Horrific. The gameplay is terrible, the music seclection is awful, and the "story" is non-existant.
I'm a big fan of the Ridge Racer series and thought it was cool they were trying to do this whole "take the racing outside the track" theme, but it wasn't worth it. It isn't Ridge Racer, it's almost some kind of twisted hybrid of RR and the Burnout series.
Just advising that if you're a fan of the RR series, stay away. It's not what you think.
I really hate waiting for a release on something that in pictures looks amazing...then you get it and SURPRISE! another stupid arcade game! C'mon, the thing is so dark you have to pause it,crank the brightness all the way up so you don't keep driving into walls!..which in some cases will break away,and some wont..just plain dumb! One reviewer here was correct on the drifting,almost impossible to master and keep the car off the outer wall. All you men out there who used to play hours of GRID online!...(those were the freekin days,huh?),leave this garbage to your little brother,or sister. Oh, and when you do go head on into a wall..the graphics go black and white slow-mo overhead shot with some smoke and sparklers going off around it..the worst I've ever seen,left me shaking my head in total disbelief on how cheap it looked..really Namco ?? Its almost like the designers were being held at gunpoint to get this one on the shelves! Totally not worth the wait would be a gross understatement on this one! Rent it, you'll see...and for Gods sake DON'T BUY IT! p.s., the engines DO sound good,but that's it!
posted by SnowOkami (SAN FRANCISCO, CA) Apr 4, 2012
Member since Nov 2010
gamers (20%) found this review helpful
I don't know why they would name this game this. Seems like a cheap ploy to use the IP to get more sales.
The game is nothing like 2000 onwards Ridge Racer. The soundtrack is very bland ( What happened to all those classic up-beat songs by Namco producers we love so much - 'Rotterdam Nation '94, 'Rare Hero 2', 'Discoball'?) , the cars are all modeled after real vehicles rather than the fictional Ridge Raer universe ( Where is the White Angel and Devil car?!) , and the gameplay is nothing like it was (simple fun, classic).
-Plays like MotorStorm Apocolypse mixed with Split Second - All based around using boosts to frag your opponents and blow up objects to earn bonuses - the scenery is nothing like it was - based around Shatter City (MotorStorm Apocolypse) which looks very industrial unlike cruising the beautiful beach and mountain scapes
-Drifting is very heavy handed and not simplistic like the past Ridge Racer games completely taking the fun out of this type of racing game
-Game difficulty is dangerously frustrating for the non-serious racing gamer who wants a fun racing game to pick up and play for an hour or two
Overall - I played the game for about an hour and quit. I am not good at racing games in general and I do not enjoy them, but Ridge Racer has always been a 'fun' racing series that doesn't require you to be competitive or thinking on your feet at every bend and curve. It was a racing game that was very casual and fun that made racing easy and drifting a piece of cake. This is the complete opposite with this game. It plays handles and looks nothing like any Ridge Racer I have ever played and I have played them all every since they were sit-in cabinents at the local arcades. I highly recommend unless you are looking for a medium-to-steep learning curve racer with a very competitive racing atmosphere that you don't get this game. It just isn't Ridge Racer.
My rating is based on the series of games that came before. As a general racing game it's decent.