No Memes Allowed: Ridge Racer Beta

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.

Obnoxious use of numbers over reliable words aside, the only thing more obvious than my lack of driving knowledge is this arcade racer definitely has the flash down. Barest glimpses of car packs, repair kits and special powers make suggestion of how you’ll be able to trade cash for advantages or prettier colours. Paying for that kind of thing does rather seem like you’re getting taken for a ride, though.


  1. PatrickSwayze says:

    And so Ridge Racer has become Burnout and we have donut-ed full circle.

    Looks interesting but in between having all the fun WARFRAME and all the constant dissapointment in MechWarrior Online, I didn’t know there was space for a free to play multiplayer racer.

    But there is now.

    Looks good will try.

  2. BobbyDylan says:

    Why does this have a Pegi 7 age restriction? Are the devs afraid that all them 6 year olds might learn bad driving habits from the game?

  3. db1331 says:

    Are you a giant enemy of memes, or are you just feeling crabby today?

    • Ross Angus says:

      I thought memes were the enemy of humour. Perhaps I’ve been misinformed.

    • RedViv says:

      What, we’re doing this? Challenge accepted!

      • The Random One says:

        I don’t know how to reply to that, so I guess after a while I’ll profit.

      • darkChozo says:

        Disappointed by the lack of bodies and the readiness thereof.

  4. ZIGS says:

    Look, it’s Ridge Racer! Riiiiiiiidg*gets shot*

    • RedViv says:

      The meme police will never stop us! Riiiiiiiiidge Raaaaa [sound of soul being torn]

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      Ben Barrett says:

      You’re both fired.

    • The JG Man says:

      I bet a lot of people will buy this when it costs five hundred and ninety-nine US cents.

      • Don Reba says:

        Would they say “five hundred double-nine cents” in the UK? Do they have cents there, or was it pence, or ounces?

        • Lord Custard Smingleigh says:

          Here’s a quick explanation of British currency, for foreigners.

          The basic unit of exchange is a miniature bust of the Queen. This is kept on deposit at the Bank of England. The bank note that represents it is referred to by the bust’s weight, the “pound”. Five “pounds” are a “quid”. A “quid” (also known as a “fiver”) can also be made up of four pounds, in which case it is properly termed a “bob”, and is considered uncouth.

          The pound is subdivided into “pences” (Latin for “bribery”), or “p” for short. Each p is worth one eighth of an ounce. P is usually represented by coins of the following face values: The 1p coin is referred to as a “penny”, as is the 2p coin. The 3p coin is a “thruppenny-bit” or, colloquially, a “ha’penny”. The 10p coin is a “farthing”, and the 20p coin is a “quarter”. The 32p coin is considered a myth.

          I hope this clears it up for you!

    • vasek45 says:

      You’ve just hit Ben Barret’s weak spot for MASSIVE damage.

  5. Chizu says:

    So basically it looks like Unboundedededed made free2play.
    I am okay with this, I am one of the few who actually really liked that game.

    I assume it will be a lobby system, and not like NFS World.

  6. CaspianRoach says:

    It looks exactly like Unbounded, down to the annoying unstickying camera when you enter drifts. This disorients me so much I couldn’t play the game at all.

  7. Don Reba says:

    I would love to read an RPS review of a AAA game subtitled “no puns allowed”.

    • The Random One says:

      People would just make puns anyway. Unless there was harsh pun-ishment.

  8. strangeloup says:

    As others mentioned, it looks exactly like Unbounded, which pleases me because I liked that quite a bit. Even if it genuinely had a warning screen with words to the effect of “don’t drive into buildings in real life, you stupid tit”.

    The trailer briefly shows a Mythic Car Pack, and I am going to be bitterly disappointed if I can’t drive around in a unicorn or a dragon or something by buying it.

  9. trjp says:

    OK – I gave this a whirl and – oh dearie dearie me…

    It’s Unbounded with an F2P makeover, which means that people who didn’t like Unbounded are not really going to be interested , people who don’t like F2P aren’t going to be interested and – erm – who’s left? I suspect ‘gullible kids’ might be the answer to that one :(

    Changes? Most obvious is that the basic car handles worse/goes slower. I’m guessing this is because all the boosters you can buy have to do SOMETHING. Collisions with other cars also seem to throw you around more and the infamous Unbounded ‘wonky physics’ seems more noticeable, probably because of that – and you’re on the meter here…

    The meter? Yes, it’s grabby in the money department. It’s main mechanism is the repair kit – they cost money (you can also earn them but it’s random). Here’s the kicker tho – if you break your car and don’t have the kits, you LOSE IT – all your work to level-it-up for challenges etc. is gone!

    Costs? – it gave me 50 kits to start with, a basic car costs 10 kits to repair so I used those up fairly quickly. 100 kits is 99p – that’s 10 repairs to the basic car but the repair cost goes up as you level it.

    My biggest concerns after just 10 mins of play are therefore

    1 – that it won’t take long to spend more money than Unbounded costs in it’s entirity (esp at sale prices)

    2 – that I’m not really seeing why you’d play this over Unbounded as I can’t really see any new content, just the same stuff unlocked in a different way

    3 – that the F2P stuff has probably tainted the gameplay – perhaps it’s just me but playing a devil-may-care driving game where you MIGHT crash or you MIGHT pull-off an amazing move is less fun when the crash option will cost you money!?

    I’m not as anti-F2P as most people – I’m a big fan of Unbounded – I think this is a bad thing.

    • trjp says:

      p.s. it does not actually appear to have ANY multiplayer aspect whatsoever – the entire game is based around racing other people’s ghosts or against the clock – which is a bloody strange way of doing things isn’t it?

      I deliberately trashed all my cars to see what would happen – and it hands you a basic car ‘for free’ to restart with – I guess they don’t want you walking away then (why they don’t just reset broken cars to Level 1 I’ve no idea).

      I can’t say I don’t come away from this with a REALLY bad taste in my mouth – they took an OK game (with the odd moment of greatness) and broke it in the name of making money in a rather exploitative style.

      I cannot see this succeeding in the west – no idea if Asian are more keen to spend MORE money on a game they probably already own!?

      p.s. given that everything is ‘free’ in the beta, every race is, of course, against the most powerful car with the max. boosters possible – I’m not sure that’s a good way to tease people into coming back and PAYING for it – is it!?

      • microcystin says:

        I see Namco branding on it and from your description this is just TrackMania’s time trial style with F2P monetization.

  10. Radiant says:

    Ridge racer was blue sky drift racing. This is on some BULLSHIT.

  11. foppehenk says:

    i don’t think i’d ever heard a man say pegi 7