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POWER SLIDING HEAVEN!
on 12 March 2006
Ridge Racer 6 is what gaming is supposed to be about - FUN!
Too many games these days try to be far too serious and realistic, but the truth is they are still just games at the end of the day. Ridge Racer is a breath of fresh air and takes you back to the way racers used to be when they first appeared on the Sony Playstation 10 years ago.
The game is pick up and play, although a little practice is required to improve your power sliding technique, I'm pleased to say the ability is still there just as it was in Ridge Racer V on the PS2, to do 360 degree spins at full speed, in fact you can even do 3 consequetive 360 spins in this game, in the first person driving view that's a lot of fun.
So what's different this time around? well the game has stayed true to its roots, and is just the same kind of handling as in the past games, beautiful sweeping fast tracks, and various types of driftable cars, there are 3 categories, standard, mid and dynamic, each becoming more prone to drifting and therefore a little more erratic. There are 15 tracks you can race also in reverse making 30 tracks, and all are available from the start to race in single race mode if you prefer.
I don't really care for the career World mode they have, for unlocking more cars,it is a hexagonal maze they call the Ridge Racer universe, and you connect your route through a maze of hexagonals any way you choose, to reach the top hexagonal, if you beat certain races, you can unlock cars, when you reach the top hexagonal at 111, the universe expands yet again and more pop up, rather like a true universe, will it ever end?
As far as the games music goes, I might be in the minority here, but I actually like the music the Ridge Racer games have, a little cheesy, and arcadey, with it's Japanese electronic music, and in my opinion much more suited to driving than the dreadful stuff that Electronic Arts put into their games.
Out of all the racers on the 360, this is the one i've played the most, it is simply just more fun, PGR wasn't as good as PGR2, Most wanted was alright, but the career mode is just too long, but Ridge Racer is just a breath of fresh air, more games should take a leaf out of Ridge Racers book, in fact if you do like this game, you should definetely check out Outrun 2, and the forthcoming Outrun 2006 Coast to Coast, on the original Xbox, it is more powersliding fun, around picturesque tracks, in Various Ferrari sportscars.
Now let's see a Ridge Racer 7 for the launch of the PS3, Namco!