Ridge Racer 3D
A Classic Arcade Racer That Pops in 3D
What It Is
The Ridge Racer series of games have been around for a while now on different game platforms but this is the first 3D version of the game and an exclusive for the 3DS (Nintendo’s new glasses-free 3D game system). The game is a classic arcade style racer where you choose a car, select your car’s options-color, transmission, etc.-and then race against computer drivers on multiple race tracks.
Why It’s Fun
Ridge Racer 3D is all about speed and racing around the track at top speeds. You can hit walls and other cars and still keep going with just a minor reduction of speed, but your car won’t fall apart and/or eventually stop you from racing as is the case with other racing games. Drifting plays a large role in winning races and mastering this gliding technique is one of the coolest aspects of the game.
Ridge Racer 3D also meets one of my top criteria for being fun — you can pick it up and start playing in a matter of seconds. The option selection process is straightforward, quick and you will be at the start line revving your engine faster than you can say “Start your engines”!
Who’s Going To Love It
Racing games aren’t my favorite genre, but I really had fun playing Ridge Racer 3D so I imagine that fans of racing games will love it. The game seemed a little too easy in the Quick Tour mode, but then I entered the Grand Prix mode, which requires you to place within a qualifying position to progress. Suddenly the game became much more challenging.
The content within the game is perfectly suitable for kids as young as six, but I think the game play may be a little too difficult for younger kids. The players that will get the most fun and pleasure out of this game are older kids (10 and up), teens and adults who love racing games.
What To Be Aware Of
The 3D looks great in Ridge Racer 3D, especially in the opening sequences and the non-playable areas. The graphics for the races are really good, but they start to blur a little with the 3D setting on full. Slide the 3D slider to about half way to really enjoy the scenery, not that you will be focusing on it much as you speed around the course.
There is a voice in the game that tells you what is going on during each race. The information is helpful, such as when it tells you another racer is about to pass you, but the voice starts to get annoying when you are trying to focus on the race.
There are six separate racing modes that range from the full circuit Grand Prix mode to a single race mode for when you just want to squeeze in a quick race. All of the modes make for a highly replayable game.
4 out of 5
It has to be fun or it wouldn’t be on Time to Play. But some games are more fun than others so here’s our scale: 1 is fun, 2 is a lot of fun, 3 is great, 4 is awesome and 5 is out-of-this-world!
Video Game Information
Ridge Racer 3D
Publisher: Namco Bandai
System: Nintendo 3DS
Players: 1 with multi-player options
Launch Date: Spring 2011
Date of Review: May 6, 2011