Redout Review – The F-Zero Game the Switch Never Got

This title was reviewed on Nintendo Switch, but is also available on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.

Intro

I always liked gimmicky racing games growing up. From the likes of Mario Kart and Crash Team Racing to the lesser known titles like Split/Second Velocity and Chase: Hollywood Stunt Driver so I was quite happy when I was told I would be reviewing a gimmicky racing game by the name of Redout. Developed by 34BigThings and published by 505games (the publishers of Terraria and many other good quality games), I was more than happy to see what I would be getting into. Does Redout hold up in comparison to other racers? Or will it come in a disappointing last place in comparison to the rest of the genre? Read on and find out.

 

Art/sound

I’m not going to spend much time talking about the music, mainly because it wasn’t very memorable. As I’m writing this I’m struggling to remember any of the music tracks so I think that works as evidence for saying they are forgettable. As for the art style, I can say that it is a perfect fit. The designers did a great job of capturing the feel of a futuristic racing game to a T.

The colours look great and give Redout a good variety along it’s different tracks. They are bright but not distracting so you can focus on racing while having something good to look at. Redout being in a locked 30fps on the Switch doesn’t do too much to ruin the art either which is a bonus.

This game is so… crisp!

Gameplay

All right, I will get the bad out of the way first… there’s no local multiplayer.

Yeah honestly, that’s a huge blow when it comes to a racing game. But anyway, the positives outweigh the negatives here. The mode you will probably spend your most time on outside of online multiplayer is the expansive “career mode.” Suffice to say, the career mode is pretty long and has just enough variety to keep you going while you’re bored.

The controls are nice and tight and the speed is awesome! You’ll feel really accomplished when you go up against the computer in some of the later races due to difficulty. I’m also pleased to report that there is no annoying rubber band AI to add artificial difficulty.

Another crisp picture of a cool ship racing. (Crisp is a satisfying word, and it works well here)

Final Thoughts

This game was a lot of fun! It’s great for people who don’t mind picking a game up and playing a couple of the races here and there. You will probably find yourself getting bored if you play for too long so space it out. The lack of local multiplayer is a huge shame and online multiplayer can be frustrating to get onto at times so you’ll probably spend a majority of time with your AI friends. Luckily they do present a good enough challenge once you get further into the career mode challenges.