Metascore
75

Generally favorable reviews - based on 59 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 33 out of 59
  2. Negative: 0 out of 59
  1. Mar 27, 2011
    90
    I have to hand it to Namco-Bandai: With the exception of omitting online multiplayer, it really put together a solid entry in the series for the 3DS launch, one that's easily high on the list of best titles available for the new system.
  2. The lack of any online features is a crying shame, but for 3D racing it's fantastic. [Apr 2011, p.86]
User Score
7.1

Mixed or average reviews- based on 53 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 23
  2. Negative: 2 out of 23
  1. Apr 3, 2011
    4
    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
    8
    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
    7
    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

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