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.
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Very Positive (285 reviews) - 88% of the 285 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Mar 7, 2014

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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.

Features

  • 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

    Minimum:
    • 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
    • Storage: 250 MB available space
    • Additional Notes: Shader Model 3 or greater required
    Recommended:
    • 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
    • Storage: 250 MB available space
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Very Positive (285 reviews)
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SlyM1ke
( 10.0 hrs on record )
Posted: May 21
Sick game... Better than Waverace on the N64.
Graphics and gameplay are spot on and it really suites the Steam Controller.
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Teague Vox
( 28.9 hrs on record )
Posted: May 16
Story: -/5
This is the same template I use to review games so that’s why the story section shows up here. There is no story in Riptide since it’s just an arcade racer but you won’t be expecting one either.

Gameplay & Controls: 3.5/5
Riptide GP2’s control scheme is suited to controllers and feels smooth enough, you will sometimes find yourself a little annoyed at the course layout in the later parts of the game when you have fully souped up late-game hydro jets – I know one course in particular there’s a boat you cannot avoid hitting without ignoring your boost for a few stunt ramps which just feels like a design oversight but overall the levels are fun and I don’t try and avoid too many of them. The icy stages sometimes feel overly snakey however. I feel like I just didn’t look into this long enough but there needs to be a way to shut your boost off and I don’t think there is, if I’m wrong please feel free to let me know, that alone will bring the score up. It must be said that I love Vector Unit’s wave and water mechanics a lot though.

Music & Sound: 2.5/5
The music is fitting but that’s about all I can say about it. Vector Unit likes to supply their games with a fairly energetic soundtrack and cycle through it at random, that’s a little disappointing for a few people. It doesn’t seem like they put a lot of thought into how they use their soundtracks. It doesn’t stick out too much but I know some people play games solely for their scores and it seems like it’d be worth exploring in the future. Hydro Thunder Hurricane was the same way but the music in that game was actually exciting and if there was a particular track you really enjoyed you could select it at the beginning of each race. Again, it’s not something I looked too far into but the music in GP2 isn’t anything special anyway so… eh.

Visuals: 5/5
The game is pretty, and I love the animations your riders have for their stunts. I’m a massive sucker for crisp looking aquatic effects so I can’t complain about anything here, stunning game guys. With Riptide Renegade on the horizon I’ve been checking prerelease videos of that out and it looks even better so I would say this is something Vector Unit excels at.

Overall: 3/5
I give this a 3/5, there are some things that can be improved upon and if there are some mechanics I’ve just missed then I can bump it up to maybe a 4 but it would feel generous. I have to say that I do enjoy playing it so I will recommend it, but be prepared for an annoying grind session before you can do anything fun. That would have to be my biggest gripe. You don’t start out with a hydro jet you can use for very many races so you find yourself grinding races for cash until you can get a few upgrades or a new jet and move on. The online community is pretty scarce which is another shame since VU’s Hydro Thunder Hurricane’s online play was a delightful experience in comparison. I remember playing HTH online with a few members of the dev team and remembered how stoked they seemed to be when it came to making games like this so I am very hopeful for everything they release later on down the line. Now if only we can get a follow-up of HTH I will hail Vector Unit as my indie hero.
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Koolaid
( 5.7 hrs on record )
Posted: May 14
Really fun racing game. Make you upgrade your ride, the AI's start getting harder as you progress.
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Xev.
( 4.1 hrs on record )
Posted: April 26
Great arcade racer, easy to pick up and play for short sessions as the races dont last more than a few minutes. Water effect is very good and no two races on the same track are the same because of it. At last sonething on the pc thats as much fun, if not better, than waverunner was on the Nintendo wii.

Great GFX
Great Arcade style play
9/10
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The Guardian ♛ [ AWAY ]
( 5.5 hrs on record )
Posted: April 10
Great racing game !
9/10
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gunnrunnr
( 43.7 hrs on record )
Posted: March 29
pure. instant. race. gratificaion. loads in about 5 seconds. finish game then delete ur save files in appdata/ to begin anew. perfect diversion if playing a zombie slashr, dark post apocalyptic fps or similar and ya just wanna lighten it up a little!
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seif_pootis.kaboom
( 1.1 hrs on record )
Posted: March 22
This is a really good game.
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Yuddaisuke
( 0.4 hrs on record )
Posted: March 21
Looking for an arcade game that can play on your older non-gaming laptop which is both fun and great to play in bursts?
Well, you've found the right game that will fit those needs!

