Excerpt: This is one of those titles that wants to be there whenever a new console gets released and just now when the PSP is going downhill in the eyes of many people, there’s this golden oldie again to show that… Hey, wait a minute. This game does look an awful lot like its predecessor.
Excerpt: When is a sequel not a sequel? Yearly rehashes might sound like a page out of EA's business model, but in truth the largest video game publisher in the world is only really guilty of doing so with its sports games, which more often than not appeal to a huge audience of casual gamers.
Excerpt: One of the launch titles for the PSP was Namco’s Ridge Racer. The game was basically a compilation of classic Ridge Racer courses from previous games. It proved to be very successful and an instant classic for Sony’s handheld.
Conclusion: Whether you want to spend £30 on what is effectively an add-on pack for the first game really depends on how much you love Ridge Racer. Perhaps if Namco do another one of these next year it will be time to start moaning at them for totally milking the franchise and turning it into an EA-style game...
Pros: Ah the missing tracks from Rage and ‘4 – I wondered why they weren’t on the first PSP game, It’s classic Ridge Racer and it still plays well today, Loads of tracks, cars and music
Cons: Nothing more than a track add-on pack really, Some brand-new tracks would have been nice
Conclusion: So is Ridge Racer 2 for you? If you love the series and desperately crave more action then you’ll lap it up. But if you expect something a little fresh, wait till it’s down at a budget price point. It’s great, but not worth £35 when it’s basically a slight tune up of last year’s glorious effort.
Pros: It’s that same slip-slidey gameplay we all adore, Looks stunning on that big handheld screen, immense fun
Cons: Basically last year's effort with little extra, huge difficulty spike halfway through, frustrating opponent AI