Fast RMX

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Fast RMX
Fast RMX video game logo 2017.png
Game Logo
Developer(s)Shin'en Multimedia
Publisher(s)Shin'en Multimedia[1]
Platform(s)Nintendo Switch
ReleaseMarch 3, 2017
Genre(s)Racing
Mode(s)Single-player, multiplayer

Fast RMX (stylized as FAST rmx) is a racing video game developed and published by Shin'en Multimedia exclusively for the Nintendo Switch, and is the third installment in the Fast series. It was released on March 3, 2017 on the Nintendo eShop as a launch title for the Nintendo Switch.[2][3] The game includes all the courses and downloadable content from the previous game, Fast Racing Neo, in addition to 6 new courses for a total of 30 courses.[4] An additional free update was released on September 13, 2017 which added 6 extra courses, for a total of 36.[5]

Gameplay[edit]

Like most racing video games, players must reach the end of a track as soon as possible. Unique to the Fast series is the color switch mechanic, where players collect energy to switch between two colors. Each color has respective boosts and jump pads, which can only be used if a player is currently its respective color. Upon completing a race, players are rewarded a number of points, depending on which place of 8 they finished in. At the end of a cup, the player must rank in the top 3 of racers to unlock the next cup. The player has 12 cups of 3 courses available, with only 3 cups to choose from at the beginning of the game. The game can also be played online with up to 4 players locally and up to 8 players online.

The game features a single-player campaign with 10 cups to unlock, containing 30 courses total, along with 15 unlockable vehicles. The game also contains multiplayer components, featuring split-screen multiplayer mode for up to 4 players, as well as local communication and online modes with 2-8 players. Another extra mode called Hero Mode is available, using the same tracks as the Campaign with higher difficulty and with the boost meter doubling as a health bar, similarly to games in the F-Zero franchise.

Development[edit]

The game fully supports the unique control options and features of the Nintendo Switch, such as HD Rumble, motion controls, single Joy-Con play, and the Pro Controller. The game is capable of running in up to 1080p at 60FPS in docked mode.

It was announced on March 5, 2017 that, like its predecessor, the game would be receiving free updates with extra content in the future. The first major update was released on April 19, 2017.[6][7] It was confirmed to include a Time Attack mode and online friend support.[8] An additional free update was released on September 13, 2017 which added 6 extra courses, as well as improving CPU AI, fixing bugs, and adding friend list activity features.[5]

Reception[edit]

Like the game's predecessors, Fast RMX is also often compared to the games of the F-Zero and Wipeout series.[21]

On Metacritic, the game holds a Metascore of 81 out of 100 points, based on 54 reviews.[9] Nintendo Life gave the game a 4.7, praising the game's diverse selection of vehicles and tracks.[22] IGN rated the game with 7.4 out of 10 points, describing it as a "[...] racer that borrows heavily from the classic Wipeout and F-Zero games."[23] The website praised the game's AI, variety of courses and its graphical presentation.[23] The online mode was criticized for its lack of custom functions and not featuring a lobby system.[23]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Fast RMX for Nintendo Switch". Nintendo. 3 March 2017. Retrieved 2 May 2019.
  2. ^ Dornbush, Jonathon (12 January 2017). "Fast RMX Announced for Nintendo Switch". IGN. Retrieved 6 February 2017.
  3. ^ Arnold, Cory (13 January 2017). "It's not quite F-Zero, but Fast RMX will do for now". Destructoid. Retrieved 6 February 2017.
  4. ^ Shea, Cam (6 March 2017). "Fast RMX Review". IGN. Ziff Davis. Retrieved 11 March 2017.
  5. ^ a b Calvert, Darren (13 September 2017). "Exclusive: Here's What's In Today's Free FAST RMX REMIX Update". Nintendo Life. Nlife Media. Retrieved 17 September 2017.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  6. ^ "FAST RMX update out next week". Nintendo Everything. Retrieved April 14, 2017.
  7. ^ Vogel, Mitch. "Fast RMX Version 1.2 Is Now Live". Nintendo Life. Gamer Network. Retrieved 19 April 2017.
  8. ^ Forde, Matthew. "FAST RMX Developer is Already Working on an Update for the Switch Launch Title". Nintendo Life. Retrieved March 5, 2017.
  9. ^ a b "Fast RMX". Metacritic. Retrieved July 16, 2020.
  10. ^ Shea, Cam (7 March 2017). "Fast RMX Review". IGN. Retrieved 10 October 2021.
  11. ^ Olney, Alex (8 March 2017). "Fast RMX Review (Switch eShop)". Nintendo Life. Retrieved 10 October 2021.
  12. ^ Hancock, Patrick (10 March 2017). "Review: Fast RMX". Destructoid. Retrieved 10 October 2021.
  13. ^ D'Aprile, Jason (11 March 2017). "Fast RMX Review". GameSpot. Retrieved 10 October 2021.
  14. ^ Gibson, Casey (5 March 2017). "Fast RMX (Switch) Review". Nintendo World Report. Retrieved 10 October 2021.
  15. ^ Carter, Chris (18 March 2017). "Fast RMX Switch Review". Computer Games Magazine. Retrieved 10 October 2021.
  16. ^ James, Chris (3 March 2017). "FAST RMX review - Worthy of filling the F-Zero and Mario Kart void?". Pocket Gamer. Retrieved 10 October 2021.
  17. ^ Staff, GameRevolution (5 March 2017). "Fast RMX Review". GameRevolution. Retrieved 10 October 2021.
  18. ^ Carsillo, Ray (10 March 2017). "Fast RMX review". Electronic Gaming Monthly. Retrieved 10 October 2021.
  19. ^ Vincent, Brittany (13 March 2017). "Fast RMX Review: Gotta Go Fast". Shacknews. Retrieved 10 October 2021.
  20. ^ Estrada, Marcus (18 March 2017). "Review: Fast RMX". Hardcore Gamer. Retrieved 10 October 2021.
  21. ^ "Fast Racing Neo is a more cerebral take on pioneers like Wipeout and F-Zero". VentureBeat. 2015-12-12. Retrieved 2019-07-23.
  22. ^ "Fast RMX Review | Switch Player". 2017-03-14. Retrieved 2022-09-04.
  23. ^ a b c Fast RMX Review - IGN, retrieved 2021-04-04

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