I myself snagged 4 copies of this game to share with friends because hey, what's more fun than playing with several buddies together?

The game is simple but very fun. You can upgrade your ride and purchase, with in-game-currency (not in-app-purchases) which is relatively easy to get and there are the classic multiplayer options: split-screen and online. There is also a VR mode, which I haven't tried. Whatever it is.

Graphics are pretty good too, considering this game, as far as I remember started out on Smartphones before coming to Steam.

Whether you have friends to play with or like playing solo for some short bursts of fun, Riptide GP2 has all you need without the extra storage space most games require you to have to play.
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jack_the_beast
( 11.9 hrs on record )
Posted: March 17
that's a great timewaster. it's a mobile port and you can clearly see that, but it's fun after all and it has no mayor flaws recomended for no more than 2€/$ anyway
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dragonowl
( 6.7 hrs on record )
Posted: March 13
Fun arcadey racer to play. It is a nice twist to have it on water instead of on the road. Beautiful graphics. Reminds me of Trials Fusion a little, but on water. Has split screen and online multi-player. Looks great on triple monitor too. I look forward to new games by this publisher.
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Yuki
( 7.8 hrs on record )
Posted: March 9
Gameplay:
Riptide GP2 is as you have probably already noticed by its visual environment, a mobile port. From the upgrade system to its need to replay levels, everything shouts at you "I am a mobile port", which is not a bad thing at all. If you are into that kind of stuff, yeah why not. If you can enjoy upgrading games then you should give it a try. As long as you are not bothered by its really really low graphics. Even though the game tries to tell you it is "hi-res". But anyways, if you have goten finally a decent jet-ski and decent skill upgrades it starts to get fun. Even though I have to say, the AI of the game is just bad. The AI doesnt beat you in the beginning because you suck. It beats you because it simple has a better bike than you. Also the soundtrack is just ok and the stages are fast repeating itself. Just with an AI that has better vehicles. And the Options menu is lacking. I mean you can't even set AA or fullscreen on or off.

Conclusion:
At the end of the day, I can recommend this game for fans of "upgrade-games". But 7$ is a bit much asked for it. 3$ would be ok. Or you even go and buy the smartphone version. which costs 2$. That is a far fairer price. And also one side-note, the online mode is dead by now.

Rating:
6/10
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kutalmete
( 0.3 hrs on record )
Posted: March 5
fun game, very relaxing and a good way to spend your time. cheap and runs on potato
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erza scarlet
( 2.8 hrs on record )
Posted: March 4
4/10 not hydro thunder
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ZOOCH716
( 5.0 hrs on record )
Posted: February 27
Good to scratch the Wave Race itch.

Great presentation and tight controls make for a fun racing experience, especially for a budget price title...just a shame the online is dead.

Local co op also a nice bonus.
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Machination-Tim
( 21.6 hrs on record )
Posted: February 26
THIS IS SO MUCH FU- Blub blub blub
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Bradb3rry
( 0.2 hrs on record )
Posted: February 21
I am becoming a filthy casual who plays mobile ports on PC.
This game is actually a lot of fun and offers everything someone would want. The graphics are looking pretty neat for an Indie game-mobile port and you have some other nice stuff. 4-player split screen, upgrades, a lot of races...more than I expected. Would I buy it for 7 bucks? Me personally - no, not really. I have enough games I have to play and enough (fun) racers I didn't even touch but for anyone else looking for a racing game - fully recommend it, it is a joy to play.
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Eureka Pancake
( 15.5 hrs on record )
Posted: February 14
Excellent graphics with minimum requires. Trailer shows everything you need to know. 10/10 jet moto racing game. You will love this port if you love racing games.

