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whatshot Ridge Racer 7 PS3 Review - -

Gameplay 8.2
Graphics 8.5
Sound 8.5
Value 8.1
Distributor: Sony
Review Date:
May 2007
Kyle Sudukis


Ridge Racer 7

Ridge Racer 7 returns on the next-generation of consoles with Namco once again going back to their gaming racing roots that gives players the tasks of building a fictional machine and becoming the most well known racer in Ridge State. There are a variety of game modes on offer including single race, online play and an arcade mode but the main mode is of course the career mode where you travel the globe gaining new cars and talking to manufacturers while competing in races.


  • Drift Racing At Its Best: Ridge Racer 7 includes a total of 40 machines and 20 exhilarating courses filled with nitrous filled straight-aways and hairpin turns. With reversed courses, the total grows to 40, most in the series ever!
  • Customize Your Ultimate Machine: The brand new machine customization mode gives the player the power to make the perfect machine in up to 200,000 different ways. From visual touches to performance related specifications, any racing style can be brought to life for the most hardcore or casual gamer.
  • Race Your Way To the Top: In the new career mode, build yourself up to become the best Ridge Racer. The player will be tested to the limit, building a career from the ground up in over 160 races.
  •  Online Play: In addition to the single player modes, Ridge Racer 7 will be compatible with Sony's new online service for heated races with up to 14 players. Players will be able to bring their customized machine online to challenge other players to prove who is the ultimate Ridge Racer.

For those of you who may have played the PSP game but none of the others, this game is actually quite different. First of all there are races where the aim is to simply race against eight cars instead of overtaking a set amount before the end of the race. Those overtaking races exist but they are not the main game mode as with the two PSP titles. Secondly, you don't just earn upgrades and cars from winning races, this time around you earn money and it has to be spent to build upgrades and get new cars.

The interesting twist is that to buy parts you need to have a relationship with that manufacturer and to do that you have to take place in trials with that team. This can be a little annoying. You get to a particular point in the game where the car needs upgrading and all of a sudden you need to go do a single race for a team to progress rather than move through the tournaments which make up most of the game.

The game itself looks and plays beautifully. It's typical Ridge Racer fare with high speed racing and drifting turns. Despite this it is a little disappointing on the PS3 that the developers have not gone out of the comfort zone and tried something new.

The physics engine hasn't changed all that much and surprisingly, aside from graphics, we could be playing this game just as easily on the PSP as the PS3. To be honest, if you've played Ridge Racer before, you've played 7 and while the mantra is if it isn't broken don't fix it, this is a brand new high tech console where gamers will be expecting more and Ridge Racer 7 doesn't have it.

Where the game does differentiate itself from the competition however is the environments. Set in fictional areas, they take inspiration from places such as jungles, urban areas, and beach side villas. This leads to some fantastic visuals and the game is in high definition 720p resolution but when you move from other PS3 games to this it does disappoint. The sense of speed also feels a little lacklustre when compared to other titles such as Formula 1. The developers claim it is a sixty frame per second game, but it just doesn't feel like it to us.

There is also online multiplayer which is handled via the PSN network and offers racing against up to eight other players - the same number which is present in the main game races. You can also play on the same console split screen.

Ridge Racer 7 is a game that was expected with the PS3 system launch and is an entertaining racing game that is definitely a must have for newbie gamers or for those wishing for a fast race without the rig moral.


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