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Ridge racer Unbounded debut trailer

Ridge racer Unbounded debut trailer

When Namco-Bandai unveils a new Ridge Racer game on HD consoles and PC, one tends to pay attention. When you then learn that Bugbear - responsible for the Flatout games - is in charge of the project, it becomes even more interesting an intriguing. This very first trailer of Ridge Racer Unbounded seems to confirm the new direction of the series with a clear Burnout feel. Stay tuned for more in the coming months as the game is not planned for release before 2012.

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Commented on 2011-02-05 15:34:12
The CG looks like something from PSone era. I mean, I wasn't expecting Square Enix or Blizzard quality but this looks way dated for a modern CG trailer.
Commented on 2011-02-05 15:39:46
Wrong turn BUGBEAR! This looks very, very underwhelming! Crashes... leave that to Criterion and their franchise.
Commented on 2011-02-05 16:07:28
damn girl - who didn't stroke you right last night? :)
Well I'm guessing this trailer implies you'll be to f shit up in the new game ... don't we have an arcade type game that does that well already called Burnout?
Commented on 2011-02-05 16:17:10
what just happen. lol This game will be for gotten.
Commented on 2011-02-05 16:53:48
Ridge Racer needs to step it up seriously
Commented on 2011-02-05 17:16:03
That told me nothing about the game except that it has some subpar CG.
Commented on 2011-02-05 17:35:19

When Namco-Bandai unveils a new Ridge Racer game on HD consoles and PC, one tends to pay attention.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eaBUeINW_3s

C'mon, it's Riiiidge Racer . . . that's kinda like getting a new Sonic the Hedgehog; no one cares. It's long since become a joke, and judging by the video, I'm guessing Unbounded is going to finally be the punchline.
Commented on 2011-02-05 17:59:56
I personally enjoy Ridge Racer games quite a bit, 6 was one of the best launch titles on the 360 in my opinion. It's a pure arcade racing experience, that's stayed faithful to the gameplay the series has had since the 90s.

This doesn't sound anything like a Ridge Racer game though, and I can safely say I'm trying hard to forget it exists before it's even released.
Commented on 2011-02-05 18:07:38
Oh boy, that looks absolutely horrible. Ridge was the personification of clean, shiny, pure arcade racing. Now it's gone dark, evil, and 'urban', and with crashes and awful CG too.

Abysmal, and for all the massive strides Western developed games have made it's junk like this that sets it all back 15 years.
Commented on 2011-02-05 18:09:08 In reply to Cheboury
Posted by Cheboury
Wrong turn BUGBEAR! This looks very, very underwhelming! Crashes... leave that to Criterion and their franchise.
Flatout wasn't about crashes? :O
Commented on 2011-02-05 19:45:28
Most games have promising first video but this looks bad
Commented on 2011-02-05 20:21:29
well, if we aren't going to get a new Flatout game, maybe this will fit the bill; it's hard to tell at all at this point.
Maybe it will be like Burnout, or Flatout mixed with Ridge, or just a more gritty version of Ridge. whatever.

It is strange that a video with this kind of vibe carries the Ridge Racer name.
Commented on 2011-02-05 20:31:03
LOL at the yellow taxi at the end, what the hell is this racing on the moon or something ?

Namco and Sega really have gone down the crapper since they merged with toy companies.
Commented on 2011-02-05 20:32:54
Unbounded? Is that even a word?!

Ridge Racer - Retarded... there, fixed it!
Commented on 2011-02-05 20:41:05 In reply to 2PintsOfInsulin
Posted by 2PintsOfInsulin
Unbounded? Is that even a word?!

Ridge Racer - Retarded... there, fixed it!
LOL

And yeah, it's a word; I checked. (learned something in the process)
Commented on 2011-02-05 21:04:47
It's shit like this that makes me lose hope in Japan's game industry. It's boiling down to ripoffs of American games, Dynasty Warriors, and Pokemon.
Commented on 2011-02-05 21:13:42
I'm in two minds here. I love Ridge Racer. I disagree that it's "become a joke", and the critical reception and pure quality of both RR6 and 7, aswell as their commercial success certainly spell otherwise. I think people who don't follow a series and then occasionally notice that a number's gone up to "7" immediately assume that there's some porno-esque churning out going on, whereas a subtitle driven naming of games circumvent that notion entirely.

