Redout 2 is a futuristic racer that demands perfection. It's basically WipEout if WipEout was even more difficult, and had a control scheme that, at times, made you want to punt your DualSense off the nearest wall. This is just about as hardcore as anti-gravity racing games get, and while we can appreciate the challenge — and the joy of overcoming said challenge — Redout 2 almost feels like it's designed to push you over the edge.
It all starts with the tutorial, which kicks off a lengthy campaign mode stuffed with time trials, races, and more specific events. Simply put, this tutorial does not prepare you for what comes next. Its incredibly brief teaching methods barely register, to the point where your first real race is all but guaranteed to kick your arse. Redout 2's difficulty curve is steep, and it remains steep until you've committed every track and every hairpin turn to memory.
As mentioned, a lot of the potential frustration is tied to Redout 2's controls. You use a combination of the left and right analog sticks to steer your ship, aiming the nose at just the right angle before sliding into a bend. It's undoubtedly awkward at first, but it does start to click as you get to grips with the game's blistering speed. However, issues arise when you start tweaking your ship with unlockable parts. Just a single change can throw off your stick sensitivity significantly, and you'll be forced to completely readjust.
The twin-stick system feels finicky — the difference between a slight change in trajectory and a full-on drift can feel miniscule — but finally mastering a track almost makes the pain worthwhile. And when you're confident in your abilities, you can hop online against up to 11 other players who have also been through neon-lit hell — although it should be noted that we did struggle to find full races just a week or so after launch, which perhaps doesn't bode well.
What we're trying to say is that Redout 2 won't be worth the effort for a lot of people. It is rewarding, sure, but to be brutally honest, part of us thinks that you should just boot up WipEout Omega Collection instead and save yourself the trouble.