Race with Ryan
Race with Ryan is a 2019 racing game developed by 3DClouds and published by Outright Games, released for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and Microsoft Windows. The game is based on the YouTube channel Ryan's World.
In October 2020, an updated version of the game, Race with Ryan: Road Trip Deluxe Edition, was released, featuring additional tracks and characters.
Why It Sucks
- Cheap-looking graphics, even for late eighth-generation console standards. They look like a early life seventh-generation console game or an HD-resolution PS2 game. Despite running on Unreal Engine 4.
- Poor voice acting. In fact, it sounds like Ryan was the only voice actor, which you can hear him a whole lot. Such as game menus, cutscenes, gameplay, etc.
- Plus, he never shuts up. And on top of that, it sometimes sounds like he's too close to the microphone.
- The game poorly rips off Mario Kart.
- The cutscenes are just Ryan Kaji himself and his parents playing the game, and some of them are poorly animated, poorly written, or poorly lip-synced.
- Really bland gameplay; all you do is race and collect power-ups along the way.
- The game is very short, and it can be beaten 30 minutes or less.
- The kart is chosen with the character you chose, and this time, there are more than one of the same character. They're just occupations.
- Slow pacing.
- Generic title and the logo looks like it was made by a kindergartener. (Which is ironic since Ryan was 8-years-old and in 2nd grade during the development of this game). Sound familiar?
- Deluxe Edition's cover is just the same as the original cover, but Ryan was changed, including the logo, and it informs the player it has new tracks and racers.
- It has exactly the same logo as the YouTube channel but with a different name slapped into it.
- Ryan keeps appearing an awful lot during a race, which gets very annoying fast, as he is shoehorned into every single game.
- The characters are very lame, with most of them being anthropomorphic animals. Some of them also look very bizarre, such as the alligator named Gus and the penguin named Peck.
- The box art looks like if Ryan himself was copied-and-pasted/color-screened into it, just like Pop Idol.
- The game costs $40 at launch, when you could be buying other bad racing games like Garfield Kart for $1.
- Unoriginal cup names, such as "Hook Prize", "Pizza Cup", and "Hotdog Cup".
- Poor product placement, such as the Surprise Eggs acting like the item boxes from games like Crash Team Racing and Mario Kart.
- Speaking of items, the egg power-ups somewhat resemble the Golden Eggs from Angry Birds.
- One of the characters can only be unlocked if you play the game for over 2 hours, which is the exact same time as how long a Steam game can be played before you can give a refund.
- Horrible collision, especially when you crash into the walls.
- The AI is terrible to the point where you can easily crash into them, even if they crash into a wall first.
- The controls are abysmal and they feel broken most of the time.
- If you get anything other than 1st place, it counts as a loss. This can easily encourage kids to be a sore loser.
- The dialogue in general is painful to listen to.
- To 100% the game and unlock everything, you have to play every single cup in every single difficulty, making each run worse than the last.
- The Road Trip DLC barely adds anything new to the game.
- Overall, the game is a shallow and cynical cash grab aimed at promoting the Ryan's World brand.
On Metacritic, the Nintendo Switch version of Race With Ryan received an average score of 51/100 based on four reviews, indicating "mixed or average" reviews. Nintendo Life gave it a 4/10 rating. The game currently has a Google users rating of "51% of users liked this game".
- Disturbingly enough, there's a thankfully-unused texture that is of Ryan with a horrific face that had “x”s for eyes, stitches for a mouth, and blood on his cheeks. It would have given children nightmares if it were implemented into the game. It could be possible that the developers hated developing the game.
- One of TGFbro's videos briefly featured a physical copy of the PlayStation 4 version, with Romell saying "It's not even a good game..." and Jay repeatedly stomping on the case.
- The game got DLC at one point in 2020 and also got a deluxe edition re-release the same year.