Online is not dead yet and you can join the steam racing group for events to play online this 2016.
http://steamcommunity.com/groups/RiptideGP2Racing

Thumbs up so more people can join us online, thanks!
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heykumaran
( 2.4 hrs on record )
Posted: February 11
Great fun game. I like this very much.
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CabbageMetal
( 3.9 hrs on record )
Posted: February 10
As you probably already know Riptide GP2 is a port of a mobile game. I have tried the mobile version of this in my occasional hunting for a phone game worth playing that always ends in a solid "mobile games just aren't for me" verdict. That was the same when trying this. The whole time on my phone I thought man if only I had a controller this would be pretty sweet. Well what do ya know, it is.

Some of the Hydro Thunder team actually worked on this game as well. Now that has been a fairly sporadic series at best. There were three games if I recall corectly. A N64 one, an arcade one that I blew WAY too much money on as a kid, and the Xbox Live Arcade Summer of Arcade title "Hydro Thunder Hurricane". I can honestly say that Riptide is best described as a tamed down version of Hydro Thunder on jetskis. There you go. Review over. Just kidding.

The soundtrack was a dubstep mix on my iTunes in the background, because the stock soundtrack is decent, but it's pretty samey pretty quick. The skis themselves have an almost formula 1 sound to them that's pretty cool and especially shines when one of the AI rubber bands right past you to take the win at the last second.

So yeah about that, the worst and I meen Godforsaken sin evil worst thing is this games INSANE rubber banding. I almost gave up in the beginning it's so bad. I could not win a race. Why? Because I was doing stunts to earn boost and going flat out the whole time like that games tool tip screens tell you to do. Why does that make you lose? Because like many games with rubber banding it just doesn't matter how fast you go. In this game, short of a lucky crash on the AI's end, you will never win by more than a second or so.

I very quickly found myself doing enough stunts on the first lap to fill my boost meter, then steering out around every subsequent jump, then purging my boost all as the finish line is coming up. Once I started doing this I won every single race the first try. Well almost...

There are three types of events. Race, which is your standard race. And once you learn to game the AI at its own thing these become almost trivial.

There's also freestyle events, which sucks and is sucky and the games trick system isn't bad but the freestyle events somehow many to still just be boring. Mainly due to the fact that you never find jumps big enough for actual combos. You just bust out your moves and work through them so you aren't punished for repeating tricks. This is not challenging at all. What is, is leveling your character up enough to actually purchase the tricks that earn enough points to even have a hope of anything beyond 3rd place in the freestyle events. Sound like leftover mobile game with in app purchases grinding to you?

Next we have the elimination events. Now these are by FAR the most interresting events. Though they left me frustrated quite a few times by the earlier mentioned overly-rubber-bandy-AI. They are interresting though because the Race mode strategy of hang back and dump boost at the final stretch just doesn't work. Ever. You will actually have to consistently fill your boost bar and use it every time you find yourself in the rear of the pack with the 5 second warning of an elimination flashing on your screen. This keeps these events feeling far far more edge of your seat than the other two. The only issue I had was that more often then not I still just felt cheated into a 2nd or 3rd place finish due to the AI absolutely FLYING by me at the last second while I was boosting... All the while they are on a Ski that according to the stats page in your garage should never be passing you in a dead straightaway.

So all in all, why did I still sink 4 hours into this game? It's addicting. Cough, mobile hooks? I wanted one of the bad A final skis as soon as I saw them. The problem was, once I got one, the game was literally boring immidiately. I had the final Ski less than halfway through the game's championship events. Granted I had done a bit of backtracking, reracing old events because you 100% half to in order to upgrade your ride enough to win the events to unlock further ones. I can only assume that the mobile version will allow you to skip this buy purchasing the upgrades with real money.

So yeah, I just don't know. Is it worth it? Well if you pay the full price of $7... Eh, I really don't think so. I got this in a sale for $1 and felt satisfied. At that point you have to ask if its worth your time. I personally REALLY love the Hydro Thunder games and have a weird gamer fetish for driving anything on some nice pretty water. The completionist in me hates that I will never finish this. But the realist in me says.. "Yeah, that was 4 hours well spent. I enjoyed that for the most part." So this is pretty inconclusive, but I hope that my insight here helps you work out for yourself if this port is still worth a look.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
4.1 hrs on record
Posted: April 26
Great arcade racer, easy to pick up and play for short sessions as the races dont last more than a few minutes. Water effect is very good and no two races on the same track are the same because of it. At last sonething on the pc thats as much fun, if not better, than waverunner was on the Nintendo wii.

