Excerpt: Could someone please explain to me this association many game developers have with fast cars, and undressing women? As if exploiting women somehow enhances the racing action. As if enticing young (and maybe old) men to lust is a worthwhile goal. It adds nothing to the game, and in fact takes away from it. Ridge Racer DS takes Namco's well known racing franchise on to the Nintendo DS. This is the franchise that has always done a great job at drifting around the corners.
Excerpt: Racing on the Nintendo DS was only possible with Need for Speed Underground 2 DS from EA, until Namco showed up with Ridge Racer DS. In Japan and the US, this game was a launch title and thus I wonder why it got held back so much in Europe. Let’s say that we’re used to stuff like that and just accept we’re always the last to get anything. Namco has had a couple of months extra to work on the game so it has to be good, right?
Excerpt: The crown prince of drift games comes to the all new 3DS and Namco Bandai have pulled yet another fine incarnation of this classic racer onto the hand held. Ridge Racer hasn’t changed much since the first game hit the arcades. Sure, graphics have gotten better and sound is enhanced, but the gameplay maintains a familiar feel which many will be happy to see translates well.
Excerpt: When you think of the original Ridge Racer , you think of the smell of a freshly purchased console, emulated old-school shoot-‘em-ups being played whilst the game loads, you think of Namco, you think of 1995 and your first experience with the unknown quantity that was the Playstation.
Conclusion: enter the race as a guest and use a car from your file. I found no problems or limitations in multiplayer and found the experience enjoyable. In Car Attack mode, players race against a single AI opponent in a one-on-one race and if the human player wins, he or she will unlock the car they just faced. Unlocking some cars can be tricky, but again, this game is meant to be hard. There are about 30 vehicles in total in the game.