Ridge Racer 3D 3DS


Generally favorable reviews - based on 59 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 33 out of 59
  2. Negative: 0 out of 59
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  1. May 16, 2011
    The reason to put 'Ridge Racer 3D' into the "win" category is the implementation of the 3D. The 3D works and better, it enriching the gameplay.
  2. Mar 26, 2011
    Ridge Racer 3DS is a perfectly competent racer, it's just one that doesn't do anything new. If you prefer an old-school arcade racing experience (like Daytona 500 or Sega Rally) over more realistic alternatives (Forza, GT), then this should satisfy early 3DS adopters.
  3. Apr 1, 2011
    It's a full Ridge Racer experience for 3DS. It's not perfect, but it's Ridge Racer.
  4. May 25, 2011
    There's fun to be had with Ridge Racer 3D, and it's a decent showcase of what the 3DS can do. There's room for improvement but there's nothing fundamentally wrong with it. We'd definitely recommend it to fans of the series and newcomers alike.
  5. May 1, 2011
    Nothing new to the series but it's still a lot of fun to drift through the corners with great control.
  6. Apr 24, 2011
    Ridge Racer 3D borrows from the best entries in the series and adds some decent visual depth, a perfectly reasonable racing game... while it lasts.
  7. Apr 20, 2011
    Ridge Racer turns out to be a good game, but hardly more than that. It's what we expect from a game in the series. Features are few, if any, and some of its attributes have already been shown up in other games more effectively.
  8. Apr 12, 2011
    It's Ridge Racer racing as usual with a couple of improvements. The lack of online play and Download Play game sharing is disappointing, but the steroscopic 3D is impressive. Perhaps not the strongest 3DS launch title, but well worth your while if you're after arcade racing.
  9. Apr 7, 2011
    Ridge Racer 3D does not bring anything new to the genre, except 3D. It does, however, follow a well-tested recipe; and it succeeds in doing so. All in all, this is a good racing game, and the added three-dimensional effect literally brings a new dimension to handheld racing.
  10. Apr 5, 2011
    Though there's a lot of recycled content in Ridge Racer 3D, its drift-based driving is as addictive and fun as ever.
  11. Apr 4, 2011
    A good arcade driving game, although it reuses too much content from prior entries in the Ridge Racer series, lacks online multiplayer and has dissapointing graphics.
  12. Mar 31, 2011
    Ridge Racer 3D brings new "depth" to a lot of old-school elements of this series and represents another solid and entertaining entry in the series.
  13. Mar 30, 2011
    Ridge Racer is all about a couple of things: fast cars, pretty environments and especially well timed powerslides. This First trip to the 3DS doesn't reinvent the wheel, but it doesn't try to, which is why it turned out great for the fans of the series. Those fans won't be bothered by the lack of racetracks. Hopefully that'll be rectified in a sequel, just like a much needed online-mode.
  14. Mar 28, 2011
    Although it doesn't offer many new features in the series, those who have been fans of Ridge Racer will find a good experience in this 3DS launch title.
  15. Mar 23, 2011
    I'd rather play this than any other game currently available for the system, but that doesn't forgive the many signs that Namco rather rushed this out of the door.
  16. Mar 16, 2011
    Ridge Racer 3D plays it safe by offering the same irresistible power-sliding gameplay we've come to know and love over the past few years, but the impressive 3D effect can't compensate entirely for the crude visuals and lack of online play.
  17. Mar 16, 2011
    Namco Bandai has played it very safe with its 3DS debut, picking an established series and creating a game which feels like a celebration of previous efforts rather than an entirely new chapter.
  18. Apr 5, 2011
    The omission of online features is a shame, however, as the system is made for communications with others. Still, if you're in for a solid racer this launch-season, Ridge Racer 3D is worth the price of admission.
  19. Apr 2, 2011
    Ridge Racer has enough content to keep you busy, but despite the visual depth, the gameplay is too shallow to hold your attention for long.
  20. Mar 28, 2011
    I love this franchise, and playing it in 3D was enough to keep me entertained for hours. I just wish a new Ridge Racer game was more of an event like it used to be.
  21. Mar 28, 2011
    Ridge Racer 3D doesn't offer anything new. It's the same race and drift experience, with a nice support from graphics and 3D. Only for those in dire need of an arcade racing.
  22. Mar 27, 2011
    But as a full game in its own right, Ridge Racer 3D feels like a cold shell that is part of a larger, ageing franchise.
  23. Mar 27, 2011
    But if you expect forward movement and new ideas from sequels, it's hard not to look at Ridge Racer 3D as a stubborn relic from a bygone era.
  24. Mar 27, 2011
    Ridge Racer 3D offers a fundamentally solid, entertaining arcade driving experience. Its 3D effect is well done and benefits the player, but it does little to mask the simple core and bare bones presentation.
  25. Apr 9, 2011
    This isn't necessarily a bad game and there is a decent amount of old fashioned fun dressed up with new technology available in it. It is an oddly out-of-step game even among the lackluster 3DS launch lineup, if only because it doesn't look or feel current and could almost be accused of being a lazy, rushed port of any of the previous Ridge Racer titles.
  26. Mar 30, 2011
    It's hardly groundbreaking or exceptional in any way, for me it felt like the very definition of average.
User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 54 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 23
  2. Negative: 2 out of 23
  1. Apr 3, 2011
    Ridge Racer 3D is the definition of a rushed up-port. Visuals are sup-par at best, being directly ported from the iPhone version. Textures areRidge Racer 3D is the definition of a rushed up-port. Visuals are sup-par at best, being directly ported from the iPhone version. Textures are blocky, models lack detail and the framerate isn't brilliant, tending to hover around 30fps. Using nitrous will cause the framerate to suffer on scenes with three or more cars nearby at once. The biggest change is the appearance of helicopters and planes that fly over the course to accentuate the 3D effect. In a rather strange design choice most menus don't work with the slide pad, navigation is almost exclusively handled by the dpad. Similarly, the touch screen is limited to 2 functions, switching the map between zoomed and course overview, and changing camera position.

