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Ridge Racer (PSP)
- Reworked and enhanced car design complete with trademark Ridge Racer series drift handling
- Drive in style and rise through the ranks to unlock hidden bonuses in World Tour Mode
- Featuring 24 breathtaking courses the most in any Ridge Racer game including old favourites Seaside Route 765 Crimsonrock Pass and Greenpeak Highlands
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- Platform: Sony PSP
- PEGI Rating: Ages 3 and Over
- Media: Video Game
- Item Quantity: 1
Featuring the best loved race courses from arcade classic Rave Racer and the entire Ridge Racer series, 24 circuits of breakneck speed and exhilaration stand between you and racing glory. Beat the clock in Time Attack Mode or test your racing skills against up to 8 players in WiFi compatible Wireless Battle Mode.
Sony clearly regards the Ridge Racer series as their lucky mascot -- this is the third time it has launched alongside one of their new consoles. And although Ridge Racer V on the PS2 may have been a disappointment, this new version for the PSP represents a triumphant return to form.
In fact, the Ridge Racer series has been so mistreated in recent years, with the unwarranted drift towards simulation -- cumulating in the dire R: Racing -- that its something of a shock to be reminded how much fun the game used to be. Like WipEout Pure and Burnout Legends, this is something of a "best of" recap of all the previous Ridge Racers, with a generous total of 24 different tracks including the classic Seaside Route 765, Crimsonrock Pass and Greenpeak Highlands (youll know them when you see them).
Although there is a new nitro boost feature and an absolute mountain of gameplay modes and unlockables, the game really doesn't need gimmicks -- not when it's this much fun.
The trademark drift handling means a practiced player can make it round almost any course without a moments let up in speed.
Its a hugely entertaining and rewarding system thats been tweaked and balanced to perfection -- and it gets even better when you show it off in the eight person multiplayer mode. Apart from some trying loading times, Ridge Racer does almost everything right and for once a sense of déjà vu is more than welcome. -- Harrison Dent
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Graphics: These really are excellent, the cars look great and there is virtually no pop-up scenery. The drift animations are really smooth too
Sound: There are some very good tracks on the soundtrack (not any real ones) but some are just very annoying. Especially the track that plays when you race against pac-man.
Gameplay: This is the most important thing in any game and I am pleased to report that it is excellent here. It is easy just to pick up and play but recquires real skill to master. Drifts can be pulled off with ease and the new nitrous system means there is a decent reward for going round a corner at 180mph sideways apart from satisfaction! The gameplay is deceptively simple but soon you realise its a deep as hell. Which is great.
Learning Curve: As i said it takes about 5 mins to learn the basics and first of all the early tours are really easy but as soon as you advance to theh pro tour (especially the special 1 on 1 duels) it can become rock hard.
Originality: Its not really original (go round a track as fast as possible, preferably sideways) but it is nice that they have added a nitrous system in (just like every driving game ever).
Lifespan: It does have a very good lifespan and will take you many hours to complete. A nice thing is that you can leave a world tour halfway through and come back to it later which is also handy in many situations. You will also keep coming back to unlock the hyper-cars in this game to (including a cars powered by a gas turbine jet engine and a fan powered car driven by pac-man!).
For PSP's Ridge Racer, Namco have taken a couple of the best tracks from each Ridge game (including arcade-only Rave Racer), thrown in some new cars as well as a great soundtrack and thrown it all into a great big melting pot - and the meal from that pot is Ridge Racer.
For a launch game, the graphics are spectacular - better than that of even its PS2 cousin Ridge Racer V. Each car is loaded with detail, and there are no jaggies (blocky polygons) in sight. Each car has their own original style, but all the cars look a bit sharp - and some of them look a bit ugly.
The 24 tracks (12 going one way, 12 going the other) all have variety, from flat-out city freeways to twisty mountain roads, and each are small enough for a quick burst - perfect for a portable console. Some tracks that had problems in previous games - jumps that send you into the wall, corners that are too tight - have all been fixed, so it's far more forgiving. The track environments are all well detailed - sharp buildings and even cows that watch you as you powerslide past you, but some of it looks a bit chunky. Even better, you can unlock a Mirror Mode that effectively doubles the track number to 48!
Powerslides are the core reason Ridge Racer is Ridge Racer, and they define the gameplay that is so unmistakeably Ridge.Read more ›
Ridge Racer isn't a new game, but takes tracks from all of its previous games, improves the graphics to make them look crisp and sharp and puts all of this on a small disc for you. Obviously, the aim of the game: Win the race to unlock the cars, tracks and rewards that the game has in store.
The graphics are beautiful, and its amazing to see how far the series has come (the first track is taken from the original Ridge Racer seaside town level) The backgrounds are all well drawn, and incredibly detailed, such as the city and the cobbled streets that you drive through. The visual effects of the sky is really good too, sunsets, night-time drives, its all there. The cars are incredibly detailed. This game looks good enough to be on the PS2, and there is no pop-up!
So how does the game play? Amazingly easy to get into, (i.e. there is a brake and accelerate button) whilst you can choose to either use the analogue or the d-pad to steer. Skidding increases boost which you can later use to get ahead of rivals. And, if not enough, there are two views to choose from, (inside car or following car.) There are numerous tours to unlock, cars, stages, and rewards. And, if thats not enough, the opening video is incredible. Its video quality and shows just what the PSP can do.
In short, what is there not to like about Ridge Racer? Its just a pure arcade racer, and the only reason not to buy this, is if your after total realism, (i.e. car damage and feel) other than that, this has set the standard for all racers to follow. A must buy for any PSP owner.
I'm a racing game addict and its been a long time since I played a disappointing Ridge Racer IV. However, there are not that many racing titles out on the PSP at the moment and this US version has certainly been my best PSP purchase.
As with any game it has to start easy and progression can seem a little repetitive and lengthy but stick with it, this game has hours of competitive gameplay in it. The game flows smoothly, a little blocky on edges now and again but I would rather that than a slowing down of the action. The soundtrack builds nicely to ensure that if the race is going to be close then the music will be loud and fast too, this all adds to the addictive atmosphere generated by the game.
I have not had the opportunity to play any of the link up games, I'd be very interested to see how these fair. In summary, a very smooth racing game with lots of pick-up-and-play potential that showcases the PSP's enormous potential.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The original ridge racer for psp is pretty hard to found now in the shops a especially in good condition, but Amazon has quite a few of these online in various conditions. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Stephen H.
Wrong game inside the case but thats fine equally happy with what i got!Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
Bought for grandsons birthday...delighted with purchase which arrived before time.Published 6 months ago by MJulien
If you want to bring Ridge Racer along with you on your travels, then it doesn't get much better than this offering (except maybe the DS or 3DS version, but hey). Read morePublished 6 months ago by LollyCormy