Ridge Racer 6 Review

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The perfect racing game for the 360 is yet to arrive

★★★★★

After last year’s glorious PSP version, hopes were high for Ridge Racer’s debut on Microsoft’s new box of tricks. Sadly, Namco’s latest speed-fest can’t touch its portable predecessor. Like previous incarnations, Ridge Racer 6 sees players screeching around impossible bends without ever touching the brakes, the game ditching all sense of reality in favour of intense arcade thrills.

However, while the PSP game boasted a terrifying sense of speed and sublime handling, the 360 version feels unwieldy and sluggish, the backgrounds slipping lazily past as you try to master the perfect turn. A lack of licensed cars and disturbingly shoddy graphics also let the side down, meaning the new Xbox still lacks the killer racing game for which early adopters are gagging.