Namco’s flagship arcade racer series, spanning three console generations and a whole host of different platforms.
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Ridge Racer: Where it All Began - Namco’s Ridge Racer may have declined somewhat in terms of popularity and relevance at the time of writing, but there’s little denying that during its heyday, this series was one of the most important franchises in gaming. Most notably playing a significant role in solidifying the PlayStation’s position as the leading console of the 32-bit … Continue reading Ridge Racer: Where it All Began
Ridge Racer Revolution: The One That Would Probably Be DLC Today - After the success and critical acclaim of Ridge Racer, it was only natural for Namco to want to build on the series. It went about this in a number of ways, including a three-screen arcade release for a more immersive experience as well as a spectacular “Full Scale” variant in which you sat in an actual … Continue reading Ridge Racer Revolution: The One That Would Probably Be DLC Today
Rage Racer: Point of Divergence - While the arcade installment Ridge Racer 2 and its home conversion of sorts Ridge Racer Revolution went in slightly different directions, it was the third “generation” of Ridge Racer games where the two approaches finally diverged completely. 1995’s third arcade installment Rave Racer again acted as more of an evolution from the previous games, featuring more detailed … Continue reading Rage Racer: Point of Divergence
Ridge Racer Type 4: Real Racing Roots ’99 - 1998’s Ridge Racer Type 4 is the quintessential PS1 game. Perfectly embodying the spirit of late ’90s “cool” that Sony was so keen to pursue with its platform, particularly in the West, the game is also a showcase for exactly what the humble PlayStation was capable of in its later years as well as a … Continue reading Ridge Racer Type 4: Real Racing Roots ’99
Ridge Racer V: Back to Basics - Ridge Racer V was an important game for Namco. Not only was it to be a follow-up to the incredibly well-received and popular Ridge Racer Type 4, it would also be the first installment of the series on a new generation of consoles — and a launch title for that system, the PlayStation 2, to boot. Expectations … Continue reading Ridge Racer V: Back to Basics
Ridge Racer 6: PlayStation Who? - It was a good five years between Ridge Racer V helping to launch the PlayStation 2 and the next mainline numbered installment in the series. In the intervening years we had a couple of spinoff games that are a little beyond the scope of what we have time to cover this month: in 2003, there … Continue reading Ridge Racer 6: PlayStation Who?
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Waifu Wednesday: Reiko Nagase - It’s Ridge Racer month here on MoeGamer, and you didn’t think I was going to let Reiko Nagase slip by unnoticed, did you? First appearing in Rage Racer’s CG intro (or perhaps Rave Racer’s attract mode, depending on who you want to believe) but shooting to prominence in Ridge Racer Type-4, Reiko Nagase is as much an iconic part of … Continue reading Waifu Wednesday: Reiko Nagase