Game: Ridge Racer 3D
Platform: Nintendo 3DS
Review By: Illmatic
Ridge Racer has debuted on console launch days ever since I can remember. Some of these titles have been good, while some of them have not been so good. With the release of the Nintendo 3DS its no surprise that we see a Ridge Racer release, but is this entry a hit or miss for the franchise?
Gameplay: Ridge Racer is a true racer at heart; it always has been and it always will be. Its never been watered down with pointless modes or useless game features, just good ol’ fashioned racing. Ridge Racer 3D follows the tradition with a few awesome game play modes.
Grand Prix: This mode is a series of races set up tournament style. As you progress through the races the difficulty increases and the cars get meaner. When you start the Grand Prix you start with a standard car, nothing too flashy. As you complete more events in the Grand Prix you are awarded with the option to unlock new cars or purchase nitrous upgrades. At first, I wasnt sure how much time I would be spending in Grand Prix mode, but after playing for 7 hours with 17% complete, I know I will be here for a while. During your races in Grand Prix you will see the same tracks quite a few times. The tracks might be reversed, but they are the same tracks. This didnt bother me so much as the increasing difficulty kept me engaged in the races.
Time Trial: Good old fashioned Time Trial. This mode is exactly what you would expect from a time trial mode. Within this mode you will be able to race against your best times, continually trying to improve your times.
Graphics: The graphics in Ridge Racer are neither good nor bad. They are somewhere in between a Wii title and a DS title. Im not sure if this is due to the game being a launch title or what, but with no other racing game to compare it to, it holds its ground pretty well.
3D: The 3D in Ridge Racer is good but at the same time, distracting. At first, the 3D effects were nice and really cool to experience, but after about 30 minutes I turned 3D completely off. They became a distraction during gameplay because the 3D would become out of focus a lot of the time. This could be a personal issue, but nevertheless, it was a distraction.
Sound: The music that you will be racing too is upbeat and catchy. The music, in my opinion, flows really well with the overall feel of the game. There is quite a few songs to choose from during your race, all of which can be selected during game play. One thing I have to comment on in the in game voices. To say that they are cheesy is an understatement. As cheesy and repetitive as these lines are, they still make me laugh during game play.
Controls: Driving in Ridge Racer is a whole lot of fun. Its one of those racing games where you can pick it up without the worry of the physics being too precise. If you are a casual racing fan then you will have no problem picking up this game and winning races. If you are new to racing games, this is a great place to start. Although the game does have drifting elements, they are not hard to learn and master.
Wishes: One big feature I was hoping for was online races utilizing the 3DS’s WiFi capabilities. I feel like this is a feature that should have been a no brainer. Aside from the online matches, this is a pretty solid racer.
TQ Bottom Line: If you are looking for a fun, engaging racer for your 3DS, then you should definitely pick up Ridge Racer 3D. With Grand Prix mode you will have plenty of content to keep you busy for a long time. Even without online matches this game is really fun and it should definitely not be overlooked.
Final Score: 4 out of 5 Michelas!
Ridge Racer 3D
Publisher: Namco Bandai
Developer: Namco Bandai
MSRP: $39.99 Available via Amazon Ridge Racer 3DS