Excerpt: Two handheld launches, two Ridge Racers. There is no doubt which version Namco went all-out with. One features dated N64-era graphics with equally archaic gameplay, while the other's graphics nearly reach PS2 quality, but fall noticeably short in detail, blurring, and sometimes iffy controls.
Excerpt: A PlayStation launch wouldn't be complete without a new Ridge Racer game, and thankfully Namco has kept with tradition. Ridge Racer is actually a compilation of sorts, bringing together tracks from the series' history (meaning the Japanese name of Ridge Racers was far more suitable) and squeezing them into the sleek new handheld.
Excerpt: It’s become something of a tradition for the release of a new Sony console to be accompanied by a Ridge Racer game. And what finer venue for Namco’s ever popular, drift-obsessed arcade classic than the shiny, widescreen PSP. Namco have been hard at work giving their flagship racing title an extensive reworking to do its diminutive new home justice.
Summary: Injecting the PSP launch with an incredible
adrenaline rush, Namco's brilliant Ridge Racer features more than 20 different
courses from many previous Ridge Racer titles. The game's new World Tour mode
offers a stunning amount of depth and challenge. From a visual standpoint, RR-PSP
shows off the console's light sourcing brilliantly, with high-definition
wide-screen visuals that are breathtaking in their realism and beauty.
Conclusion: Namco made some good network game play via the PSP wireless networking so you can race against other ridge Racer PSP gamers but they only included Ad Hoc mode and did not include internet based Infrastructure mode. It would be slick to play this over the Internet but hopefully we could see that in a sequel. This game not only looks great it makes the PSP looks great and it sets a high bar for other racing games to stand up to.
Excerpt: Man, Ridge Racer looks freaking amazing… Alright, now that that’s out of the way, let me actually try to get started with this review. See, I’ve been trying to write this for a couple of days, but I keep getting overwhelmed with the fact that Ridge Racer looks so great. But here I go, talking about how pretty the game is, and not about the other important aspects of it… …So, without further ado, I bring to you, my Ridge Racer review… Ridge Racer is an arcade-style racing...
Conclusion: With all the hype that surrounded this title from E3 2004 to now, it can honestly be said that Namco didn't disappoint it long-time supporters, and it gives new racing fans an interesting spin of what define the Arcade Racing Genre. With the beautiful and stylized graphics, coupled with an amazing musical score and classic gameplay of Ridge Racer, you can't possibly go wrong with the game at all.