splashdown. the trick system is good, the tracks are pretty creative and beutiful, the vehicles are good and controll well, and i consider this game to be a blast around with other players.

Negative: i kind of find the felling of no control of the accelerator kinda sucks, i ended up keep holding down the f***ing up arrow key, i would like to be in control of the gas in games, and there are sometimes where i hit some walls and havent crashed, only when i fail tricks i crash. some of the goals can be pretty hard but kinda for very skilled players of the game.

overall: riptide gp2 is still fun and it playable. if your in for the water riding and/or the WipEout looking graphics. this is for you.
Posted: July 15
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5.1 hrs on record
I got this in a nine game bundle for 5 dollars, this may offset my judgement of the game. Judge accordingly.

I played the demo on my tablet forever ago but I didn't buy it. I wasn't too keen on it. But here it's a completely different story. There's fast quick fun to be had in this game, and it offers you many opportunities to gain credits as well as level up and learn skills. It's pretty much akin to games that are fast like f zero but the stages are smaller and controls are rightfully more difficult because of water.

If you played games like asphalt 8 on the smartphone, you'll see the smoothness in comparison to progression. It won't take long to level and purchase cars, and that makes it very accessible to use. Everyone is saying it's grindy, but it's really not. If you played gran tourismo or even the earlier mentioned asphalt 8. You'll know this game is NOTHING in the fashion of grinding. Play some missions, perfect your time, get credits learn tricks. If you grind too much, you'll have most of the gear before chapter 3 probably.

So quite literally it's still a smartphone game but it's on a less intrusive platform. In my opinion, that, paired with the fact that it's not a car racing game makes it fun to play and a great way to kill time with quick races and beautiful graphics. For ten dollars, not so much unless you really like it, but this is steam. You really should try for a deal.
Posted: September 5
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