The latest title in the RIDGE RACER franchise, RIDGE RACER Unbounded gears up to carve its own destructive path with a new breed of arcade racing.
User reviews: Mixed (431 reviews)
Release Date: Mar 29, 2012
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Includes 5 items: Ridge Racer™ Unbounded - Ridge Racer™ Type 4 Machine and El Mariachi Pack, Ridge Racer™ Unbounded, Ridge Racer™ Unbounded - Extended Pack: 3 Vehicles + 5 Paint Jobs, Ridge Racer™ Unbounded - Ridge Racer™ 1 Machine and the Hearse Pack, Ridge Racer™ Unbounded - Ridge Racer™ 7 Machine Pack



"This is Ridge Racer unbounded from the shackles of its heritage, rebuilt from the ground up into one of the most subversive, sublime street-racing games ever made."
9/10 – Edge

“A brighter, sleeker and more explosion filled Ridge Racer”
8/10 –

“An extremely solid racer”
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About This Game

The latest title in the RIDGE RACER franchise, RIDGE RACER Unbounded gears up to carve its own destructive path with a new breed of arcade racing.

RIDGE RACER Unbounded brings an unexpected dimension to the series, delivering an original blast of ferocious racing adrenaline. Join the Unbounded street racing gang, lead by Kara Shindo, and test your driving skills against rivals in every street and alley of Shatter Bay. Prove your worth, get respect and expand your turf.

Key Features

  • Crash through everything - Cutting edge physics and effects combine to bring direct destruction like you’ve never seen before. Unleash your rage to obliterate everything in your way and carve your own path.
  • Race in urban environments - Shatter Bay lives by its own rules and is ripe for being torn apart by the overpowered vehicles rampaging through its many areas, including the commercial zone, refinery, port, and high-rise construction site.
  • New breed of racing machines - Traditional racing machines are out and dozens of badass street machines are in, including the legendary RIDGE RACER Angel and Devil cars.

System Requirements

    • OS:Windows XP, Vista SP2 32-bit, 7. [Windows up to date and latest service pack installed]
    • Processor:Dual Core Athlon x2 2.6 GHz or Intel Equivalent
    • Memory:2 GB RAM
    • Graphics:512 MB RAM, ATI Radeon 4850 or higher, NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GT or higher
    • DirectX®:9.0c
    • Hard Drive:3 GB HD space
    • Sound:DirectX Compatible
    • Other Requirements:Broadband Internet connection
Helpful customer reviews
8 of 9 people (89%) found this review helpful
2.7 hrs on record
Posted: May 23
Ridge Racer Unbounded is completely unrelated to the original Ridge Racer arcade games. It managed to introduce a lot of new concepts, such as course construction set (with progressive unlock of building blocks), group racing, lots of cars, multiple modes, destructible scenes, and so on. However, with the shut down of the matchmaking servers in early 2015, buggy game (crash to desktop after several races), and odd handling (there is no tutorial on how drift works in this game) means the game, even at bargain basement prices, is not exactly a good investment.

As a new racer joining the scene in Shatter Bay, your task is to "take over" multiple neighborhoods by doing well or very well in the various races. Each neighborhood has about 7 races. Winning the races (or at least, get into top 3) will unlock higher races, while accumulating score will increase your rank and gain you access to better cars.

There are multiple race modes, but most races will be "domination race", where you race up to 11 other cars. Do the special moves like getting air, hit top speed, or drifting, will gain you boost. Once you fill the boost gauge, you can engage boost which allows you to smash through certain "targets", yielding shortcuts that gain you more boost (usually involve getting some big air) but since boost has limited duration, you have to time its use carefully. Smashing other cars will cause them to respawn, albeit several seconds behind.

So what's the problem? Very weird drifting mechanism. Some guides advocate holding down the handbrake button during the turn, others insist on releasing the handbrake as soon as drift had started. The problem is there is no "test track" for you to practice. It's always race, race, race.

The graphics are quite good, and as this is a Bugbear product (makers of Flatout series) the game has decent handling... except for the weird drifting. Sound is... okay, with a lot of decent soundtracks, again, just like Bugbear games like Flatout.

You were able to build your own race courses and as you conquer neighborhoods and raise your driver level you will unlock additional blocks to build the courses. However, with death of the matchmaking servers the courses are of little use now, as much of the fun is race others in MP games. In fact, the game is stuck for about a minute checking for nonexisting server when it starts up.

All in all, Ridge Racer Unbounded tried to do too much and lack of tutorial / test track made the game unenjoyable, and the shutdown of matchmaking server is the nail in the coffin. It's fast, it's furious, but it left an empty feeling.
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
9.3 hrs on record
Posted: May 11
I have never played Burnout, a lot of others seem to say this is similar....

Honestly I do enjoy this game, the music is pacey, the gameplay is easy to grasp. It is slightly repetitive but worth a few pounds. It is a bit like Paradise City in a way due to its destruction stages, but without an open world (boo...).

I have stopped playing because the drifting stages are god-awful or I am just very bad at them.

I did buy the dlc at them time as it was mega a cheap, cars arnt great, but the RR Type 4 pack brings back some great times with the RT Solvalu. But, it no doubt comes as no surprise to hear that it sucks in game.
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8 of 11 people (73%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
29.1 hrs on record
Posted: March 9
A tough and challenging game but a good one that i really liked id only recommend this to anyone who really loves car games and looking for a real challenge, cause this one will really test your skills and consistency but if your only looking for a fun racing game i wouldnt recommend this because this one is more for hardcore racers 9/10
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
9.8 hrs on record
Posted: July 15
So, this here is a decent racing game. Handling's pretty good, action-filled gameplay, excellent track editor. Sounds like a good game, so why's it a downvote?

