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Good Arcade Racer
posted by chuck74 (SAN DIEGO, CA) Apr 13, 2012
Member since Dec 2009
10 out of 10 gamers (100%) found this review helpful
I don't think many of the reviews are fair that are below 5-6. They are either complaining that it is an arcade racer or that it isn't like old Ridge Racer games. All you had to do is read a preview or review and you wouldn't be suprised. Neither of those are good reasons to rate a game as a 1... A 1 should be received for a horrific game (worst you've ever played). This game would not fit that description for any rational person.
The bottom-line is that this is an arcade racer that is a mix of Burnout and Split Second (ie. crashing other racers and environment destruction). The game is quite fun at what it is. My single gripe would be like other reviewers that the drifting is hard to adjust to.
Another thing of note is that this game doesn't allow customization of your car. This doesn't bother me, but I'm sure others will complain since they didn't read a preview or review.
1) fun arcade style racer with environment destruction
2) nice graphics (not too dim on my tv - see other reviews complaints)
3) track builder
1) drifting is little hard to adjust to
i hated the last nfs so this is great
posted by prettiegrl (BEACON, NY) Apr 5, 2012
Member since Jun 2010
6 out of 6 gamers (100%) found this review helpful
Ridge Racer Unbounded
posted by ProGamer_17 (GRACEVILLE, FL) Apr 14, 2012
Member since Apr 2012
1 out of 1 gamers (100%) found this review helpful
posted by Ekuriox (FORT WORTH, TX) Apr 12, 2012
Member since May 2003
4 out of 5 gamers (80%) found this review helpful
The Story is pretty retro and common for racing titles. You are a rookie driver that is to merge to being the top driver in every racing class and own the World at racing.
The game is very easy to play and fun. The arcade style of gameplay is not that bad and the over all game dynamics are pretty cool. There is basically 4 types of racing... Drifting, time trials, elimination, Racing, and a few different sorting of variants of those racing types.
The coolest aspect that makes the title brilliant is the ability to create your own WORLD of racing areas. While you can't build a free-roam stage. You CAN create numerous types of maps with your own course layout. Share and challenge the maps you create with your friends or take them to the online world and show your style.
I only wish they would have allowed the cars to be more customizable, but never-the-less it is a clever, easy to use, and unique game.
Fun for a bit!
posted by SkinnyWhiteBoy2 (NEWNAN, GA) Apr 9, 2012
Member since Apr 2012
2 out of 3 gamers (67%) found this review helpful
The first three cities you race in are fun and look great.
Then once you start unlocking the other 6 cities things change!
It becomes so hard to win even win you wreck people and you dont... its pisses you off.
So Im sending it back about 45% complete... I hate leaving games unfinished but this game takes a really good racing gamer to beat it!
8/10 First three cities, 3/10 whatever is left!
posted by jaredkolb (FORT PIERRE, SD) Apr 15, 2012
Member since Dec 2011
1 out of 2 gamers (50%) found this review helpful
RIDGE RACER UNBOUNDED
posted by halloween84 (SMITHFIELD, PA) Apr 3, 2012
Member since Feb 2012
4 out of 9 gamers (44%) found this review helpful
This Isn't Ridge Racer
posted by SnowOkami (SAN FRANCISCO, CA) Apr 4, 2012
Member since Nov 2010
3 out of 14 gamers (21%) found this review helpful
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.
Feels more like Split/Second 2 than Ridge Racer
posted by Vsonic (EAST STROUDSBURG, PA) Nov 10, 2012
Member since Jan 2010
But once you get through that, this game is pretty neat. Like Split/Second or Burnout, it has an emphasis on destruction. Driving well fills your boost meter, after which you can use it to smash opponents or walls to find shortcuts. The checking feels good and looks great. It's not quite as good as in Burnout though, and blowing up the track isn't nearly as good as in Split/Second, but it's a fine mix between the two. The amount of race types is great, and the visual variety in Shatter Bay is nice. The soundtrack is... okay. Too much Euro-style techno for me, but classic Ridge Racer tracks are in there. The difficulty is too high for my taste; there seems to be rubber banding going on. So if you're easily frustrated, you should probably skip this one.