However, I do think that like Devil May Cry, the series lacks some relevance. That's okay for some companies who are all about their faithful audience and don't really bother with making any strides in that department because they don't need to and everyone's happy. I recently talked on this very subject about this very series with a friend, and I told him that I think Ridge Racer COULD be a relevant series again with the right wrapper, the right presentation and the right push. I suggested moving to a subtitle naming standard instead of a numbers one, and Pacman CE DX it up in terms of fresh appeal.

Of course I was talking about the recognizably slick, drift driven Ridge Racer we know and love since Type 4, and not this kind of overhaul. But hey! Let's consider for a moment what EA did with NFS a couple of years ago. They sat down and went "sure NFS is selling but it's getting irrelevant to gamers, let's throw a ton of stuff at the wall and see what sticks". They proceeded to make four new NFS entries; Nitro, Shift, World and Hot Pursuit. Prostreet could sorta be considered a similar stab at something different. Either way, now Shift and Hot Pursuit - one new and weird and one decidedly classic NFS experience - both occupy shelves with confidence, and NFS is something gamers and gaming press talk about with a modicum of excitement.

The subtitle (though the dumbest I've heard, probably) suggests that this isn't a Ridge Racer "reboot" per se. It's not "The Ridge Racer" or plain "Ridge Racer". The RR moniker is tucked away at the top and the UNBOUNDED is the big (and dumb) element of the branding. I wouldn't be the least bit surprised if this is a similar attempt to test the waters. I think classic RR will exist alongside this (already does to an extent on the 3DS) and I expect we may see other interpretations of the series under the RR moniker with different subtitles.

I'm a big fan of Flatout personally, I think Bugbear deserve the benefit of the doubt here. Whatever this becomes it obviously won't check the surreal floaty arcadey awesomeness of RR of the past, but it could be a sweet new thing.
Commented on 2011-02-05 22:37:25
PC FTW!!!
Carry on...
Commented on 2011-02-05 23:16:53 In reply to slugboss
Posted by slugboss
PC FTW!!!
Carry on...
Yeah, that's also interesting, but let's see what level of treatment it gets before jumping up and down.
Commented on 2011-02-05 23:33:25 In reply to PlumbDrumb
Or you can just jump up and stay there, hovering, and make some money from people coming to watch you hover.
Commented on 2011-02-06 00:30:28
Wow that was really dumb.. They are still making RR games? Why?
Commented on 2011-02-06 00:40:45
Haha more racing games.
Commented on 2011-02-06 01:35:53 In reply to SimonM7
Posted by SimonM7
Or you can just jump up and stay there, hovering, and make some money from people coming to watch you hover.
They're bound to see the strings attached and demand their money back.
Commented on 2011-02-06 01:51:13 In reply to PlumbDrumb
Posted by PlumbDrumb
They're bound to see the strings attached and demand their money back.
You'd think that, but they'll be unbounded..to.. see the strings when they.. um.. watch this.. trailer?

God that was a comment ripe with such rich Unbounded crack potential and I completely dropped the ball. Unball..ded.
Commented on 2011-02-06 01:56:50 In reply to Jollipop
Posted by Jollipop
LOL at the yellow taxi at the end, what the hell is this racing on the moon or something ?

Namco and Sega really have gone down the crapper since they merged with toy companies.
Man, you ain't ever lying.

I remember the good old days, when a SEGA, Namco merger was in the works, and even though I did not like the idea of either company losing their distinct identities, it did sound like a very good merger on paper. But of course to the detriment of both companies, that merger fell through, and we have what we have today, which has pretty much turned two of gaming's tent pole developer/publishers into complete mockeries of their former selves.

I really miss the good old days, when SEGA was about pushing the envelope of game design as far as it could go, and Namco was about making SEGA knock-offs that even SEGA would be proud to call their own. Just thinking about it makes me feel old.
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