Vector Unit may not be the best racing game on the market, but it can do a lot with little. Their previous games, Riptide GP and Beach Buggy Racing, were remarkably competent and minimally crude ports of mobile games that performed incredibly well on the Switch, though they suffered from a handful of technical issues. Today they released a sequel to this, Beach Buggy Racing 2 : Island Adventure, which is easily their best performance to date.
Beach buggy race 2 : Island Adventure features the same simple yet accessible gameplay style as its predecessor. However, it also has much more content, a graphical overhaul, and general quality of life improvements, making it one of the most competent kart racing games that doesn’t have an Italian plumber on the Switch eShop. The controls are as easy to learn as those of its predecessor, rather than being very difficult. Beach Buggy Racing 2 doesn’t offer a complete overhaul, but it does offer a lot of new content and some small, but very welcome improvements.
Beach Buggy Racing 2 features fourteen drivers, forty customizable vehicles (the vast majority of which are not beach buggies, by the way), and over twenty different tracks. Most impressively, there are around forty different power-ups to use, from clichéd Mario Kart trophies (including blue shell equivalents) to weird things like monsters that start sneezing on your car, slowing you down. Each character also has their own special move, which adds an extra layer of strategy to the already impressive content, especially considering the file size is barely half a gigabyte.
But the most important addition to the game is the brand new adventure mode. It’s essentially a series of races spread across a linear map, but the developers managed to build in a constant stream of updates and different racing rules throughout the long campaign, which kept me motivated throughout. In addition to this standard mode, Beach Buggy Racing 2 also features Championship and Quick Race modes, as well as local and cooperative multiplayer. Finally, the developers took inspiration from Super Smash Bros Ultimate and added a brand new rule generator that lets you make up the stupidest racing rules you can think of. It’s not as exciting as it sounds, but it’s still a nice touch.
Vector Division has improved the overall presentation of Beach Buggy Racing 2, but not by much. The visual effects remain the Achilles’ heel of this game. The look is slightly better than the previous game, with slightly improved textures and lighting effects, but overall it’s still a higher resolution PS2 game. Fortunately, it still runs at 60 frames per second. The soundtrack is better than before, with some ska tracks alongside Beach Buggy Racing’s usual surf rock numbers. Unfortunately, the bland sound effects are still disappointing.
Overall, Beach Buggy Racing 2 is still not a fantastic success in terms of presentation: Island Adventure is easily one of the best kart racing options available on the Switch. Of course, competing with Mario Kart is a death sentence, but given the excellent controls and the insane amount of content sold for a surprisingly low price, I’d say get this game.
|It’s still a little dated, but it’s much more detailed than the first Beach Buggy Racing. The surroundings are as beautiful as ever.||It’s smooth and responsive, though it suffers a bit from the lack of analog triggers on the Switch, just like any other racing game on the console.|
|The sound effects are still of very poor quality, but the soundtrack is much better than that of its predecessor. There are some good rock and ska surf tracks in there.||Beach Buggy Racing 2 has a lot more content than its predecessor, plus a cool campaign mode.|
|Last block : 7.5|
Beach buggy race 2 : Island Adventure is available now on PS4, Xbox One, PC and Switch.
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Does Beach Buggy Racing 2 have a multiplayer mode?
Beach Buggy Racing supports split-screen multiplayer on all devices, so you can connect 2 or more controllers at once. … (Please note that the BBR does not support Chromecast. You must connect your device with an HDMI cable or play on a directly connected device, such as an Android TV).
Is the beach buggy race 2 handicapped?
Beach Buggy Racing 2 currently requires an online connection to keep your game up to date and to ensure that you can connect to the race. Will you ever add an offline version? No.
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