posted by Vsonic (EAST STROUDSBURG, PA) Nov 10, 2012
Member since Jan 2010
Everything that claims to be an arcadey racer these days is merely a pretender. Unbounded here continues the trend; these cars belong more in Need for Speed than a game with "Ridge Racer" on the box. Remember how you could spin it the whole way around a corner? Yeah; they don't do that here. They don't drift like Burnout either. These cars are heavy and obey real world physics. You tap brake, and your back swings out wildly – you lose control of your front if you try to drift too long. It's not very fun.
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.
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.