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R4: Ridge Racer Type 4

video game review video game review video game review Video Game Review: R4: Ridge Racer Type 4 Publisher: Namco
Category: Racing
Platform: PS1
ESRB Rating: Everyone    Release Date: May 1999

Overall Rating: 3 Stars out of 4

Review by Tom Allen
3 Stars out of 4

Namco shifts into high gear with R4 Ridge Racer, following in the footsteps of Rage Racer and other Namco hits. R4 has two basic modes, Grand Prix and Time Attack. Grand Prix is the standard mode, and Time Attack allows you to pick any course you want.

Four of the eight tracks are available when you start the game, and only expert racers will open up the other four. You can also open up extra cars to race. Go to the garage to register any new cars you've won.

The control for all cars is pretty smooth, but the brakes barely work. Two methods of cornering are fully described in the instructions: a steering method and a drifting method. The drifting is much easier now, but novice players will still find it daunting.

Most importantly for a racing game, the graphics are very, very nice - smooth and realistic. R4 Ridge Racer is a polished game. Hard-core racing fans should give it a go.

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