Redout is a futuristic high-speed racing game, much like F-Zero, WipeOut or Fast RMX. The game is an indie title developed by 34BigThings and has been out on PC for quite some time. It will also soon come out on Xbox One, Playstation 4 and the Nintendo Switch. This review’s goal is to help you decide if Redout is worth its price.
Like many other futuristic racers, the gameplay is the priority here. Redout includes many interesting and unique extra features, which you need to pay attention to, to succeed.
The first thing would be controlling your racing pod’s tilt. To avoid grinding on the tracks and losing speed whenever you hit a looping or a steep hill, you need to pull your right analog stick backward. There are also the effects blackout and redout, indicated by the screen going darker or redder, which occur whenever you go up or down a hill. These slow you down, unless you tilt your ship accordingly. Mastery of this is the key to winning a race.
Your racing pod also has a health and an energy meter. You lose health by grinding the track, hitting the edges or hitting another player. Your energy is used either for an equippable ability or boosting. All in all we thought all these mechanics combined were a bit too much to watch out for, but hardcore players may welcome this. One point we think could be better is the spinning out when hitting an opponent. We would have liked a quick way to recover from it, for example if you have some boost energy available. Spinning out felt very punishing to us since it occurs by just slightly colliding with an oponent.
Redout features a campaign, quick play and an online mode. In the campaign, you race through the available tracks through a multitude of objectives. As you progress along it, you unlock higher racing classes, of which there are 4 in total, and upgrades for your ship. Optimizing those upgrades will greatly help you win some of the campaign races. Overall the amount of different campaign events and objectives add a lot of value to the game. These are also a lot of fun to do and gamers, who really love to dig deep into games, will find great satisfaction in it.
What sets Redout apart from many other games is its very unique artstyle. For racing games to sustain great framerates while looking good, they need to apply certain tricks in their rendering. Redout does this with its visual aesthetic. The artstyle is cell-shaded and all elements directly on the track are highly detailed. However, anything outside the track is highly polygonal. This works really well as it makes the game look extremely good in motion. However, there are a few instances in the game, where this looks a bit distracting, especially when you are entering water.
The game features five different worlds, each with their own style and selection of soundtracks. The music has a futuristic tone to it and fits well to its given world. It really adds to the experience of the game and together with the beautiful visuals provide a fantastic atmosphere.
Redout is a cool-looking futuristic racing game with a lot of interesting objectives available to the player. The game is a fun and polished experience and we therefore put its value at $30 and its score at 84. There have already been multiple sales of this game to a price less than this on PC, so watch out for any sales coming up! If you are looking for an enjoyable high velocity racing game, then Redout is definitely worth a shot.
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Redout is a hyperfast racing experience aimed at the more hardcore player. Its colorful artstyle and music make it one of the highest quality indie titles developed yet.
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