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Category Description User Score
AI The quality of the game's intelligence, usually for the behavior of opponents. 3.4
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work and the game plays. 4.3
Graphics The visual quality of the game 4.5
Personal Slant A personal rating of the game, regardless of other attributes 4.3
Sound / Music The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition 4.0
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Overall User Score (14 votes) 4.0

Critic Reviews

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Modojo (Mar 28, 2005)
It's official - Ridge Racer remains a staple in Sony's hardware line-up, as this is the best game in the series yet. It's focused, detailed, highly tweaked on gameplay, and loaded with options galore. It's got the old-school greatness of the series and a shiny new gloss rolled into one, with nothing ruined or tarnished in the process. And it offers only the finest in Wi-Fi support, allowing you to challenge friends like a true champion would. Make no mistake, Ridge Racer is a crowning achievement and no PSP owner - not even the most jaded of racing fans - should be without it.
Only a few games reach such lofty heights. This one is remarkable in most every way, and brilliantly executed.
1UP (Mar 18, 2005)
Namco did their homework, and in turn did their racing series justice. Ridge Racers is a technological showcase not only for what the PSP can do visually, but what can be achieved 'online' via pulse-pounding wireless races. It offers hope for a whole new generation of Ridge Racers, and remains a critical necessity in any gamers burgeoning PSP library. Indispensable.
Gaming Nexus (Apr 04, 2005)
The showcase title for the PSP. If you want a game that demonstrates the awesome capabilities of your handheld, pick up a copy of Ridge Racer. And hey, it's a pretty good game too!
Gaming Age (Apr 04, 2005)
The gameplay wasn't compromised by the limitations of portable technologies or time, resulting in the same gameplay experiences console gamers have been enjoying for over a decade. Ridge Racer isn't just a great launch title, it's a great game in general. Even if you're one of those casual racing fans who only pick up a few racing games per generation, this is one to look out for.
To round-off this perfect package, the high-octane dashes are more outrageous than ever as you can earn powerful speed boosts by skidding around long corners, a concept that may horrify fans of realistic driving sims such as Gran Turismo but will delight anyone looking for a gripping, heart-pumping racer.
I really cannot recommend this game enough – if you have a PSP then you simply must buy this game. It plays perfectly, it looks and sounds outstanding and there is a lot to it as well. I am still regularly playing this after owning it since January. I still get the same feeling that I did when I first slotted it into my PSP; it’s such a special feeling that every gamer should experience. Thanks Namco, with this gift I forgive you for R: Racing – I knew you hadn’t lost the Ridge Racer feeling.
GameSpy (Mar 23, 2005)
I'd have to say that unless you completely despise arcade racing games then you'd be doing yourself a massive disservice by not checking out Ridge Racer. With a decent selection of other racing titles on the PSP at launch, I'd say that while my personal preference for the series is evident over that of the Wipeout series, Ridge Racer is my favorite game on the PSP, and now my new number one in the Ridge franchise. You simply can't go wrong with this one. Highly recommended.
Game Chronicles (Apr 12, 2005)
Whether you are new to the Ridge Racer franchise or a veteran driver, this is the biggest and best Ridge Racer to date and a must own title for every PSP owner.
Deeko (2005)
While games like Gran Turismo capture the essence of driving, games like Ridge Racer capture the fun of arcade racing and I assure you that this is one game that is truly fun. If you've got a PSP, than you must pick this game up! It is an absolute gem and is fantastic on any number of levels.
Gamezine (Jul 17, 2005)
Ridge Racer est donc une impressionnante vitrine technologique de la console. C’est beau, et ça reste du domaine du jamais vu sur une portable. Mais heureusement, le jeu ne se limite pas à ça, et se paye le luxe d’être le volet le plus jouable de la série. Dire que ce n’est que l’un des premiers jeux de la console, ça me rend dingue… En attendant les prochains titres, Wip3out Pure en tête, je retourne sur le meilleur opus de la série Ridge Racer. Vroum, vroum.
