Ridge Racer (Series)

Namco’s flagship arcade racer series, spanning three console generations and a whole host of different platforms.


Developer: Namco
Publisher: Namco
Available on: Various


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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?
Ridge Racer 7: The New “Revolution” - Almost exactly a year after its previous installment, Ridge Racer got another mainline entry — a title which marked the franchise’s return to Sony platforms after its temporary dalliance with Microsoft. Ridge Racer 7 was an exclusive title for Sony’s new PlayStation 3 platform — and in keeping with series tradition, it was a launch title, … Continue reading Ridge Racer 7: The New “Revolution”
Ridge Racer Unbounded: The Black Sheep - Over the last decade, we’ve seen a lot of series attempt to “reboot” themselves for one reason or another. In many cases, this is an excuse to go back to older games and remake them with a more modern aesthetic or gameplay conventions, but in others, it is in an attempt to completely reinvent the … Continue reading Ridge Racer Unbounded: The Black Sheep
Ridge Racers: The Greatest Hits - I wasn’t originally planning to cover the PSP titles in the Ridge Racer series, but after being well and truly glued to them for the last week there’s no way I can’t say something about them. Known as Ridge Racers in Japan, the two PSP games are almost identical to one another, so we’ll be taking them … Continue reading Ridge Racers: The Greatest Hits

Other Articles about Ridge Racer

The One-Liner Challenge - Time for a Community tag post! This one looked like a particularly fun one, and after the lovely Irina from I Drink and Watch Anime specifically requested me to do one about games, who was I to refuse? The original tag came from The Awkward Book Blogger and was based around, as you might expect, … Continue reading The One-Liner Challenge
The MoeGamer Awards: Best Ridge Racer - The MoeGamer Awards are a series of made-up prizes that give me an excuse to celebrate games, concepts and communities I’ve particularly appreciated over the course of 2017. Find out more and suggest some categories here! The Ridge Racer series was a prime candidate for the Uncancel This Series award, but I’m still holding out hope that we’ll … Continue reading The MoeGamer Awards: Best Ridge Racer
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

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