Ridge Racer Vita launch trailer finally shows some gameplay action
- Ridge Racer
- Namco Bandai
Here’s the new Ridge Racer Vita trailer summed up for you: drifting, neon-lit tracks, techno music, car customisation and more drifting. As is tradition, it’s also a launch title for PlayStation Vita so you pretty much know what you’re getting already.
Aside from the traditional Ridge Racer action, which actually resembles a Ridge Racer game unlike its Western lovechild of Namco and Bugbear, we also get the briefest of glimpses of the online Planetary Mode, but no additional information is disclosed. Freeze frame it however and you can spot a screen that says “Team Vision” – your guess is as good as ours.
We previously discussed this mode when it was first announced, but what’s significant about this trailer is that it’s the first time Namco have showcased a video fully comprising of gameplay footage. It’s also surprisingly close to release in Japan on December 17th, meaning this is likely a good representation of how the final game will look.
And it looks a lot like…well, Ridge Racer. The visuals look as vibrant as ever thanks to the power of PlayStation Vita, and most importantly the dizzying sense of speed seems to be fully in place.
Just for comparison, let’s rewatch a trailer for Ridge Racer on the original PSP, now six years old:
As you would expect from such a gap, it’s like watching Ridge Racer V on PS2 followed by Ridge Racer 7 on PS3. The increased resolution makes the game look sharp and refined, though to be honest some of the tracks look like they could use a bit more detail on the evidence of some of those buildings. Not that you will probably notice when you’re driving sideways at absurd velocity.
Car customisation is also confirmed as the trailer shows the ability to modify paint schemes, though it doesn’t indicate how in-depth this will be. Chances are you’ll be able to share your designs online, though.
Hopefully, this launch trailer is an indication that Ridge Racer on Vita will innovate the series in a non-offensive way to fans with its Planetary League and car customisation whilst providing the core experience. It may not be the most original game you’ll ever play on Vita, but it’s reassuring to those scarred by Unbounded’s blasphemy that Namco haven’t fully abandoned the traditional Ridge Racer formula.
Words by Martin Bigg (Twitter: @drivinggamespro)
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