IGN (Mar 17, 2005)
Sony's PlayStation and Namco's Ridge Racer have gone side-by-side through history. When the original PlayStation game system needed a champion to demonstrate where this 3D system was going to take gaming, Namco brought over its amazing new arcade Ridge Racer to the console. And when the PlayStation 2 needed a showcase star to help this system instantly slam the door on any competition, Namco brought its star Ridge Racer back out as a show car setting the pace lap. The game has never really been an out-and-out system seller -- the original RR was grinding itself out without having more tracks to race, and the PS2 game was quickly overshadowed by GT3 as jeers of "Ridged Racer" followed the early launch effort. But Ridge Racer has always been there, and the loyal fanbase that PlayStation has earned over the years built much of its dedication on top of a special affection for this racing game.
90 (UK) (Aug 31, 2005)
That's not to say our love of Ridge Racer is a question of novelty value, however. And don't be confused by this relatively straightforward commendation. Sometimes we do feel the need to wax nonsensical about trends and structures and clever hooks and the like, but with Ridge Racer it's pretty simple: good tracks, great sensation of speed, tremendous driving model. It could have done with an intermediate entry level, and it suffers for that, but it seems churlish to mark it down too far for making you grind for a half a day when the following hours then give way to days, weeks, and, in our case, months. As you know, we played it to death at the end of 2004. We've played it beyond death now. It's not quite heaven, if we're honest, but it's definitely a heck of a good racing game, and the best Ridge Racer in ages. Go buy it.
Armchair Empire, The (Apr 06, 2005)
Ridge Racer for the PSP is a great launch title. With its impressive graphic and new Nitrous boost feature, RR positions itself as the best game in the series and it provides a great example of the quality of games we can expect from the PSP.
TotalVideoGames (TVG) (Aug 26, 2005)
If the game was released on the Playstation2 it would garnish good reviews, however the combination of the brilliantly designed World Tour mode, Wi-Fi connectivity and the PSP hardware itself creates an experience that proves to be a killer-app if you're considering a purchase of Sony's new handheld.
Boomtown (Sep 09, 2005)
Likewise the addition of the new Nitro system does not harm the game at all. In fact it makes the game even more playable and fun whilst giving long-term fans of the series something new to mess about with. Ridge Racer is a fantastic achievement for a first gen PSP title, it is immensely playable and arguably the best Ridge Racer on any console or hand-held to date.
Video Games Daily (Jan 05, 2005)
It's about racing for the thrill of racing, bettering lap times and finishing first, all at the same time - and if it's on a home console or a handheld, single-player longevity and multiplayer excellence are vital. These are all things Namco has crafted with meticulous attention to detail for this exemplary PSP debut.
Bordersdown (Jan, 2005)
If this is the quality of games we can expect on the PSP, then the future for Sony’s so-called ‘Walkman for the 21st century’ is looking very bright indeed. The best Ridge Racer game to date? Without a doubt.
The Next Level (USA) (Jan 21, 2005)
Ultimately, Ridge Racers has a feel and atmosphere similar to that of Nintendo’s Super Smash Brothers Melee; an extremely polished game that oozes love. You can tell that genuine effort went into the development game, and while a rather large (for a handheld) budget always helps, the little details in the game - like using Rally-X graphics to display lead times in-race - makes you feel something special inside when drifting through tight turns in the Union Hill District. It’s no wonder that the game is the best selling title on the platform. Come March, don’t be surprised if it’s the game that introduces the rest of the world to Sony’s little machine.
90 (Apr 02, 2005)
Ridge Racer is the best racing experience on any handheld to date. Providing a thrilling sense of speed, many game modes such as the spectacular World Tours mode, and the addition of further items and courses that can be unlocked, Ridge Racer delivers a satisfying experience in the overcrowded racing genre.
