• Publisher: Namco
  • Release Date: Oct 25, 2000

Generally favorable reviews - based on 20 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 20
  2. Negative: 0 out of 20
Buy On
  1. While it's not going to set anybody's house on fire, it's a title with broad appeal that's as worthy of being a top launch title for the system, as the original Ridge Racer was.
  2. 90
    The replay value isn't as high as it could be, but no doubt, Ridge Racer V is a fantastic game that sports excellent graphics and has some very fun racing action.
  3. Daily Radar
    If you're after a simulation and you like collecting and upgrading your cars, you might want to wait for "GT 3," but if you're after an adrenaline fix and a fun racing game, then look no further.
  4. Game Fan
    Falls victim to the same fate as Namco's "Tekken Tag Tournament," it offers nothing new except a prettier prom dress.
  5. The graphics are great, the music is awesome, and the control I surprisingly found, not as annoying as the previous RR titles.
  6. There's one disappointment - the lack of animation. You may see two or three birds way out flying, but closer surrounding area are completely static; trees leaves do not move, glowing electronic billboards don't animate, ocean water is stiff as stone, and there is no detectable change in weather condition....Still the overall package is very sweet.
  7. CNET Gamecenter
    The graphics in Ridge Racer V are definitely the game's strong point--most notably, the frame rate. The game runs at a blinding 60 frames per second, which is near TV quality.
  8. 80
    While I'd rather be playing "Gran Turismo," there's no denying that Ridge Racer V is a fantastic game and easily one of the best the series has ever seen, if not the very best.
  9. 80
    An excellent arcade racing game marred by the lack of anti-aliasing. It seems to suffer from this much more than other games with the same problem.
  10. Overall, the game feels a little rushed with its easy-way-out track design.
  11. Antagonist
    I would have liked to have seem damaged panels and broken glass everywhere after you rammed your opponent; no such luck, however.
  12. The game is fun for a limited amount of time, but due to its lack of depth and lackluster at best multi-player mode, you will probably not find yourself playing this game whole a helluva lot once that initial excitement wears off.
  13. Games Radar
    For fast, mental-as-anything racing goes, you're better off with a copy of "SSX" and a few mates. Roll on Ridge VI...
  14. Players expecting next-generation gameplay to accompany the update in the graphics may find themselves a bit disappointed. But if mind-numbing powerslides pulled off in polygonal heaven is your thing, then RRV does indeed fire on all cylinders.
  15. Innovation is a word not in the minds of Namco developers, since they're too busy keeping the races fast, competitive and fun for gamers of all age.
  16. The game engine underneath is still strong, but somehow it lacks the same charm and fun as before.
  17. The graphics are excellent (minus the very noticeable anti-aliasing issues) but the gameplay is analogous to driving a tank with broken treads.
  18. Once you finally get underway, however, it becomes evident that the graphics suffer from the anti-aliasing problems that plagued the Japanese PS2 launch.
  19. Ridge Racer V is liable to give players flashbacks to the Commodore 64 days when you could start the game loading, go off and eat lunch, and then return to play the game.
  20. Spank!
    The PS2 marketing machine has done it's job. Now Sony have to back it up with quality software, not limp, glitchy sequels like this.

Awards & Rankings

#20 Most Discussed PS2 Game of 2000
#9 Most Shared PS2 Game of 2000
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 11 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 11
  2. Negative: 3 out of 11
  1. Feb 12, 2012
    This game has alot of potential to top RR Type4,well it always have since it's a Ridge Racer game but it turned out to be that it stallThis game has alot of potential to top RR Type4,well it always have since it's a Ridge Racer game but it turned out to be that it stall halfway through the race.
    A launch game of Playstation 2 back in 2000 and It such a gorgeous looking game really outdid in terms of graphics that the developers said "We can't do that with PS1" but now it's possible on PS2.
    At least Namco didn't show a fake Graphics Demo back in 99' because they somehow make it look
    even better than the demo itself!
    Menu and styling are so techno-ish and somewhat futuristic but handling is what makes this game failed it so unbalanced and twitchy that even for Ridge Racer standard it's hard to believe a car can
    handles so terrifyingly twitchy.
    Music so generic and it didn't fitted in any stage or event that you've played.
    I like that they took this game so serious that it should've been better than RR type 4 but music and
    handling of the car are so terrible that it completely ruins the game.
    Other areas like styling.graphics and gameplay are all top notch.
    Did i say that it runs at 60FPS with such a beautiful graphics!?
    No racing games on PS2 looked that good until Gran Turismo 3 came along in 2001 and it sets the
    new standard of what this weak but efficient console can do for the next 10 years.
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  2. BenG.
    Mar 26, 2007
    This game is such class. It's just one of the most focused and atmospheric arcade racers I've ever played.
  3. J.W.
    Oct 25, 2004
    A good game but not as good as it could have been.