Race With Ryan Reviews
Putting our opinion on the cynical Ryan phenomenon to one side, the resulting game is nevertheless a slightly below-average kart racer that handles reasonably well but generally underwhelms, from the pitifully small number of tracks to the uninspired, floaty-light weaponry. Give your kids a Mario, Sonic or Crash racer instead; they may be young, but they aren't stupid.
As a game, its handling and level design redeem it, but the lack of track variety and the disappointing amount of content make it poor value for money. But the value of a youngster feeling like they’re playing a game with their favourite YouTube star? You can’t really put a price on that.
I give kudos to Ryan. He's a cute kid, a millionaire before he's reached double digits, and I wish him the best. But while this title might work as fan service, as a game it's just poor. With only six tracks and numerous other problems, why spend $39.99 when Team Sonic Racing is the same price (or less) on Nintendo Switch? Kids deserve higher-quality than what's presented here.
In a genre of game that sets the bar quite high, Race With Ryan is a disappointment if taken at face value, but the plus point is that it’s aimed at the very young gamer and their families, so it is making kart racing to a wider demographic then usual.
A really fun game for young boys and girls that range from four to eight years old and for any Ryan fan that is out there.
Limited variety of tracks and audio inconsistencies don’t really justify the PS4 digital price tag of £39.99 / $39.99 but if you can get a copy for £20-25 you’re onto a great game for the little ones. Looking around the price for each console differs hugely, so it’s worth savvy shopping if you’re looking to pick it up. Overall I can see this game has great potential, maybe a future update with more variety of tracks and better audio balance would make this a great kart racing contender for the kids.
Race with Ryan works well as a fan service. Its mechanics also work as a funracer and even the tracks are well designed. There are just too less of them - only six in the whole game! It can a good game for kids who enjoy playing together but it's really a shallow game.
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