AceGamez (2005)
If you don't like the Ridge Racer style, you may not find yourself being blown away, although I'm not sure how anyone could dislike such well-balanced and addictive gameplay. If you're looking for a satisfying racer to show off the power and style of your new PSP, then this is definitely one to take out for a spin.
For a series that has stayed so close to its roots, "Ridge Racer" has done pretty well for itself. Each entry is usually immensely playable by even the most inexperienced gamer out there, blending a line between both arcade and simulation that can keep both sides happy. The PSP premiere of the series is a spectacular, all-out assault on your senses, a perfect showcase for a new system to make it seem like a purchase was worthwhile. To top it all off, it plays insanely well too.
MAN!AC (Oct, 2005)
Grandioser Arcade-Raser mit fabelhafter Grafik und toller Streckenauswahl.
Thunderbolt Games (Apr 05, 2005)
Ridge Racer is an arcade-style racing game, so it’s right up my alley. I’ll admit that I cannot play Gran Turismo. I just can’t appreciate the series. I like arcade racing games, where nitrous shoots out your exhaust pipes. I find that much more satisfying. And I don’t like to have to break to go around corners either. I like ripping around them at one hundred and fifty miles an hour. Ridge Racer is the game that lets me do that. There’s no fancy engine work to be done here; cars have top speeds and drift differently and these are the only things you need to be concerned with.
GamePro (US) (Mar 23, 2005)
Racing games are all the same--which makes them either timeless or boring, depending on your point of view. Namco's Ridge Racer for the PSP, though, is everything racing fans could want: solid graphics, tight controls, expansive courses, unlockable secret vehicles, and (of course) the multiplayer option.
88 (Oct 14, 2005)
Ich kann mich noch genau daran erinnern, wie mich Ridge Racer damals vom Hocker gehauen hat. Ich habe mir damals sogar ernsthaft überlegt mich für eine Playstation samt Ridge Racer vor ein Auto zu schmeißen (dies ist kein Witz!). Die PSP Version hat es geschafft genau den selben „WOW-Effekt“ wie damals wieder aufleben zu lassen. „Das soll Handheld-Grafik sein? – ich muss träumen“... Glücklicherweise ist Ridge Racer bei weitem kein optischer Blender. Die simple und blitzschnelle Spielmechanik lassen den Titel zu einem Vorzeige-Arcade-Racer werden und bringen puren (Fahr-)Spaß. Die vielen Autos, vielen Strecken, heißen Drifts und das neue Nitro-Feature machen einfach nur süchtig – kaufen!
88 (Aug 31, 2005)
Einen sehr viel besseren Rennspieleinstand als Ridge Racer hätte sich Sony für die PSP kaum wünschen können: Motivierende Spielmodi, massig Wagen und Strecken, tolle Grafik und ein cooler Soundtrack beschäftigen den PSPiloten für Wochen – jedenfalls wenn er mit dem Drift-Konzept zurechtkommt, welches seit jeher etwas Gewöhnung verlangt. Doch dank der perfekten Digitalkontrolle (das zappelige Analogstickchen ist kaum einen Blick wert) hat man die Boliden schneller im Griff, als das üblich verdächtige Flugzeug an einem vorbeischwebt. Allerdings ist das Spiel kaum für Sonntagsfahrer geeignet – nach der gemütlichen Basistour geht es schwierigkeitsmäßig steil in die Höhe. Nichtsdestotrotz eine klare Empfehlung an alle Speedfreaks.
En definitiva, nos encontramos ante uno de los juegos más recomendables de lanzamiento, y un año después continua sorprendiendo, y manteniendo intacto su atractivo. Sólo resta comprobar hasta donde llevará la saga Namco con su secuela, y ver que nos deparará la aparición de la obra de Polyphony Digital en PlayStation Portable, de momento los amantes del derrape no pasarán hambre con los dos juegos de Namco.
