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Redout 2 Review

One wicked-fast WipEout clone

A.J. Maciejewski

Reviewed by playing an Xbox Series X on

Redout 2 is also available for Xbox One, PS5, PS4, and Nintendo Switch

Redout 2 is rated Everyone 10+ by the ESRB

Racing at high speeds is almost always a good time so here's Redout 2 in all of its ridiculously over-the-top futuristic racing action.

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Let's get this race started!

Impressions

To begin, I'll admit that although it looks cool, I still haven't played the first Redout so this review is from a completely fresh perspective. When I started Redout 2, it left a poor first impression as its tutorial quickly went from an understandable series of instructions to a perplexing mission where you have to earn points. How do you earn points? That took me a while to figure out and you do so by simply going fast. Even after I knew that, the tutorial did a terrible job of explaining how to boost effectively so I was left in the dust. Thankfully, I persevered and after completing that tutorial challenge, I actually found the next dozen or so events to be quite easy. 😅 v1d30chumz 35-172-223-251

Presentation

Upon getting situated, Redout 2 impressed me with its neon visuals and elaborate stage designs that are set in appealing environments. Best of all, though, is the intense sense of speed, especially after you initiate your boost ability, perform a normal boost, and enter boost gates at the same time. Doing that will make your eyes widen for sure. Meanwhile, I found the audio to be a bit lacking with a generic electronic soundtrack that seemed to go off-beat at times as well as effects that aren't nearly as immersive as the visuals. Overall, I'd say that it's a great-looking game in a stylish sense of the phrase but mute it and pop on some Fluke for the best experience. 🎵

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What exactly am I waiting for?

Gameplay

As you can probably tell, Redout 2 is all about speed. Because of this, there are no weapons or items during races which is actually fine because your fingers will be busy enough with boosting, strafing, and changing your pitch. Specifically, you need to utilize both sticks with the right one allowing you to strafe and alter pitch. Plus, boosting is accomplished with the shoulder buttons and you'll have to use it strategically as your ship easily overheats thus decreases your health meter. However, you could consider your health to be a secondary boost gauge in order to maximize your speed as long as you don't slam into walls much. Finally, you'll occasionally need to stick landings after jumps which ranges from exhilarating to downright frustrating so you basically have to memorize tracks in order to do well.

Content

There's a great deal of content within Redout 2. The majority of it will have you compete in offline campaign events in order to earn better rankings and unlock custom parts which consist of cosmetic alterations as well as upgrades that enhance your ship's base stats and abilities. There are a ton of events to conquer and on top of that, you can challenge players online for even stiffer competition. So, if this is your sort of racer then you can definitely spend a lot of time perfecting your abilities without getting bored. 😊

Downsides

Unfortunately, Redout 2 has some hard to overlook issues. For starters, I played it on Xbox Series X and it's even optimized for the console yet the load times are frankly ridiculous. Sometimes, I'd have to wait a few minutes for a race to start and other times, the word "Waiting" would pop up onscreen and stay there for a while. What's it doing anyway? On the gameplay side of things, I wish the HUD was more intuitive. I love when racers put important info right on your vehicle's backside but here, you have to move your eyes from the action in order to see your gauges and such which is enough to make you mess up your run, especially at such high speeds.

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They've gone to plaid!

Redout 2 is a racer that's hard to put down as it's very satisfying to master while you gradually memorize tracks and perfect your skills. However, with some unintuitive aspects and unforgivable load times, it can also kind of be a pain in the ass.

  • + Solid gameplay that requires a great deal of practice and precision
  • + Outstanding sense of speed
  • + Loads of content set on elaborate tracks
  • - Awful load times even though it's apparently optimized for Xbox Series X
  • - HUD could be more intuitive
  • - Tracks require some memorization
7.1 out of 10
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