Game Review | Riptide GP: Renegade | Xbox One

Platforms: PlayStation 4, Steam PC, Google Play, iOS, Amazon, and Windows 10.  
Reviewed On: Xbox One
Reviewed By: Zen & Jen

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Riptide GP: Renegade is a hydro jet water racing arcade game. It instantly reminded me of one of my favorite arcade games, Hydro Thunder. The developer, Vector Unit also made Hydro Thunder Hurricane so the resemblance makes sense.  You race your hydro jet ski across a range of different maps that each offer a little something different. The game has career, multiplayer challenge, online multiplayer and split screen modes.

It was the multiplayer challenge mode, that had Jen and I going back and forth racing each other's ghost's. We fought to claim the best time on the leaderboards.

As you progress through Career you unlock XP, which can be cashed into upgrade/customize and increase performance of the hydro jet, and also unlock stunts. Performing stunts will fill your boost meeter. It’s up to you to decide when to unleash the boost and leave your competition in your wake! Jen and I loved being able to customize our hydro jet skis colors, numbers and emblem.

Some maps have secret shortcuts that will help you gain that extra lead on competitors and get the best times. Trying to find shortcuts and climbing the leaderboard adds a good amount of replay value to the game. 

Overall Riptide GP: Renegade: is a well made and fun water jet racing game. If you love arcade style racing games or find yourself missing Hydro Thunder, Riptide GP: Renegade is the game for you!


  • Wide range of levels that toss different obstacles at you.


  • The water and hydro jet look and handle great.


  • Easy and smooth .

Art Style

  • Fun, colorful and look great for this style of game.

Replay Value:

  • Career mode is pretty long for an arcade racing game. Trying to find the shortcuts and climbing the leaderboards adds a lot of replay value. 


  • Fun race tracks.
  • Leveling and upgrades.
  • Tons of tricks.
  • Customizable elements.
  • Easy controls.
  • Fair price point.
  • Leaderboards.
  • Addictive.


  • Online MP - Didn't have much luck. Takes a while to match.


  • We both would love a free ride to do tricks and mess around.

Score: Zen: 9.5 | Jen 9.5 = Overall Score 9.5

A code for the game was provided for review purposes.


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