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REVIEW / Fast RMX (Switch)

 

With everyone paying such heavy attention to Zelda Breath of the Wild it isn’t hard to understand why everything else on the Nintendo Switch has been pushed under the rug. However, there are some hidden gems that are being overlooked. Enter Fast RMX, a Wipeout-style racer that uses color changing speed boost as well as impressive weather mechanics in order to create a fast-paced, over the top experience.

 

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The first thing that stood out to me about Fast RMX was how great the game looked. I mean sure, Zelda looks amazing, but for a more modern game, this one looks fantastic. Running at 1080p, 60fps Fast RMX speeds along with only minor hiccups and frame dips. The game doesn’t suffer from random pop in, which is great because decisions have to be made in the blink of an eye. The A.I. is smart but not perfect. Every once in a while it will misjudge a jump or fall prey to weather effects just like the player will.

 

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Track variation isn’t bland by any stretch of the imagination. They can vary from a rainforest in the middle of a thunderstorm, to a desert plagued by giant worms, and even a track that was broken off into onto a plant that was covered in water. Cars and levels are unlocked by completing three level Grand Prix and finishing in the top three. Each car is rated in acceleration, top speed, and boost. Each car seems to be evenly balanced and no car blows any other one out of the water but picking one that has a higher acceleration will help you start ahead in the slower sections.

 

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Every track has orange and blue light trails on the ground. These light trails help you boost around the map faster however you have to change the color of your car to match the trail in order to receive the boost. If your car is the wrong color that the light trail will slow you down and drain your car of any boost that it had stored throughout the race. Boost orbs can be picked up and used in stretches of long road without the light trails.

 

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The four player couch co-op is actually really fun and engaging. Judging from the way this runs on the Nintendo Switch I’m actually excited to see how Mario Kart 8 fairs. The joy con feels fine in hand and I was able to navigate the tracks with little to no trouble. The added black plastic accessory makes the process even better by adding a little heft to the controller. I wasn’t bothered by the size or feel of the controller even after several Grand Prix. However, the best part about Fast RMX to me was the price. Coming in at only $19.99 this title is a must-have for any Nintendo Switch owner.

 

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