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  • Summary: The RIDGE RACER series takes off in a new direction with RIDGE RACER Unbounded. Join the Unbounded team, a group of lawless badass racers, terrorizing the streets of Shatter Bay and expand your ever growing territory. Drive & Destroy everything in your path to create new areas that were onceThe RIDGE RACER series takes off in a new direction with RIDGE RACER Unbounded. Join the Unbounded team, a group of lawless badass racers, terrorizing the streets of Shatter Bay and expand your ever growing territory. Drive & Destroy everything in your path to create new areas that were once off limits. Go online to Dominate and race an unlimited supply of user created maps. [Namco Bandai] Expand
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 31 out of 59
  2. Negative: 5 out of 59
  1. Apr 7, 2012
    93
    Ridge Racer Unbounded might not be the Ridge Racer game your dad played back in his day, but don't let the name fool you. It's dark and dirty visual style is second only to the dirty and explosive racing action that awaits when you strap in behind the wheel of this addictive arcade racer where the only limit to your fun is your imagination.
  2. Apr 20, 2012
    84
    Overall, Ridge Racer Unbounded is a great game with some fairly annoying problems that drag it down. The good news is I think they're all issues that could be addressed with a patch - the bad news is I don't know of one coming out, which means that while this game is worth your time, I don't quite think it's worth full-price in its present state.
  3. Apr 4, 2012
    80
    The frustrating moments in Ridge Racer Unbounded are far outweighed by the deeply satisfying ones. It's anarchic, well designed, thrilling to behold and will put a massive grin on any true petrol-head's face.
  4. Apr 2, 2012
    75
    If you've grown tired of having your hand held through tutorial after tutorial, and incredibly easy arcade racers, the challenge offered by Unbounded is sure to appeal to you. I've definitely found myself enjoying this title a lot more than I would have anticipated, and urge racing fans to check it out.
  5. Apr 26, 2012
    70
    The first non-Japanese-developed Ridge Racer borrows heavily from games like Burnout and Need for Speed to deliver an enjoyable and full-of-adrenaline racing experience. It's not the best racer out there, but it can be fun!
  6. Games Master UK
    Apr 27, 2012
    62
    A pale imitation of many more competent racers. A wasted chance to revitalise the series. [June 2012, p.74]
  7. Mar 30, 2012
    40
    Terrible car physics and equally bad track design make this the black sheep of the series.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 21
  2. Negative: 2 out of 21
  1. Nov 13, 2012
    10
    cool game from BugBear, who dont like it just from cniha and loves anime boys
  2. Mar 30, 2012
    10
    Single most satisfying arcade racer since Split Second. Some have said they dislike the music but you could always play your own tracks.Single most satisfying arcade racer since Split Second. Some have said they dislike the music but you could always play your own tracks. Personally I love the music and even better you can change the tracks whilst in game on the fly. Quite a number of tracks too. Expand
  3. Mar 28, 2012
    10
    Straight off the bat i cant praise the track editor enough its a fantastic set up and really user friendly although you need to complete theStraight off the bat i cant praise the track editor enough its a fantastic set up and really user friendly although you need to complete the main game to get the most out of it buts its a great addition. I think the series was getting a little tired and theres so many other different racers out there that it needed to catch up and maybe borrow some of their features. I dont mind games that borrow or improve on other driving game features and i think ridge racer unbounded is finely tuned. It kinda comes off as a burnout / need for speed hybrid which isnt a bad thing at all. Fun single player, destructible environments and lots of speed. best ridge racer game in a while. Expand
  4. May 28, 2014
    9
    Underated piece of fun! Making a crazy city is fun but there seems to be a lack of players. People should buy this game and play on thereUnderated piece of fun! Making a crazy city is fun but there seems to be a lack of players. People should buy this game and play on there friends tracks! the drifting is abit challenging but still fun. If you want to drive on insane, destuctive tracks, get this game! Expand
  5. Mar 29, 2012
    8
    "Ridge Racer: Unbounded" is the 11th home console version of the Ridge Racer franchise, which is characterized by races with modern cars in"Ridge Racer: Unbounded" is the 11th home console version of the Ridge Racer franchise, which is characterized by races with modern cars in various tracks, with a arcade-style gameplay. This time the franchise returns with several innovations, along the usual style of gameplay.

    The game has the same essence of the other racing games in the series, ie, the various competing cars, racing dynamics, in urban settings, seeking the first place. The classic gameplay joined "innovations" that were inspired by other games, notably "Burnout" and "Blur".

