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.
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Release Date: Mar 29, 2012

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"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”
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“An extremely solid racer”
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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
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
0.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 6
This game is frustrating as hell

It's somewhat fun, but frustrating to the highest degree. IMO, needs a difficulty slider to make things more even and grounded. The rate at which your car gets 'fragged' becomes way too often apart from the AI cars, which are tanks compared to your car. It seemingly gives you no chance against other cars, and the speed system is rubber banded, so to speak,so it doesn't matter what car you have, the AI will always catch up, no matter how perfect you drive.

This particular game brings shame to the genre of arcade racing. I usually find them fun, and can play just about anything. Except this...the only thing I can use to describe it is abhorrent.

The game suffers, and I give it a 5/10, and I cannot personally recommend it to anyone. Not even at a $1 price point.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
1.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 6
I never played any Ridge Racer game before, and from what I understood this game is very different from old ridge racer games.
What I can say with certainty is that this is one of the most soulless and bland games I've ever played. It feels like it was made by a computer.
Doesn't help that the driving isn't particularly fun. The game's emphasis on drifting just makes it very imprecise. I never felt like I did anything on purpose.

tl;dr game sucks.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
13.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 9
It's criminal that this game has so many negative reviews so I guess I'll throw my opinion in the mix. This is a unique, skillful, strategic racing game with quite a bit of challenging single player content.

Just about all of the negative reviews don't seem to get it. The game is hard. It's not instant satisfaction win-first-try run of the mill garbage. You have to play races multiple times, build a route and create a plan on how to win: manipulating the AI so you stay out of their way when you need to, and exploit them when you can. On some tracks I would even start over multiple times just to get a solid start on the first corner of a lap.

If I had to knock it for anything, it's that the car balance isn't the best. It's not bad, but sometimes you will unlock a car later that makes previous tracks easier. So, it can be frustrating (but also fun) to try to beat a track over and over only to have it get retroactively easier due to an unlock.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
9.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 10
For reference, I probably played at least 30-35 hours of this game on the PS3. I bought it on PC because it is simply more convenient, and I'll get to play it more frequently. But I've also done some fairly extensive testing of the PC version before posting this review. It could do with more graphics options, but it's an alright port and runs pretty well.

Now, getting to the point: I simply could not believe how good this game was, given the harsh backlash. This game sold very poorly, and as such, went under the radar for most. It was hated by Ridge Racer fans, because in truth, it strays VERY far from the formula in other Ridge Racer games. It also takes a decent amount of skill and practice. As such, the reviews for this game were completely off. Even in reviews that praised the game (e.g. Eurogamer) it is obvious that the reviewers really struggled, especially with the concept of a drift button, which is pretty ridiculous.

It draws far more inspiration from games like the PS2 Burnout games and the Flatout games. In fact, it was made by the developers of Flatout (Bugbear Entertainment). It's extremely fun, and quite challenging. Iinitially thought that the AI were pretty merciless, but they don't actually cheat. You just have to make sure not to lose momentum bouncing off walls during drifts. This game is all about destroying the environment (like Split Second) and your opponents (like Burnout) in glorious slow motion action, drifting, and chaining this all together to win. There's also other types of events such as drifting and a "Frag" event, where you eliminate as many police cars as possible. I couldn't recommend this game more. Buy it. Damn you Ridge Racer fanboys. We get it. It's not Ridge Racer. Boo hoo.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
4.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 18
I tried to like this game I really but if I'm honest my one true racing love will always be Burnout 3 and everything else just pales by comparison. The handling, the AI, the track design, the variety in cars and customisation but most important the sense of speed and actual enjoyment are all sorely lacking from Ridge Racer Unbounded.
On the plus side I don't think I paid much for it, the graphics aren't too bad and, apart from the fact it keeps attempting to connect to an authentication/online server that no longer exists every time you start it, it's actually been bug-free.

I unlocked all but the last two areas before finally admitting I wasn't really enjoying myself beyond satisfying my OCD need to complete every game I own. As much as it will annoy me I have to stop and uninstall it. Life is just too short and my "To Play" list is too long to continue playing mediocre games.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.8 hrs on record
Posted: September 27
Ridge Racer has a baby with Burnout ?

The 2012 released racing game Ridge Racer Unbounded is about the opposite of the previous releases.
It features a more arcade-like feeling other than realism and introduces new features such as:
-Different modes (races, drifting, obstacle courses, juggernaut)
-Destructible environment
-Destructible vehicles
-Dominance system
-New cars, tracks, music and so on

Some of these features are quite fun and fit well to the game while the destructible environment for example feels pretty wierd as in the beginning you don't really know if the wall you are about to crash into is destructible or not.
Now I want to highlight the pros and cons of the game.

