Conclusion: Ridge Racer Unbounded is the turducken of racing games. If you took the wreckage of any Burnout title, stuffed it into a Need for Speed Underground world and slapped "Ridge Racer" on the title, you would have Unbounded.
Excerpt: The late, great Johnny Cash used to perform a song called “One piece at a time,” which chronicled the saga of a depression era auto factory worker who took different parts from different cars for years until he had a hodgepodge of pieces that resembled his very own Cadillac.
Ridge Racer Unbounded – Road Rage Never Felt So Good
The Game Reviews
3 May 2012
Summary: RIDGE RACER was, after nearly twenty years, due for a makeover. RIDGE RACER UNBOUNDED fits the bill beautifully; it is challenging, fun, creative and apart from the lack of multiplayer/split screen options. is a classic in the making.
Excerpt: Shutter Bay presents a lawless playpen for daredevil racers, full of crumbling structures and fuel trucks only moments away from going up in flames. The word “DESTROY” paints the screen in conspicuously bold font, vying for the attention of each racer. This is a city begging to be torn asunder.
Pros: Community tracks are great, HUD is seamlessly integrated into the environment, Fun drifting mechanics
Cons: Largely derivative of other racing games, Drifting has a steep learning curve
Excerpt: It’s tough to argue that Ridge Racer isn’t in the middle of a slow, possibly permanent slide into irrelevance. It's having a hard time finding its footing in a genre dominated by realistic sims like Gran Turismo and Forza, and where even the most arcade-y new games enjoy some combination of...
Pros: Solid, crunchy driving physics, AI that’s actually fun to race, The instant, no-load restarts
Cons: Other games do it all better, No one’s playing online, The multiplayer menu crashing
Excerpt: Despite some early concerns, Namco's decision to bestow one of its most prized titles - Riiiiidge Racer - upon FlatOut creator Bugbear was a good idea. If nothing else, the Finnish studio has attempted to whip the ailing racing franchise back into relevancy with a new-found focus on vehicular action...
Summary: What you can say about Ridge Racer Unbounded, with equal amounts of conviction and fear, is that it’s the most drastic change the storied franchise has seen since it was introduced way back in 1993.
Excerpt: C ynics would have it that the motor racing genre is hamstrung by its own conventions – there's only so much you can do with a car, right? That's a theory Ridge Racer Unbounded looks to put to the test.
Ridge Racer Unbounded - Xbox 360 Review (Single Player)
All About The Games
4 February 2012
Excerpt: When Namco was scouting around for a team to give their tired, rubbish old Ridge Racer franchise a vital shot in the arm, surely the Bugbear logo must've caught their eye initially. "What cheeky twats are using one of our Pac-man Ghosts as a logo without so much as a 'by your command' eh?