Ridge Racer Unbounded

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A race HUD in the traditional sense is gone. Instead, you'll gleam information about a race from the environment itself. While Split/Second mapped its HUD to the car, Ridge Racer: Unbounded developer Bug Bear is doing the opposite - integrating positions, times and scores with the track itself.

This poses a problem, however: how do you get the information you want, when you want it? Producer Laasko Jonaas explained that the game would choose which piece of information to reveal based on your current situation in the race. Somebody in first or second place, for example, is going to be more interested in their score than their position.

The demonstration saw Jonaas driving about the fictitious city of Shatter Bay; an urban sprawl inspired by New York and Chicago. There's the odd reference to the iconic Ridge Racer tracks of yesteryear, but Unbounded is intent on creating its own world. Another deviation from the customs and conventions of Ridge Racer is a dynamic physics system. "We are really good at smashing things up," boasts Jonaas, who took great pleasure in colliding his vehicle into anything that happened to be nearby.

What followed was a massive vehicular altercation, with bits of shrapnel spraying in all directions, and the carcasses of wrecked motors bouncing about the track in slow-motion. Nothing in the game is scripted, meaning each crash is unique. A destruction resource permits such carnage, with 'targets' around each track becoming available as you fill the gauge.

These targets take the form of structures; buildings, shops, bridges and the like. With destruction power activated, you can smash into these objects to get one up on the competition. Targets fall into two categories: shortcuts and traps. Shortcuts need no explanation, but traps are slightly more interesting.

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clangod

Even though I haven't played a RR game since god knows when, I have been a fan of the series since the PS1 all that time ago.

Based on what I know so far I'm on the fence with this one as:

a) I'm all for change and new approaches to the franchise but the idea of traps and shortcuts is in theory a bit of a negative point for me. Not being a fan of many combat like racers, the only saving grace here so far is the lack of weapons or "pick ups" for the vehicles.

b) As a franchise that has done little to evolve itself after so long it is interesting to see a different direction. One that will undoubtedly offer something fresh for the RR legacy. So as keeping with the tradition of not taking RR too seriously, it may just work in keeping the fun factor without over complicating matters.

I guess it's a wait and see scenario...
Posted 06:01 on 19 May 2011
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jtorry

I've been a huge RR fan since the PSone, but I think the RR formula was getting a little stale so this sounds like it might actually be ok.
Posted 14:39 on 18 May 2011

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Release Date: 30/03/2012
Developer: Bugbear Entertainment
Publisher: Namco
Genre: Racing
Rating: PEGI 7+
Site Rank: 1,684 1
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