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Our overall verdict "bronze"

For any keen racing fan a game offering powerful thunderous ski jets with the ability to perform outlandish death-defying aerial stunts should be pretty high on their gaming radar. Recently we’ve had the Riptide series making a big slash on PS4, now it’s Zordix turn as they release Aqua Moto Racing Utopia, hoping to grab the headlines.

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After you’ve dipped your toes into the tutorial, you’re just about set to enter the foray of jet ski racing. It’s a quick lesson and only explains the basics of the game. Complex tricks aren’t explained in detail, but a click on the menu tab displays all you need to know once you’ve got your eye in. Once you’ve created your own unique avatar and personalised your look you’ll want to hit the waters and give this bad boy a shot.

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The single player career mode consists of three Championship campaigns with ten different beautiful environments to race in. You only need to place in the top 3 to unlock the next one and progress. It’s you and seven other crazy jet skiers in a head to head battle to the finish line. To win, not only do you need to outsmart and out race your competition, but you’ll need to negotiate each Buoy as well. Swerving between each coloured Buoy and shaking off the pack is helped via the L2 trigger. Hitting this as you miss the Buoy by a hair’s breadth makes for a faster turn. A great little feature that if performed perfectly awards you with a boost. Fill the boost bar with enough of these perfect manoeuvres and you’re given a game-winning speed boost. Miss a Buoy and your boost is taken away, and in this game it’s miss three Buoys and you’re disqualified.

The racing itself is hugely enjoyable. As you progress each new jet ski’s performance throws more power and better handling your way. The handling feels basic; it’s very arcady which makes you want to hit that throttle to the maximum and never let go, but don’t, you’ll fall off! Providing further entertainment each course consists of twisting circuits, long flat stretches and lots of ramps to gain that precious air. And it’s these ramps where you’ll be showing off the impressive array of different types of stunts Aqua Moto Racing Utopia temps you with. There are dozens of stunts to get to grips with and all are pretty straightforward to execute. You may be surprised at how many times you dismount; it’s not just the landings that cause an epic fail, there’s a good few obstacles as well to worry about.

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Slippery when wet

The element I love about racing on the water is the unpredictably of each new wave and how the current is going to affect the race. Aqua Moto Racing Utopia handles this well. There is a decent contrast of waters and the way they move makes each race feel so different. The digital waters vary from crystal clear calm blue waters to raging deep oceans with ferrous currents. For speed freaks, racing through The Shipyard in headcam view is a sure way to induce sea sickness.

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The race can be taken online in multiplayer and you can even sit next to your friends with split-screen local action too. For trophy hunters there’s a shiny Platinum to temp you into staying in the race.

Conclusion

Aqua Moto Racing Utopia throws out some fancy exotic worlds and gives PS4 a decent water racer to splash about in. While not being the best jet ski experience, it does fill a drought of racing action on the mighty console. If you want a fun and fast blast of thrills and spills out in the ocean, then this sea dog could be just the ticket.

Lizard Rating 7/10

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Blondlizard

Blondlizard is from London, England. His love of gaming continued onto the Sega Mega Drive, Gameboy, Sega Saturn, Dreamcast, PlayStation 1,2,3 and 4, PSP and PS Vita. Blondlizard loves his racing games and is yet to play a RPG, but tells us he is willing to change. He is currently sitting on 53 Platinum’s, but the birth of his baby boy has slowed down the trophy count. His favourite inventions are the wireless controller and American size crisp packets.