187 Ride or Die is a video game for the PlayStation 2 and Xbox, developed and published by Ubisoft. In order to become "top dog" of the game, the player must race and defeat opponents through a variety of different stages all set in Los Angeles's infamous South Central region.
The game's title comes from two phrases common in the subculture. 187 is the California Penal Code section that defines murder. It has come into general use among gangs in the United States as a synonym for murder, and this usage has passed into popular culture via gangsta rap. "Ride or die" is a combination of the phrases "ride it out" and "die trying", meaning one is willing to do anything even if it involves personal risk.
If playing with another player, one can be the driver and the other can be the shooter. This can be done in the story and online mode. There are a variety of modes available to the player.
187 Ride or Die received mediocre reviews upon release. The game, which features artist Guerilla Black and model Thekla Roth, has the main complaint of many review gaming sites, gaming magazines, and gamers alike is that the game uses many different forms of slang from the hip-hop and rap culture stereotypically and incorrectly and too often in many of the game's situations, usually when such occasions don't arise.GameRankings and Metacritic gave it a score of 57% and 52 out of 100 for the PlayStation 2 version; and 54% and 51 out of 100 for the Xbox version.