    If you have one of the previous versions of this game, on PSP or iPhone, then there really is no reason to buy it. However, if you must have a sim racer with your 3DS than it is still better than the alternative.
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  2. Mar 27, 2011
    For someone who's more used to playing Sim racers, this kinda feels like a modern day OutRun. There's not that much depth, or subtly - andFor someone who's more used to playing Sim racers, this kinda feels like a modern day OutRun. There's not that much depth, or subtly - and that's why I like it! It's great on a handheld system. The 3D works well, and the graphics are generally quite good. Of the launch titles, this is in the top 3. Full Review »
  3. Jun 7, 2012
    Despite the lack of online multiplayer which was slightly disheartening, the game as a single player, 3D racing experience holds up extremelyDespite the lack of online multiplayer which was slightly disheartening, the game as a single player, 3D racing experience holds up extremely well and shows us what ridge racer is supposed to be. Despite recycled content and a HUD style clearly ripped right out of 'ridge racer 7', the core gameplay is fantastic and still as insane as you'd expect from the franchise. Drifting round corners at 300km/h whilst amazingly staying with all 4 wheels planted on the ground. The visuals help create the feeling of speed too, with the tail lights streaking behind you and the second or so of motion blur as you start up your nitrous. Some textures are disappointing, however the 3D more than makes up for it, that extra dimension adds whole new tactics as to 'when do I utilize the drift' as well as looking amazing. The 3D is one of the things the game does best, which is good as it was a launch title. Pros:
    - Best 3D racing experience on the 3DS
    - Great sense of speed
    - Holds the legacy of Ridge Racer up high

    - Heavily recycled content
    - Some poor textures
    - Occasional FPS drops
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