Conclusion: Concept: Merge Ridge Racer and Burnout into a game that isn’t as quite as good or interesting as either franchise
Graphics: Offers some impressive visuals and worthwhile explosion effects
Sound: The soundtrack is a series of forgettable techno and dubstep, with unimpressive car and explosion sound effects
Playability: A higher difficulty than previous Ridge Racer titles and frequent restarts gives you plenty of opportunity to learn the ins and outs of...
Excerpt: In recent years, the Ridge Racer series has persisted by being the only racing game for launching consoles. Once upon a time this was a valuable franchise that people paid attention to, but it has since become difficult to take new entries seriously. The last five years of Ridge Racer just haven’t been very impressive.
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 and manic destruction. The realisation of that ideal, however, is decidedly wonky, though at least it's more ambitious than the execrable mess of Ridge Racer on the Vita.
Conclusion: Overall, Ridge Racer: Unbounded offers cheap thrills that don’t thrill at the end of the day. Technical issues, a lack of original music, and a lack of traditional Ridge Racer game mechanics is very disappointing. Sure, the game may be worth a weekend rental, and fans of the series may enjoy the game to a certain extent, but it still fails to deliver the Ridge Racer experience we all came to expect.
Summary: " Ridge Racer Unbounded " is a very solid if a little flawed attempt at a street racing game. There is no doubt that the game is thoroughly packed with content and offer some nice variations on racing styles yet it is the gameplay which does let this down somewhat thanks in no small part to the punishing AI and difficult use of the drifting system.
Conclusion: Every now and then, a videogame genre can get shaken up by the arrival of a title that pushes it in new or interesting directions, and Ridge Racer: Unbounded is one such title; through its inspired drift mechanic, weighty physics and ingenious level creation tool, it pushes the genre to new heights of challenge and is all the more rewarding for it.
Summary: Ridge Racer: Unbounded is a game that more fully embraces an arcade mentality without abandoning the core principles that keep fans coming back to Ridge Racer titles, but there are several issues that hold it back from being truly great.
Pros: Focus on destruction is a welcome addition, Track creator has everything you need to build a house of destructible cards, Multiplayer and persistent profile progression offer plenty of replay value, The visual spectacle of all that destruction is awesome
Cons: Tedious progression through the single-player campaign, Technical issues mar what is otherwise a fun multiplayer racing mode, No one ever says "Riiiiiiiidge Raaaacer!!"
The best Ridge Racer yet is still just a Ridge Racer
9 April 2012
Excerpt: As far as Ridge Racers go, you could do a whole lot worse than Ridge Racer Unbounded. This latest Ridge Racer from Namco finally does more than shunt you down narrow sterile roads with only a contrived drift mechanic where the gameplay should go. It instead takes a cue from actually good arcade racers. Which you should probably play instead. The unbounded in the title is unintentionally ironic.