Intruducing the Riptide GP 2
Hydro Thunder is a racing game that is easily a favorite among teenagers. The franchise has gained tremendous popularity throughout the years, so when its mobile equivalent, called Riptide GP 2, was released, there’s no doubt that people would scramble to obtain a copy and play it. The Tegra 2 period was the same time that the first Riptide was released, and since in the past two years Vector Unit has been wholeheartedly supported, it has been updated to match the Tegra 3. The sequel to the first Riptide delivers a lot of improvements, including the new customizations, tracks, and racing types among many others.
The graphics of the Riptide GP 2 is extremely remarkable, be it on a non-Tegra device like the Asus Memo Pad 7, on a Tegra 3 device like the Nexus 7, or on a Tegra 4 device like the SHIELD – although the optimizations on Tegra 3 and Tegra 4 look better than those on the non-Tegra device. It’s easy to see the improvements that the developers have done on the graphics from the first Riptide.
Riptide GP 2 retains the gameplay of the first Riptide that we have become familiar with. But despite this familiarity, Riptide GP 2 still provides you with an experience that is entirely different from the first one. Here’s why:
– The first Riptide let you race and earn hydro-skis.
– The Riptide GP 2 gives you a variety of races, several kinds of jet skis and a lot of paint choices, and different customizations. The races available in the sequel include the standard race, elimination, and hot lap. Elimination removes the player in the last spot every 15 seconds, while hot lap is a solo race that lets you beat your own time on a single lap. An online play is also available.
This variety in the gameplay makes Riptide’s sequel exciting and lets you look forward to new things and outcomes each time you play. It’s also a lot more difficult that the first one, so that you get that feeling of pride every time you finish a race in first place – something that you don’t get in the first game because even the hard tracks on that one were easy, especially for people who play repeatedly.
The computer racers in Riptide GP2 provide an extra challenge, and the skis all begin with standard specs that you need to upgrade so that you can get ahead of the competition.
Similar to the first game, the Riptide GP 2 comes with a variety of control schemes. The first is tilt, which is the default option. However, if you are connected to a controller or if you are using SHIELD, then the game would automatically detect that and would switch to a different scheme. The second control scheme is the on-screen buttons, while the third is the game controller. For those who prefer touch controls, you may choose from two options: one, you may touch the screen’s sides to steer, or two, where virtual controls are at the bottom.
You may level up in the Riptide GP 2, and each level, you would acquire one skill point that will allow you to learn new tricks. Another new addition to the Riptide GP 2 is the Google Games integration. This way, you won’t have to worry about losing all your upgrades because it will allow you to start where you left off on as many devices as you want.
3. Customizations and Upgrades
To get new jet skis in the Riptide GP 2, you have to earn money through racing and then use that money to buy your jet ski. As such, the higher your ranking, the more money you will make, and the faster you would be able to acquire the jet skis. The same race can be done repeatedly for you to quickly gain money and experience. The jet ski should be upgraded (again by spending in-game money earned by racing), but no worries because the entire upgrade process is reasonable. Some of the things you can upgrade include your boost, acceleration, and top speed. You also have the option to change the color scheme of your jet ski for free. There are three colors for the accent, primary, and secondary colors. Once you’ve chosen a scheme, the colors change accordingly.
There are seven jet skis available in the game, and the price ranges from $25,000 to $300,000. It takes some time for you to buy the most expensive jet ski, so if you want to speed things up, you also have the option to use in-app purchases. The price of the in-app purchases ranges from $50,000 in-game money for $1.99 to $5 million in-game money for $99.
But if you enjoy playing Riptide GP 2 and have no plans to spend some real money, that’s also fine. Racing easily gives you the money you want, all you have to do is to save it, or budget it according to your needs.
There’s nothing to hate about the new Riptide GP 2. It has amazing graphics, challenging races, several new features, and a lot of other things that will definitely keep you engaged. If you liked the first Riptide, then you’ll surely love this sequel. It’s worth every cent of the $3 asking price.
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