Ridge Racer 5

a game by Namco Ltd.
Platform: Playstation 2
Editor Rating: 8.7/10, based on 1 review, 3 reviews are shown
User Rating: 6.0/10 - 1 vote
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Ridge Racer 5
Ridge Racer 5
Ridge Racer 5
Ridge Racer 5

What's the deal?

The Ridge Racer name has been a staple of the PlayStation's library since the very first system was sold. In fact, the original game takes a lot of the credit for the phenomenal initial sales enjoyed by Sony. It's fitting that this Namco masterpiece should launch Sony's second generation of hardware in style. Ridge Racer V will bring all the fast, smooth racing action we've come to expect from Namco, not to mention the plethora of bonuses and extra features they've become so famous for. The kicker, of course, is the incredible graphics. Don't listen to anyone complaining about "jaggies"; RRV is one of the best-looking games to come to market in quite a while.

So why is it a must-get game?

Ridge Racer V is the latest in a long line of games that embody everything a racing fan looks for when they boot up a system. Now Namco is working with hardware comparable to the best arcade technology, and the results are stunning.

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Playstation 2

System requirements:

  • PC compatible
  • Operating systems: Windows 10/Windows 8/Windows 7/2000/Vista/WinXP

Game Reviews

It would have been easy to slap together a bare-bones racing title with some shiny graphics and call it a PS2 game. Of course, Namco's never been known for taking a minimalist approach to anything.

Although it went on sale the same day as Sony's new system, Ridge Racer V doesn't feel like a launch game at all. Anyone willing to spend a bit of time playing it will find that this is a full-featured racer. Whether it's just a matter of winning every race to getting the odometer past a certain milestone (the game keeps track of the total distance you've driven after every race), it seems like every other time we turn on RRV there's something new. Endurance racing, new engines, the Duel mode and even a PAC-Man race featuring our favorite pellet-gobbler (see sidebar), can all be found.

So how does it play? Beautifully. The Ridge Racer series has always been about white-knuckle speed and powersliding around tight turns, and so it is in this latest sequel. Fans of any game in the RR series, be it the original Ridge Racer or the more original Rage Racer, will find something to love here. The different cars in RRV cater to any driving style, and the unique handling of each machine makes racing a pleasure no matter who you are.

And of course the visuals are stunning. While it does have some of the "jaggies" many PS2 titles seem to share, the whole thing still looks gorgeous and moves at a super-smooth frame-rate. The roadside detail is superb and especially easy to appreciate during the replays. As usual, car models are sleek and sexy and adorned with decals of Namco's past arcade hits. Later in the game you can even customize your car's designs yourself.

Namco's done it again...how surprising.

People say:


I love this game. Even with all the great American-developed launch titles on the way, RRV is the reason I'll be buying a PlayStation 2 this month. It embodies almost everything I look for in an arcade-style racer: awesome graphics, smooth framerate, intense speed and a collection of cars that caters to every driving style imaginable. Once you've discovered which machine works best with your style, there's nothing you can't do on the track. The cars handle so well it's almost scary. The debate as to which of the first four Ridge Racer games had the best control can be put to rest, since fans of every one of them will find a car they like in RRV. Much like earlier games in the series, all seven of RRV's tracks are connected, usually featuring some of the same turns every time. That said, each track offers a unique challenge, so lack of variety isn't a problem. The only place where some more variety would be nice is in the car designs. Once you've seen the main group of vehicles, they just keep reappearing with different body modifications (the hidden cars are a little more interesting, but you can't use them in the official races anyway). A collection of vehicles more akin to the ones found in Rage Racer would have been best here. But the big reason why Ridge V isn't receiving a 10 from yours truly: The two-player split-screen mode is ugly to the point of being offensive--inexcusable on a system this powerful.


No surprises here; Ridge V is as good as we anticipated. Having played the Japanese version for some time we knew what to expect. If you're a fan of the classic Ridge Racer panache you won't be disappointed. The game manages to retain its famous drift-style gameplay while incorporating new flash. It's amazing that it can look so good yet still keep a respectable framerate. I still think it's odd however, that the cars made for grip actually slide better than the drift vehicles. The drift cars tend to slow quite a bit when you whip 'em around the corners, whereas the grip cars slide and keep speed. Not much of a complaint really. RRV is a very solid game.


In part because I expect great racing games from Namco, and in part because of similarities to earlier Ridge games, I liked RRV but it never blew me away. The graphics are nice--there are a couple bad textures you may notice, and some serious fog in the two-player mode you can't miss--but mostly it's blaz-ingly fast, crisp and detailed. Controls feel great (although I prefer the Grip-type cars now for the first time) with good use of the analog buttons; I adjusted and was back in form after only a few races. But winning don't come easy. Computer cars are fast and love to box you out (a relief after R4's wimpy Al). All said, I found RRV polished, but predictable.

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