Was just way too painful to enjoy. The final bunny hills were an endurance test. Looking at the initial POV's which came out, the ride was crawling around the last sections, but its flying at the moment and its making the ride painful (for me anyway).
1. Wildfire - Although it loses pace a bit at the end, I do think this is the most forceful RMC I've done. Also, quite a few brilliant elements, especially at the start (the zero g stall cannot be emphasised enough <3)
2. Iron Rattler - The most surprising one, as I always thought it looked like the weakest. An amazing first drop, and a pretty cool layout jumping on and off the cliff. Had some great night rides on this one <3
3. Outlaw Run - Definitely the best-paced RMC, and its funky overbanks underneath the lifthill and after are awesome. Maybe a tad low on airtime though compared to the others?
4. Wicked Cyclone - I think I usually prefer the bigger, swooping RMCs, rather than the tightly twisted ones, but this one was fast and full of airtime pops. Its pacing is also impressive considering its size and length.
5. Goliath - I like this one because it's a bit different to the others in the execution of some of its elements. Probably has my fave RMC airtime hill too. Cheats a bit by ending so quickly though.
6. Joker - I found this to be similar to WC but perhaps with an inferior layout? I'm not sure, but it just didn't seem to flow as well or feel very special. Still, it was very good!
7. Twisted Colossus - I loved the blue track (first half), but the slowness of the second lift really does take the edge off. Also, the green section wasn't as good (bar the zero g stall), so it didn't end on as much of a high.
8. New Texas Giant - I feel bad putting this one last because I did have some great rides late in the day. However, I can't shake the memory of the comparably mediocre rides in the morning.
Some of the comments I made about these probably don’t hold out anymore with a new batch of RMCs e.g. Goliath probably doesn’t have my favourite RMC airtime hill anymore. But anyway, onto the updated rankings:
1. Twisted Timbers - OMG it’s god-near perfect! There is so much ridiculous airtime all the way through the ride; it’s totally relentless and throws you around everywhere, but in such an enjoyable way! It’s fast, it’s furious, it’s forceful, it’s unfoubtedly my favourite RMC to date and ranks #4 in my overall list. I’ve had smaller thrill coasters pack a big punch before, but this is another level. Also it was my first barrel roll drop and they’re fab <3.
3. Iron Rattler
4. Outlaw Run
5. Twisted Cyclone - I think this probably shares the title of “most surprising RMC” with Iron Rattler now. It may not have the best layout, but it’s executed perfectly and just keeps it coming with that crazy airtime. It just flows so well it’s an absolute joy, as well as a powerful experience. I’m going back for more just before we fly home and I hope I don’t regret saying any of this XD.
6. Wicked Cyclone
8. The Joker
9. Lightning Rod - Sorry people! I can’t quite join the LR hype train and no one is more disappointed than me It’s a very good coaster that looks spectacular and uses the terrain very well, but it’s not quite the extreme, euphoric experience I was led to believe. Firstly, trimming the launch? Urgh, it’s a cool element but it’s basically a gimmick now rather than an effective part of the coaster. The quad-down is certainly excellent but the rest of the ride failed to make a big impression and by the time you reach the bottom of the mountain it’s like “oh, it’s already gonna be over soon, I want more?” Basically, it just left a little to be desired imo. It speeds through the elements like mad mostly but I never felt it was *that* extreme. It’s very exciting but I expected it to have a more passionate delivery of elements. Oh well.
10. Twisted Colossus
11. New Texas Giant
Well, I just added all three of the 2018 conversions to my count over the last week. I'm still trying to process... things
1 Outlaw Run (based off 2 rides)
2 StormChaser (based off 6 rides)
3 (Dare I do this?) Steel Vengeance (based off 2 rides)
4 Wicked Cyclone (based off 4 rides)
5 Lightning Rod (based off 2 rides)
6 Twisted Timbers (based off 2 rides)
7 Twisted Cyclone (based off 3 rides)
8 New Texas Giant (based off 3 rides)
9 Twisted Colossus (based off 2 rides)
I'm certain that the majority of people who don't rank RMCs that high are due to size, either height or weight.I do find it interesting that some RMC's are rated highly for some and for others the same rides are down at the bottom of their list. I wonder if there is some correlation between riders dimensions and how high / low they rank?
I do find it interesting that some RMC's are rated highly for some and for others the same rides are down at the bottom of their list. I wonder if there is some correlation between riders dimensions and how high / low they rank?
I am 6ft 3in tall and just under 17stone and I found the ejector airtime on Twisted Timbers, Steel Vengeance and Storm Chaser way too painful on my thighs to the point where it physically was too painful to re-ride. Does the fact that my feet cannot be placed fully flat on the floor of the 3 rides mentioned above due to the restrictive shin pads, thrust me into the restraint more? Does this explain why Lightning Rod and Wildfire are ranked higher than Steel Vengeance for me, because the trains are more comfortable for me?
Likewise, I have never had to be stapled into an RMC, but my 17stone of timber will push me into the bar more than a 10st person would.
1. Steel Vengeance
2. Wicked Cyclone
3. Twisted Timbers
I don't think any of them will go in my top 10 though, not even Steve. Yes, I said that.
Here me out...
I was expecting some ridiculous mindboggling experience on the RMCs as people had hyped them up so much (Steve will be your new number 1 etc etc) but I didn't find that they stood out compared to any other of the great coasters I did for the first time (MF, Skyrush etc). No out of body experience or anything like some seem to make it out to be. I am not a fan of the ejector bunnyhops they stick in EVERYWHERE, they just annoy me, are jerky and feel unnecessary. I also don't like those turns where it starts off going one way and then changes direction. If you have a body part in the wrong place it really hurts and those elements are just jerky and gross. Had to make sure I sat a certain way to avoid elbowing people in the face or the side of the train or whatever. I do like the zero g stalls, inversions and the swoopy bits though. I was so confused by my reaction but I just enjoyed loads of other things more so it wasn't a loss at all. All three of them are still great coasters.
/End of blasphemous post.
After getting off of SV, I had to think about it. Getting off of LR I just frigging loved it. In my mind, if it has to be processed or thought about...then it's behind the ones you just love immediately.