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Ridge Racer V

by Sony
Platform : PlayStation2
26 customer reviews

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  • Racing action at 60 frames per second
  • 3 game modes
  • 6 customisable and upgradeable cars
  • 14 courses
  • For 1 to 2 players
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Game Information

  • Platform:   PlayStation2
  • ELSPA Minimum Age: 3
  • Media: Video Game

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  • ASIN: B000053VI3
  • Release Date: 24 Nov. 2000
  • Average Customer Review: 2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 12,635 in PC & Video Games (See Top 100 in PC & Video Games)

Product Description

Amazon.co.uk Review

When PlayStation first launched in 1995, Ridge Racer was one of the launch titles; now Sony has released a new console and along with it a new Ridge Racer, Ridge Racer 5.

If you've played any of the other Ridge Racer titles, you can jump right into Ridge Racer V and hold your own. The new Dual Shock 2 takes a bit of getting used to, if only because the d-pad takes a lot more pushing to get your vehicle to turn. Other than that, power-slides work like a charm.

Ridge Racer V graphics seem to be better than any other racer ever created on a console. The vehicles have more polygons than you can imagine, and their reflective surfaces are just dazzling. When you go up through the gears, the sense of speed that Namco has created is second to none and showcases the horsepower of the PlayStation 2. Drive through an underpass and things get darker; exit into an open area and the glare will seem blinding.

Gamers will find plenty of vehicles to choose from at the outset with more available as you improve. This will obviously add replay value to the arcade racer. The season mode resembles Ridge Racer Type 4, without straying too far from Namco's successful formula. Those who dislike the Ridge Racer series will still dislike the power sliding, and it's lack of tracks. The tracks included here feature designs that embody non-stop excitement with hair-pin turns and jumps galore.

With both this and the more sober Gran Turismo 2000, gamers can't complain about any lack of quality racers. While radically different from each other, both are great games and definitely worth checking out. --Todd Mowatt

Manufacturer's Description

Ridge Racer is a game that has always sat very comfortably among those at the top of the league of racing games, and now it's back to assure its ranking among the next generation of high-speed, high-thrill titles. It has everything the previous Ridge Racers did and a whole lot more besides. Ridge Racer V is a model game to show off the pressure-sensitive analog buttons of the Dualshock 2 controller, giving the gamer even more exciting and responsive racing experience. The difference between winning and losing is now just a matter of the slightest touch of your thumb.

But that's not the only thing as the PlayStation 2's Emotion Engine really comes into its own here. Tyres smoke and sparks fly if you collide with the walls or other cars, and the passing scenery is even reflected in the highly polished bodywork and windscreens of the cars as you race around at a near impossible velocity. What ever you do, just don't get caught short of adrenaline.


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2.8 out of 5 stars

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 6 Aug. 2001
If you like the ridge series (like myself )then you will love this game. The graphics are quite impressive and it moves at a fast pace providing excitement and tension as you have to turn extremely tight corners at high speeds. The gameplay has a good solid arcade feel for it, making it a game you can pick up again and again for a quick blast. There are a lot of fun modes like driving a special round yellow man's car.(guess who). Overall another good title from namco moving a grat series of racing games onto the next generation. If you like ridge games then you'll love it and if you love good, quality and exciting games then look no further. There is hardly any better than namco for excellent arcade games.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Dubreggae on 14 April 2008
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I'm not sure why Ridge Racer V has recieved such a negative response. Maybe it's because RR fans expected something more and feel short changed or perhaps certain gamers are over picky and impatiently forked out full price for the game. Is it worth the £40 or so it was originally sold for? No, but what game is?

The only other Namco driving game I've bought was 10 years ago, Rage Racer, on the PS1 which I thoroughly enjoyed so I decided to get this. Out of the half a dozen games I possess from this particular genre, Ridge Racer V gets played the most. Why? Because it's pound for pound the best racer out there I've played in my opinion. Yes, GT may have enormous depth but I don't want to spend decades on a game.

This is a stylish arcade type of racer, where you race against a large field of 13 cars and that's what a like. It may be not the most realistic but compared to a game like Outrun 2006, it excels in most departments. My biggest criticism of RR V is the lack of tracks and the abysmal commentary although thankfully this can be turned off.

Nowadays this game is selling for a few quid and if you haven't played any of the Ridge Racer games and are looking for an uncomplicated get-up-and-go racer and aren't the type to throw a wobbly if you can't get to drive your dream machine, buy it! To sum it up, Ridge Racer V is the benchmark for arcade style racing whereas GT is the benchmark for the complete motor freak!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 4 Feb. 2001
After hearing about all it's bad points it was actually curious what was so bad about. When I rented it I was so hooked I just had to buy it! First the graphics do suffer from Jagged edges and a bit of Pop-up besides it great! The gameplay is superb and when you're racing you'll get the edge the push harder just to win. The cars themselves are very nice and their drivers while not smart they won't hesistate to barge you off the road during a vital bend. My advice buy this game. Ignore all the people who say it's bad, this game will control your desire.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By real_skywalker@hotmail.com on 11 May 2001
This could have been a brilliant game, but as it stands it is merely only good. The graphics make GT2 and RRT4 look like something from the SNES, the music' quite good, you can choose your car's colour, and the gameplay isn't half bad either. However it is held back by a number of things - not nearly enough tracks, a VERY irritating commentator which can't be switched off, no option to customise the controls, etc. As for realism, the physics are far too general; and play it too much and it soon becomes boring. Hopefully RR6 (if there is to be one, that is) will come out better formed than this inconsistent effort. Buy it if you really want, but I recomend waiting for GT3.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ale Mop on 13 Dec. 2012
The game itself is very good if you like racing arcade games, but the PAL conversion runs at 50Hz (so it's slower than the original NTSC version) with large black border on the top and bottom of the screen. If you can, go for the NTSC version, with 60hz full speed and full screen!
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By A Customer on 3 Jan. 2001
I bought Ridge Racer V a couple of days ago, well what can I say the game is just great. If you like driving/racing games you have just got to buy this and add it to your collection. The most impressive thing you will notice upon boot up of the game is the simply sumptous graphics, no stupid looking square ploygons here matey, all as rounded as Elle McPhersons breasts in a topless bikini contest. The gameplay is great, and for once the computer opponents are quite hard to beat, the backdrops on the courses could not be more realistic and there is even reflections of these on your cars bodywork, Mmmmm!!!!. Overall if you love racing games, and want sonething to gawp over for a couple of weeks You just simply have to buy this game. 'Cause It's Great :-)
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One of the first games to really start to tap the power in that little black box we all rushed out to buy. The scenery is jaw droppingly rendered, it makes you wish you could leave the track and drive around it! The night races have to display some of the best graphics and lighting effects I have ever seen. Even the cars reflect scenery and light, accurate to the contours of the bodywork! Little touches like the dashboard illuminations showing through the glass of the cars make you think that you are watching a film rather than a game that is being rendered in real time. Gameplay is what you would expect from this kind of racer and it has a head to head mode - but it is the whole package that will keep you coming back to this game.
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