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If you're into racing games in the slightest, I highly recommend Ridge Racer 3D. In the years to come, it will no doubt be bested by another racing game, but for the time being, it is a great launch game that offers fun gameplay and an awesome use of 3D.
Ridge Racer 3D is exactly what I was expecting, but I'm not sure how I feel about that. It will give longtime fans deja-vu, but frankly it will be hard to come up with a better racer for the 3DS.
Ah well. The point should be that once Ridge Racer 3D gets going it's as horribly satisfying as any in recent memory. In fact, following a few hours' initial play, I found myself inquiring of our reviews editor whether it would be reasonable to "borrow" our Japanese 3DS to "verify my findings" over the next few days/weeks/years. And if I can't bring myself to part with it despite having logged a bottle-pissing World of Warcraft obsession's worth of time on Ridge Racers 1-7 and the handheld spinoffs, the old magic must still be working.
So you just bought a new Nintendo 3DS, what game do you buy? Out of all the launch titles I’ve played Ridge Racer is easily one of the best. All 3 of Nintendo’s games are fun but lack any real depth or longevity. Street Fighter is fun but they dumbed it down to fit on a handheld and failed to add any of the latest characters from the arcades. Out of all the Nintendo 3DS launch titles Ridge Racer is one of the most robust and fun games. Even the little things like having your initial opponents be Inky, Blinky, Pinky, and Clyde (the ghosts) from Pac-Man just makes the game that much more enjoyable. If you like racing games be sure to pick up Ridge Racer. It is the best racing game on the Nintendo 3DS.
Ridge Racer Revolution in Verbindung mit dem NeGcon war damals für mich der Hauptgrund zum Kauf einer PlayStation! So weit würde ich beim jüngsten Vertreter nicht gehen: Obwohl Ridge Racer 3D neben Ghost Recon: Shadow Wars einen der besten Titel des Start-Lineups markiert, hat Namco Bandai für mich als Kenner der Serie zu stark den Recycling-Hammer geschwungen - einen Großteil der Strecken kenne ich bereits in- und auswendig, während mich der überwiegend lasche Soundtrack ebenfalls schon oft genug eingelullt hat. Am lässigen Fahr- und Driftspaß ändert das alles aber nichts: Es ist auch am 3DS ein Vergnügen, mit den Boliden über die bekannten, aber immer noch überwiegend gelungenen Pisten zu jagen und dabei eindrucksvoll durch die Kurven zu schlittern - das ist ein Arcade-Racer in Reinkultur!
So you can't help but feel that Ridge Racer 3D will eventually be overtaken as the 3DS's premier driving game. But at launch, in the here and now, it's a satisfying celebration of Ridge Racer's breezy ubiquity at getting the best out of shiny, new hardware.
Namco Bandai has played it very safe with its 3DS debut, picking an established series and creating a game which feels like a celebration of previous efforts rather than an entirely new chapter. This is of course no bad thing – Ridge Racer is one of those perennial greats that is well worth rediscovering – but the lack of innovation and absence of online multiplayer curb the long-term appeal of the game. There will unquestionably be better racers on the 3DS – heck, we’d be willing to bet that there will be a superior instalment of Ridge Racer within two years or so – but for now, this will prove enough to keep dedicated petrol-heads contented, so long as expectations are kept to a reasonable level.
Ridge Racer 3D plays a lot like other Ridge Racer games, but this is hardly something to complain about for any length of time, as Ridge Racer is up there with the most enjoyable of arcade-style racers, with plenty of speed and moments of satisfaction. The 3D is a nice, subtle effect, but if you’re looking for something entirely different, like some new tracks or major additions, then Ridge Racer 3D is not going to satisfy your appetite for new content or innovation.
Malgré le côté grisant de Ridge Racer 3D, son manque d'originalité dans ses modes de jeu le rend fatalement redondant sur le long terme. L'absence d'un mode Online pèse lourd dans la balance et les fans de la série n'auront pas vraiment l'impression de jouer à un nouvel épisode, même avec la 3D et le système Street Pass, pourtant intéressants.
This game has a little bit of everything. The gameplay is solid, but it’s just a little too easy. The graphics are great, and the 3-D effect only makes it better. The game modes are there, but they just have no long-term appeal. But when it comes down to it, the game is still a racer, and it is still fun. So if you are into the original Ridge Racer games and newer titles like Need For Speed: Hot Pursuit, pick this one up -- even if only for the beautiful third dimension.