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Compared to the rip-roaring times of the late nineties, the last few years have seen the granddaddy of arcade racing games, Ridge Racer, enjoy a somewhat more leisurely existence. It goes about its business with the knowing swagger of an old-hand; still sharp and as stylish as they come, but these days tending only to wheel itself out for the glitzy premieres - that is, to compliment the launch of a new console. Editions V (PS2), 6 (360) and now Ridge Racer 7 (PS3) have been on hand to lead the line for their respective hardware launches, and though it's a shame we rarely get to see a Ridge Racer given greater development time, instalment seven is a superior title that instantly grasps the strengths of it's hardware, leaving other launch titles in its wake.
Indeed, to suggest RR7 is all about the glitz and has no substance is perhaps under appreciative of just how solid a game it actually is. It's stood the test of time markedly better than Ridge Racer V, which felt very much like a work-in-progress when it launched alongside the PS2. RR7 sports a graphics engine that has dated well by the series usual standards; the gameplay has been refined a little bit here and there, whilst the large selection of cars and tracks means it also has legs.
Sticking with the accessible, powerslide-friendly saloon car racing it has represented so well for more than a decade, RR7 adds a few notable feathers to its cap without deviating significantly from the classic blueprint. The HD visuals have allowed a series that already thrived on speed and smoothness to really come into its own, whilst the A.I. is a massive step forward from the early games. Firstly, some races now have as many as 14 competitors making for lively jostling, and it also feels like your opponents genuinely compete for positions now, rather than act as roadblocks in the 'catch them before you run out of laps' manner the races used to unfold. And one element that mustn't be overlooked is that the handling and slide receptiveness is, as it has been for so very many years, almost perfectly judged.
The nitrous system pioneered in the PSP arm of the series returns and is similarly well-implemented. High-speed powerslides charge the nitro bars and, once one or more of them are filled, can be employed to unleash a short but potentially decisive burst of speed, which along with the cool slipstreaming ability, allow for strategic ways of boosting your cars top speed. Collisions still aren't perfect, but are at least a little fairer on the player than in the past; clipping another car no longer sheds half your speed.
With 22 circuits there's certainly evidence that the series has overturned the stigma of not having the content required for sustained play. Unfortunately, it's not quite the Herculean effort the number initially suggests, as quite a few of the tracks have been lifted from Ridge Racer 6, of which this is more an upgrade than a true sequel. Tracks such as Lost Ruins that see you careering through a jungle façade and the powerslide paradise of the airports twists 'n' turns provide some good moments, but it lacks the really defining moments that once seemed so abundant in the past. It could have done with a bit of radical design, like Rage Racer's "Over Pass City" course with its monumental climbs and descents, or a grandstand moment like Ridge Racer Type 4's "Brightest Nite" where clearing the crest of a hill leaves the player airborne just long enough to admire a beautiful cityscape in the distance, lit up against the night sky.
There's plenty to the single-player mode, which allows you to compete in a number of multi-race tournaments, spanning four machine categories (4 being the slowest, 1 the fastest) and you also get the chance to secure deals with manufacturers by winning their specified challenges. Not only does this open up the possibility of new cars, but a whole raft of other things like chassis pieces, engine tuning-kits, suspensions, and even nitrous suppliers. None of them go to waste either as every company in the game has a points rating based on how much you use cars/components relating to them, and by accumulating a certain total, you unlock goodies and new challenges. The end result is a positive mixture of options that don't detract from the arcade feel but do allow for a degree of customisation to fit the players style.
With over a hundred challenges, there's enough to keep aficionados happy for weeks. Credits are required to get your hands on the various cars, upgrades and paint jobs, but cleverly Namco realised players may not want to plug away continually at races they'd already completed just for the sake of a bit more funding. The solution is Online Battle which, as the name suggests, allows you to compete against other players from around the world with one of the rewards being currency that can be spent in the main campaign, and it also gives you the chance to win some more manufacturer points. The Online races are a bit of a missed opportunity though, as the ability to use tuned cars means experienced players tend to win every race by a large margin, and by all accounts if you haven't completed the one-player mode and got hold of a significant chunk of the upgrades, it's largely impenetrable.
As mentioned earlier the presentation is very strong. The cars look wonderful and show off some top-notch lighting effects; the distinctive, streaky tail-light effect is absolutely superb on the night-time tracks. The tracks look good too and it's fast and smooth, with only a tiny hint of slow-down when a big pile of cars congregate on one corner at the same time. Elsewhere, you've got pretty much the token Ridge Racer soundtrack with a few dodgy dance numbers in amongst a selection of tunes that quietly compliment the racing.
Ultimately, it's not the definitive Ridge Racer experience, but it is one of the most comprehensive. Not just a great showcase for the PS3, but a genuinely decent racer. Burnout Paradise and WipEout HD may have pushed high-octane racing further into the next-gen, but though it's tracks are a touch disappointing and the familiar gameplay may seem a bit old-hat to some, RR7 is no disgrace in sticking to its guns. For fans, it's certainly worth a look, especially as knowing Namco the next time Ridge Racer emerges, it will likely be with a glamorous new console on its arm.
