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Review: Ridge Racer 6

There are two types of racing games in this world. There are those that take themselves very seriously. The games where you are bound by the laws of physics and realism, that provide depth in driving that takes a lifetime to master. Then there are racing games like Ridge Racer, that are easy to pick up and provide over the top, guilt free, pure arcade action. Does it make it any less addictive? ‘Not so’ says VerbalKint27. And with the game currently being shipped in $399 Xbox 360 bundles or separately for under 30 bucks, it’s time for us to review this newly born budget title.

I don’t like Project Gotham 3…
I’ll be brutally honest here; I don’t like Project Gotham Racing 3. A bold statement I know, but I appreciate it’s built on solid gameplay mechanics, I appreciate that it looks blindingly real, and gives users an authentic racing experience. Overall it plays really well. So what’s not to like? Its depth. I’ll be the first to admit; I’m not a big racing fan, and that is something you have to be to really get something out of PGR3. You really have to be prepared to put the hours in, learn each track and car alike. As good as PGR3 is (and it is stunning), I’m just not able to give PGR3 the time it so richly deserves. What I’m trying to get at is that it’s not the type of game you can ditch for a few weeks or months, and then expect to pick it up again and be at your best. This is where carefree games like the Ridge Racer series come in, for fair weather racers and casual gamers in the same boat as myself.

Riding a bike…
Put simply; everyone has played a Ridge Racer game at some point in his or her life. Whether it be the original down the arcades or on the PSOne, or the recent release of Ridge Racers on the PSP. If you buy the latest carnation of Ridge Racer, then you really should know what you are getting before you buy. Built on classic, dependable arcade gameplay that we all know and love, the game is all about the over-the-top racing styles and powerslides. Like riding a bike: it’s an artform you never forget, if you’ve mastered it in a previous Ridge Racer game, then you will find this game a piece of cake.

While not matching the depth in gameplay as featured in the likes of PGR3, this game has a lot to offer both offline and on. The World Xplorer is where the main fun is to be had offline, you are presented with a web of races all begging to be played, over 200 in total. By plotting your course through the Xplorer map, you unlock cars and prizes that help you progress through the game. This thing is, you won’t just want to rush through one route, you will find yourself wanting to win every race there is to get all the un-lockable cars. The races are quick and perfectly cater for this type of gaming, and it’s a very easy system to get yourself addicted to, it has that certain ‘just one more go’ factor that makes playing it really enjoyable.

Toy cars and elevator music…
As usual with arcade games, the sound and visuals sometimes in this leave a lot to be desired. Ridge Racer both manages to look amazing and sub-par all in one outing. Some of the tracks really do look stunning, while not the photo-realism that is PGR3, in places it can hold its own. Other tracks are less impressive but still look nice. Overall it just lacks that next-gen shine. Rest assured, the car models themselves are stunning, although can look a little ‘toy-like’ due to the fact that they are not real cars. The sound? General racing noises aside; Purely awful. The most famous annoying DJ returns again (no, not Tony Blackburn…), spouting his usual predictable and feeble attempts at gearing you up. I think I could safely wager that most gamers will have him firmly in the ‘switched off’ position after a few races, he’s an aquired taste, probably for veteran Ridge Racers only… The music is a mixture of elevator track and cheesy dance records: you will probably be branded ‘mentally ill’ if you find yourself enjoying any of them.

Online thrills and spills…
This is the first time this series has been taken online, and it does it well. Some rare matches suffer from the odd bout of lag, but its nothing that really hurts the online experience. There one big gripe here though, before you take this game online make sure you have disconnected your Xbox 360 from any PC as it will cause constant unforgivable slowdown. You disable Media connect and it works like a dream, a bit annoying as this would be the perfect game to accompany custom soundtracks, portable devices will run fine however. 14 players can compete in any one race, and the experience matches the thrills of most online racers. Another cool feature is the online Time Attack mode, which provides the ability to download ghosts of other racers best racers so that you can attempt to beat their times.

