Ridge Racer 3D Review for 3DS

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Ridge Racer 3D screenshot
Ridge Racer 3D screenshot

It's Ridge Racer. That's not me trying to be clever by bringing up that legendary moment from E3 a few years back. I'm just saying that Ridge Racer 3D is Ridge Racer. That, in many ways, is all that needs to be said if you've ever played a Ridge Racer game before - unless you've only played the awful DS game or the quite terrible iOS versions.

You drive cars, usually at very high speeds, drift them in insane ways around corners and use nitrous to boost, all the while trying to take first place in what is best described as a parade of opponent racers. While boosting wasn't around from the beginning, the rest of that sentence could be used to describe every classic Ridge Racer in existence.

As is always the way, the opening races are - by later standards - achingly slow and simple. The game's structure, built around a series of Grand Prix events, means that for the first few hours anyone with even a brief history with Ridge Racer will find themselves bored by how easy winning is. It's not until tier 2 cars are unlocked that things start to heat up.

A considerable bump in top speed turns what was a fun but somewhat relaxing jaunt around a series of tracks into a blistering battle against a bunch of nippy rivals as you try to cling on to the racing line. The powersliding has no standing in reality whatsoever, with corners being taken at 300+kph, your car gripping the tarmac like it has cut its own groove.

Ridge Racer 3D screenshot

Some effort has been made to simplify sliding for newcomers (heresy in my book), meaning you can start a slide by pressing a button and exit a slide by releasing the button. While there might be an argument for including it, I hope most people won't use it as learning how to and then perfect the control of powerslides is the best part of the Ridge Racer experience.

In terms of progression there's not much more than unlocking new cars and tracks, while points earned can be spent on nitrous upgrades and race bonuses, such as a pre-filled nitrous meter and an automatic speedy start. It feels like cheating at first, but with an abundance of points just sitting there I felt I might as well buy whatever I could afford.

As for 3DS extras, it's more a case of 3DS omissions. Yes, there's Street Pass support, meaning you can share ghost lap data with other players, but multiplayer is limited to just four-players over a local connection and with each person having their own copy of the game. There's no online play or functionality such as leaderboards, and no Download Play - the ability to let a friend play with you without owning a second copy of the game.

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Mr_Ninjutsu

I miss burnout :( might have to repurchase it.
Posted 18:39 on 23 March 2011
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Woffls

Lack of online stuff is a great shame, and leaderboards should be an absolute minimum requirement on all devices as far as I'm concerned. But, would I rather wait a month for leaderboards or play it now? I think I'd rather play it now if I'm honest.
Posted 14:55 on 23 March 2011
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pblive

I'll decide in the shops on Friday. Got credit in Gamestation and Game now, so may get 2 games for it. Or one game for now and another iTunes card...
Posted 14:01 on 23 March 2011
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EverTheOptimist

Pre-ordered this and the review is exactly what others have said, so I'm not disappointed. Well written and an enjoyable read.
Posted 14:00 on 23 March 2011
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Woffls

Burrnnn!... out.

Get Ridge Racer, the Eurogamer review was very positive and... it's Ridge Racer. It's like, the game you buy on new consoles. Unless you have other games for 3DS? I dunno, I'm only getting Ridge Racer for now, but summer is very near and once I have Ocarina of Time I will stop caring about everything else in the world.
Posted 13:58 on 23 March 2011
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IndoorHeroes

Asphalt is near to Burnout in the same way Bernard Mathews Drumsticks are near to a roast chicken dinner.
Posted 13:43 on 23 March 2011
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pblive

I'm not sure on this one. May wait a bit, but not a launch title for me. Asphalt is a bit nearer to Burnout too, so might look at that instead.
Posted 11:33 on 23 March 2011

Game Stats

Ridge Racer 3D
7
Out of 10
Ridge Racer 3D
  • Classic gameplay
  • 3D is impressive
  • No online play
  • Seen most of it before
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Release Date: 25/03/2011
Platforms: 3DS , PSP
Developer: Namco Bandai
Publisher: Namco Bandai
Genre: Racing
No. Players: 1-4
Rating: PEGI 3+
Site Rank: 12,877 2
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