This is probably one of the first few PS3 titles I managed to get to try, on someone else’s console that is. Only tried the earlier maps then and it felt quite fun and responsive. Chanced upon it at a rather low price not too long ago, probably partly due to its age so I thought I’ll just hoot for the fun of it. Lol.
There are quite a number of races before you actually complete the ‘main’ races, and along with it comes increasing difficulty of the AI, more difficult maps (at least some really require familiarity to win) and of course, more cars (and upgrades). To be honest, this is my first Ridge Racer game, and there must be some features and characteristics that older fans would be familiar, but as a newcomer I didn’t find it that hard to pick up. As mentioned earlier the difficulty of the game increases as you progress into later races and so on, so there will be opportunities to learn about the game, the ‘physics’, the feel and how certain settings affect the way you drive your car.
For the most part, progressing and unlocking newer races is not that hard, neither is earning points for various manufacturers to unlock new upgrades and cars. I didn’t need to refer to any guide (I’m assuming there are) and yet I was able to complete most of the game, though granted I will have to ‘grind’ a bit in order to gain all the points needed to max out my relationships with the manufacturers. But that’s if you really want to unlock every single thing in the game. According to the game I am about 90% done with it, mostly left with the grinding to be done as well as a series of Extreme races which well, kind of extreme. Many of those require mastery of the vehicle you decide to pit against the (smarter) AI, choosing the right upgrades based on the race conditions and most importantly know the map very well. Those races are not so lenient with those mistakes I make. Lol, perhaps I am not all that talented in racing games.
Graphics wise, it is quite well done. Despite it being one of the older games released under this console, I think the developers have already made pretty good use of the resources made available. Sound effects are mostly quite fine as well, though I think it perhaps could have been a tad more exciting sounding. And since I got the game so late that PSN actually offers some free add-ons to the game such as events which previously required payment if I am not mistaken. I guess getting a game late does have some ‘merits’ too. Heh.
Overall, I find that it is a pretty good game. Does not need to be a genius or an old timer to be able to progress pretty smoothly in this game though I still required a few retries to get to where I am right now. Lol, I mean, some maps really require some knowledge and practice in order to react ‘fast enough’. For the price I got for this game, I think it is pretty worth the money. =)