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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
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.
This game is good until the final race the track slow your so much it makes it almost impossible to win I have won yet and the radio is very sexist their be no female racing... Read morePublished on 19 April 2006 by M. G. Hatfield
A complete waste of money! We bought this game with the launch of the PS2 but have never played it successfully. This also meant we didn't buy Grand Turismo 3 when it came out. Read morePublished on 18 Mar. 2002 by Mr A Bailey
Well I quite like it. It'll never win any awards but it's an easy way to burn a spare hour or two every now and then. Read morePublished on 31 July 2001
complete and total let down! I was RR faithful until this. Boring drive, irritating commentator, annoying bends, un-realistic car handling, and i'm very very upset. Read morePublished on 23 May 2001
A highly irritating game that will get your blood pressure up for all the wrong reasons. A constant commentary from an American "radio DJ" who repeats the same phrases at... Read morePublished on 11 May 2001
The RR series clearly has not moved on. The gameplay remains the same and although the graphics have improved this not enough to warrant spending your money. Wait for GT3.Published on 8 May 2001
Once you get past the tedious intro scenes you find out that the person who designed the game has either never driven a car or has got the physics equations the wrong way... Read morePublished on 6 April 2001 by Karl Franzmann
Before I start I have to admit that I only brought the game as F1 had not been released.
However since buying the game I have played it oh, 2 times. Read more