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: FlatOut was a stunt racer with a mode in which players attempted to launch their drivers through the windscreen of their cars and over obstacles. Ridge Racer is best remembered as an arcade racer about blue skies and power slides.
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...
Excerpt: Ridge Racer Unbounded (RRU) may carry the Ridge Racer moniker but it’s a far cry from any Ridge Racer game you’ve played in the past. Drifting still plays a crucial part in the latest from Bugbear Entertainment but by adding in a whole lot of destructibility to environments, RRU allows players to...
Conclusion: Standard mulitiplayer races on the base tracks are there too, and fragging real opponents in a shower of twisted metal and sparks is as much fun as it sounds, but ultimately it's the user-created content that should grab the attention of the online community.
Pros: Polished presentation, Excellent track design, Well balanced focus on both the driving and destruction elements, Easy to use but surprisingly detailed track editor.
Cons: Online games can be marred by overly aggressive opponents, Campaign takes a while to gain momentum
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?