Why boat racing games get left out of the race, no pun intended, when the devs decide to maker a game? There aren't enough of these out there. I'd even pay for an HD remake of Hydro Thunder, one of my favorite boat racing games to date. I know there's also Riptide GP, but those are the only two I know of.

Devs need to return to those kinds of games instead of more car racing games.

That and air racing games, but those can be irritating with flight controls.

Sorry for no GA this time as I'm out of keys. Except for the ones for my car. >_<

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i know wacky wings but that is VR - not sure if VR only

as for boats found these:

https://store.steampowered.com/app/321450/Aquadelic_GT/
https://store.steampowered.com/app/321450/Aquadelic_GT/

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I don't do VR as the visuals give me headaches. Same for 3D. Only while wearing either headsets.

Thanks for the game recommendation. Never heard of that one. Have to check it out.

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Used to be a niche favorite for me in arcades for some reason. And unfortunately you've named the two on Steam that I'm most aware of.

Ummm... sections of Sonic Racing Transformed are on water? (Yeah, doesn't really count.)

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I played Aquadelic GT a few years ago and it was a fun game. It wasn't on Steam, I'm thinking it must have been a DRM-free version, but I don't really remember. I can definitely recommend it, though. (I picked it up on Steam recently but haven't installed it yet).

There are actually two Riptide games:

https://store.steampowered.com/app/257790/Riptide_GP2/
https://store.steampowered.com/app/443860/Riptide_GP_Renegade/

Renegade is pretty similar to GP2 but the jet-skis are "futuristic".

Aqua Moto Racing Utopia is on my Steam wishlist. Looks like a bit of a cross between Aquadelic and Riptide; it's got jet-skis on open-water courses.

https://store.steampowered.com/app/468100/Aqua_Moto_Racing_Utopia/

I did a quick search and found two more, not really sure about these:

  1. https://store.steampowered.com/app/501090/Design_it_Drive_it__Speedboats/
  2. https://store.steampowered.com/app/761010/Wave_Break/
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I'd even pay for an HD remake of Hydro Thunder,

That already exists https://www.microsoft.com/pt-pt/p/hydro-thunder-hurricane/9wzdncrfhwfd?activetab=pivot:overviewtab, this is HD

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Did they ever make a Thunder in Paradise game? If not I think it something long overdue...

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Not very good, but since the rest I found are already posted, I'll just share this one
https://store.steampowered.com/app/1029530/Aqua_Rally/

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I love sim racing (especially iRacing), and I would totally love to see a realistic speedboat racing sim, and especially an air racing sim, maybe handled in a manner like what iRacing does with their ranking/safety systems. Man.. That would be pretty awesome!

I wish more people were interested in racing simulators, so these sorts of things would be mainstream. =P

There are a couple of sailing simulators that I know about (both of them are even still being developed):
eSail
Sailaway
If you are looking for something different and challenging, maybe you should check these out. I haven't tried Sailaway yet, but eSail is pretty cool, especially for learning how to sail and it's quite fun to just sail around and explore, and there are even some little challenges to do, and it even some races against some AI opponents.

I played Altitude0 a bit, both online and offline, and that was pretty fun for an arcadey air racing game, but it seems pretty dead now, despite the developers effort to keep the multiplayer alive. If you can find it cheap somewhere, you could have some fun with it in single player.

If you're interested in drone racing at all, you should check out Liftoff. It's a simulator, so it's quite challenging, but it is pretty awesome.

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I don't know if this counts, but The Crew 2 have planes and boat races >.<

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Was about to point this out as well and I saw your comment :P

I really liked the boat races in The Crew 2 :)

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There are never too many racing games

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If I'm not wrong back in the day the genre was more popular because water simulation was a way to flex dem 3D graphics and showing off engines and hardware, but now with out of the box solutions and any respectable GPU being capable the whole thing lost a lot of steam. It mostly shifted towards reflections, ripples, and other puddle related effects instead of large bodies of water.

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Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed!

  • a fair amount of boat-racing/flying/car-racing in that one to appease all crowds :)

A lot of those boat racing games I rarely see go on sale either... one of which I got in a bundle years ago, but Steam keys were never provided Aqua Moto Racing Utopia. I really liked Riptide GP Renegade!

(you should watch Kandagawa Girls)

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try crew 2 ;)

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I can't add any other aqua racing game, but I agree with the sentiment for an air racing game. There's one, Skydrift I think... Refunded because it didn't allow me to choose language (it got it automatically from the system) and it wouldn't allow me mouse control, plus always wanting to reinstall vcredist and directx each time I launched it. There was another problem, but it might still appeal to some. And about mouse. Sure, gamepad is nice. But I want an air racing game I can play with mouse!

(I also want a tank game shooter where the gamepad sticks are for controlling each side track as in the old arcade game Assault. All tank games I found are twin-stick shooters - one stick for movement, the other for aiming).

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I actually wondered about it before. I think it's mostly that there aren't as many people fantasizing about boats as there are people fantasizing about racing muscle cars or bikes.
Of course it could also be that the physics are way different from air or road racers and devs don't want to bother.

Sorry for no GA this time as I'm out of keys. Except for the ones for my car. >_<

I can only speak for myself but your threads keep the forum fun to check and to post in, especially in the lean times when there aren't that many bundles/games news to chat about. So really don't apologize for not including a GA in the thread. I always like to see your threads pop up, whether I participate or just read people's posts.

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Haha. Thanks for that. All I like to do is try and have some fun. You should hear the things I say over the headsets at work in the part time retail job I have.

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Heh that's a life motto to live by right there.

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If you don't mind, I've been thinking about this ever since I've played The Crew 2 and I think I might have an explanation (half-baked one probably :P).

I think it's mostly that there aren't as many people fantasizing about boats as there are people fantasizing about racing muscle cars or bikes.

I suspect this is the case mainly because of what most people are exposed to on a daily basis. It's more common to see a car or a bike on the streets for, I reckon, most people than say... a boat or an airplane especially not the bulky types that commercial airlines use. Helicopters are pretty rare too for the common folks, hence we don't really see a lot of "helicopter races" either.

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I certainly don't mind and yeah I think that's probably the case above any other possible reason.
I'm sure there are boat crazies out there, and why not? But ask anyone you know to give you even a brand, let alone a model, of racing boat, most people will go blank. Now ask anyone you know if they've seen a Fast and Furious movie and which is their favorite car ;)

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Sorry for no GA this time as I'm out of keys. Except for the ones for my car. >_<

That's one heck of a giveaway, there. ~.^

Racing games on the whole feel somewhat underrepresented. Moreover, atypical racing games (water racing, motorbike racing, snowboard racing, etc) all seem to be extremely rare, with most available versions thereof being stunt/score based rather than actual competitive racing. Kart racers should be an exception, given their popularity, but even that subgenre still only has a few labels associated with it [and that's even after you include extremely poorly made indie Steam offerings].

I'd definitely like to see more focus on those genres, as well as with many others, but genre representation in gaming definitely has some notable favoritism. It's annoying enough seeing subgenre shifts, with modern FPS, platforming, and RTS games focusing heavily on entirely different subgenres than they did in the past (eg, a decade or two decades ago) [That is to say, it's annoying since we're seeing that rather than the genres simply becoming more versatile in what subgenres are represented].

But more than that,certain genres (Racing, 4x, Building Sims, etc) are definitely represented far less than others (Action-Adventure, Platforming, FPS, etc), which really sucks if you've a preference for those genres. Moreover, platform preferences further complicate matters, with (for example) racing [ports] being rare on PC and strategy & sim titles being rare on consoles.

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