-Good graphics ( released in 2012 )
-Stable framerate
-Fun gameplay
-A lot of different cars and tracks to explore
-Accessible shortcuts that need to be "destroyed"
-Takedown system

-No more multiplayer ( servers got shut down )
-Randomly occuring errors when leaving a race or tabbing out
-Cars taking you over meters before the finish though you are on maximum speed
-Extremely sensible drifting that sometimes sends you flying somewhere
-No tutorial

All in all this is a very enjoable game, especially for the price of 10€. I would recommend this game to all lovers of arcade racing games such as Burnout, Flatout, Split Second Velocity, Blur and Need for Speed.
The others should probably look for a more realistic game.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: September 24
I eat arcade racers but I could not stomache this one. No option to change control mapping, and a vibe that screams this developer was late to the genre; Wearing an ensemble that loosely resembles something you like, but nothing like what it should be (Classic Ridge Racer) or could be (Any other decent arcade racer). I bought it for $1.74 and I'm still dissapointed.

Silver lining was the original Ridge Racer GTR lookalike is in the game, playable immediately. So at least I had a couple good memories resurface there. These memories promptly had me uninstall the game
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 6
Not very playable on pc (in my mind). way better on xbox 360. Drifting is way off and unconfertable also AI's aren't the best. Graphics are laggy as all hell for no reason. I had to play on 4:3 to get 20 fps (steam fps thing) but it was smooth so idk its wierd.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
1.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 8
On its own, this is just kind of a cool racing game. If I could rate it, I'd give it a 5 or maybe a 6 out of 10. It tries to be Burnout, but the drifting, boost-earning, sense of speed, and car takedown mechanics are too sloppy to compete. It just makes me want to play the real thing - Burnout Takedown or Revenge.

Also, the final nail on the coffin is the name of the game. Ridge Racer. To be clear - this is NOT a Ridge Racer game. It is Ridge Racer in name alone. The drifting I've come to love from the classic series is NOT here. This is a naming cash grab.
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1 of 3 people (33%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
2.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 7
Let me first start off that I only paid $2.49 for this game, if I paid a penny more, I would have counted my losses...

I have never played the ridge racer series before, and heard that it is a beloved series of racing games... but this particular one IS TERRIBLE... it really is surprising it got the ratings that it did 4 years ago when it came out...

The game starts you off with one car and one race track, and you have to unlock the rest of the tracks by how well you perform... It took me *12 tries*, yes you heard me correctly, ***12 TRIIES*** on the first track before I was able to place (2nd place) to unlock three more tracks, (I'm still on them as we speak). The first car that they give you completely sucks, it doesn't handle well, it's not fast at all, it takes you *forever* to learn how to drift on tight corners, and the AI cars always seem to dominate you, as if you're a turtle against mutant rabbits on steroids...

The AI is so speedy and indestructible, the only way to advance in the game is to obtain "power", to obtain power you have to drift on the track and mash into obsticles on the track... (No, this is not a joke...); then you can "frag" the other drivers, by running into them once you've obtained the "power", which will give you a 2.5% better chance of getting a decent finishing place...

Luckily I have a steam controller to play this game, this would be damn near impossible playing this on a keyboard.

This could potentially be a fun game if the gameplay, controls, and physics didn't suck major donkey wang!!!

Why do they call this game "ridge racer"? They should call it "rage racer" because this game had me raging HARD and I had to vent by writing this review... because you can only shake your fist in the air for so long... SMH!!!
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3.1 hrs
Posted: October 22
"It ain't that bad."

If I had to say anything about the game it would be just that. It's a short shallow experience that doesn't even have multiplayer anymore but bought heavily discounted as I did it's a pleasant one.

There are two things I don't like about it tho (safe the previously mentioned multiplayer situation)

1. There is no "instant race" option. I'd love to be able to tweak some stuff up and/or randomize it and just let it go.
2. The soundtrack is attrocious. I liked a single track from Skrilex in there thus every game start I had to shuffle till I got it... ofc, this is a PC so I easily fixed it but still.

