Aero GPX is F-Zero with rage throttle set at 2,000 km/h
There were dark times for sci-fi racing games after Sony shut down developer Wipeout Studio Liverpool in 2012. As Nintendo let F-Zero languish, high-speed anti-grav racers became one of those “don’t do them like before”. for a few years, until indie games like Redout and BallisticNG started to fill the void. There are a bunch of those games now, but almost all of them take after Wipeout more than F-Zero.
Then there’s Aero GPX, which looks like F-Zero like heeeeell.
This indie racer from developer Aaron McDevitt, which has a Steam page full of fascinating gifs, clearly mimics Nintendo’s F-Zero X/GX series games, which sent you corkscrewing around tube tracks at frankly absurd speeds. . Aero GPX seems to be particularly focused on the aggressive side of F-Zero, with a few ways to slam your ship against other racers to knock them out of the race.
Aero GPX has a bright, sparkling aesthetic, but in action it looks manic, with ships slamming into each other at 1,000 miles per hour. The action here might conjure up painful memories if you’ve ever tried to beat F-Zero GX’s notoriously difficult story mode or its grand prize on higher difficulties. Seriously, this game was no joke. But there really hasn’t been a racing game this fast and brutal since, at least not one with F-Zero’s inexorably twisty tracks.
To my knowledge, there’s really only been one other independent successor to F-Zero in the past few years, and that’s Super Pilot. It’s been in early access since 2018 and it looks like the speed and track design are really spot on, but with less emphasis on attacking other racers. But you box play it now, while Aero GPX is currently gearing up for a Kickstarter campaign. What a treat it would be to have two riffs on one of the best racing games ever to come to PC.