Ridge Racer 2 (PSP) Review
Hello everybody, Shaun Meyers share my thoughts on Ridge Racer 2 by Bandai Namco (Namco at the time). I didn’t receive a copy of the game so this review is for fun/practice. It’s also an old review that I wrote on Universal Gaming Reviews, now updated with my better writing style.
Ridge Racer 2 is a racing game for the PSP but it never saw a release in the US, only in Europe and Japan. The game is the second and final Ridge Racer game for the PSP and is more of an update to the first Ridge Racer game on PSP than a true sequel. The game engine, gameplay and user interface is the same but with more vehicles and tracks added to the mix. This fact wasn’t well received at the time of release.
The game features multiple game modes including World Tour, Arcade, Duel, Time Attack, Survival and Wireless Battle. World Tour acts as the game’s campaign. You unlock new vehicles and courses as you progress through each event. Arcade is a single race event where you can play any of the unlocked courses in either normal or reverse. Duel is a one on one race event where you play against a single opponent. Time Attack allows you to race for the fastest time. Survival mode is an elimination based mode where you must reach the first place and be the last racer as time runs out. Finally, Wireless Battle is the online multiplayer mode for the game which allowed you to compete with up to 8 players at once. Wireless Battle is no longer available however due to the servers being taken down long ago.
There are a total of 42 tracks to choose from with all of them coming from previous Ridge Racer games . There are 62 fictional vehicles from seven manufacturers. All of the vehicles available were in previous Ridge Racer games much like the courses.
During the game, you start at the back of the pack of cars and you must race your way to the front before the race ends. Each race is 3 laps long and as you progress coming in first becomes more difficult. The game also features a boost bar that charges when you drift and will charge up to 3 bars. I will admit that the game does feel like it’s on-rails during races, especially during drifting, but it’s still quite fun to play nonetheless.
Overall, Ridge Racer 2 is a very entertaining racing game with a lot of replayability. It features a lot of vehicles and while the vehicle handling feels on rails at times, the game is still quite fun to play. If you can, I’d skip the first game and play this game instead because it’s the more complete package. It’s worth checking out if you enjoy racing games or the Ridge Racer series in general.
Thanks for taking the time to read this review folks. I’ll be back with another one soon, until then, happy gaming folks
-Shaun Meyers (Kyo Akiara) out!