First of all if you are looking for a car or racing game DO NOT GET RIDGE RACER 6. This game has the worst graphics i've ever seen its like PS2 graphics. And the drifting looks and feels so fake. Bottom line THIS GAME SUCKS!!!!!
To be honest with you, I usually enjoy most racing games. Growing up with Rad Racer and Pole Position (I know most of you have no idea what I'm talking about), I have seen games progress greatly into very realistic, and challenging games (Ex. GT3).
However, Ridge Racer is a series that should never be allowed to come to the console gaming systems. It is an arcade style game, and it should stay that way.
Controls - Very sloppy, unrealistic, you have no control of the car, and it takes no skill whatsoever to drive.
Graphics - The only great part of the game, I have a HDTV running 1080i and the game looks great, but all just eye candy.
Challenge - I played for a few days trying to get into the Ridge Racer theme and couldn't do it. The first few tracks were very easy, then it got to the point where you couldn't win. Extremely frustrating. After playing GT3 and PGR 2&3, you have to be able to brake, turn, and accelerate to be able to pass at the later stages of the game. Where in this game, you fly through the corners at "stupid" speeds only to saved with the horrible power slides, and just as you get ready to pass, they hit the nitrous! And don't even make me get started on the announcer...
Overall - Terrible, wouldn't recommend to anyone. Just one more reason why great arcade series shouldn't be brought to the console market. They wanted to make their mark on the xbox360, and they did. However a very bad one that will not come out in the wash.
PLEASE STOP MAKING THIS SERIES!!! They are only getting worse.