Great GFX
Great Arcade style play
9/10
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
10.0 hrs on record
Posted: May 21
Sick game... Better than Waverace on the N64.
Graphics and gameplay are spot on and it really suites the Steam Controller.
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Recommended
7.8 hrs on record
Posted: March 9
Gameplay:
Riptide GP2 is as you have probably already noticed by its visual environment, a mobile port. From the upgrade system to its need to replay levels, everything shouts at you "I am a mobile port", which is not a bad thing at all. If you are into that kind of stuff, yeah why not. If you can enjoy upgrading games then you should give it a try. As long as you are not bothered by its really really low graphics. Even though the game tries to tell you it is "hi-res". But anyways, if you have goten finally a decent jet-ski and decent skill upgrades it starts to get fun. Even though I have to say, the AI of the game is just bad. The AI doesnt beat you in the beginning because you suck. It beats you because it simple has a better bike than you. Also the soundtrack is just ok and the stages are fast repeating itself. Just with an AI that has better vehicles. And the Options menu is lacking. I mean you can't even set AA or fullscreen on or off.

Conclusion:
At the end of the day, I can recommend this game for fans of "upgrade-games". But 7$ is a bit much asked for it. 3$ would be ok. Or you even go and buy the smartphone version. which costs 2$. That is a far fairer price. And also one side-note, the online mode is dead by now.

Rating:
6/10
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8 of 12 people (67%) found this review helpful
2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
5.0 hrs on record
Posted: February 27
Good to scratch the Wave Race itch.

Great presentation and tight controls make for a fun racing experience, especially for a budget price title...just a shame the online is dead.

Local co op also a nice bonus.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: March 5
fun game, very relaxing and a good way to spend your time. cheap and runs on potato
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
11.9 hrs on record
Posted: March 17
that's a great timewaster. it's a mobile port and you can clearly see that, but it's fun after all and it has no mayor flaws recomended for no more than 2€/$ anyway
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
6.7 hrs on record
Posted: March 13
Fun arcadey racer to play. It is a nice twist to have it on water instead of on the road. Beautiful graphics. Reminds me of Trials Fusion a little, but on water. Has split screen and online multi-player. Looks great on triple monitor too. I look forward to new games by this publisher.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: March 21
Looking for an arcade game that can play on your older non-gaming laptop which is both fun and great to play in bursts?
Well, you've found the right game that will fit those needs!

I myself snagged 4 copies of this game to share with friends because hey, what's more fun than playing with several buddies together?

The game is simple but very fun. You can upgrade your ride and purchase, with in-game-currency (not in-app-purchases) which is relatively easy to get and there are the classic multiplayer options: split-screen and online. There is also a VR mode, which I haven't tried. Whatever it is.

Graphics are pretty good too, considering this game, as far as I remember started out on Smartphones before coming to Steam.

Whether you have friends to play with or like playing solo for some short bursts of fun, Riptide GP2 has all you need without the extra storage space most games require you to have to play.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
43.7 hrs on record
Posted: March 29
pure. instant. race. gratificaion. loads in about 5 seconds. finish game then delete ur save files in appdata/ to begin anew. perfect diversion if playing a zombie slashr, dark post apocalyptic fps or similar and ya just wanna lighten it up a little!
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
21.6 hrs on record
Posted: February 26
THIS IS SO MUCH FU- Blub blub blub
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
Recommended
1.1 hrs on record
Posted: March 22
This is a really good game.
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Recommended
2.4 hrs on record
Posted: January 15
Riptide GP 2 is an excellent jet ski racing game set in a future utopia so rich that mankind can afford to setup above ground water canals that go up hill. Its a fun, enjoyable, easy to play, tough to master sort of game with unlockables, upgrades and different watercraft to buy. There's a lot of content here and a healthy several hour campaign for a game where its longest races are a mere three minutes long.

Kudos to the developers for making a game where water crafting is a serious sport with helmets rather than the bikini clad fun fest it could have been. Even going for the watercraft genre shows a lot of talent. There are admirable animations of tricks and riders, the water physics feel good, because you'll never have the exact same experience no matter how many times you play on the game's thirteen circuits.

