Excerpt: R: Racing Evolution is the latest in a long line of racing games developed by Namco. But this time around they’re offering something that fans of their previous efforts might not be expecting. This game attempts to blend the two arcade/simulation sub-genres into a single experience.
Excerpt: In traditional Namco style, R: Racing Evolution boasts a pretty interesting gameplay dynamic that could easily be considered a gimmick, but is nonetheless entertaining. What we’re referring to is the game’s unique spin on drafting: the pressure meter. When you are driving behind another racer, you will take advantage of his slipstream, allowing you to go faster.
Excerpt: One of the first truly accurate arcade-to-console ports, the original Ridge Racer was undoubtedly the biggest racing title to be released during the PlayStationss early years. Because of the new cd-rom medium, the home version of the game was able to capture the same vivid graphics, slick opening movie and addictive techno/hip-hop soundtrack found in the arcade iteration.
Excerpt: Namco once delivered new versions of its Ridge Racer series with much frequency. However, the series hasn't seen many updates lately and fans have been wondering when the next incarnation would finally make its way on to the current generation of consoles. That wait is finally over with R: Racing Evolution. Unfortunately, while it is a new version of the series, it fails to offer much to the franchise and actually takes a step or two back.
Conclusion: THE VERDICT: R: Racing Evolution isn't the next Ridge Racer by any means but is certainly worth a look. While hardcore Gran Turismo fans looking for an enormous amount of cars and extensive tuning options may not find what they're looking for in R: Racing Evolution, that shouldn't stop casual fans from checking it out as there's plenty on offer here.
Excerpt: When it comes to racing games, much of Namco's recent focus has been on its popular motorcycle racing series for the PlayStation 2, MotoGP. But the company also has a history with racing of the four-wheeled variety with the seemingly dormant Ridge Racer series. R: Racing Evolution is Namco's latest, and it's an entirely different beast that has more in common with Namco's motorcycle efforts than with the more arcade-friendly racing the Ridge Racer series is known for.
Conclusion: R: Racing Evolution is without a doubt the best of the Ridge Racer series, and its name suits it well as it has evolved to modern gaming. The only thing I fear is that due to their improvements in reality features of the game, the wrong sort of gamers will sit down with this title. R is an arcade racer and I’ve tried hard to stress that throughout our entire coverage. If gamers go in knowing this I think they will be pleasantly surprised and enjoy the game.
Conclusion: R: Racing Evolution has some great elements such as the communication between pit crew and the competition. R has some great innovative aspects such as the pressure meter and braking assistant. The story of a young girl embracing the masculine world of processional is a great base for a game. It sounds like a sure winner, but as I said earlier it's a shame about the actual racing and the lack of feeling in the speed department.
Conclusion: Malgré un scénario qui nous a d’ores et déjà semblé un peu incohérent, ce Prototype 2 s’est avéré être relativement prenant grâce à ses scènes originales d’action frénétique. Les cinématiques sont appréciables et le nouveau moteur graphique fait plaisir à voir. Ce nouvel opus a donc quelques atouts qui pourraient bien convaincre les joueurs qui n’ont pas été totalement séduits il y a trois ans.
Conclusion: Aus Gründen, die vermutlich nur Namco bekannt sind, ist der Bremsassistent in der Default-Einstellung generell aktiviert, wodurch die Aktivitäten des Spielers auf bloßes Lenken beschnitten werden - wer sich einen Ansatz von Spielspaß erhalten möchte, sollte diese Fahrhilfe schon vor dem ersten Streckenkontakt tunlichst deaktivieren.