Like Resistance, this was one of our first games for our PS3. And thus far, I have totally enjoyed the ride.
Ridge Racer has been around for so long, but despite the fact that there are many instalments of the game released, this is the first one that I've played. And man was it awesome. Featuring around 40 machines (which is of course a works of fiction but nevertheless looks so cool!), this game gave me a really good time.
The GOOD points:
First off is the gameplay. This racing game differs from others simply because it's concept relies mostly on drift racing (much like Battle Gear and Initial D for the arcade). When you turn, your goal is to drift perfectly, especially when you have nitrous unit in your car. The more you drift, the faster the nitrous gauge will charge. And the faster the cars, the harder the drift, and the cooler it looks. Heehee. Of course it's not that challenging anymore once you get the hang of it. There are three types of cars regarding drift actually, the dynamic drift, the mild, and the standard. And yeah, it's easy to figure out, the dynamic has a strong drift, the mild has a mild drift and is good for tracks with not so complicated corners, and the standard drift, suitable for everyone.
Second is the graphics. Now there is no questionting the quality Namco put into their games. Just look at Tekken 6 and Soul Calibur 4 and you'll get the picture. The graphics are crisp, flashy and look well rendered. Awesome really!
The music tracks are good, they are kind of enjoyable, and add to the game play.
The BAD Points:
This game may not please racing purists, who have played game like Gran Turismo. This should be strictly treated as a casual Arcade title, Simulation racing genres belong with games like GRID, GT etc...
This game delivers good gameplay and replay value. Bring around friends and you have fun for hours. Truly an enjoyable game on the PS3. Refreshing too.
I bought ridge racer 7 with my PS3 as I from previous experience ridge racer has been a great game. After setting up the PS3 and placed ridge racer in and was excited to play.
Started playing and came to realise that this is not like the old games, everything has been changed and I hated it. You no longer drive normally you have to use drift to turn, if I wanted a drifting game then I would have bought one but not ridge racer. The game has a crazy thing about slip streaming!
The graphics in the game are not bad and the sound is also good, but it is the game play where it has all been let down.
One good thing about the game is that you are able to customise your car that you own, you can change the tires, engine, suspension system, add nitrous and change the paint colour. But then again the choice of cars is not that much.
Also the online racing was not truly good, as when I tried to play a game online it did not let me and when I finally got online I could not find a game, and gave up.
To top things up even more the game is only 2 players! Not great when you want to have a race with more friends, however online play is up to 14 players - but that is if you get it to work.
Overall, I would not recommend you go to get this game, even if you found it for under £5.00.
I recently purchased this game for only £5 from Ebay. Upon booting Ridge Racer 7, everything looks familiar for anyone who has played a Ridge Racer game before. Having played Ridge Racer 6 for the XBOX 360, the graphics and layout of the game for Ridge Racer 7 look very similar. In this sense Ridge Racer 7 is not really an upgrade to the previous game, just a slightly tweaked game. RR7 has the usual gameplay modes including, arcade, trial, online and the grandprix quest modes whereby you enter races, win prize money and use the funds to tune up your car for better parts. As with any Ridge Racer game I have ever played, the beginning is very slow as you race with very slow cars, however unlocking new cars and it becomes fun.
Compared to the XBOX 360 version, the graphics seem slightly improved, better models, higher resolution textures and most important of all the game feels faster. This is probably down to the Cell processor. It appears Ridge Racer is better suited to the PS3.
This game doesn't attempt to achieve realism, for anyone who wants a realistic driving game, I recommend driving a real car. However for anyone who just wants to sit down and have a bit of fun, I highly recommend Ridge Racer 7.
I have played Ridge Racer on other platforms in the past such as on the PSP and have always been a fan of its arcade style gaming. It is predominantly a racing game that specialises in 'Drifitng'. The game was released in November 2006 and I got this supplied with my PS3 so I did not really know what to expect.
The game is quick to start-up and when it is fully started you will notice the graphics. They really were fantastic and it for me made me feel as though I made a great choice by buying the PS3. The cars really do look very realistic and so do the courses, this was a big improvement from the other versions of the game.
There is 40 cars available to choose from which I considered to be quite varied and there is 22 courses that can be chosen. This amount of selection I found kept me playing the game for hours. The overall gameplay I found to be very good and very typical of the Ridge Racer style however, I know that the 'Drifting' racing style may not appeal to everybody's taste.
You have the option of creating your own dream car which I found to be great fun because there really is an excellent selection available to choose from, with somethign like 375,000 possible visual customisations! You can then use this customised car when you play online. The online feature of this game is excellent and you can play with up to 14 other players. I found this made the gameplay much longer than it would otherwise have been.
