One of the worst-kept secrets in the pc market at the moment is the fact that Ridge Racer has been developed for the pc and is pretty much finished. How do we know about this? Well, we've seen it - and it looks absolutely unbelievable. The only problem is that no one will actually own up to being responsible for publishing it; it's all very hush-hush and secret. Namco, who owns the license for the game, is playing things very close to its chest - so close in fact that no screenshots will be made public for another few months.
What we've learned so far though is that the team that has developed the game are the same guys who have converted Wipeout to the pc. Basically, the same 3D engine has been used to transfer everything across, and from what we saw it is utterly incredible. It blows absolutely all other texture-mapped polygon racing games on the pc out of the water - including Screamer.
As far as we were able to make out, the only differences between the PlayStation and pc versions are that the pc runs in a slightly lower resolution (320x200 vga), and only 256 colours as opposed to 16-bit colour. All of the texture maps are present though, and we were informed that because of the nature of the license agreement, no speed saving detail adjustments are permitted in the pc version - which means you won't be able to turn off the sky or the road detail to run the game on a slow machine. However, the upshot of this is that the team is optimising the arse off the thing to ensure that it runs at a staggering frame-rate with all of the detail of the original game.
We were also reliably informed that the fi ial version of Ridge Racer will feature a networking option - and that's something which certainly isn't present in the PlayStation version.
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Ridge Racer was a breakthrough title for the PlayStation, and that has raised high expectations for the sequel.You'd expect a leap in graphics and added game-play on top of the features so beloved in the original.
Namco succeeds in touching up game-play and adds new music, plus remixes of the original tunes.The graphics differ a little bit from the original, but they certainly aren't better. Ridge Racer Revolution definitely has a lot more extras now, and it lasts longer than the original. It still packs a lot of fun though, especially with the Mad Catz steering wheel, and is a must purchase for racing fans.
Graphics - 8
Sound/FX - 8
Gameplay - 8
Rating - 8
Ridge Racer heated up the arcades, and now it is almost ready for launch on what may become one of the most popular systems around: the PlayStation. Using almost the same incredible graphics of the arcade coin-op, this version will blow you away. This cart really shows off the PlayStation's capabilities, making it clear that this is one system that won't sit still. Ridge Racer plays like your average driving cart, complete with shifting, braking, and accelerating, but the PlayStation takes it to new heights. If you've got a hunger to drive muscle cars down a long stretch of road, Ridge Racer will squeal your tires.
This game is translated with such attention to detail that it puts the 16-Bit racers to shame.
We'll have to wait some time before we ll be able to see some PlayStation games over here.
The look of all the angry arcade owners who will lose business to the home platforms.
- MANUFACTURER - NAMCO OF JAPAN
- DIFFICULTY - MODERATE
- THEME - RACING
- NUMBER OF PLAYERS - 1
- NUMBER OF LEVELS - n/a
Ridge Racer has been acclaimed as one of the best driving games to ever hit the arcades. Now with the power of the Sony PlayStation, this racing smash is faithfully duplicated. Ridge Racer has everything from the beautiful lady at the starting grid, to the shameless Namco game plugs, to the annoying yellow Lamborghini. Namco left nothing out of their arcade baby, and even added a little more like a new driving perspective. You can even play a little game of Galaxian while the game loads up! Add to that secrets not found in the arcade and you got a fantastic game for a superb system.
Ridge Racer offers a choice of four cars. Each car differs from the others in performance. The faster the vehicle, the worse the traction and handling. The behavior of the car is reversed when the top 1 speed is slower. There is also a way to play as the other cars. The black Diablo is the ultimate racing machine. Maybe it can be driven as well?