Namco Bandai has unveiled another instalment in the classic Ridge Racer series.
Bands love doing this. They release a few good albums, do a couple of tours, hit the studio again and crank out some nonsense, then return to form with a self-titled EP. Ridge Racer's a bit like that. Indeed, if the people who made Ridge Racers 1-4 did go on tour, that probably explains why RR5 and R: Racing were so ARGH; they probably whipped their heads round so fast demonstrating the cornering routines that they spun clean off and had to be surgically re-attached. Game development is much harder when you've accidentally decapitated yourself. Hang on, this seems familiar.
Tsk. You know what I've done, don't you? I've put the wrong review in.
I was distracted, see, because I'd just fired up Ridge Racers 2 again to check something, and I had a bit of a "moment" when I realised I was actually staring at the first one. I'd been swapping the discs back and forth to do comparisons. And so I put in last year's Ridge Racers review instead. Silly me!
Sony Europe has officially announced that Ridge Racer 2 will be coming to PlayStation Portable before the end of the year.
You can check out the first screenshots of it elsewhere on the site.
Announced in Japan last week (where it goes by the name Ridge Racers 2 instead), the PSP's second Ridge outing introduces three new game modes and boasts a series-record number of tracks.
Namco Bandai's working on a PSP sequel to Ridge Racer, and it should be out in Japan in just a few months' time.
Rumours of a Ridge Racer PSP sequel have been circulating for a while now, but now it's been confirmed - and outlined in the latest issue of Famitsu, partly translated by IGN.
Famitsu reports that Ridge Racers 2 (the original was known simply as Ridge Racer in Europe) is due out on September 14th in Japan.