Ridge Racer (2004 video game)

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Ridge Racer
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Developer(s) Namco
Publisher(s) Namco
Distributor(s)
Designer(s) Isao Nakamura
Series Ridge Racer
Platform(s) PlayStation Portable
Release
  • JP: 12 December 2004
  • NA: 22 March 2005
  • EU: 1 September 2005
Genre(s) Racing
Mode(s) Single-player, multiplayer

Ridge Racer, released in Japan as Ridge Racers (リッジレーサーズ?, Rijji Rēsāzu), is an arcade racing video game developed by Namco for the PlayStation Portable. It is named after the eponymous Ridge Racer video game series to which it belongs. The game was released in Japan on 12 December 2004, in North America on 22 March 2005, and in Europe on 1 September 2005 as a launch title. Available in the game is a fully playable version of the Namco arcade game New Rally-X.

Ridge Racer has been described as a 'compilation' of the series, featuring tracks, cars and remixed soundtrack from previous titles in the 1990s.[1] Ridge Racer was very well received by critics and was praised for its visuals, gameplay and soundtrack. It was re-released in 2005/2006 as a platinum title. A sequel titled Ridge Racer 2 has also been released for the PSP.

Gameplay[edit]

The core aspect of the entire Ridge Racer series is drift racing, that is traditional lap racing against opponents with the added twist of intentionally oversteering and sliding the car through sharp corners and turns, known as "drifting", which earns the player several bonuses during a race.

Game modes are World Tour, Single race, Time Trial, and Wireless Battle, which supports up to 8 player multiplayer over the PSP's ad hoc, Wi-Fi network capability (see PSP Wireless Networking for further information).

The game also features a full motion video opening, that shows series mascot Reiko Nagase.

Nitrous[edit]

Notable in the game is the "nitrous boost" system. The player has a Nitrous Gauge made up of three nitrous tanks, which at the start of a race are either completely depleted or only partially full. As the player drifts through the corners (especially at very high Slip angles) during the race, their nitrous gauge fills up. When the player fills up one of the three nitrous tanks, it can be activated to achieve a temporary speed boost. The nitrous tanks cannot be recharged while any tank is in use though, but the residual speed increase when the nitrous boost expires can be used just before entering corners to recharge the player's nitrous tanks at a faster rate than normal. (Ultimate Charge)

Courses[edit]

The game features a total of 24 courses (12 unique courses and the same 12 courses reversed) most taken from previous PlayStation games or the arcade-only title Rave Racer.

Ridge Racer[edit]

The first two courses in the game are taken from the original Ridge Racer, although they also appeared in Ridge Racer V. They are both variants on the same course, each featuring different diversions part-way through.

  • Seaside Route 765
  • Ridge City Highway

Ridge Racer Revolution[edit]

The next two courses are taken from Ridge Racer Revolution and again are both variants on the same course.

  • Sunset Drive
  • Crystal Coast Highway

Rage Racer[edit]

Courses #5 and #6 are taken from Rage Racer.

  • Union Hill District
  • Lakeside Parkway

R4: Ridge Racer Type 4[edit]

Courses #7 and #8 are taken from R4: Ridge Racer Type 4.

  • Crimsonrock Pass
  • Diablo Canyon Road

Rave Racer[edit]

The next two courses are all taken from the arcade-only title Rave Racer. Their appearance here marks the first time these courses have ever been playable outside of the arcades.

  • Midtown Expressway (based on Rave Racer's 'City' course)
  • Greenpeak Highlands (based on Rave Racer's 'Mountain' course)

The final two courses are also based loosely on Rave Racer:

  • Silvercreek Dam
  • Downtown Rave City

However the exact course layouts of Silvercreek Dam and Downtown Rave City have not been in any of the previous arcade or PlayStation Ridge Racer titles. Although, in typical Ridge Racer fashion, they share (very small) sections of track from previous courses. Silvercreek Dam shares a section of track from Greenpeak Highlands (Rave Racer’s Mountain course), whereas Downtown Rave City shares a section with Midtown Expressway (Rave Racer’s City course).

Music[edit]

The music in the game is a collection of new songs and songs taken from previous Ridge Racer games, arranged across several "discs". The "Red" and "Blue" discs contain all-new songs put together specifically for the game while the two "Classic" discs contains a collection of remastered songs from Ridge Racer titles. Lastly, the "Remix" disc contains songs from past titles remixed by the original composer.

Red Disc[edit]

  1. Highride
  2. Warp Trooper
  3. Bassrider
  4. Pulse Phaze
  5. Chrome Drive
  6. Synthetic Life

Blue Disc[edit]

  1. Disco Ball
  2. Night Stream
  3. Light Groove
  4. Vanishing Horizon
  5. Tunnel Visionary
  6. Tek Trek

Remix Disc[edit]

  1. Rotterdam Nation Remix - from the PlayStation titles, Ridge Racer and Ridge Racer Revolution.
  2. Speedster Remix - from the PlayStation titles, Ridge Racer and Ridge Racer Revolution.
  3. Drive U 2 Dancing Remix - from the Arcade title Ridge Racer 2 and the PlayStation title, Ridge Racer Revolution.
  4. Rareheroes - featured in many past Ridge Racer titles.
  5. Blue Topaz Remix - from the arcade title, Rave Racer.
  6. Motor Species Remix - from the PlayStation title, Ridge Racer Type 4.

