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Wednesday, 8 June, 2011 3:20 AM

'Ridge Racer 3DS' is perfect for those who love drifting

Screenshot credit: www.newbreview.com

A screenshot from the all new Ridge Racer 3DS video game.

by Ryan Porter
rporter1986@yahoo.com

 

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Ridge Racer is the same as any Ridge Racer game there has ever been…or so I’m told. I have never played a Ridge Racer game before this one, so it was new to me. Ridge Racer is a very simple bare bones racing game that relies heavily on drifting. It makes drifting the No. 1 priority at all times and thankfully it’s really easy to do.

Where I had complaints with the circle pad in Street Fighter, for Ridge Racer it is marvelous. Your thumb glides easily on the pad and you can play for hours on end with no issues. I do find it very odd that B is accelerate though as nearly every racing game I have ever played in my life has had A be accelerate and B is for brake. It actually took me a while to get used to this.

The 3D is really good in this game, probably the best of all the launch titles. The 3D gives a lot of added perspective to the racing as well allowing you to judge turns more easily and see the depth. Sadly, the graphics are really sub-par. This game could have come out on the N64 and no one take notice. Though, at least they aren’t blurry like 90% of N64 games. So it looks clean, just badly clean…

The game is packed with content, but no online play sadly. The main meat of the game is the Grand Prix which gives you many events to run through and complete. I’ve packed away 13 hours in this game so far and only have 30% complete. It is really long. Unfortunately, it gets repetitive. Every event consists of 4 races in the 15 tracks the game has. You race against other computer opponents who all act the same way and offer no challenge. I have not lost in this game yet, not even close. My first Ridge Racer game and I cannot lose even when I’m not looking at the screen. I haven’t checked to see if I can up the difficulty yet, but maybe I should try that.

Essentially though, you gain speed by driving directly behind other drivers and then pass them. You do this over and over until you are in first then you use your boosts to gain additional distance. Once you do that the computer never closes in on you and you consistently gain more and more distance as the race goes on. That’s really all there is to Ridge Racer. Other activities involve doing time trials or racing your ghost, or get ghost data from strangers though street pass (which again I can’t get to work).

Still, it’s the best racing game on the system. If you want racing go with this, avoid Asphalt it is one of Ubi Soft’s 6 release games…you KNOW they didn’t put any effort into any of them.

Release Date: March 22, 2011 / Platform: Nintendo 3DS / Rated: Everyone

 

Photo credit: Nintendo / Sega of America Inc.

Ridge Racer 3D box art

 

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