A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
Winning sometimes means having to do something over and over until you finally get it right.
Positive Role Models
The driver often has to do the same race event multiple times if they want to proceed.
Ease of Play
The game's controls will be somewhat familiar to fans of similar racing games. The game has multiple difficulty options, but requires players to complete a rather frustrating tutorial before playing.
Violence & Scariness
While the vehicles can explode if badly damaged or overheat, the driver's never shown being injured or killed.
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Online communication between players isn't monitored, potentially exposing them to inappropriate content.
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Products & Purchases
This is a sequel to 2017's Redout: Lightspeed Edition.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Redout 2 is a futuristic racing game for Xbox Series X/S, Xbox One, PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, and Switch. This is a sequel to 2017's Redout: Lightspeed Edition. It has no objectionable content. Even when a player's vehicle overheats and its engine blows up, or the craft itself is so badly damaged that it explodes, the driver's never shown being killed or injured. Communication between online players isn't monitored, possibly exposing players to inappropriate comments.
Is It Any Good?
While some games are bad, they're never as irritating as ones like this futuristic racing game, which that's undermined by a fatal, and avoidable, flaw. In Redout 2, players pilot jet-power hovering racing vehicles on roller coaster-esque tracks full of wild curves, loop-de-loops, corkscrews, and long jumps. And when you get into a race, it really makes you feel like you're driving super fast, and at the edge of your seat, as you battle for supremacy against other drivers with equally swift and nimble vehicles.
The problem is that getting to those races is way tougher than it should be. The game's single-player "Career" mode starts with three training exercises, as well as a race in which you test those skills. But the third part and the test race are so tough, and must be completed so flawlessly, that you'll have to do them over and over until you finally get them right (23 times before it was cleared during this review). And only then can you start your career as a professional race pilot. Granted, that career is fun one. Races in this game can be exhilarating if you master your craft (pun intended), thanks to the cleverly twisty tracks. But by giving players absolutely no wiggle room in the training exercises, some players of Redout 2 may quit in frustration before they actually get to the real game.
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