‘Redout’ Is ‘F-Zero’-Inspired Awesomeness You’ll Want To Get In On

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chris-littlechild - September 12, 2016

  Being the nostalgic old bastard I am, I remember my first console very well. At 10, I was given an original Game Boy for the holidays, and a glorious chunky-ass yellow monstrosity it was too. But if we’re talking home consoles, that’d be a PS1.  

I was there twenty years ago, loving myself a bit of Crash Bandicoot and ogling Lara Croft’s terrible triangular tits (man, early 3D was rough as hell) with everyone else. But the game that left the biggest impression on me in those early days? That’d be Wipeout, right there.

The Wipeout series gives no effs. Absolutely none. Ever. Some racing games are content to let you cruise around in realistic contemporary cars, at speeds more or less in keeping with said cars’ real-life capabilities. Others take a toontastic, more ridiculous route, a la Mario Kart. Then we have this. Futuristic anti-grav racing in super cool vehicles, with power ups like plasma bolts which can destroy opponents entirely and remove them from the race and/or their life.

It was, I hardly need to tell you, an all round damn good time. Sad thing is, though, you don’t see much of these titles today. There’s the occasional F-Zero, but other than that… Fear not though, fellow anti-gravity racer fans, because Redout is here.

This one just hit Steam, and scratches an itch that so rarely gets any lovin’. As Kotaku reports:

‘It’s a tribute to the anti-gravity classics, combining elements of those games into something that’s both familiar and brand-new. Redout is an unforgiving racer that demands the most of its pilots. From the start of career mode, players must juggle steering, strafing, braking and turboing in order to earn first place. Progress through career mode nets cash used for upgrades and power-ups, allowing players to create a racing machine tailored to their style. Then it’s on to the second of four racing classes to do it all over again, only faster.’

Does that sound like something you want to get on board with? You bet your butt it does.

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