It is done! All tracks on Redout unlocked!
Is it the success I expected? Well, not exactly. Unfortunately, like Surface Sprint on Europa - a mean, nasty bastard of a track but in all the wrong ways whereas Volcano’s Hell is a nasty track in the right ways - the final tracks of Neptune are a disappointment. Why? Neptune adds zero gravity but it doesn’t really work that well and these last two tracks use a lot of it! Given the amount of work that is required to unlock them, the transaction now looks to be lacking in value.
Still, I’ve spent a lot of time climbing the levels, 30 of them, and unlocking the ships, upgrades and power-ups, with upgrades to the power-ups too. It’d be fair to say that the power-ups, boost and other controls in combination give you a fairer chance against the AI, but for me, that AI setting is a bit too brutal and is a disincentive to play certain events in the Career mode. Nor am I a fan of the majority of them, but for others they’ll probably find the variety excellent.
On the whole the track design is wonderfully mad and it is a very strong graphical showcase for the current generation of consoles. It does have an unfortunate habit of screwing around with the jumps, you might think you’ve made it and the track isn’t there. Nor do the pipe and zero gravity sections work at all for me, I’m sure some will persevere with them but I can’t see myself being among them - I wouldn’t mind if it was clearer in each how I’m supposed to control it successfully but even that minimal signposting is absent. On the other hand, these factors only affect a minority of tracks and even the crappier environments will tend to have at least one decent track.
The bulk of the Europa tracks rely on blind turns, limited view, removal of track barriers and pipes, whereas the bulk of the Volcano tracks are hard but far fairer in the main. There are a couple of barrierless sections but they don’t come up anywhere near as harshly as Europa’s set.
Cairo and Alaska are a smart set of intro tracks. I can’t say I like Abruzzo’s set as much, whereas Volcano is excellent, as is Vertex. Neptune? It can bugger off to Uranus.
Should you buy it? I say yes for these reasons:
- It has been years since a future racer to match the likes of Wipout and F-Zero has been done - it may be years if there is ever another one.
- It is the antithesis of a big publisher AAA game, but has the looks to match them - smaller companies need consumer support.
- It’s not just a homage to past future racers - the track design is, overall, very, very good indeed and does things you will have not seen before.
- It’s a cheap buy - RRP £29.99