- There is an abundance of content for you to sink your teeth into and for the price you definitely get great value for your money.
- The different tracks in the game have a lot of variety going for them and this means racing on them stays fresh and interesting for longer.
- I found the water physics in the game to be very realistic and this meant that the game was the right sort of challenging with some fun thrown in as well.
- The controls that have been implemented in the game actually perform really well and remain tight and responsive throughout.
- I was a little disappointed with the presentation side of the game and nothing much really stands out both in the visuals or sound design.
- The AI in the game is way too aggressive and they seemed to cause me more frustration than anything else.
- There isn’t enough variety in the stunts you can do and they never felt rewarding when you landed the stunt.
- I suffered with a few technical issues every now and then and these did ruin the immersion levels somewhat.
All in all I must admit that I have a soft spot for water based racing games, but unfortunately there hasn’t been too many of them over recent years so as you can imagine I was chomping at the bit to try out Aqua Moto Racing Utopia. Thankfully it does enough to scratch my itch but it does suffer with quite a few problems which ultimately stops it from reaching its full potential. Something that really surprised me about this game though was the amount of content it has. There is a huge amount for you to sink your teeth into and without a doubt you definitely get great value for your money. Speaking about the content it’s actually pretty good most of the time and I was impressed with the amount of variety the boats and the tracks you race on had. I will say though that the game is best enjoyed when played with friends because the AI can be an absolute nuisance at times thanks to the aggressive style that it has. You will also notice a few technichal issues along the way and whilst none of these issues are game-breaking they can still cause you to be frustrated from time to time. This is a shame because most of the mechanics in the game work really well and I was especially impressed with the water physics. The water reacts very realistically when racing and this made the game not only challenging but fun as well. I was also impressed with the controls that have been implemented and not once did I suffer with any problems. Instead the controls remained tight and responsive throughout, which is great. As you can imagine I was eager to try some stunts with these very good controls but unfortunately I was left a little disappointed here. The stunts just didn’t connect with me and the lack of variety meant that I didn’t tend to do stunts much because for me they just lacked style and in the end became boring. Another aspect about the game that lacked style and was boring was the presentation side of the game. Visually the game never does anything that makes it stand out and I must admit that the visuals did look very dated. Unfortunately the sound design didn’t do any better and in the end it ended up making the immersion levels dwindle because it can be quite lacklustre at times. At the end of the day as far as water racing games go it’s not a bad addition to the genre, but I’ve definitely played better games over the years. I will say though that they’ve managed to implement the basic mechanics extremely well and if it didn’t suffer with the problems it unfortunately has then it would have definitely got a higher score from me. That being said it does just enough to get a small recommendation from me.
I rate Aqua Moto Racing Utopia 6/10.
Written by: gerrardnum8 (Dean Martin)
Release Date (Xbox One): May 4, 2018