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Ridge Racer V
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on 6 August 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
on 14 April 2008
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
on 4 February 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
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
on 13 December 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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on 3 January 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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on 27 November 2000
Namco has again created a racer for the masses, it doesn't excite and leaves you with a sense of "could it do more?". It's good for those people who just want to "press and go" with a single circuit game of Ridge City. This is a challenging, but altogether technical game relying on the timing of powerslides than any tangible form of steering. Delivery is good and all in all this game should be part of your collection just as the original Ridge Racer was with PS1 owners. I'm waiting for Wipeout Fusion - hoping they can deliver where this game has sadly lacked.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 16 March 2001
A great game for a quick buzz, for racing enthusiasts who just want to load up and rev off!! Well worth a look, Ridge racer V has excellent draw, and good attention to detail. The AI of the cars is clever, even on easy, they still give you a bit of hassle if you try to wang past the top 3. A cool game which is easy to get to grips with. Has buy me all over it!!!
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on 21 March 2001
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. Thats a lot of money for not a lot back. (BTW I did manage to win the first 2 tornaments before getting too bored to carry on!)
The gameplay is appaling, the graphics are no where near what the PS2 can do and the sound is not that great either. Basically it's just Ridge Racer 1 for the PS2.
My advice, either save your money or get something worth playing (Like F1!!!)
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