86 (Jan 27, 2005)
Whilst it may not be the greatest arcade racer ever made when compared to it's home console counterparts, the fact that it is even comparable in the first place is an undeniably amazing achievement and certainly you can say without question that it offers the best racing on a handheld machine by a long, long way. Best of all, this game makes me feel optimistic. If Namco can achieve this with an incredibly short development time and with no experience of the hardware, imagine what will be possible in a couple of years time?
If you’re looking for a fun little racing game, for you to play alone, or in a wireless multiplayer situation, then Ridge Racer is the game for you. Hopefully we’ll get some more stellar racing titles coming down the pipe as the PSP seems very well suited for handling the experience.
GameZone (Apr 06, 2005)
Ridge Racer for the PSP is a great title that anyone with a PSP should check out. The incredible graphics, tight controls and excellent music/sound effects are more than enough to warrant having this game. It’s hard to believe that this is a launch title for a new system. This is the game you want to have to show off your new PSP to everyone.
Diehard GameFan (Mar 23, 2005)
The launch games on PSP all have the wow factor, and many are great games that will keep you coming back for more. But out of all the games, Ridge Racer is the one you’ll think about most when you’re apart from your new PSP. The graphics and sound as a package, especially if you’re using headphones, is an immersive experience in itself, but the silky smooth and intuitive Ridge Racer controls put the game over the top. There is just something about this game that makes you feel like you are truly playing something new.
Ridge Racer is the PSP launch title everyone's been waiting for. Is it worth buying a PSP for? Of course not, but for owners of the system, it's hard to pass on a game that looks and plays as good as Ridge Racer does. Namco's Ridge Racer might as well get the official title of "Best PSP Launch Title".
One of the flagship titles for the PSP, and it shows the system off beautifully, the graphics and the gameplay combining to make this the greatest Ridge Racer title yet.
Namco ha vuelto a estrenarse en una consola de Sony con uno de sus buques insignia. En esta ocasión nos ofrecen un Ridge Racer que posée aspectos de todo lo que ha hecho grande a sus antecesores.
Quite simply Ridge Racer for the PSP is a great arcade driving game that manages to capture the true spirit of the previous games in the series. The game suits the PSP perfectly and it looks and performs wonderfully. Over the long term the game won't keep you as interested as Wipeout Pure because, to be quite honest, it's not as challenging. Those of you looking for a great arcade racer for your PSP have no need to look at any other game as Ridge Racer is all you could want.
Ridge Racer is going to be one of those titles that you keep playing long after the initial “newness” of the PSP system wears off. It’s arcade-racing nature and rewarding gameplay make it a wonderful match for the system, and most people looking for a good game to have with them all the time. The best part about the game is that it’s such an easy recommendation to make, due to the high production values and effort put into the game. In an already-stellar launch lineup, Ridge Racer stands out from the crowd. It’s definitely a game most PSP gamers should have in their library.
PSX Extreme (Apr 02, 2005)
This is nothing new to the series, as things have always been this way, but it still warrants mentioning. For fans of the series, there's no question - you need this game. For someone looking for a solid racing game, this looks to be your best option for quite a while, so give it a look; just don't expect a whole lot of variety.
Having an online mode would have greatly enhanced the overall package but the LAN mode will keep players busy for the foreseeable future, so long as players can convince their friends to buy this game. That really shouldn’t be too hard to do once they show their friends how beautiful this game is. If nothing else, Ridge Racer will always be remembered for being the nicest racing game ever created for a portable device at launch. If Ridge Racer is any indication of what the future holds for the PSP, Gran Turismo 4 Mobile should be simply breathtaking.
GameSpot (Mar 18, 2005)
Namco and Sony are now officially three for three when it comes to launching a new piece of Sony game hardware with a new game from Namco's Ridge Racer series. And like those previous Ridge Racer efforts, the first PSP installment in the series does a fine job of showing off the system's technical prowess while simultaneously providing more of the same smooth Ridge Racer gameplay that still holds up after all these years.
