I have not had experience with the Ridge Racer franchise, but often enjoy racing games. I assumed the game would be similar to Split/Second, and in concept it is but in everything else it is not.
The "story" section is a grouping of races that tally points and open more races and cars. The drift system is difficult to work with in all the cars. The drifting is what gives you power to perform speed boosts that destroy environment and other racers. I raced fifty races and finished one first place, in a non standard race. You can unlock better cars but the difficulty stays and the game becomes very frustrating.
This game made me furious, I walked away with a small amount of achievements and wasted time. If you want a good game like this play Split/Second. If you know the makers of this game, slap them for me.