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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
    What to say about THIS??? It's AWESOME!!!
  2. Mar 30, 2012
    10
    Non stop awesome. Over the top crashes, constant explosions. See that passenger train ? Bam! Drove right trough it. **** logic, explodingNon stop awesome. Over the top crashes, constant explosions. See that passenger train ? Bam! Drove right trough it. **** logic, exploding concrete everywhere. AI can be challenging, but damn every track is a exhilarating rollercoaster ride. Burnout x Split/Second x Ridge Racer combo. Congratz Bugbear, awesome game. Now if you would just add pedestrians for a carmageddon feel I've would have given it an 11. 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. Mar 30, 2012
    9
    How to best explain this game? Let me preface it by saying if you're looking for a "Ridge Racer" title in the same style of the past games,How to best explain this game? Let me preface it by saying if you're looking for a "Ridge Racer" title in the same style of the past games, you'll be disappointed. "Unbounded" plays Burnout Revenge only with destructible environments. The presentation is menu driven, like Burnout Revenge, but the menu feels like it was lifted, almost directly, from Blur (which is not a bad thing; in fact, I can't help but wonder if Bugbear managed to pilfer some of the ex-Bizarre Creations folks for Unbounded). ||| The premise of Unbounded is pretty simple: Win races by destroying your opponents, and earn points by causing collateral damage and destroying specific targets during the race. There are several types of races including Domination (the predominant "destruction" race), pure races where destruction power is replaced with boost, drift challenges where you try to rack up drift points in specific time periods, timed stunt challenges, and a mode where you use a big rig to wreck as many police cars as possible. ||| Unlike previous Ridge Racer titles, drifting in Unbounded follows a more typical arcade racer system where the player uses the handbrake to drift. The drift controls are much better and makes for a better gameplay feel, in my opinion. As XP is earned, the player unlocks more events and, more importantly, more parts for the track editor. ||| The coolness factor of the track editor simply cannot be understated. Being able to create your own tracks from the game equivalent of Lego pieces and then invite people to play on them (and watch the destruction unfold) is simply an amazing addition - and something I wish Criteron had done years ago with their Burnout franchise. ||| Admittedly, single player seems to be a little on the short side, but multiplayer and track creation gives the title amazing replay value. If you've missed the classic Burnout style of gameplay, you won't go wrong with this title. Expand
  5. Mar 29, 2012
    8
    This is one game that I wasn't expecting to enjoy as much as I do. For starters, remove the Ridge Racer from the game name. It's not neededThis is one game that I wasn't expecting to enjoy as much as I do. For starters, remove the Ridge Racer from the game name. It's not needed and it's quite misleading. Let's just call it "Unbounded." Ok, now that that is straightened out, Unbounded is a pretty great game. You get a decent amount of cars to unlock, the levels are pretty unique and diverse, the music is great, and the controls are unique in a way (the cars are a little heavy at times) but not too unique to cause issues.
    The one gripe I have with the game, and it's really not even a gripe, is the difficulty. One mess up in this game and you can kiss first place goodbye and more than likely second and third place. But, don't lose hope, the devs give you a way around this. Every time you race and even if you lose, you get XP. XP opens up new cars. New cars perform better than older cars and that event you were just bombing is now bearable. Consider it racing xp grinding to a certain degree.
    The online component of the game is where you really see the difference against other games. As you level up and finish races, you'll open up land pieces. With this pieces, you can create your own races. The crazy races that people make will keep this game interesting for a while, no doubt.
    There is regular multiplayer available as well if that is your forte. All in all, the game is a solid racer. If you are a racing fan or just like arcadey racing games, you could do a lot worse. Check it out if you get the chance.
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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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