Ridge Racer 7 is the seventh console installment in the Ridge Racer series of racing games, released on PlayStation 3. The game has around 40 cars, many of which return from Ridge Racer 6 and Ridge Racer for the PSP. There are also 22 courses, available in forward, reverse and mirror mode. The game runs at 1080p resolution and at 60 frames per second. It also features Dolby Digital 5.1 surround sound and free online gameplay via the PlayStation Network.
The game has since been re-issued under Sony's 'Platinum' and 'The Best' budget lines.
A Patch was made available in October 2010 entitled "Ridge Racer 7 3D License Version" that enables Ridge Racer 7 to be played in 3D.
As always, gameplay revolves around highspeed circuit racing featuring Ridge Racer's "drift" handling, where the player slides the car around hairpin turns without any great loss of speed. New features to this iteration include car body and engine customization which can have an impact on the performance, handling and nitrous system of the car. Ridge Racer 7 also boosted the use of slipstreaming as a prominent feature in the game, compared to previous iterations which included the feature but did not show its presence.
This game sees the "unlimited restarts" return for the first time since Ridge Racer Revolution in 1996, which means the player can restart during the race (including the regular races and the duel races) at anytime if the player is not satisfied with his/her race, race results and so on. Also, the player can re-play the same race series for more points and money.
- Ridge State Grand Prix - the basic Grand Prix mode.
- Manufacturer's Trials - special races where the player can earn parts to customize their car.
- UFRA Single Event- special races with restrictions.
- Extreme Battle - extra races with a much higher difficulty.
- Global Time Attack - a time trial mode where players race their cars around the circuits as fast as possible and post their best lap times on a global leaderboard.
- Standard Race - a standard race over the Internet for up to 14 players.
- Pair Time Attack - Similar to Global Time Attack, but instead combines the times of two racers working in tandem to achieve fast lap times.
- Team Battle - players are split into red and blue teams (other colors are featured, such as yellow, green and pink), with a points system used to decide which team wins after a race.
- Pair Battle - players are split into teams of two to race, and the winning team is that with the smallest total race time.
- UFRA Special Event - A set of 25 extra events, downloaded for free from the PlayStation Store, which boast a much higher difficulty than any event in the Ridge State Grand Prix mode. The choice of cars is often preset or massively narrowed down.
- Multi Race - a racing mode for two players on the same screen. This is not an online mode.
A global ranking system is used to rank players. It uses a combination of FP (Fame points), CR (Credits, the game's currency) and OBP (Online Battle Points, gained in the online races) to work out an overall number of RP (Ridge Points), which are displayed on the player's Ridge State ID Card. A more in-depth explanation is featured here. A number of players have used an in-game flaw to gain massive amounts of FP and CR in a short space of time.
On March 22, 2007, Namco released downloadable extras and content for Ridge Racer 7 through the PlayStation Network. This content includes extra events (the UFRA Special Events) and special decals for customizing the roof of the car. Players also have the option to purchase extra background music for their game. These add-ons were added to the US PlayStation Store on June 1, 2007. The decals and events are free, while the background music can be bought per song or in packs for prices from $0.99 to $14.99 (or £2.99/3 euro per song pack on the UK/Ireland store).
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