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POSTED 10/3/17


FAST RMX

Shin’en Multimedia



Ha! I’ve got you no- THUNK! Drat!

Imagine Wacky Races, but without the wackiness – and the wheels. Or, more sensibly, imagine futuristic racers Wipeout and F-Zero colliding – at high speed.

A Switch exclusive, Fast RMX – a vastly updated trip on Wii U racer Fast Racing Neo - is a launch title that many may skip over, which would render every such person dumb. Well, unless they really hate racing games.

The generic name doesn’t help, but spend five minutes shooming around in all manner of variously pointy-pointy racers (including the rather handy ‘Mech Guyva’...) and you’ll be rapt that you found Fast RMX.

Being download-only, many would expect just a handful of tracks, maybe one or two implements within which to race and scattershot options. Nuh-uh. Fast RMX exceeds all expectations. There’re 10 cups to unlock, so that’s 30 levels. 15 vehicles enough for you? No? Umm, well perhaps they’ll make more later? Hey, we were satisfied, and would’ve lit a cigarette afterwards if we could actually afford one.

A single player dream in either campaign or the F-Zero worshipping ‘hero’ mode, there’s plenty for multiplayers, including up to four player split-screen and online racing (with friend races promised in a forthcoming free update, along with various time attacks).

Running faster than any game should be allowed, graphics are varied and vivacious, coupled with a burbling soundtrack and wonderfully OTT voiceover from a guy who Shin’en may have kidnapped from Namco’s Ridge Racer team.

The only real downside is that rubber-banding (when opponents magically catch up to you no matter how perfectly you’re racing) is full-on, and often criminally unreasonable.

If you’re sweating on the release of Mario Kart 8 Deluxe then Fast RMX will totally scratch the itch. In fact you may get so into it that the legendary plumber’s re-released motorised exploits pass you by. Just like those fucking rubber-bandy opponents milliseconds before you cross the finishing line...
 
DOUBLE DRAT!

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