Australia is a long way from everywhere, and you sure as hell can’t get to any other country by bus. It was with regret then that ATVG had to decline an invitation to Vector Unit’s 10 Year Anniversary Party at this year’s GDC in San Fransisco, even though it would’ve been a great opportunity to put our patented salutation into practice – safe planes and good whisky.
Vector Unit is one of the few studios with multiple games available for the Apple TV platform, and we thought a 10 year anniversary is a perfect time to have a closer look at the team, and its contribution to this relatively new digital-only console’s catalogue.
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Momentum. Inertia. Gravity. The study of the movement of liquids. If Newton and Einstein had jet-skis, they probably would have come to the same conclusions, but they would have had a hell of a lot more fun doing it.
It must have been tough for developer Vector Unit to bring all of the above physics elements together successfully in a video game – but with Riptide GP: Renegade – the studio has pulled off an impressive stunt indeed.
Vector Unit has implemented some of the best liquid modelling you’ll experience not just on Apple TV, but on any console. Sure, it might look better on PS4 and Xbox One, but the physics and the feeling of the water’s movement and its effect on your watercraft in Riptide on ATV remains first-class.
Wrap that core element within a fun arcade racer, and the result is an easy recommendation for your Apple TV.
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