It's as arcade as it gets but on that regard it offers a great "chill out" gameplay while still being kind of challenging vs the AI thus, NOT FOR THE FULL PRICE, buy it and see it for yourself. The gameplay is samey enough that you can find out whether it's for you or not before the Steam refund period expires.
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1.6 hrs
Posted: October 17
I love Bugbear's approach to racing games, and I really wanted to like this one, but with the very best intentions, it's only hit and miss, and even more miss than hit, unfortunately.
Many aspects of Bugbear's trademark destruction racing is implemented well (good visuals and sound, visceral environment destruction, easy controls - though except drifting, etc.), but there's one big fault that leads to a string of others, making the entire game questionable. The culprit is car damage, which seems semi-random at best. It's annoying enough if I bang my bumpers at the end of the race and the game decides that I crashed, but due to the idiotic fragging mechanism, I feel like a sitting duck in any race where I can't get a 2-3 sec lead by the second part, where boost increase seems severely diminshed, at least for the player. The boost mechanism is rather stupid by the way, Flatout's nitro makes 100x more sense.
Silly racing formats don't help things either. I mean, frag 20 police cars with a truck in a given time? Seriously? When every frag switches on slowmo event camera (at least it can be skipped, but stilll)?

All in all, the game feels like it tries to be too many things at the same time, and succeeds in very few aspects. It's moderately fun when the car damage randomness isn't geared against you, but it quickly loses appeal, and after dominating one location, I'm not sure I'll ever go back to the game. That's not a good basis for recommending a game, so I don't. Too bad.
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0.4 hrs
Posted: October 15
I want to start this by saying that I was skeptical of the reviews I had read, most of which were similar in theme to "I liek Ridge Racer and this ain't no Ridge Racer!" ...I thought perhaps these were just fans of the franchise who were lashing out because the developer was trying to do something new and different to a series that they hold in high regard.

As it turns out, however, this just genuinely a bad game. I want to say that it only takes one mistake to cost you an entire race -- but the word "mistake" assumes you have far more control over your destiny than you actually do. This game seems to roll a 20 sided die in order to decide if your drift mechanic will manuever you harmlessly around a corner, slam you into a wall, or spin you around like a top until you explode from the mechanical strain of the g forces you're enduring in your fiberglass sports car that can destroy buildings for science reasons.

...This game COULD have been decent. Sure, slamming your car through buildings while taking no damage only to to later find yourself bursting into flames because some AI in a mustange sneezed a touch too loudly at you while trying to pass you inside a corner makes zero sense - but games don't have to make sense so long as they're fun. This game seems to have forgotten about fun (and play testing) in order to make room for a ton of explosions, meaningless DLCs, and a soundtrack of mainstream EDM that middleclass white people listen to when they want to feel less mainstream.

This game could even still be playable if you're willing to invest the work necessary into learning it's wonky physics, restarting every race as soon as anything negative happens, and meditating your way through the rage of working exeedingly hard to both get and hold 1st place only to have the game decide in the last quarter of the final lap that the damage to your back left quarter panel constitutes a legitimate risk of ICBM-sized explosion... Yes, the game is playable. If locked in a basement with only Ridge Race Unbounded, after 10 years I'd probably be pretty good at it. One of the best. Or I'd have decided that the assumedly cold embraces of death's infinite nothingness simply had to be less likely to cause me emotional distress, and gnawed my way through the computer's power cable until I tasted pennies.
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1.4 hrs
Posted: October 14
One of the worse racing game i've ever played, the control is slippery as all hell to the point where drifting or turn plain turning your car at all can send your vehical spiraling out of control, the music is a dissappoint since previous games in the series had much better soundtracks, honestly namco what the hell is this garbage? you built the game mechanics around crashing and being reckless yet you punish the player for doing so. Need for Speed 2012 was better than this and that game slippery as all hell controls to but atleast the developers had a idea on what they were doing with the that game. If don't know how to make decent racing game then stick to J-RPGs and anime games dammit cause this game sucks!!!!!!!!
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4.6 hrs
Posted: October 13
On sale, a bargain fun time. Full price... well, not so much.
When it came out I was really excited until I found out there was no wheel support.
It's basically Flat Out 3, but more kind of sci fi which is less cool. flat out 2 was tons of fun.
Better graphics... and um.... better graphics. Less fun.
I don't know what has happened to bugbear they used to be so exciting now they can't seem to get anything right.
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0.3 hrs
Posted: October 10
I can not recommend this game, not so much because of the game itself, but because of retaliation of the publisher to negative reviews. What I have to tell is too much information to rewrite all of it here, so I'll just post a link to my review of the publisher(s) to save a LOT of time:
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