|IGN AU Bugbear has traditionally developed cult hits, so it’s great to see the studio given the opportunity to work with a major franchise. Unbounded may not have much to do with the things that defined Ridge Racer, but if you can get over that, you’ll discover an energetic, entertaining racer, with gratifyingly destructive environments, challenging gameplay and interesting online. Ridge Racer was due for a reboot, and here it is. Read Full Review||85/100|
|NGN Racing games can often feel as if they are held hostage to their own genre. There’s only so much you can do with a game that involves cars and getting from point A to point B. Needless to say, there are some very talented and creative developers out there, that’s why we have everything from Gran Turismo and Forza to Blur and Twisted Metal. As the market grows, there’s bound to be cross-over and many racing games borrow some elements from one another – which is perfectly fine. Ridge Racer Unbounded is one such game, which attempts to take some of the unique presentation and gameplay elements found elsewhere and fit them into its own production. Unfortunately, the end result is far less than the sum of its parts. Read Full Review||64/100|
|AtomicGamer For that matter, I’m not sure that Bugbear and Namco really got off the execution they wanted with this game. I can see how the concept looked great on paper, where the best elements of the last few years of arcade racing all come together under one roof, but the concoction has turned a bit sour partway through the process. Frags aren’t as satisfying as Takedowns were in Burnout, the dangerous environments aren’t quite as deadly as in Split/Second, and the drifting can be fiddly and frustrating if you manage to tap a wall or turn just enough that the angle on a car colliding with you frags you, rather than the other way around. With that said, if you hammer on this game and do some work mastering the mix of aggression and racing, you get a unique kind of racing joy, but I am not sure it’s worth it. And on PC, it’s just not the right mix of action and aggression to make this entirely different set of PC racing fans happy. On 360, sure, but this is a pretty bad mismatch for the PC. Read Full Review||60/100|
Operating System: Microsoft Windows XP, Vista SP2 32 bit, Windows 7
Processor: Intel Core X2 2.6 GHz or equivalent Athlon
Memory: 2 GB
Video: 512 MB RAM (ATI Radeon 4850/NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GT or better)
Sound device: compatible with DirectX 9.0c
Hard drive space: 6 GB
Style: Sports Car Racing
Developer: Bugbear Entertainment Ltd.
Publisher: Namco Bandai Games America, Inc.