Ridge Racer: Unbounded (keyword: "Ridge Racer") is a spin-off, spun too far off track from the Ridge Racer project, as in not in the main series, and not made by the actual developers of Ridge Racer either mind you, but Bugbear. Yes, those people. Flatout. Wreckfest.
What is a spin-off? Probably depends who you ask, but to me it's a game that strays away from the main series, maybe experimenting a little bit by changing up the main gameplay formula. And hoo boy, let me tell you... it sure changed.

That's my main problem with Ridge Racer: Unbounded, it strayed WAY too far off from what Ridge Racer really is.
Ridge Racer is ahigh-speed, nitrous oxide filled drift-racing experience, and this game really just doesn't capture that timeless Ridge Racer feeling. The drifting is weird in comparison, it's definitely not as fast-paced and you're driving like a maniac.
Now don't get me wrong, many a person could probably describe the way you drive in Ridge Racer games as a way a maniac drives, but in Unbounded you take it to the n-th degree by pulverizing your opponents, literally just smashing them off the track. It really, really just feels like a Burnout game.

It'd probably do great as a Burnout spin-off. But then again, EA games would probably never allow this much creative freedom. So again, it's not a bad game, it's just that it really, really feels weird knowing it's named "Ridge Racer", because it's so much but Ridge Racer. Do I recommend it as Ridge Racer? Absolutely not! Do I recommend it as a game? Sure, it's alright.

I have to admit, it's a decent play once in a while, so play it if you're not expecting Ridge Racer.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
16.2 hrs on record
Posted: June 17

In the realm of racing games, competition is tough. However quality control in that said same category is lacking in my mind and is lacking. There are too many racing game out there, and most of them suck or were great once, but then began to suck. Like it is with all the countless titles released under the banner of the NFS series, just to name one racing series.

For me NFS SE R&T Edition, NFS 2 (SE), NFS 3, NFS High Stakes, Underground 1+2, Most Wanted and Carbon were brilliant untill Undercover "happened".Then it just started to slip and fall down this downward spiral, resulting in one terrible release after the other.

Regardless, it can be difficult as a developer to keep your head above water. This is mostly because of consumers, demanding products to be better than before, while still urging developers to remain almost conservatively true and loyal to the previous released titles. I can understand that from the consumers and dev POW, being a gamer myself with a most of my free time spent from an early age to present day, in front of my PC (and consoles alike), playing computer games and will continue to do that as long as it is possible.

I have not played any of the previous Ridge Racer games, so I knew little about them. Nor did I play any of the Burnout games, before I tapped in to the vain of Burnout Paradise. Some say, to quote Jeremy Clarkson, that this game is NOTHING like the previous games, and I would not know, nor do I care.

So what about the game?

This game is quite good, very cliched, but good. Cliched because of the story. The setting is some random tech-noir-Sci-Fi near future city from what I understand, with some rebels racing to really stick it to "The Man" and fighting the racing and destroying the city they want to change....Yeah okay. But nevermind the story. Nobody plays a racing game for the story. You play it for the racing dammit.

The story is Mirrors Edge meets P.O.D (and no not the band alright!!!) meets Watchdogs I guess.

As you might already know, this is an arcade racer. Keep in mind, that this is not a racing simulator.

One less great thing about the game is the sense of speed. I have to agree with Total Biscuit, in that the sense of speed is lacking and is quite poor. The speedometer might say 200+ kph, but it feels more like you are doing less than 150 kph at most times and some of the cars accellerate slow as hell.

This might be a minor thing for some, but I am a racing game fan and that matters to me. However, as you progress in the game, the cars become faster and this means that the sense of speed becomes better.

Aestically the game is graphically impressive, especially at levels that play in the night time in the city. The soundtrack is decent with typical cheap-bad taste-generic-mediocre-up tempo tween Dubstep soundtrack like Skrillex. The soundtrack nevertheless fits the game quite well. The engine sounds are rather cheap though. They do not sound very authentic.

Gameplay is straight forward, no nonsense racing, where it is mostly about getting there first and in one piece. You can smash through certain areas of the map Michael Bay style, with loads of explosions and lighting effects

You also have stunt races, frag races (Yes, this game uses the term frag!!) and race where you race a semi-truck, with the objectives of destroying and crashing police cars, chasing you.

The cars feel very heavy and sometimes even clunky. No open world here. You pick a race from one of the unlocked locations and proceed until you have gained enough XP to let the game progress and unlock new cars, districts and levels.

The game is not easy, but it's far from being as difficult as some would have you to believe. Stop crying, there is NO BATHROOM, you little girlie men. If you have trouble progressing or win races, just keep on replaying the level you have trouble with and practice. It's that simple.

One tip I have is to save your boost. Not for fragging opponents, because that does little really. Save it for when the game prompts you for smashing through certain areas of the level you racing. This gives you the maximum amount of XP. These destructible set pieces act sometimes as shortcuts too, allowing for an easy overtaking and win.

There are better arcade racing games out there, like Burnout Paradise, Split/Second Velocity (hella good game btw...just awesome) or Flatout Ultimate Carnage (also a little arcade racer gem a la Destruction Derby meets NASCAR with more redneck destruction action) e.g. and all of the above surpass and overshadow Ridge Racer by several car lengths (pun intended).

I still recommend this game. It does the job well, but nothing more than that. Do not buy this game unless it is on sale. The current asking price is not worth it. No game on Steam is worth to buy at full price if you ask me.

I give it 7/10.
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