Riptide GP is a storied series, hailed as one of the most graphically intensive mobile game series out there, and plenty of fun to boot. The game almost always finds its way into benchmarks when a new device is being reviewed, and for good reason. The latest game, however, was only available on NVIDIA SHIELD devices at launch, taking advantage of the incredible power of their Tegra mobile processors' NVIDIA-designed GPUs. That latest entry has gone rogue, in more ways than one. Not only has it escaped from the confines of NVIDIA's device family, but the story and gameplay are far different from older entries, involving you, the player, literally going rogue.
In Riptide GP: Renegade, you take on the role of a Riptide racer who has been thrown out of the league after being framed. Taking a note from Need For Speed: Carbon, the game sees you tricking out transformable racers and taking the fight to the enemy, taking on powerful bosses and speedy, tricky enemies in public waterways to build your reputation and clear your name. While racing on public thoroughfares in real life is a terrible idea, it's used to great effect in Riptide GP: Renegade. Because your character and their co-racers are endangering citizens on public waterways, the police get involved to up the thrill factor a bit and provide a pretty good incentive for not falling behind the pack. Public waterways also tend to be a bit hairier than the average race track, and the organic obstacle design gives the level design team the opportunity to go crazy. This results in a number of epic set pieces and memorable moments exploring places like ruins, a factory, and even a military base involved in active conflict.
Among all the frenetic gameplay and crazy race moments, players will find the familiar late Playstation 2, early Playstation 3 graphics from the previous entry in the series staring back at them. While an upgrade would have been appreciated and hardware these days is definitely approaching being up to the challenge, having the series' renowned graphics intact is certainly not a bad thing. A challenge mode, split-screen local racing, and online play are all on board, as is Google Play Games functionality. The whole epic package will cost you $2.99 in the Play Store. If you're interested, simply click on the badge below to get your hands on this racer gone rogue.