The graphics go up to 1080p !! If you have an HDTV like I do and put it up to the full resolution the graphics are outstanding! And there is a SIXAXIS feature built in which makes the driving really fun and gives a great deal of entertainment! I really would recommend this game and considering it is now available for under £10 in many places it really is worth it. I hope this was useful and thank you for reading!
I got this game from the recent Currys and PC World Clearance deals and I thought it would be good value for money. However, no matter how much it costs, this game is rubbish. It has limited cars which are all fake and look terrible. The game also has some other problems.
The graphics are ok but nothing special, most games on the Playstation 3 are much better than this. The enviroments aren't very good as they are mostly 3D. The game has no framerate issues and runs very smooth.
The game is a racing game based in Asia, the home of drift racing. You will use the career mode to gain new cars.
The gameplay isn't very good and you have to drift around every corner if you want to win. This is rubbish after awhile and makes the car very difficult to control. The cars are also rubbish and there is only a very small selection to pick from.
The game didn't last very long and only took a couple of days to complete. There is no replay value as most people will be bored after it is completed.
The online isn't too bad but not many people play it and it is more of the same.
I have noted some of the reviews that this game has received and I think I'm somewhere in the middle ground on this one. When I bought my PS3 I bought this game with it and it was the first game that I played on the console.
I think I was initially a little disappointed with it. Although the graphics are pretty good they were not what I expected from the PS3, I felt that the PS2 would have been capable of running it pretty much the same. There was little slow down though and very few glitches showed themselves. Loading times are also nothing to write home about as they are quite slow.
Give the game time though and it does offer hidden depths, it makes you work at it and you do have to learn to drift your car through the bends to make rapid progress. It is not a realistic driving game, if you want ealism on the PS3 you look no further than Gran Turismo 5 Prologue.
Having said all that though, it is a fun game that is easy to pick up and play for a hour or so and I would recommend giving it a go if you can pay £20 or so for it.
Despite some of the really bad reviews that this game has received I actually quite like it. It was the first game that I played on the PS3, on the day that it was released in England. I think I was very much impressed by the high quality on graphics and how very quickly the game loaded. This points to the conclusion that I may have been more impressed with the Console than the actual game.
Nonetheless, Ridge Racer 7 allows the player to play a large range of levels on super cool cars that travel on the courses at more realistic speeds than other games of the kind. As I've said the graphics are excellent and the scenery is great too. As this game isn't very expensive anymore I'd thoroughly recommend, although at its original retail price one might consider it to be slightly over priced. Good game though.
What rubbish! I ordered my PS3 with Ridge Racer and Lair, I rushed to the door, set up the PS3, put in ridge racer and the smile of excitment was wiped from my face ... I would be disappointed to have played this in an arcade. It features a small selection of cars which dont actually exist and look terrible, when i got to driving the cars i found that the game wanted me to drift around each corner - No not turn ... drift! If you do try to turn your way around a corner, the car remains in a straight line and hits the wall - bouncing off it and hitting it again (much like early PS1 games). Its only redeeming feature is the online play which functions well .. but still features shocking gameplay. The scenery is a little better than a PS1 game but still as 2D ... I would not recommend this game to anyone without seriously thinking about it.
I got this game with the ps3 at launch and was not impressed by the game! With poor life like experiences and poor choice of cars this game really wasn't worth the money.
If you want a realistic racing game it is not worth it as when you crash into a car there is no sign of the car being damaged unlike games like motorstorm where the damaged cars look very good. Pretty poor from a 3rd generation console!
There is a poor choice of cars and there all practically the same cars anyway just diffrent colours. There is not much diffrence in speed in the cars either there all around the same kind of speed.
The steering is to easy when you get the hang of it, and when you have it is so easy to complete the game.
I guess the only good point about the offline game is the good graphics courses and cars but as for a realistic game there really isn't much going for it.
Online improves the game slightly playing against people from around the world. All though it is a bit of a shocker when you go online because it is hard unlike the offline game which is very easy and very repetetive.
This is not a totally bad or good game. It's your typical car racing game with better graphics and sound. You must buy a hd cable to appriciate the graphics. I played it on the standard cable and switched to hd and was impressed. Not as realistic as motorstorm also on the ps3. I like to see some crashes when you bump into other cars or drive into the wall. It was even harder to play with the motion sensor on, need quite getting used to. If you want a thrill seeking driving game then motorstorm would be a better option.
Continuing its illustrious history, Ridge Racer 7 returns as a title on the PlayStation 3 platform. Drift around corners at speeds over 160 mph taking the lead as Ridge Racer 7 brings gamers a driving experience unlike any other. With a new platform comes new territory as Ridge Racer 7 promises to reinvent itself, allowing players to choose from 40 different machines and over 20 courses. With reversed courses, the total grows to over 40, most in the series ever! Players can further enjoy the drift racing experience by taking part in the new customization mode, opening up the experience with up to 375,000 visual customization and 7,150 tunable combinations. With full support of Sony's new network service, Ridge Racer fans have an entirely new world to explore and drift through!