Not for everyone…
And that’s pretty much it. If you find that PGR3 is a little too rich in depth for you, or that you are more of a casual gamer or even just a fan of the series, then this game is for you and will serve you well. If you are more into realistic racers that replicate the excitement of the race, then my advice would be to steer well clear. Ridge Racer 6 has its own niche in the racing market, but it’s not for everyone. Solid and highly addictive.

Score: 7 out of 10 - Above Average (How do we rank games?)

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Comment by Mr.Obvious on 2006-08-07 14:18:24 | Reply

I can’t believe they gave this game a 7,it’s more like a 3.

In your opinion… :)

For it to haev recieved a much lower score the gameplay mechanics would have to have had some pretty horrific glitches or issues. And it just doesn’t.

In my opinion its just solid Ridge Racer gameplay, which there is a market for. Could have been better of course, but it could have been a whole lot worse. Thats not to say it doesn’t have its charms.

As VerbalKint points out, a 3 or 4 represents a game that even big fans of the genre will trade in. Which more or less sums up our Over G Fighters review ;)

Comment by Mr.Obvious on 2006-08-07 16:20:51 | Reply

Your right it’s just an opinion,all I’m saying is that for it to be a 7 you would not regret spending money on it and i regreted downloading the demo.I’m a big racing fan though and after playing PGR3 it’s just sets the bar much higher for other games.

Exactly as I said in my review, but its not really in the same template as PGR3, its coming from an altogether different angle. Hence why I’ve stressed that its not a game that everyone can enjoy.

I for one haven’t regreted spending my money on this game. It has and still caters for my very on/off racing needs, and thats the market that it suits: Not the hardcore fans of racers.

Your right it’s just an opinion,all I’m saying is that for it to be a 7 you would not regret spending money on it and i regreted downloading the demo.I’m a big racing fan though and after playing PGR3 it’s just sets the bar much higher for other games.

Do “racing fans” even exist? I myself truly like NFSMW, have fun with PGR3, dislike Formula 1 and rally games. I wouldn’t even consider shelling out money for a “racing game”, I got NFSMW at discount and PGR3 for free.

What I am trying to say is that so many people have so many opinions. I find it funny that people are always complaining about the final score of a review. I’d be worried if people were pointing out actual errors in the review text itself, but that hasn’t happened yet. The score is nothing more than the reviewer’s weighted appraisal of what he wrote in the review itself. Everyone can weigh these things otherwise though.

Comment by Nekro on 2006-08-07 14:57:03 | Reply

I must be mentally ill then verbs, cos I like that “elevator” music.

Cool, I shall dispatch the men in white coats accordingly…

Comment by PaulWillocks on 2006-08-07 16:06:25 | Reply

I think Ridge Racer 6 was a missed opportunity for alot of people. If people had given it a chance they would have been pleasantly suprised. Unfortunately it was doomed from the start. I love the game personally as did the majority of people in Japan.

Comment by The_Glovner on 2006-08-08 11:36:32 | Reply

The majority of japan also covets underage girls soiled underwear so I wouldn’t use Japanese ideals for backing up your point.

Comment by PaulWillocks on 2006-08-08 16:50:34 | Reply

Comical mate, very comical! The fact I wasnt actually making a point is another matter. I was saying that Ridge Racer appeals more to Japanese gamers than people in the west(fact) which is why ‘I FEEL’ it was doomed from the start. The very reason that alot of games stay purely in Japan is because they might be slightly obscure for western tastes, just like the soiled underwear which I’m assuming you secretly have a fetish for.

Comment by The_Glovner on 2006-08-09 16:44:39 | Reply

Don’t know how much I need to comment on this fact.

Just because something is mentioned in conversation does not actually mean we are hiding a fetish for it.

If we are working on your assumption do you have a fetish about taking your little dick and ramming it into the exhuast of a japanese racing car on an ice rink? nope didn’t think so.

Comment by PaulWillocks on 2006-08-10 16:17:07 | Reply

You really are a clever little boy arent you. Now fuck off and do something useful with your life.

