Excerpt: Namco's Ridge Racer series is by far one of the most recognized racers ever. In my opinion the company has produced some of the best videogame series including ones like Tekken, Ace Combat and Ridge Racer which make Namco what it is today.
Excerpt: The PS2 can kick some serious graphics butt - Ridge Racer V is an excellent example of this. The graphics are good enough to simply sit back and watch. The developers evidently realized this, since you can do exactly that in the Music Player mode.
Conclusion: Where the game takes a serious nosedive is its audio. The soundtrack this time around is nowhere near as good as the one in R4. This time around we get some very uninspired techno and guitar driven tunes that get very grating on the ears.
Excerpt: Welcome, my friends, to the first must-have title on the PlayStation2. Not surprisingly, it's a Namco game. Ridge Racer V does for the PS2 what Soul Calibur did for the Dreamcast launch: secured Namco as one of the best programmers in the industry, if not the best.
Excerpt: The Japanese PS2 launched with a new Ridge Racer right behind it, and folks, it's lookin' good. Gamers have come to expect both fun and innovation from the Ridge Racer series, and RRV shouldn't disappoint.