At the end of 2015 the Wii U got arguably one of it’s best racing games with FAST Racing NEO. As the original reviewer of that game, I was floored by the high quality of this ‘indie’ racer on the Wii U, and it quickly became a ‘must own’ for many fans of the console. With the launch of the Nintendo Switch, FAST RMX debuts as a launch title, which is sort of a ‘definitive’ version of FAST Racing NEO with some fantastic tweaks.
If you aren’t familiar with the original title, FAST RMX is a fast paced silky smooth futuristic racer similar to Wipeout or the fan favorite F-Zero. The game focuses heavily on anti-gravity techniques and fast speed, and is one of the fastest racing games I’ve ever played. FAST RMX brings some new additions to the already fantastic groundwork of FAST Racing NEO.
The biggest and most notable difference is in the gameplay itself. The game feels much more refined than the original title, with tighter control and a smoother difficulty curve. NEO was a brutal game in terms of difficulty from start to finish, but RMX seems to ease the player into the high-speed racing much more nicely. The aforementioned controls are very tight and responsive, and veterans of the Wii U game will notice a positive difference right off the bat.
While racing on the course, players collect “orbs” which power up their boost meter. Boosting is essential to saying in the race, so orb collection is a must. There are also strips on the track that are either white or orange, and switching your vehicle “phase” to either color will allow you to use that boost strip.
The game supports all of the Nintendo Switch’s controller options too, with fully customizable controls so that 2 players can use a Joy-Con each. HD Rumble, which is a touted feature on the Nintendo Switch, feels nice and substantial and allows you to ‘feel’ when you knock into a barricade or another racer.
In terms of content, FAST RMX brings a ton to the table. The game offers 30 gorgeous and slick tracks, and 15 different vehicles to command. Aside from the Championship Mode, which has racers going for 3 tracks at a time before unlocking additional groupings, there is a Time Trial mode, Multiplayer mode, and Hero mode. Hero mode is where the game ramps up the difficulty and precision needed to be a true FAST RMX champion, and feels a lot like F-Zero on the hardest difficulty.
Presentation wise, Shin’en knocks it out of the park, as usual. FAST RMX runs at a buttery smooth 1080P/60FPS when docked, and 720P/60FPS when undocked. What’s more, the game supports 4 player split-screen in the aforementioned Multiplayer mode, and it manages to maintain the 1080P/60FPS during this. The game is smooth, fast, and gorgeous, and whether you are docked or undocked, it will make your eyes water due to the amazing high-resolution racing.
Diving deeper into the the Multiplayer, FAST RMX also offers online racing as well. At the time of this review, the servers are a tad spotty, with some racers “warping” from time to time. There isn’t a way to search for friends when racing, but Shin’en did announce that a free update for the game featuring online Time Trials and friend searching is coming in the near future, so that will rectify that issue.
Truth be told, FAST RMX is arguably the 2nd best launch title on the Nintendo Switch right next to Breath of the Wild. The gameplay is fast and responsive, the presentation is gorgeous, and at $19.99 is the best value on the Nintendo Switch. If you are a fan of games like F-Zero or Wipeout, or racing in general, FAST RMX should be on your Nintendo Switch without a doubt.
- Gorgeous visuals and framerate
- Balanced gameplay over NEO
- Fantastic value
- Online needs a little improvement