Ridge Racer (series)

Ridge Racer is the name of a series of video racing games, which is developed and distributed by Namco. The series debuted in 1993 as an arcade version and was later implemented for different consoles.


The original Ridge Racer sat with his novel and completely textured real-time 3D graphics at the time standards in the technical field. The game itself was kept rather arcade - typical: The player has to complete a specified number of laps within the time limits and achieve the best possible position. So-called checkpoints offer the opportunity to increase the timeout. The console conversions extended the game for the World Tour mode as above. Certain places need to be reached in the race to unlock more tracks and faster cars. These can then be used in single player mode.

The race tracks in-game through cities, beaches, forests and mountains. In the first part of the series, all the routes share the same start-finish line, however, vary the route itself. Enemy cars are often adorned with logos from other games of the manufacturer.

The soundtrack consists mostly of ambient and house pieces.

Each of the games is characterized among other things by its Mascot Girls. This can be seen in Spielvorfilm. In the first part, this was always Reiko Nagase, but this in Ridge Racer V ( PlayStation 2) was replaced by Ai Fukami. In Ridge Racers ( PSP) Reiko Nagase occurs again.


Ridge Racer ( 1993)

The original machine was released in 1993 for the Namco System 22 A year later appeared with Ridge Racer Full Scale a special version of the game, in which the control elements of the machine was installed in the body of a Mazda MX -5, standing in front of a canvas. Game and technology remained the same.

Also in 1994 represented a conversion of Ridge Racer, the first game released for the Sony PlayStation Represents the game has only been extended to include a selectable external perspective.

Ridge Racer 2 (1994 )

The second part was cropped again on the Namco System 22, but did no more than an update of the original automaton; Advanced was the original version of a multiplayer mode, a new soundtrack and a rearview mirror function

  • Ridge Racer Revolution ( 1995) for PlayStation

More parts and conversions

  • Rave Racer ( 1995), for Namco System 22, an arcade machine
  • Rage Racer ( 1996) for PlayStation
  • R4: Ridge Racer Type 4 (1998), PlayStation, PS3, PSP, PS Vita, Android
  • Ridge Racer 64 (1999), for Nintendo 64 ( NST )
  • Ridge Racer V (2000 ) for PlayStation 2
  • Ridge Racer V: Arcade Battle ( 2000), the same game as an arcade machine
  • Ridge Racer DS (2005 ) for Nintendo DS ( NST ) remake of Ridge Racer 64 with new control
  • Ridge Racer (2005 ) for PlayStation Portable
  • Ridge Racer 6 (2006), for Xbox 360
  • Ridge Racer 2 (2006), for PlayStation Portable
  • Ridge Racer 7 (EU: March, 2007, U.S. / JP: November 2006) for PlayStation 3
  • Ridge Racer Accelerated (2009), for iOS
  • Ridge Racer 3D (2011), for the Nintendo 3DS
  • Ridge Racer ( 2012) PlayStation Vita
  • Ridge Racer Driftopia (2013 ) Windows