James Steel writes -
Ridge Racer is back on the grid…or is it? High speed racing and drifting will be familiar to fans of the series, however the additions of explosions and burnout-esque gameplay certainly throws something new into the mix. Coming from Bugbear, the studio most recently responsible for the Flatout series (minus Chaos & Destruction), Namco have seemingly thrown them the Ridge Racer name and said ‘Do what you want!’. While it’s easy to criticise the game for not really being true to the franchise -which does honestly have quite a legacy-, is this change of direction good for the series, and could this new approach of letting another developer throwing in their six-pence into an established series be worthwhile for Namco? Let’s hit the Gas.