Classic Disc 1[edit]

  1. Ridge Racer - A remastered version of the title tune from the PlayStation title, Ridge Racer.
  2. Grip - from the arcade title, Ridge Racer 2, and the PlayStation title, Ridge Racer Revolution.
  3. Euphoria - from the arcade title, Rave Racer.
  4. Silver Stream - from the PlayStation title, Rage Racer.
  5. Naked Glow - from the PlayStation title, Ridge Racer Type 4
  6. Your Vibe - from the PlayStation title, Ridge Racer Type 4.

Classic Disc 2[edit]

  1. Move Me - from the PlayStation title, Ridge Racer Type 4.
  2. Movin' in Circles - from the PlayStation title, Ridge Racer Type 4.
  3. Eat 'Em Up! - from the PlayStation title, Ridge Racer Type 4. (This was a secret track acquired along with the Pac-Man car after unlocking all 320 of the cars featured in the game.)
  4. TsuiTsui - from the PlayStation 2 title, Ridge Racer V.
  5. Samurai Rocket - from the PlayStation 2 title, Ridge Racer V.
  6. Daredevil - from the PlayStation 2 title, Ridge Racer V.

Reception[edit]

Reception
Aggregate score
Aggregator Score
Metacritic 88/100[2]
Review scores
Publication Score
Edge 8/10[3]
EGM 8.83/10[4]
Eurogamer 9/10[5][6]
Famitsu 34/40[7]
Game Informer 7.5/10[8]
GamePro 4.5/5 stars[9]
Game Revolution B[10]
GameSpot 8.3/10[11]
GameSpy 5/5 stars[12]
GameZone 8.6/10[13]
IGN 9.1/10[14]
OPM (US) 4.5/5 stars[15]
The Sydney Morning Herald 4.5/5 stars[16]
The Times 4/5 stars[17]

Ridge Racer received "generally favorable reviews" according to the review aggregation website Metacritic.[2] Its graphical ability and visuals were incredible on a portable device in 2004, and it was further praised for its gameplay, soundtrack (which also consisted of remixed tracks from older Ridge Racer titles) and multiplayer option. PALGN said the game "shows the system off beautifully, the graphics and the gameplay combining to make this the greatest Ridge Racer title yet."[18] GameBiz said, "Anyone doubting the power of the handheld will be left eating their words after sampling just one lap of this unbelievably accomplished first effort from Namco."[citation needed] In Japan, Famitsu gave it a score of two eights and two nines for a total of 34 out of 40.[7]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ a b "Ridge Racer for PSP Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved 12 February 2016. 
  3. ^ Edge staff (February 2005). "Ridge Racers". Edge (146): 68. 
  4. ^ EGM staff (May 2005). "Ridge Racer (PSP)". Electronic Gaming Monthly (191): 92. 
  5. ^ Bramwell, Tom (24 December 2004). "Ridge Racers". Eurogamer. Archived from the original on 31 December 2004. Retrieved 28 March 2017. 
  6. ^ Bramwell, Tom (31 August 2005). "Ridge Racer (PSP)". Eurogamer. Retrieved 28 March 2017. 
  7. ^ a b "リッジレーサーズ". Famitsu. December 2004. 
  8. ^ "Ridge Racer (PSP)". Game Informer (145): 138. May 2005. 
  9. ^ GameGirl (23 March 2005). "Ridge Racer Review for PSP on GamePro.com". GamePro. Archived from the original on 24 March 2005. Retrieved 28 March 2017. 
  10. ^ Ferris, Duke (30 March 2005). "Ridge Racer Review (PSP)". Game Revolution. Retrieved 28 March 2017. 
  11. ^ Gerstmann, Jeff (18 March 2005). "Ridge Racer Review (PSP)". GameSpot. Retrieved 28 March 2017. 
  12. ^ Williams, Bryn (23 March 2005). "GameSpy: Ridge Racer (PSP)". GameSpy. Retrieved 28 March 2017. 
  13. ^ Aceinet (5 April 2005). "Ridge Racer - PSP - Review". GameZone. Archived from the original on 7 October 2008. Retrieved 28 March 2017. 
  14. ^ Nix, Marc (17 March 2005). "Ridge Racer (PSP)". IGN. Retrieved 28 March 2017. 
  15. ^ "Ridge Racer (PSP)". Official U.S. PlayStation Magazine: 111. May 2005. 
  16. ^ Hill, Jason (27 August 2005). "Slick slider". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 28 March 2017. 
  17. ^ McNamara, John (10 September 2005). "Ridge Racer (PSP)". The Times. Archived from the original on 29 September 2006. Retrieved 28 March 2017. (subscription required)
  18. ^ van Leuveren, Luke (1 September 2005). "Ridge Racer Review - Sony PSP Video Game Review". PALGN. Archived from the original on 12 July 2010. Retrieved 28 March 2017. 

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