• Publisher: Namco
  • Release Date: Dec 7, 2004
Metascore
63

Mixed or average reviews - based on 35 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 35
  2. Negative: 5 out of 35
  1. Perhaps the most stinging criticism we could hurl at Ridge Racer DS is that it makes Need for Speed Underground 2 look half-decent - and that is just plain wrong. [GamesMaster]
  2. 40
    It's a missed opportunity weighed down by cumbersome and lacklustre design. The multiplayer provides some fun, but with Mario Kart on it's way, it's worth neither the hassle or expense.
  3. The visuals have now lost much of their shine, which isn't helped by poor collision detection. Wireless multiplayer racing can be enjoyed by up to six DS owners in some events with just one copy of the game.
  4. Ridge Racer’s touch screen debut ain't what it’s cranked up to be. It could have been much better. As it’s now, it doesn’t utilize the DS’s capabilities in any useful or fun kinda way. [July 2005, p.77]
  5. 25
    It fails at presenting a compelling racing game, and more to the point, it fails at presenting a compelling Ridge Racer game, with backward graphics and bollixed controls.
User Score
6.8

Mixed or average reviews- based on 6 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 6
  2. Negative: 0 out of 6
  1. May 28, 2014
    8
    How can this game have a lower score than ridge racer 64. ITS THE SAME GAME. But this is handheld so why have it low on this list? Its a cool classic style ridge racer that the fans should play! Full Review »
  2. Jun 18, 2013
    6
    Not the best game...and clearly needs some more work put into it. The graphics are blocky, collision scripts are mostly likely broken in some way, and the quality of the overall game is not high. Could be better like the 3DS successor

    Gameplay is rather poor with poor collision detection, bad turning mechanics, and poor AI.
    The Music is a decent mix of dance music from recent years
    Presentation is blocky and very disorganized, while the length is rather long...
    You won't find much to do afterwards though, maybe wireless multiplayer

    Gameplay: 6/10
    Story: N/A
    Music: 8/10
    Presentation: 4.5/10
    Length: 7/10
    Overall: 6/10
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