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 (176 reviews)
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.


  • 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
11 of 11 people (100%) found this review helpful
5.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 9, 2014
Great fun, although the online portion is lacking. If you liked Wave Race and Hydro Thunder on the N64, you'll probably like this one too.
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12 of 14 people (86%) found this review helpful
19.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 6, 2014
Riptide GP2's arcade style provides a good mix of hydrojets, skills, and colorful maps. The multiplayer portion is pretty much dead, but there is a lot to be had from the single player. I got this game as part of a bundle so the price made the deal sweeter.
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7 of 8 people (88%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
11.3 hrs on record
Posted: December 10, 2014
It's a PC port of a mobile game and most of the time I would say stay for away from them but this one is really good.
Basically if you were a fan of the JET MOTO and HYDRO THUNDER games as a kid you will probably get a bit nostaligic when playing this, now i wouldnt say this game has the physics down like those games but its still a fun arcade style Water Jet styled racing game the tracks are fun the tricks are easy to do but you can still fail at them enough to make them not OP and the soundtrack is dubstep which normally I hate but it works for this game.
As far as the graphics and look of the game goes its pretty good the water looks amazing a few of the jets looks weird but I think that was because of the color and not a graphics issue. The single player is fun and the only real downsde is there isn't much of a community to play the online races but thats no fault of the game just a lack of a community.

All in all it's a fun racing game to play which unfortunately there is a serious lack of for PC games and at $5 it's a good price but it seems to go on sale frequently as well.


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6 of 8 people (75%) found this review helpful
9.2 hrs on record
Posted: December 5, 2014
Want Hydro Thunder on steam?
Well, too bad. Microsoft hates you.

Riptide GP2 is about as close as you can get for now. Think Hydro Thunder Hurricane meets Waverace meets all those SSX wannabe racers from the PS2.
Stunt system is passable if overly simple, no doubt a restriction of having previously been a mobile game. Which also infects the game progression, from the simple 1-3 star rating system (original!) to the way certain events seem geared to making you have to come back to them later upgraded to pass them optimally (I assume to incentivise microtransaction boosts or something in the original game. Though there do not appear to be any microtransactions infesting this version, thankfully.). Control also leaves a little to be desired, as its designed originally to have auto-acceleration (though you can choose to manually accelerate in this version), it kind of reduces some of the nuance you get in games where you aren't expected to be going flat out constantly.

Overall though, if you are looking for a cheap fun arcadey water-based racer, you can't go far wrong with this. My issues are honetly minor and easily looked past.

Now if only the original Hydro Thunder, Hydro Thunder Hurrican and 4Wheel Thunder where on steam :'(
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6 of 8 people (75%) found this review helpful
12.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 28, 2014
What a nice surprise!!!

Cruisin'my libray I stumbled upon this hidden gem of a game and I can safely say that ever since Wave Race 64, or arcade racers of the early 00s like Hydro Thunder, I hadn't played anything like this.

Unlike those great gems of old, Riptide GP2 offers a deep career with both pilot and vehicle upgrades, you can also purchase new jet bikes and customize them. Music is just great, reminiscing of Wipeout or Motorhead, sounds, while basic, do their job. Graphics are up to modern standards with the reflections on the water being very realistic and bike handling at the very least obeys basic water physics.

If you have played those classics I mentioned, then you know what this is about and there is no excuse for you to not have this, if you don't, hey, it's not that expensive, jump in, the waters are great.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 13, 2014
So, I have not played the game much, but from what I have played, seems like a pretty solid game. Feels like F-Zero from back in the old days with a touch of the X=Games sport trick games. Like Tony Hawk/Matt Hoffman games on a jetski. haha

The controls feel pretty solid, especially with using the Xbox wireless controller. Acceleration and breaking just feels more natural having variable pressure triggers.

The game itself seems pretty basic, like most racing games: enter race, the higher you score; the more points/money you get; use money to upgrade your vehicle, etc. You also have the one added element, you have a XP based level, and as you up your level, you earn points to unlock tricks you can do when you hit a ramp. The higher your level and more points you get, the better the tricks.

All around, for the price it's a pretty cool game; not necessarily for playing for hours on end, but awesome if you want something different to play while taking a break from the regular lineup.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
22.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 2, 2014
Very addictive and fun. I have this game on both my computer and my iOS device. The physics in the game feel so real you almost feel the spray of the water as you jump off each wave. Single Player mode is fun, but as other comments might relate, there is almost no multiplayer community. However, the computer-based opponents are actually intelligent unlike many other racing games, and there is a split screen mode so you can play with your friends on the same machine. The fact that it is water-based instead of land-based has a surprising effect on the game and gives it a very different feel than most other games in general. NVIDIA Stereoscopic 3D works well, too, for those that are interested in testing out your 3D setup.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.9 hrs on record
Posted: December 15, 2014
This game may have started out as a mobile game, but it's every bit as engrossing as any other racing game, lots of stunts to unlock, controls awesome with an X360 for Windows pad (turn auto accelerate off in options), looks pretty nice maxed too (I had terrible framerate, somehow reinstalling the game fixed it, so if your's runs choppy try redownloading/installing) I beat this game 3x now cause it's that fun (freestyle is kind'a hard), but it has online too with an option to "invite friends" to your' server, so that's cool too. I just wish more people played it online (I guess the mobile users are all playin Asphalt-8...)
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
17.4 hrs on record
Posted: February 21
A fun game to play. It can be a bit repitive at times and as you move through the tracks there isnt alot of varity. Graphics are cool and the gameplay is enjoyable. Overall a good game.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
20.2 hrs on record
Posted: April 20
best devs ever.they care about what people think.enough said
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2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
7.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 14, 2014
Pretty sweet futuristic hydro-racing. It's got nice water graphics, you can do backflips and there's dubstep.
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23 of 24 people (96%) found this review helpful
15.5 hrs on record
Posted: September 13, 2014
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.
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82 of 125 people (66%) found this review helpful
2.1 hrs on record
Posted: March 9, 2014
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.
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22 of 25 people (88%) found this review helpful
5.9 hrs on record
Posted: March 13, 2014
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.
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24 of 31 people (77%) found this review helpful
105.6 hrs on record
Posted: March 11, 2014
If you enjoyed Waverace 64, you will love RIPTIDE GP2!

The controls are super smooth and the career mode is 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 to have adept 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 active 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."
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17 of 20 people (85%) found this review helpful
10.1 hrs on record
Posted: March 23, 2014
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
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42 of 66 people (64%) found this review helpful
29.2 hrs on record
Posted: March 7, 2014
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! :)
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12 of 15 people (80%) found this review helpful
9.3 hrs on record
Posted: September 23, 2014
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.

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13 of 17 people (76%) found this review helpful
5.1 hrs on record
Posted: September 24, 2014
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 ^^
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9 of 10 people (90%) found this review helpful
8.8 hrs on record
Posted: September 21, 2014
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.
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