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  • Summary: From the arcade racing series gamers know and love, Ridge Racer DS delivers a whole new experience to racing fans by offering true analog steering through the Nintendo DS touch screen, up to six-player multiplayer races, a variety of exciting single-player racing modes and much more. RidgeFrom the arcade racing series gamers know and love, Ridge Racer DS delivers a whole new experience to racing fans by offering true analog steering through the Nintendo DS touch screen, up to six-player multiplayer races, a variety of exciting single-player racing modes and much more. Ridge Racer DS offers all the fast-paced action gamers have come to expect from the Ridge Racer name -- now in the palm of their hands on the Nintendo DS. [Namco] Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 35
  2. Negative: 5 out of 35
  1. What I don't like is the ugly non-Namco designed interface and screwy button configuration when plaing with the stylus, which makes it literally impossible to play with the manual transmission. [Jan 2005, p.85]
  2. A great game if you’re looking for a racer that you’ll spend a lot of time on. It’s also great for those of you who are constantly on the go.
  3. 70
    Some will scoff at the game's seemingly wacky control schemes and twitchy vehicle handling, but those who enjoy arcade racers will likely find something to enjoy here.
  4. By trying so hard to justify exciting new uses for the DS's touch screen, NST has forgotten such crucial elements as a rear view mirror or the ability to track your opponents on each map.
  5. There's just too much about it that gets up our nose, and however much we jam our finger up there trying to straighten it out, favouring the outside line or not, it still slides back and forth just out of reach.
  6. The third issue to be dealt with is the game’s poor AI and atrocious collision detection, items that cry out to be dealt with as a pair.
  7. 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.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 6
  2. Negative: 0 out of 6
  1. BillB.
    Apr 5, 2005
    10
    I loved the playstation game but the DS one is awesome.
  2. 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 coolHow 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! Expand
  3. JL
    Mar 25, 2005
    6
    Just an okay game!!! Graphics where primitive and the game has bad collision detection. Music was just okay and the sound affects were Just an okay game!!! Graphics where primitive and the game has bad collision detection. Music was just okay and the sound affects were nothing special to talk about. Wished Nintendo included nitro like in Namco's PSP release of Ridge Racer. Expand
  4. MaxM.
    Aug 25, 2005
    6
    The speed in this game is the best part but the lack of different tracks (only 3 different places), modes, and weak AI oppenents brings this The speed in this game is the best part but the lack of different tracks (only 3 different places), modes, and weak AI oppenents brings this game down. However, you are able to play against 6 friends with one cart. Expand
  5. TimL.
    Mar 3, 2005
    5
    Kind of entertaining, but difficult to play for any length of time due to the small screen and primitive controls. The touch screen is Kind of entertaining, but difficult to play for any length of time due to the small screen and primitive controls. The touch screen is largely useless though I guess they had to do something with it. Expand
  6. Jun 18, 2013
    5
    Not the best game...and clearly needs some more work put into it. The graphics are blocky, collision scripts are mostly likely broken in someNot 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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