Comment by The_Glovner on 2006-08-11 09:52:44 | Reply

Oh like you you mean.

God I wish I could be as cool as you.

Welcome to Xboxic, where every review is a 7!

I tried this game, but the handling is just so silly and the game is lacking in variety that I returned it to gamefly the next day. Some kind of variety in the car specs would be nice instead of winning different paintjobs.
5/10

Theres plenty of variety in the different cars handling/specs but it tends to differ from the car company rather and class rather than from each individual car.

For example: one companies car won’t differ greatly from the next one it has in the same class. But they will both differ from another companies car.

As for the mention about all reviews ending up in with 7, unfortunatly for my first three thats purely circumstantial.

All three games that I’ve done so-far have entertained enough to be classed as ‘Above average’ and as such have received the relevant mark.

I’m not in the game of giving a score it doesn’t deserve just because my last two reviews had the same score. I just call it on my experience and how I see it.

Reviews are people opinions and this is purely my opinion on this particular title, If you disagree thats your right. As I’ve pointed out its not a game for everyone but will suit those of a similar disposition to racing games such as myself.

To be honest to get the absolute most out of the game you have to at least spend more than a day on it, its somewhere between the 10-20 race mark where it all starts stepping up.

On a side-note, how did you find the handling ’silly’, have you never played a Ridge Racer game before?

Comment by Dirty Duck on 2006-08-07 16:54:13 | Reply

Surely you should of said in your review, if you like driving games on rails then this is the one!!

I for one think that this game is crap the same as all Ridge racer games.

Thats my opinion!!

Jesus, you’d think I’d given it a glowing review and slapped a 10 on it…

If you think all Ridge Racer games are crap, then you aren’t likely to agree with my review anyway are you?

Comment by PaulWillocks on 2006-08-08 16:52:42 | Reply

Ridge Racer - You either love it or hate it, simple as that.

The physics that drive this game are an evolution of a ficional path from games like Outrun. I haven’t played arcade racers since Cruis’n USA or Daytona USA in the arcades, and I don’t miss them. The reason these games had such unrealistic physics were because they simply didn’t have the means to do semi-realistic physics. This could stem from lack of programmers with advanced knowledge of physics, or limitations of that generation of floating point processors.

Also when I had played these games they were fun because I had never driven a real car at that point, so for all I knew, that was what they were like. Now that I have been driving real cars for years, and played realistic racing games, it’s strange to play a game where your car is warped to an ice skating rink every time you lift off the gas.

As for car variety, you have 3 types in each class. Slow understeering cars, mid speed “normal” cars, and the fast cars that spin around like a dreidel.

I think this is a “5″ game because it is a niche game, and has a level of depth you’d expect from an Xbox Live Arcade game for a $60 sticker. In the 1.5 days, 30ish races I played I went from optimistic to openly disliking it. Rating it from a personal bias, would be a 3, but that just wouldn’t be fair.

Comment by Dirty Duck on 2006-08-07 16:59:09 | Reply

This is for the site admin

Why have someone review a game who doesnt like racing games??

Surely someone who has an intrest in the racing genre would be in a better position for an honest review!!

Comment by Nekro on 2006-08-07 17:18:06 | Reply

On the contrary, they’d have a biased oppinion.

I have an interest in the Ridge Racer games…

This is for Dirty Duck.

Cry me a river.

Comment by Dirty Duck on 2006-08-07 18:26:56 | Reply

Nino what are you trying to say by cry me a river

Dirty duck? My review isn’t honest? Please explain?

I’m interested to know what you mean.

Comment by Dirty Duck on 2006-08-07 18:41:22 | Reply

I wasn’t saying your review wasn’t honest (wrong word used) it was a figure of speech.

I was just commenting that surely if the person who is doing the review(in this case yourself)is not intrested in the racing genre, then surely it would have been better for someone who likes the genre to give an opinion.

You later stated in another post that you like RR so have you given it a 7 because you have followed the series? or do you feel that it is truly worth the 7 you gave it?

