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Written by MystikaL
Dual Shock - Yes
Release - 10/20/99
It has been five years since Namco started the Ridge Racer, wow, time
flies, doesn't it? Ever since the release of the original Ridge
Racer, Namco has been improving it greatly every year. Ridge Racer's
beautiful graphics, lavish soundtrack, and outstanding gameplay can
satisfy anyone's racing needs even those who are not die-hard racing
fans (like me). It is difficult to notice; though not terribly
impossible that the cars are not modeled after real life ones.
You also can not powerslide in racing—at least without coming out alive.
If you’re looking for a racing game that gets as realistic as possible
without actually driving the car, you should take a look into Gran Turismo
2, which has 340+ cars, 48 tracks, excellent graphics, and the most
realistic style of racing ever.
are a racing extremist, who is asked to join four different racing teams,
which you can take your pick of. The difficulty changes depending
on which one you choose. You’re then allowed to choose from four
different car manufacturers, each offering various styles of cars.
When you go through the heats (races), you will gain new cars as you
go along, some upgraded others brand new. Some of the cars turn
better then others, so you will have to fool around with its powerslide
ability. Others have a lot of drift and powerslide like a dream.
Once you go through all the difficulty levels and heats, you won't get
all the cars in the game, so you will have to continue to beat levels,
etc., to get all the rest of the 48 cars available.
There are only 8 tracks; something that I think should have been improved
on from the first of the series, which only included one track!
How can you have replay value when there are only eight playable tracks!
That's pretty bad when some people try and compare this game to Gran
Turismo, which has 48 tracks, and over 300 cars.
Also, the AI has problems, though not major if you get into the higher
difficulty levels. Even at a medium difficulty level, once you
pass the cars, they will never pass you again. If they do pass
you, you probably ran into a wall and got stuck. It seems as they
just slow down and never even try to place once you pass them.
On the highest setting it's different, though. They will pass
you a lot and they will kick your ass unless you box them out.
I recommend using the fastest car available for this difficulty setting,
and make sure you practice a bit with the powerslide ability! You don't
want to be running into walls on the last lap trying to pass up that
first place car now do you?
The replay mode at the end isn't as cool looking, or well designed,
as Gran Turismo 2, but it's definitely something you can sit there and
watch for a bit without getting bored. Watching your car powerslide
around the turns with the camera in front is incredible! The menu
screens, and all the track selection areas, along with the options menu,
are all easy to use and to get used to. There is around a 5-10
minute learning curve if you have played Gran Turismo 2, but if you've
never played any other racing game(s), and are new to the Playstation
itself, it will take you a good hour or two to get used to the control
style and powersliding.
single player is one of the best in the racing genre for the Playstation,
with an excellent Gran Prix mode, lots of cars, all which provide you
with long hours of great racing fun! The game is easy to figure
out, and if you're not doing that well in the race, you can easily restart
You can choose 1 of 4 team(s), all, which vary in difficulty.
The four car manufacturers also vary in difficulty level from how hard
the car is to turn, to how well it powerslides. Depending on which
one you choose you will be provided with only 1 style to choose from
at the beginning, which will increase after you win races.
There are only eight tracks, so the game will get boring in Gran Prix
mode after you beat and feel as you've seen enough of the same tracks.
What Namco and Playstation really needed is a track editor so people could
create, download, and install new tracks to large memory packs, or items
like the pocket station.
multiplayer is fun and inviting a few friends over to converge in battles
of Ridge Racer is an excellent idea. I would, however, say after
an hour of racing this game can get really boring, unless you love the
music, which is incredible. Spend about an hour playing this,
and head on over to the store and get Tony Hawk's Pro Skater, a game
which will be reviewed shortly and is absolutely incredible! The
multiplayer of Ridge Racer is great, and even though it only has eight
tracks, it really shines.
The game allows to players to go head-to-head on various tracks (again
up to eight only), and you can choose from a wide variety of cars, even
if you haven't achieved them all yet. Be careful which one you
choose though, some really do powerslide like shi*t, and with those
you will be running into walls all night long.
Overall the multiplayer experience is great, and from my point of view,
is once of the best experiences in a racing game I have ever had.
If you are going to buy a game, get this or Gran Turismo 2, or how about
The soundtrack to the game is stunning, and various in sounds, mostly
techno. The Ridge Racer series has always had a stunning techno
style soundtrack, and this is no exception—In fact, it's the best out
of all of them. (If someone chose this game over another racing
game like Gran Turismo, partly because of the sound.) I would
have agreed with them. The sound is something you could listen
to over and over again. Namco achieved their goal here—create
a game that would compete with Gran Turismo.
you want a racing game that has an excellent soundtrack, lots of cars,
snazzy gameplay, and a long replay value, go with R4 Ridge Racer Type
4. If you are a racing extremist though, and like the more realistic
style of gameplay, along with more tracks and cars, pick up a copy of
Gran Turismo 2. I would still advise you to pick up a copy of
this too, though.
Namco's goal here was to create a racing game that would compete with
Gran Turismo 2, while having a more original feel to the game than copying
the realism in Gran Turismo. Don't get me wrong, the game is realistic,
but the elements that aren't in normal racing found here, are amazing.
Namco achieved their goal, and more. Not only is this game fun to
play, the replay value is extremely good, mainly because of the multiplayer
will make you always want to come back and play a quick game.
As good as they come!
The sound is amazing; the techno soundtrack will keep your ears
listening for hours upon hours.>
48 Cars, 8 Tracks, 4 Difficulty settings—some of the best track
architecture ever, and an excellent multiplayer mode.>
With the multiplayer feature, you'll be playing this one for
a long time. Unfortunately, there are only 8 tracks, something that
Namco can improve on in the next game. If there is one…>