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 (259 reviews) - 88% of the 259 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
Helpful customer reviews
18 of 19 people (95%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
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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23 of 35 people (66%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
2.1 hrs on record
Posted: September 7, 2015
Ahhh let's look here into the world of mobile port game's. Let's have a look shall we if that look's interesting nah that's same rubbish hmm let's sweap a little under the rug ah now here's something that isn't rubbish. Here let's have a look at Riptide GP2.

Game play

+ Racing part done right. Just pure simple and fun no bs. Power upp boost's also add up the fun.
+ Customization done just right with many option's. stock up enough point's and buy a new racer or upgrade your previous one.
+ special move's which you can do do get extra boost's.
+ Slick control's fully responsive and work fine.
+ It just really give's a special sort of feeling by seeing all the water all that make's you wanna like jump in the screen on something.

Everything done right pure enjoyment and sort of a really good feeling when play this game.


Graphics

+ Astounding graphics very well on high as well nice texture's
+ Cool watery effect's on screen.
+ Great hi-rez model's.
+ Just look at the beautiful water ahh make's me really want to dive up on the screen again.

Great graphic's with nice texture's and some cool effect's here and there.


Design

+ Map design is absoulty done right, fine placement.
+ Over all presentation is top notch with menu being fine.

- Menu could use a little makeover for easier navigation.

Over all map design and presentation is a really good work done but menu could use many touch up's.


Optimization

+ It's done top noth everything run's fully smooth
+ Great performance on many pc's a very well port.

A fully solid port run's buttery smooth.

Over all sound's ( Plus OST )

+ Sound's are just plain smooth crisp for everything
+ Sound track's are easy to listen to and boost up the enjoyment part of the game.

Nothing done wrong here. Just plain smooth buttery crisp a well done job by the dev's.

Conclusion

A damm straight hella Good port. Smooth,cripsy,polished,customization,enjoyable and a good done damm right job by the dev's while menu could use some touch up's. Fully worth the purchase price there's no reason not to buy this if you are a racing game's fan really just stop reading my review buy it and throw dem dolla bill's at them ohh ya now were talking.

Very well done for the racing part. A damm right solid port, Top noth presentation and graphic's,smooth controll's and a fully buttery experience.


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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.9 hrs on record
Posted: February 6
Great racing game! Great fun!
Gameplay
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iaSLwzDSyv4
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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
15.9 hrs on record
Posted: September 28, 2015
"Riptide GP2" is an ebullient, restaurant-style arcade racer. It offers those simple controls and that cheeky nonrealism, where the racers and their jetskis can collide with walls and merely stop in their tracks like titanium buoys. Players can pick up easily on the accelerator and steering, while taking in plenty of handsomely lit, futuristic environments and arena-size music. (It makes EDM the sound of tomorrow - today!) I also want to say, this is the first game I've played since "Super Mario Sunshine" that made me notice how spectacular its water effects are.

It can be hard to anticipate a turn or a bumpy water surface, and coming in third place for the thirty-seventh time is frustrating. But the strategy offered by the stat-balancing customization system and the expandable stunt list is alleviating. I could recommend it just for its presentation value and accessibility, but the strategy in how you can enhance your racing machine is what puts "Riptide GP2" over the top.
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6 of 8 people (75%) found this review helpful
4.3 hrs on record
Posted: December 25, 2015
Sadly lacking water racer, obviously ported through mobile, as seen in its grinding element. Fluid enough controls and physics, but anything less than perfection at all times results in failure and even more stretched progression, making it extremely dull and repetitive.
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