Everyone is here to have an opinion and i am just putting mine over. Not everyone is going to agree if the game is worth 7 others may think it’s worth more but others may give it a 4!!

As you said its your opinion and i am just voicing mine like any other person who reads this website.

I’m fine with people disagreeing with me, but when it they are as sharp-tongued one or two of your replies here its hard not to roll your eyes a bit.

I feel that this incarnation of Ridge Racer deserves its 7 out of 10, on the grounds that it is a technically good, solidly produced game, its fast and fun with no real gameplay flaws.

But at the same time its not going to win any awards for originality, groundbreaking gameplay or graphical excellence.

All I have done here is played the game, produced a review based on my personal experience and enjoyment of the game. To borrow a phrase from Nino, its a good game but not groundbreaking. Hence its score.

I have followed the series true, and I can assure you that i rate some of the other versions (at the time of playing them) in much higher regard than I did with RR6.

In a similar fashion, you have now idea how when I wrote my SF2 review, with it being a game I’ve played much of my life, how much it irked me that i could only give it a 7/10… In an ideal world, had it worked as well as promised for an XBLA title it would have easily been an 8 or 9. It had flaws yes, but on the whole the game was is an enojoyable experience.

If your not going to review a game honestly based on its strong and weak points, whats the point in being a writing for a site like this?

Mind you, i’ve covered all of my points for and against the games in each review, so its not like I’m not looking at things from a critical perspective.

Site Admin reporting for duty :)

I suggest you click the last link of the review and especially read the intro of that page:

The most important thing you need to remember when reading a review is that you are not reading a text which prescribes how you should think about the given product: a review is an article describing how the reviewer thinks about the product. He tries to do this as objectively as possible, but in the end it is still the opinion of one person, corrected and egalized during the editorial process by a limited number of other people. What this means in the end is that a review can be a very good guideline for deciding about whether a product is good, but it should never replace your own opinion, just augment it.

I really hope you have a strong heart if you run around websites complaining about every review you do not agree with, because I know for myself that’s an awful lot of them. As stated, a review is good in combination with its score, because it allows you to see how the reviewer came to his score. You can then read it and apply your own weighing to their arguments and remarks, and thus come to a completely different score because you find other things to be important.

Why have someone review a game who doesnt like racing games??

Ouch, I felt that.

You’ll have to realize that a game has to be terrible for the Xboxic reviewer to not like it. We basically like all kinds of games, and if we don’t, we wouldn’t be playing the one we’re reviewing anyway. Unlike IGN, we have to buy and pick our own games, and we don’t do this stuff full time. So if I were to review, say, Viva Pinata, it was because I was pretty sure I was going to like that one anyway.

I’m not a huge fan of boxing games, so you won’t see me review Fight Night Round 4 unless Curry sends me the game with a note attatched saying “Review this or you’re fired.” So our resident boxing fan (do we have one?) would pick up that game, and as a fan of boxing games, he would more than likely review it positively unless it really sucked.

I think Verbal does his reviews right (better than I do anyway). If you’re going to flame him, make sure you have good reason mmmkay? ;)

So our resident boxing fan (do we have one?) would pick up that game, and as a fan of boxing games, he would more than likely review it positively unless it really sucked.

That’s also the core of our way of working. I want people who like the genre to review the game, because they will be the ones that can burn or praise the game properly. We had a flightsim lover review Over G Fighters… it got a 4 for a reason.

Comment by The_Glovner on 2006-08-08 11:43:17 | Reply

Yeah cos it was shit.

Comment by PaulWillocks on 2006-08-08 16:54:06 | Reply

Like alot of you comments.

Comment by The_Glovner on 2006-08-09 15:31:38 | Reply

Or like your breath, beat it smelly.

Comment by PaulWillocks on 2006-08-10 16:23:04 | Reply

Good comeback, I wonder where your amazing wit will take us to next……nonce.

