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4.0 out of 5 stars It certainly isn`t Ridge racer, 2 April 2012
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What we have here is a game that is not Ridge Racer, yes it has the name in there, it also has car styles like RR aswell as a couple of tunes taken from classic RR games, but that is where it ends.

The producer of this game stated that this is not the next installment of Ridgeracer (RR8), instead it seems this is a game that was being produced for another studio but acquired by Namco. It`s mechanics, engine, style is very much different from the classic arcade racer, but is that really a bad thing?

Personally I say no, I do feel the Ridge Racer title has been thrown in there to give it the extra sales but this game can really hold it`s own. Graphics are nice, would have loved full 1080p graphics as opposed to the 720p it displays, but with the amount of carnage that goes on in this game I guess the consoles wouldn`t have been able to handle it all in such high resolution. I played some modes in this game where you are tasked to "Frag" any racers, cop cars or even trucks on the track, this leading to total destruction with cars smashing around the place, obliterating pillers and other destructable objects in their path when you ram them, there is a massive amount of detail parts and particles flying around all with no slowdown at all.

It is mentioned by another reviewer that you can`t control the drifts, that is not true, I have really got the hang of drifting to build boost for speed and smashing, so if I can so can almost anybody else.

I find the "Drift Challenges" a bit to much of a pain personally, even though I am pretty good at drifting in this game it tends to expect very difficult scores for you to achieve, so for me that is the weakest mode in the game.

However the rest of it is great fun, you have Classic racing style, Domination where you race to destroy cars and buildings and earn first place on the grid, Escape where you are being chased by police and must survive to the end of the track within a set time, and finally my favourite mode where you are out there to "Frag" as many racers, cop cars or truck (sometimes even all of them) as fast as you can while smashing through buildings to earn extra valuable seconds to your time. There is also a time trial mode which has ramps, big curved grids ad collectable coins scattered around to challenge you further.

Online I have found a bit disapointing if I am honest, sure there is a hell of a lot of user created tracks, but there are loads which are poorly designed and not well thought out, but among them are some superb courses with well thought out designs and challenges. My biggest upset though is the lack of active players to race against, it could be that it is early days for this game, or I am looking in the wrong places for players to race with, but it is disheartening. I really hope it gets better soon.

My final thoughts:
If your looking for a fix for classic Ridge Racer hunger, your looking in the wrong place.

If your looking for something fresh to cure your craving for chaotic destructive fun, you should get this now.
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Initial post: 2 Apr 2012 22:42:01 BDT
The game should have never used the RidgeRacer name in its title... they are selling this game on popularity of a developed franchise... as you say and I agree if your looking for RidgeRacer don't touch unbounded...

In reply to an earlier post on 2 Apr 2012 23:54:28 BDT
You are right, it is odd to use the title Ridge Racer in it if this game is not indeed a Ridge Racer game, it does seem to me they did that to boost it`s sales.

They could have given it another name, with the right marketing it could still do well as opposed to upsetting traditional Ridge Racer fans. EA did it with their Shift game, first it was called Need for Speed shift, but then they just went for Shift for it`s sequel, maybe Namco will do the same if they do a sequel to this.

I bought this game knowing all to well it wasn`t a traditional RR, since I didn`t go in expecting it to be RR I`m not dissapointed.
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