The biggest problem is visual. There's no personality. Because of the focus on destruction, it causes problems. A ton of objects, including walls and columns, are destroyable. It wants you to bust through them to fill up your boost meter, but the game doesn't do enough to communicate what is safe to drive through and what will stop you cold. They could have desaturated invincible elements, used different materials, lit them differently, put graffitti on them – they could've done a TON to differentiate the two, but didn't. It's a pretty glaring flaw on the part of the aesthetic design. It somehow doesn't completely derail the experience, but it's less than ideal.
RRU isn't perfect, but it's fun. Give it a sho
posted by djthaiboxe (OKLAHOMA CITY, OK) Sep 1, 2012
Member since Feb 2010
I have to HEAVILY suggest playing SPLIT SECOND instead of ridge racer, as the idea's in ridge racer make Split Second even better.
Just stay away
posted by twobar2door (JUSTICE, IL) Aug 13, 2012
Member since Aug 2012
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.
posted by vlace11 (CEDAR HILL, TX) Jun 13, 2012
Member since Mar 2012
Sweet change of pace from NFS
posted by bITEmE (NEWVILLE, PA) Apr 27, 2012
Member since Dec 2010
Although my four year old cousin can race in RRU and make it to the finish line, this game is challenging. Easy to controll, hard to win. I've played it for a few hours and only won about 10/12 races. But itis great fun.
My Beef with reviewers:
People complainig and rating it 1 prob just suck at it and are frustrated or havent played enough to get the feel. Drifting is not hard like some are saying. youre supposed to hit stuff going in and coming out of corners, it gives you points and boost so these other reviewers havent played it enough to figure it out.
Also, stop whinning that new games arent like the older games... you want to play a game like the old one you have, then play the old one. from NFS reviews to TW & RR:U, UC3 ... so sick of hearing "Unleashed sucks, its not like Most Wanted, I'll rate it a 1." "GT5 sucks cause its hard and nothing like Motorstorm"... DUH!
best arcade racing game ive played in a while !
posted by mark9087 (PALM COAST, FL) Apr 24, 2012
Member since Apr 2012
posted by Ichiban (SAN JOSE, CA) Apr 16, 2012
Member since Apr 2006
The game feels like a fairly tired NFS game, and at that, any of the NFS games would fill the same driving cravings that this does. This is also rock hard. I think, after almost two weeks of playing it, that my fingers still don't understand how to drift and so I find myself grinding repeat plays to get enough XP for a slightly faster car, and this is on the earliest of levels.
Sorry, but Split/Second still owns the PS3 Arcade Racer crown for me.
posted by StupyInZeBox (OGDEN, UT) Apr 12, 2012
Member since Nov 2011
Waste of waiting time
posted by lexman (CRANFORD, NJ) Apr 11, 2012
Member since Oct 2011
A knockoff of Need for Speed
posted by shooterjunkie56 (COLORADO SPRINGS, CO) Apr 4, 2012
Member since May 2011
Ridge Racer unbounded is without a doubt a knockoff of games such as Need for Speed Hot Pursuit and NFS the Run. There's nothing wrong with trying to be better than those games but with this game it just falls on its face. The driving is very bad. It's very stiff meaning the cars don't turn very well. Drifting is also terrible. Most of the time you end up running into objects along the way when you try to correct the drift. The graphics aren't the good either. The cars look ok but the environments lack detail and can look a bit pixelated at times.
Nothing about RR Unbounded is any good. I'd say this is one of the worst racers I've played since Jimmie Johnson's Anything with an engine. Just stay away from this game.
posted by CE5k21 (PITTSBURGH, PA) Apr 3, 2012
Member since May 2011