Comment by The_Glovner on 2006-08-11 09:58:15 | Reply

Eh don’t fiddly with kids so i ain’t no nonce. I love the way you have ran out of anything to say though and you are just copying and pasting my replies.

Comment by The_Glovner on 2006-08-11 10:31:29 | Reply

You are a cock by the way.

Comment by PaulWillocks on 2006-08-14 09:34:02 | Reply

You like cock.

Comment by The_Glovner on 2006-08-14 10:29:24 | Reply

Oooo good one, I know you do cos your dad told me about how he likes to creep into your room at night and use his on you.

Just be looking around the internet after reading some of the choice comments…

I think those criticising my conclusion should just take a little gander at the average score for this game around other sites with reviews.

I’ve found one review with a score lower than a 7, and more scores giving it an 8…

Certainly looks like I wasn’t the only reviewer to enjoy it…

RR6 got a 6 from me. Nothing less, certainly nothing more.

BORING game……

Comment by mtbjunkie on 2006-08-07 19:35:04 | Reply

I have gamefly and I have played pretty much everything for 360, this game sucks big turds, I was so glad to return it in the mail within the week. Stupid, dump, lousy controlling, shitter of a title.

Gamefly is great.. Of the games I’ve rented, RR6, FarCry Instincts Preadator, Table Tennis, and DOA4 were games I returned right away.

The vast majority of Xbox360 games I’ve enjoyed a lot. Particularly Oblivion, GRAW, Burnout Revenge, Hitman: Blood Money.

VerbalKint, it is cool to actually hear back from a reviewer on why they chose the score. You did review the game impartially, and just about all the replies here, mine included are biased towards our either like or dislike of arcade racers. Those of us who have paid money to play the game and didn’t like it feel ripped off and are taking it out by trash talking the game.

BTW, Metacritic score is 74 for this game:
http://www.metacritic.com...forms/xbox360/ridgeracer6

Thats about right, especially when you look at the individual scores from each site.

Thanks for the sensible post fella. But its that dislike of the arcade racer which is why my whole review was very conscientious about stressing that certain types won’t enjoy this but where as others would appreciate its ease to play. It really isn’t for everyone, and probably not really completely for racing fans.

Ulitmately its isn’t a game that I particulary was ‘wowed’ by or anything, it was solid and catered for exactly what I bought it for. To be an arcade racer that I could dip in and out off when I pleased.

It’s not only filled that need, but also without glitches, gameplay issues, etc. Overall you can’t really say its changed a great deal, its Ridge Racer, but Ridge Racer was always a fun game to play, and in my opinion still is. Which gave it a stronger than average score.

Again tho, this is all pretty much in the review.

The only thing good about this game is the Pac-Man game in the beginning. Which is by the way the same as the XBLA Pac-man game!

a lot of people don’t like ridge racer… not sure why… i was obsessed with the PSP version… and the 360 version is very similar… its fun for a bit of a bash and its quite easy and simple to play.

i overheard some people talking in an online race the other night and they were saying they have pre-ordered a ps3 ONLY because ridge racer 7 is a launch title…

there is some die hard fans of this game and series!

i don’t like it THAT much, but it is a bit of fun, and seeing as i picked it up half price it was a good buy in my eyes… :) lol

Eff RR6 its pap, Ya’ll own 360s its can only be PGR3. If you hav’nt played it in a while go pick back up I’m glad I did.

That said overly generous(5-6 I would of given) this time VK but a good read none the less.

Comment by The_Glovner on 2006-08-08 11:50:58 | Reply

So to recap.

You don’t agree with the score and think it should be given less, then don’t buy the game.

You do agree with the score, then you are probably in agreement with the writer of the review, the writer giving one single persons opinion. Then whoopee for you, maybe you can get in touch and become friends since you have so much in common.

You don’t agree with the score and think it should have been given more, then you are a lunitic as this game is shit, but you are allowed an opinion, just like the writer of this review.

