Tagged: Vector Unit

Beach Buggy Racing Review

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From Riptide GP2 developer Vector Unit comes Beach Buggy Racing a free-to-play mobile game brought to consoles as a premium product, stripping out all the free-to-play aspects, rebalancing the game, adding more content and other features such as split-screen multiplayer for $10 on Xbox One and Playstation 4.

My only concerns were how its economy would transition to console and I’m very pleased to report that Vector Unit have done a fine job on that aspect, the economy is fair with players needing to complete levels to earn money and upgrade their buggies, you can’t really see its mobile roots at all, that is how well its been handled [I should note here there are no micro transactions here at all]. Racing, namely winning races earns decent payouts over a large career mode consisting of 9 events across different HP engines which requires you to upgrade your vehicles to keep progressing has no excessive grinding or anything else to get the best out of it. (more…)

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Vector Unit recently released Riptide GP2 for Xbox One, a game which I quite enjoyed and reviewed at release, now they are back on Xbox One and Playstation 4 this time with Beach Buggy Racing!

Originally a free-to-play game on mobile by the name of Beach Buggy Blitz it has undergone some big changes to make it fit the console audience as a premium $10/£8 game by removing all of the features that come with a free launch on mobile: No timers, ads or in-app purchases as well as a completely retuned game economy so the player can unlock upgrades quicker and easier. (more…)

Riptide GP2 review

Originally announced for spring last year Riptide GP2 made its long-awaited début on Xbox One last week from Vector Unit developer of the XBLA hit Hydro Thunder Hurricane and mobile racers Shine Runner and Beach Buggy Blitz.

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Riptide GP2 is a sequel (obviously!) to Riptide GP which is a mobile game available on Android, iOS and Windows 8.1 with some nice upgrades to justify its console release, it runs at 1080p/60fps, with extra details and improved environments, a unique 6 split-screen local multiplayer, a deep career mode and VR challenges there are enough upgrades to make it worth buying on console even if you’ve played it on another device.

The gameplay is fast, fluid and fun as you’d expect from this sort of game racing against other jets is fun and represents a reasonable challenge in the multiple events: races, elimination, freestyle and hot lap, the first two and hot lap are fairly self-explanatory, freestyle is where you need to get a certain amount of points from doing stunts on the jet as you go up ramps such as back-flips and the like, there are lots of stunts to choose from and the more difficult ones are worth more points and successfully landing a stunt will gain you boost to help you speed around the track. (more…)

Following the newly released ID@Xbox list I have looked at the developers on the list to see what games we might be able to expect. I have seen some pretty cool games on my internet travels and that’s made me quite excited for whats to come, here are some of the developers/games I’ve seen that look pretty cool:

(Note: games not specifically announced for Xbox One unless mentioned otherwise)

Glass Bottom Games – Jones on Fire, Hot Tin Roof

Background: Jones on Fire for iOS/Android/PC/Mac is a “high-speed action game of kitty saving and flame evading, running and jumping, where YOU are the hero!” which sounds completely crazy in a good way. Their next game is Hot Tin Roof is a noir 3D side scrolling world where you control Emma Jones, a private investigator trying to the case of a string of murders. Hot Tin Roof retains the blocky visuals of Jones on Fire and was successfully kickstarted for a mid-2014 release on PC/Mac/Linux. (more…)