Ridge Racer 2

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This article is about the 1994 racing game. For the PlayStation Portable game, see Ridge Racer 2 (2006 video game).
Ridge Racer 2
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Developer(s) Namco
Publisher(s) Namco
Series Ridge Racer
Platform(s) Arcade, PlayStation (Ridge Racer Revolution)
Release Arcade
  • JP: 8 June 1994
PlayStation (Ridge Racer Revolution)
  • JP: 3 December 1995
  • EU: May 1996
  • NA: 30 September 1996
Genre(s) Racing
Mode(s) Single-player, multiplayer
Cabinet Sit-down
Arcade system Namco System 22
CPU 1x Motorola 68020 @ 24.576 MHz,
2x Texas Instruments TMS32025 @ 49.152 MHz
Sound 1x C352 @ 16.384 MHz
Display Horizontal orientation, Raster, 640×480p resolution,
16,777,216 colors[1]

Ridge Racer 2 (リッジレーサー2, Rijji Rēsā Tsu?) is a racing arcade game that was released by Namco in 1994. It runs on their System 22 hardware, and later ported to the PlayStation console in 1995 (A home release was made as Ridge Racer Revolution for the PlayStation in 1995). and as the name suggests, it is the sequel to Ridge Racer, which had been released in the previous year-Then: A home release was made as Ridge Racer Revolution for the PlayStation in 1995.

As with the four Final Lap games, Four Trax and Suzuka 8 Hours, up to eight players can play simultaneously when four two-player cabinets are linked together. A player's number determines their car, because in the original, only the red one affiliated with "Team F/A" is available.

The gameplay is very much like that of the original. There are six new songs, including remixed ones from the original, that can be selected with the gear shifter at the start. The enormous television screen above the entrance to the first tunnel shows footage from Namco's 1979 title Galaxian (in the original, it was playing Mappy). All the billboards are for earlier Namco games, there is a rear-view mirror at the top of the screen, so a player can see other cars coming from behind). There is also a change in daylight from day to night (a car driven into the track's tunnel during the day will come out the other end at night).

The game was followed by a true sequel, Rave Racer, in 1995. A home release was made as Ridge Racer Revolution for the PlayStation in 1995, which inherited Ridge Racer 2's new tracks and music among minor changes.

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.system16.com/hardware.php?id=537 Namco System 22 hardware page at System16.com - The Arcade Museum

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