From the start of the game, you get four modes: the career, VR time trials, online multiplayer which is dead and split screen multiplayer for when you have real friends over. You are offered an optional tutorial, but the game is simple enough to understand. Use a keyboard or a 360 controller, sway your body, use your accelerator, turbo boost and perform tricks in the air to replenish your turbo meter.

The turbo boost feels quick and speedy, but its a ramping acceleration rather than a giant boost. So your best bet is to wait until that meter is full before using it. Once you use it, the turbo keeps going until you're out.

Under normal circumstances its best to use turbo in a straight away, but with Riptide GP's trick system, its best to use turbo going into low jump. Why low jumps? Because they're too low to perform tricks, but if you use your turbo, then you have just enough of a window to get a trick in. If you fail a trick, you wipe out, your body rag dolls on the water and sometimes your watercraft smacks into you. There's an easy respawn button, but it costs you time. Even if you fail the landing, you still get your turbo charged.

Tricks are easy to pull off on any jump from a ramp or a big wave. When you're in the air pressing both analog sticks right, both analog sticks up, one analog stick left and the other right. While it does replenish your turbo meter, you need to diversify your tricks. Each time you use the same trick twice, you'll get less turbo from it. Grander tricks need more air time for you to finish, but give you far more boost for your effort.

Riptide GP 2 is a game about leveling up as you earn money and experience for each event you compete in whether you win or lose. Leveling up grants you a skill point or two that you can use to unlock a new trick or ability. The abilities seem meager, things like gaining a bit more turbo from each trick and being able to perform tricks faster by a fraction of a second.

With the cash you earn, you purchase upgrades for acceleration, top speed, handling and boost. You can also purchase better watercraft and that becomes a must, because other racers will have better vehicles and you'll be left in the dust or in this case, the spray. Another nice touch about the game is choosing your exact colors and being able to randomize those colors. While you are yourself in the game, having different colors makes it feel fresh every time you get bored of looking at the same color.

There are a diverse array of event types that can change your strategy going in. There are typical races, eliminations, and hot lap challenges, but also free styles where you score points for tricks. Finishing in the top three will grant you one or more stars. Race events are unlocked by your total number of stars so you'll be replaying plenty of quick events.

The career spans nine championships and dozens of events while the VR time trials are solo races. The time trials make good use of ghosts and keeping track of your friend's times. So there's always a reason to come back and shave a few seconds off your time while competing against a ghost.

During the career, there seems to be two new courses introduced per championship, but the time trials has everything unlocked from the start. The tracks have a few different themes to tell them apart, but several courses look similar with different times of day and a variety of layouts. The two real themes seem to be rich racetrack and arctic racetrack. Some circuits are small and rely on a hairpin circle or a figure eight. If you ever find yourself going in reverse, the game reminds you of the respawn button.

While the water physics are good at making ramps, the other game physics feel a kin to the arcade. Its impossible to leap over one section of track into another. There's no way to crash your watercraft, it just realigns you, but never seems to slow you down. The only way you can fall off is failing a trick. These little details keep you playing the game.

After going through so many other racing games this feels like it stands out for a lot of reasons. Its fun, its on water and the trick system makes it far more engaging that other methods of gaining turbo. Riptide GP 2 manages to fit a lot of content into a small mobile file size. Its perhaps the largest, best looking game for around 250 MB of file size.
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7 of 7 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
15.5 hrs on record
Posted: February 14
Excellent graphics with minimum requires. Trailer shows everything you need to know. 10/10 jet moto racing game. You will love this port if you love racing games.

Online is not dead yet and you can join the steam racing group for events to play online this 2016.
http://steamcommunity.com/groups/RiptideGP2Racing

Thumbs up so more people can join us online, thanks!
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7 of 8 people (88%) found this review helpful
2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
9.9 hrs on record
Posted: January 29
It's ridiculous how addicting this game is.
It looks good for what is originally a mobile game and it's simplistic goals enable it to be a fun and exhilarating game.
It reminded me of Burnout(Takedown, Revenge and Dominator) in the sense that I would not continue until I was first in every event.

Plus it has split-screen!!!

On PC!!!

