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. The barrage of Ridge Racer titles to come out on the PSX (Ridge Racer, Ridge Racer Revolution, Rage Racer, and R4: Ridge Racer Type 4) certainly came fast and furious, so it’s to be expected that there is a lot more anticipation than ever for the latest outing for the Ridge Racer...
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. When Namco decided to take a more simulation bent to their racing series, I wondered how well it would work out.
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. I hope that Namco can get their act together and put together a nice Ridge Racer game for the PSP.
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 from checking it out as there's plenty on offer here.