So now that that’s sorted why don’t you stop your fucking bitching just because the admin don’t agree with you. If you feel that strongly about it start your own site and post your own review, I am sure if you are all as accurate and on the ball as you think you are you will have stolen all readers from other sites in no time at all to support your cause, but if you ain’t planning on doing anything about it then please shut the fuck up.

Comment by PaulWillocks on 2006-08-08 16:59:47 | Reply

I feel for you, have you had a troubled life? you seem to have alot of anger. Posting comments containing profanity on a website isnt the answer. Try therapy or alternatively get someone to lock you in a cupboard for the rest of your life and then proceed to shut the fuck up. Job Done.

Comment by The_Glovner on 2006-08-09 10:55:49 | Reply

So you didn’t actually read or take in any of the content of my post, you just decide to jump on the fact the fact that I happen to use strong language in places, which you then hipocritically use yourself.

So in reponse, no I will not be shutting the fuck up for you now how about you take a long walk off a short pier you raving glob of monkey spunk.

Comment by PaulWillocks on 2006-08-09 14:42:41 | Reply

HAHA soz!

Comment by The_Glovner on 2006-08-09 15:33:16 | Reply

Good comeback, I fear where your wit will take us next.

Comment by PaulWillocks on 2006-08-10 16:21:27 | Reply

Sorry my socially challenged ‘friend’ but I have better things to do. Dont worry though, feel free to carry on being a fucking twat.

Comment by The_Glovner on 2006-08-11 09:57:07 | Reply

Don’t see how you can consider me socially challanged when you are more than guilty of anything I am doing.

Comment by The_Glovner on 2006-08-11 10:36:03 | Reply

So you flame me for using profanity, then you use it yourself.

You try to make a point of me being socially retarded by putting posts in a thread, then you do the same.

You try to make out I have issues, then you follow me round and reply to every post I have submitted.

I wonder who the real mongrol cunt is here.

For the record I am typing this while at work to make the day go faster, whats your excuse bitch.

Comment by PaulWillocks on 2006-08-14 09:36:38 | Reply

Oh they have PC’s in McDonanlds now, good for you.

Comment by The_Glovner on 2006-08-14 10:30:20 | Reply

Nice one, god you are so amusing. McDonalds ha ha.

Comment by KatsuichiSensei on 2006-08-08 15:12:24 | Reply

OK, so Ridge Racer isn’t everyones cup of tea.

So you don’t like the handling. Big deal, don’t play it. I mean Ridge Racer is Ridge Racer is Ridge Racer.

If you expected RR6 (count em SIX) to handle different to the previous incarnations then I think you were probably being a little naive.

Personally, I think the Ridge Racer series is OK, hardly the greatest franchise in the world. But qwhen you get a Ridge Racer game you know what your getting;

Cars that stick to the road like glue then all of a sudden start sliding around when you tap the brakes. Cheesy techno / trance soundtrack. Commentators. PacMan. Epic skylines / vistas & Keiko

Personally I enjoy Ridge Racer 6, its in my 360 collection alongside the likes of PGR3, Burnout & NFS:MW. Okay so I haven’t played it as thoroughly as PGR3 but there are things that I do find refreshing in RR6.

Its about 3 things: You, a car & a track. There are times when I want to progress through a racing game by coming first in a race. I don’t want to have make a car crash into a barrier in the right place. Or drive through an endless stream of cones with an ever decreasing clock. Personally I found it quite refreshing to play a racing game that was about racing, pure and simple.

It boils down to this. You either enjoy the arcade / Ridge Racer style drift handling or you don’t.

And just because you dont enjoy the drift handling, that’s simply not enough to make it a crap game.

Great review VK. Spot on.

Comment by SidearmS on 2006-08-08 17:51:12 | Reply

For anyone who cares, Circuit City is selling this title this week for 19.99 - under 20 bucks!

I passed it up the first time (I got Burnout and NFSMW at the time), but for this price I will be getting my copy now.

Dead Rising tomorrow, a FEAR demo in the wild, arcade picking up, I just hope MS doesn’t screw anything up.

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