Mobile Tech Review (Apr, 2005)
Having played the Ridge Racer series since the original in the arcades, Ridge Racer for the PSP narrowly manages to replace R4: Ridge Racer Type 4 as my favorite Ridge Racer to date. It's great to see all these classic tracks and styles merged into one very exciting and satisfying game.
Netjak (May 03, 2005)
Overall, though, Ridge Racer really is a top-notch package for fans of racing and the classic arcade series. Ridge Racer's fast, addictive gameplay, large soundtrack, beautiful and numerous tracks, and drool-inducing graphics will keep many PSP-ers happy for quite some time. Tack on the ability to use Ad-Hoc multiplayer to race against friends, and you've got one of the best games you can pick up for the PSP right now. I was hopelessly addicted from the first race. Unless you hate racing games or the Ridge Racer series, I'd highly recommend this one.
Worth Playing (Apr 17, 2005)
Ridge Racer is a great driving game for the PSP, and I would recommend it to any owner. Connoisseurs of the genre will love this title, but most players will respect and enjoy it. Ridge Racer is one of the must-have handheld titles, and the fast action, driving soundtrack, and wonderful graphics are a real treat.
Edge (Jan 20, 2005)
Despite its importance as a statement of intent for the PSP, or for a franchise which has taken some confused drifts of its own in recent years, Racers has an appealing lack of pretension that suggests it has nothing to prove other than that Ridge Racer is a delight to play. And it is, with no call for caveat – for a handheld, for a ‘remake’, for a launch title. It’s simply one of the best pure arcade racers to date.
Factornews (Sep 05, 2005)
Avec sa jouabilité très simple d'accès, sa réalisation sans fautes et sa durée de vie plus que correcte, ce Ridge Racer fait partie des titres incontournables de la PSP. Bien sûr, les allergiques à la conduite arcade en quête d'un peu de finesse passeront leur chemin. Quant à ceux qui ont déjà fait le tour de tous les opus sur PSX et PS2, ils hésiteront un peu avant de s'offrir cet épisode "best-of", ne proposant finalement qu'une quantité infime de nouveautés. Pour les autres, foncez, vous ne le regretterez pas.
Yahoo! Games (Mar 23, 2005)
With 54 vehicles and 24 courses to master, Ridge Racer has plenty of content to keep the high-speed thrill-seekers busy. We'd have liked some more multiplayer and customization options, but the highly exaggerated drifts combined with responsive controls make the game exceptional fun. The mechanics allow for improvement with practice, but are instantly accessible so that anyone can immediately hit the tarmac. Don't let this showcase racing game drift by you!
Operation Sports (Apr 01, 2005)
Ridge Racer executes what it aims to do perfectly, but its aim is a bit too low at this point for me to max out the OS review scale. It's a fantastic launch title and I'll keep playing it for some time, but I‘ll also be waiting for some more modern racers to hit the PSP, now that I know what this little machine is capable of.
GamerDad (Nov 07, 2005)
In fact, all the tracks in the PSP game are recycled from past titles. These games are also famous for not having enough tracks, and the PSP version is no exception. While the circuits you can race on are very well designed and entertaining, it would still be nice to have more. The game gets pretty challenging later on. I'm not sure I'll be able to unlock the secret Pac-Man and Rally-X cars now! Rats! At any rate, Ridge Racer on the PSP is a very fine game.
Meristation (Aug 22, 2005)
Sin embargo, hay cosas que se podrían haber mejorado: la rejugabilidad es bastante limitada, los circuitos son todos vistos ya, y el modo wifi no es “real”, ya que simplemente se intercambian los tiempos y la posición del vehículo. Lo disfrutaréis de forma total mientras os dure el modo 1 jugador, pero cuando eso se acabe seguramente no lo volváis a tocar casi nada. Es toda una experiencia, pero tiene sus puntos débiles.
TTGamer (Aug 18, 2005)
Ridge Racer PSP is everything about the system that is cool. Quick gameplay, fun racing, top soundtrack and it exploits the power of the system quite well. If you're a racing fan then Ridge Racer is definitely a game to check out for the PSP as the length and depth of the game will keep you going for a while.
