Ridge Racer V
- Racing action at 60 frames per second
- 3 game modes
- 6 customisable and upgradeable cars
- 14 courses
- For 1 to 2 players
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- Platform: PlayStation2
- PEGI Rating: Unknown
- Media: Video Game
When PlayStation first launched in 1995, Ridge Racer was one of the launch titles; now Sony has released a new console and along with it a new Ridge Racer, Ridge Racer 5.
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
Ridge Racer is a game that has always sat very comfortably among those at the top of the league of racing games, and now it's back to assure its ranking among the next generation of high-speed, high-thrill titles. It has everything the previous Ridge Racers did and a whole lot more besides. Ridge Racer V is a model game to show off the pressure-sensitive analog buttons of the Dualshock 2 controller, giving the gamer even more exciting and responsive racing experience. The difference between winning and losing is now just a matter of the slightest touch of your thumb.
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.
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Top Customer Reviews
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!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The game came on time but didn't work. It was way too scratched. I guess the game would have been great if I could have played it.Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
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
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