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Developed exclusively for the Sony Playstation, this fourth title in the Ridge Racer series features new visuals, powered by goraud-shaded polygons, giving each car and track a more refined appearance, while keeping the same arcade gameplay popularized by the first game of the series.

While it includes the usual time attack and a new split-screen versus mode, the focus of the game is the Real Racing Roots '99, Ridge City's three heat, seven race championship, with the grand finale in a speedway during New Year's Eve.

The player starts by choosing one of the four teams available (from easiest to harder): Micro Mouse Mappy, directed by the lovely Sophie Chevalier who hopes to win the first title in many years for the French team to honour her ill grandfather, Pac Racing Team, a recently created Japanese team directed by Shinji Yazaki who expects to create an immediate splash in the Ridge City racing scene, from Italy the RRR champions Racing Team Solvalou, with the demanding Enki Gilbert at the helm, and the American team Dig Racing Team, who has fallen into financial difficulties, with team director Robert Chrisman struggling to provide the driver with a car capable of out-handling opponents.

After picking a team, the player can choose one of the four car makers available: Lizard and Assoluto keep the old RR tradition of cars drifting wildly on corners, but Age Solo and Terrazi offer a new experience with their "Grip" cars that require more breaking and careful trajectories, but are easier to control during turns.

The player earns (and so, unlocks for free play) cars by completing races; however, final placement defines how good the car will be. By scraping through the first two heats (the Final GP accepts nothing but a victory), sponsors will be unwilling to invest in the team and instead of a new car, the mechanics will only upgrade the current vehicle. But winning all races allows the driver to reach the Shooting Hoops speedway with the fastest car. By combining all qualifying placements, 320 cars are waiting to be unlocked.

R4 Ridge Racer Type 4 also includes an extra disk, featuring the original Ridge Racer in higher resolution. For a time, the game was also sold as a bundle along Namco's innovative Jogcon controller.


R4: Ridge Racer Type 4 PlayStation Oops, wrong way
R4: Ridge Racer Type 4 PlayStation Oh no, my new shoes... if only some racer would stop by and give me a lift now
R4: Ridge Racer Type 4 PlayStation Racing against time... but entering the curve too fast won't do you any good
R4: Ridge Racer Type 4 PlayStation Namco logo from the opening cinematic

Promo Images

R4: Ridge Racer Type 4 Screenshot
R4: Ridge Racer Type 4 Screenshot
R4: Ridge Racer Type 4 Screenshot

Alternate Titles

  • "山脊赛车4" -- Chinese spelling (simplified)
  • "Ridge Racer Type 4" -- European title
  • "Ridge Racer 4" -- Informal title

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User Reviews

Makes Gran Turismo look like Grandpa Trashismo! PlayStation Fake Spam (94)

Critic Reviews

Freak PlayStation Jan, 1999 95 out of 100 95
GameSurge PlayStation 1999 93 out of 100 93
Gaming Entertainment Monthly PlayStation May 29, 1999 91 out of 100 91
The Video Game Critic PlayStation Jul 30, 1999 A- 91
Mega Fun PlayStation Mar, 1999 90 out of 100 90
Game Critics PlayStation Aug 12, 1999 9 out of 10 90
Gamezilla PlayStation Jun 18, 1999 89 out of 100 89
Video Games PlayStation Mar, 1999 88 out of 100 88
Power Unlimited PlayStation Mar, 1999 8.4 out of 10 84
Game Revolution PlayStation Jun, 1999 B 75


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1001 Video Games

The PS1 version of R4: Ridge Racer Type 4 appears in the book 1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die by General Editor Tony Mott.

Demo Disc

The game was shipped with a demo disc containing the Ridge Racer Hi-Spec demo.

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