UOL Jogos (Jan 14, 2005)
Uma última curiosidade para os saudosistas. Para amenizar o tempo de "loading" para a atração principal, "Ridge Racers" começa com o fliperama "Rally X", sucesso da Namco da década de 80.
GamesRadar (Dec 22, 2004)
The best Japanese PSP launch title and a fine showcase for the handheld's capabilities. It's fast, looks great and is packed with classic Ridge tracks. And the lag-free eight-player WiFi races are breathtaking
3DAvenue (Aug 18, 2005)
Ridge Racer PSP is everything about the system that is cool. Quick gameplay, fun racing, top soundtrack and it exploits the power of the system quite well. If you're a racing fan then Ridge Racer is definitely a game to check out for the PSP as the length and depth of the game will keep you going for a while.
G4 TV: X-Play (Jul 26, 2005)
As is usual with Ridge Racer games on any PlayStation platform, the PSP version of the game really shows off what the system can do. It's one of the best-looking games in the launch lineup, and proves that a good 3D racing game can be supremely playable on a portable system. The developers even smartly included the option to control the cars using either the digital or analog pad, for those of us who find the PSP's oddly-placed analog stick a tad uncomfortable.

As it stands, Ridge Racer is far and away the best racing game on the system, combining slick looks, beautiful sound, and content overload to create a title that every PSP owner should take a look at.
75 (Aug 21, 2005)
Ridge Racer remplit parfaitement son contrat en permettant aux joueurs de retrouver des sensations d’arcade inédites sur console portable, et en leur proposant une somptueuse réalisation dont seule la PSP est capable à l’heure actuelle. Mais sa jouabilité sans fioriture et sa durée de vie un peu décevante empêche ce titre d’être la référence que certains d’entre nous espéraient. Il s’agit donc d’un bon jeu de course, mais qui ne nous fera pas oublier que d’autres titres du même genre se profilent à l’horizon (qui a dit Burnout ?).
Sports Gaming Network (Feb 28, 2005)
For a PSP launch title, Ridge Racer certainly shows off the technical prowess of the PSP. The game is a work of art visually; you won’t believe you’re playing on a handheld. Unfortunately, the gameplay isn’t up to the same level as the graphics. The gameplay is classic Ridge Racer, which if you’re a fan, you’ll enjoy the game. If not, you’ll quickly tire of the repetitive play.
Despite the new-fangled PSP, this game remains stuck in the arcade era. That's great when you're drifting around a corner at blazing speeds, but it leaves the title lacking after that first hour. I'd imagine that this game's absence of depth will only help its wireless play, where you can jump in and lay down some rubber with friends. Someone's gotta blaze the racing game trail on the PSP, and Ridge Racer is more than happy to do that. However, it'll only be left in the dust before long.
75 (Aug 22, 2005)
D'une prise en main enfantine et muni d'une très bonne réalisation d'ensemble, le titre de Namco a su conserver les atouts qui sont les siens depuis dix ans maintenant. Vitesse et fun sont au rendez-vous d'un titre qui, en n'innovant pas, parvient tout de même à être très séduisant. Réservé aux fans d'arcade.
Game Revolution (Mar, 2005)
Originally a coin-op arcade game, Namco’s Ridge Racer hitched itself to the Sony bandwagon for the U.S. launch of the original Playstation and has never looked back. Twelve years later, it’s one of Namco’s longest running titles, and along with Tekken and Soul Calibur, one of the foundations of their success.
The Video Game Critic (Oct 23, 2006)
And while the graphics are generally above reproach, cars in the distance tend to bleed in an unsightly manner. The turbo boost effect is little more than a blur, and the Rally-X-style "status updates" are just distracting. The music generally sucks, and the commentator ("Awesome baby! Keep it up!") has got to go. If you're brand new to the Ridge Racer series, bump up the grade by a letter. Ridge Racer vets can knock it down a grade.