Posts Tagged ‘Ridge Racer: Driftopia’

That Was Fast: F2P Ridge Racer’s Servers Closing In August

By Nathan Grayson on June 20th, 2014.

there is a lot of cotton stuck to that wheel

Hey, remember that free-to-play – sorry, “free-to-drift” – Ridge Racer game, Ridge Racer: Driftopia? It went into Early Access beta late last year, and now it’s finally about to not be in beta anymore. Normally, that’d mean it’s crossing the finish line, champagne and confetti raining down as other car culture imagery looks on. Unfortunately, the future is not so certain for Driftopia, whose perfectly drift-shaped roads may never see another car again.

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No Memes Allowed: Ridge Racer Beta

By Ben Barrett on August 2nd, 2013.

and never forget to shoot the gun.

Vroom-vroom! Vrrrrrr, rrrrrr, squeeeeeeeeeeech! Kkkkkkrrrrrrrraaaaaaaaannnnng, kablooom! That’s the sound of me racing along the motorway of news, using videogame physics to slow myself by scraping along the scenery, and finally sceeching to a halt in the park space marked “Ridge Racer: Drifttopia and the closed beta now live on Steam”. Yes, that’s a thing which you can strap yourself in for here. The eventual full release will be free to play, though details are scarce on precisely what that will entail. That’s the question for 2013, isn’t it? What kind of free are we talking about?

Regardless, there’s a very pretty light show of a trailer just down past 42nd street, through the roundabout’s third exit and under the cut.

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2 Fast 2 Freerious: Ridge Racer Going F2P With Driftopia

By Nathan Grayson on April 12th, 2013.

I was really hoping Driftopia would turn out to be a town full of drifters, their transient lives laid bare in a fleeting moment before pressing on, resuming their weary trip to nowhere. Er, I mean, vroooooooooooom.

Ridge Racer, arcadey¬†automotive classic and proof that dumb Internet jokes will outlive us all, is still alive and kicking, even in a racing landscape where cars have finally learned to fly.¬†Last year’s hyper-destructive Ridge Racer: Unbounded was a messy good time, and former FlatOut developer Bugbear is once again behind the wheel for Ridge Racer: Driftopia. Two things, however, distinguish this one from the rest of the powersliding pack: 1) it’s free-to-play and 2) whiirrrrrr rubber screeeeeech driiiiiiiiiiift thoooom [sound of a tire wobbling around on pavement before falling over]. There is, in other words, a focus on drifting. But goodness, this otherwise looks like a low-rent Burnout, and I am physically incapable of complaining about that. Here, watch me try. Whoops, now I’m bleeding everywhere. While I mop all of this up, might I suggest a metal-mangling scream of a trailer after the break?

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