    The graphics are very good, and even at high speed have excellent and realistic detailing. All cars are modern and have a bold, new look - in the screen we have indicators of shortcuts and general information (laps remaining, etc.) appearing as if they were projected in the structures of scenarios, such as buildings, following the layout of them.

    The music (mostly electronic) and sounds of the game are fast, well done and fuse with the game very well, as the sounds and sound effects of crashes, explosions, and snoring of the engines that get the mood in the fast gameplay of this game.

    The emphasis of the title is on graphics and gameplay innovations: when you fill a power bar, you can press the A, which causes your car to protrude forward, destroying any car or structure in your path (the scenario part that can be destroyed is indicated before). The effects at the time of the destruction of the vehicles is done with slow motion in various angles, and generated at the moment, and shows in a movie-style sequence, the car exploding, fragmenting and rolling - the inspiration is clear, and was officially announced, in the Burnout series of games.

    The same occurs in the destruction of scenarios, which is similar to Blur, where walls explode, and you go through the scenarios, gaining more bonus and getting shortcuts, which sometimes also show the same effects in slow-motion like the car crashes. The races feeling is the is the same as NFS: The Run, in a view that is focused on back of your car, with a closer view of the runway and urban settings, in a fast and frenetic gameplay.

    The game still has a special mode with city editor, where you will make your race track, with a sequence of blocks in a grid: they may be uploaded online, with the goals set by you, provided they are consistent (you must complete a gameplay in your track to to be accepted).

    In addition, the game has several modes Multiplayer Online, in the World Mode, where you can create challenges, as well as others Online Modes such as Domination, Survival, Frag and Drift Challenge.

    Overall is a great racing game, arcade style, that mixes the effects of destruction of vehicles and scenes from other games, being a mixture of "Burnout", "NFS: The Run" and "Blur": nevertheless, the formula does not is innovative, bringing something new and exclusive to their own innovative franchise. Still, is a great and fast pacing racing / destruction game, that guarantee many hours of fun, offline and online, and the best version of the franchise in the Xbox 360. My score: 8.4 / 10.0.
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  6. Apr 28, 2012
    8
    Some reviewers are saying this ain't a Ridge Racer game - I disagree - to me the key element of a Ridge Racer game was the drifting - which isSome reviewers are saying this ain't a Ridge Racer game - I disagree - to me the key element of a Ridge Racer game was the drifting - which is the key dynamic of this game.

    OK so it's been brought up to date with nitro (earned by drifting) and destruction of the environment etc

    Also some reviewers are saying how hard drifting is - I took to it quite quickly.

    If you prefer arcade racers like Split Second and Blur rather than realistic games like Forza - give it a go. I picked it up for £25 which is a bargain.

    The game is quite hard - most games let you win the first few races - not this one - took me a few goes to win the first race - but that's part of the games charm. You know if you lose it's down to your skill level.
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  7. Apr 17, 2017
    2
    Alors voyons, un Ridger Racer ça ne donne déjà pas envie à la base mais un Ridger Racer développé par Bugbear, le développeur de troisièmeAlors voyons, un Ridger Racer ça ne donne déjà pas envie à la base mais un Ridger Racer développé par Bugbear, le développeur de troisième zone des Flatout, ça fait fuir ! ici il s'agit d'un mélange maladroit entre un Burnout Revenge (un peu) et un Split Second (beaucoup) et la soupe servie est assez pitoyable.

    Il faut appuyer sur un bouton pour déraper (!) afin de récupérer des points avec lesquels on peut réaliser une action : faire un takedown ou détruire un élément du décor de la ville. On est très loin de la folie et la prise en main d'un Burnout Revenge (parfois délicate pourtant) avec des dérapages très brusques et difficilement contrôlables. La moindre erreur et la course est d'ores et déjà perdue, la faute à une IA qu'on ne peut rattraper (tout le contraire de Burnout toujours en catch up pour soi comme pour l'IA).

    Quant au principe, il ne privilégie pas une manoeuvre permettant de bourrer un concurrent dans le mur, c'est-à-dire le "pilotage" (entre guillemets...) mais une gestion des dérapages (ingérables) et du moment où l'on choisira de faire un takedown sur un concurrent ou une brèche dans la ville pour ouvrir un raccourci, juste en appuyant sur un bouton. Principe nul et non avenu.

    Graphiquement ça ne casse pas des briques (pour rester poli) mais si le jeu est fluide, les courses se passent trop souvent la nuit ou au soleil couchant (ou levant plutôt dans ce cas) sans doute pour cacher la misère des graphismes. Voilà donc une nouvelle daube qui perpétue la longue tradition daubée des Ridge Racer qui se sont toujours complus dans ce marécage vidéo-ludique.
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