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Ridge Racer 3D

 

 

SCORE: 92

 

Ridge Racer 3D 

 

People have told me that I sound so disinterested in some of my interviews, and many of my reviews are clinical. Part of that comes from seeing so many video games. So often there is little new in games that come out. There are always stand out titles. But I have to wade through many games that are ho-hum. I am always looking for the positive, and I have learned to keep my emotions in check.

There are titles that come along that impress me. There are video games that open my eyes. There are games that make me happy to still be a gamer. There are games that bring a smile to my face. Ridge Racer 3D on the Nintendo 3DS is one such game. The 3D effects in this hand held title have my head spinning. I mean that literally and figuratively. Namco Bandai created a very impressive game that takes the franchise to the next level.

The most important thing to know about Ridge Racer 3D is it can be played in 2D or 3D. In fact if the 3D makes you dizzy, then it is simple to turn it off while racing. I did it a couple of times. The vehicles and tracks look fantastic. Numerous things will freak you out visually while playing. An example is a helicopter flying right at you. My favorite was driving under the tail of an airplane. There is some mild sexual content in Ridge Racer 3D. That is the only thing that holds this game and this section back.

The music in Ridge Racer 3D is thumping, loud, and very techno. Those who are not big on this style of music can turn the sound lower. The audio feedback is nice in terms of comments. She is encouraging when the player does something good (like a good drift), and asks what happened when a mistake is made. Loading screens will offer tips on how to race better. I actually learned a few things while playing Ridge Racer 3D.

Namco Bandai could have churned out a simple game with 3D effects. Instead they included enough options, features, and tracks to keep gamers busy for months. Four players can enjoy this game thanks to the Local Play. Street Pass will interest many gamers because you can see how you rank against the local competition. Plus we can trade racing profiles and ghost data.

The drifting in Ridge Racer 3D is wonderful. I hate drifting, and can not stand it in games that require it. Ridge Racer 3D actually made me enjoy it. I believe the reason is they made it approachable by all skill sets. I found myself able to drift with ease. Ridge Racer 3D starts out easy, but gets more difficult as the race events are unlocked. I had a lot of fun playing this hand held video game.

The biggest lesson Ridge Racer 3D taught me was how to slip stream. I also learned to concentrate, and to race cleanly. The game will tell you that the other racers may want revenge when you do something to them. This made me realize that racing fair and square was better. I hope there are sequels to this game in the future. Ridge Racer 3D is one of the cleanest racing games I have played in years. The 3D effects are nice and give this game a very unique feel.
- Paul

 

Graphics: 89%
Sound: 91%
Replay/Extras: 95%
Gameplay: 95%
Family Friendly Factor: 88%
System: Nintendo 3DS
Publisher: Namco Bandai
ESRB Rating: 'E' for Everyone
{Mild Suggestive Themes}

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