Worth it.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
10.5 hrs on record
Posted: February 10
Very good mobile port that worth its price, the graphics are nice and the gameplay is good enough to make it fun to play, if you like race games.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
1.0 hrs on record
Posted: February 5
So small and yet so good. Even runs in 4k. For Fullscreen press Alt+Enter.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
6.2 hrs on record
Posted: February 5
Like Jetski? This is a good game!
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
3.9 hrs on record
Posted: February 10
As you probably already know Riptide GP2 is a port of a mobile game. I have tried the mobile version of this in my occasional hunting for a phone game worth playing that always ends in a solid "mobile games just aren't for me" verdict. That was the same when trying this. The whole time on my phone I thought man if only I had a controller this would be pretty sweet. Well what do ya know, it is.

Some of the Hydro Thunder team actually worked on this game as well. Now that has been a fairly sporadic series at best. There were three games if I recall corectly. A N64 one, an arcade one that I blew WAY too much money on as a kid, and the Xbox Live Arcade Summer of Arcade title "Hydro Thunder Hurricane". I can honestly say that Riptide is best described as a tamed down version of Hydro Thunder on jetskis. There you go. Review over. Just kidding.

The soundtrack was a dubstep mix on my iTunes in the background, because the stock soundtrack is decent, but it's pretty samey pretty quick. The skis themselves have an almost formula 1 sound to them that's pretty cool and especially shines when one of the AI rubber bands right past you to take the win at the last second.

So yeah about that, the worst and I meen Godforsaken sin evil worst thing is this games INSANE rubber banding. I almost gave up in the beginning it's so bad. I could not win a race. Why? Because I was doing stunts to earn boost and going flat out the whole time like that games tool tip screens tell you to do. Why does that make you lose? Because like many games with rubber banding it just doesn't matter how fast you go. In this game, short of a lucky crash on the AI's end, you will never win by more than a second or so.

I very quickly found myself doing enough stunts on the first lap to fill my boost meter, then steering out around every subsequent jump, then purging my boost all as the finish line is coming up. Once I started doing this I won every single race the first try. Well almost...

There are three types of events. Race, which is your standard race. And once you learn to game the AI at its own thing these become almost trivial.

There's also freestyle events, which sucks and is sucky and the games trick system isn't bad but the freestyle events somehow many to still just be boring. Mainly due to the fact that you never find jumps big enough for actual combos. You just bust out your moves and work through them so you aren't punished for repeating tricks. This is not challenging at all. What is, is leveling your character up enough to actually purchase the tricks that earn enough points to even have a hope of anything beyond 3rd place in the freestyle events. Sound like leftover mobile game with in app purchases grinding to you?

Next we have the elimination events. Now these are by FAR the most interresting events. Though they left me frustrated quite a few times by the earlier mentioned overly-rubber-bandy-AI. They are interresting though because the Race mode strategy of hang back and dump boost at the final stretch just doesn't work. Ever. You will actually have to consistently fill your boost bar and use it every time you find yourself in the rear of the pack with the 5 second warning of an elimination flashing on your screen. This keeps these events feeling far far more edge of your seat than the other two. The only issue I had was that more often then not I still just felt cheated into a 2nd or 3rd place finish due to the AI absolutely FLYING by me at the last second while I was boosting... All the while they are on a Ski that according to the stats page in your garage should never be passing you in a dead straightaway.

So all in all, why did I still sink 4 hours into this game? It's addicting. Cough, mobile hooks? I wanted one of the bad A final skis as soon as I saw them. The problem was, once I got one, the game was literally boring immidiately. I had the final Ski less than halfway through the game's championship events. Granted I had done a bit of backtracking, reracing old events because you 100% half to in order to upgrade your ride enough to win the events to unlock further ones. I can only assume that the mobile version will allow you to skip this buy purchasing the upgrades with real money.

So yeah, I just don't know. Is it worth it? Well if you pay the full price of $7... Eh, I really don't think so. I got this in a sale for $1 and felt satisfied. At that point you have to ask if its worth your time. I personally REALLY love the Hydro Thunder games and have a weird gamer fetish for driving anything on some nice pretty water. The completionist in me hates that I will never finish this. But the realist in me says.. "Yeah, that was 4 hours well spent. I enjoyed that for the most part." So this is pretty inconclusive, but I hope that my insight here helps you work out for yourself if this port is still worth a look.
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