Excerpt: It certainly seems like a long time since we’ve seen a new installment in the Ridge Racer series. Ridge Racer V only came out during the launch of the PS2, and that was only about two years ago.
Excerpt: I've always found that Namco's Ridge Racer series was a blast in it's arcade-style controls. Nothing was more fun than taking a turn at a ridiculous speed, turning sideways and tapping the brake enough to powerslide through the turn, only to gun it and come racing out the other end.
Pros: Great looking presentation, cars and courses, Racing Life mode is a nice idea, Quality audio, GC version comes with free, acman Vs.
Cons: A little light on customization, No car damage and AI is predictable, Racing Life could be less linear
Conclusion: Ridge Racer V on PS2 was rushed as well and it is a pretty sad way to end the Ridge Racer games. I just hope that the next generation of videogame systems can make another Ridge Racer game that makes up for this one.
Conclusion: THE VERDICT: R: Racing Evolution isn't the next Ridge Racer by any means but is certainly worth a look. While hardcore Gran Turismo fans looking for an enormous amount of cars and extensive tuning options may not find what they're looking for in R: Racing Evolution, that shouldn't stop casual fans...