Originally Posted by Daykain
FYI about Ridge Racer, the $12.50 price on Steam was a complete pack with all DLC. Also the MSRP has dropped to $30 on Steam but is still $50 on GMG.
I have only played it for a hour or so but it is enjoyable. It reminds me of the burnout series with fragging but opponents don't get knocked out of the race, they just start a few positions back. Also blowing through buildings are good times. This game seems more challenging as well, I have yet to finish first.
You're right $12.50 on steam included the DLC. ...that's where those extra cars came from -lol-
I haven't tried all the DLC cars, but they are starter cars, a little better than the base starter car, but probably not worth the $2.50 extra I paid for them since I outclassed them in less than two hours.
I've found to finish in the top 3 positions, I have to focus closely on catching-up/staying-ahead as opposed to playing for points (smashing rivals, buildings, collateral damage to the scenery). The good news is that RRU uses two parallel progress systems. One is based purely on points and you keep those points even if you finish last place. Those points act like XP and increase your rank and new cars unlock at higher ranks. The other scoring is stars for coming in 1st/2nd/3rd in a particular race. Once you have at least one star in every race in a district new district cap-stone race opens up, get one star in that and you "dominate" the district.
I was unable to place even 3rd (of 12) in the first race with the starter car in a few tries, but I earned enough points to rank up an get a new car with better acceleration/speed that allowed to place first. Also other races open up quickly, so being stuck on a particular race shouldn't be a problem until endgame.
Oh yes, and one point I hadn't emphasized, the most destructible environments I've seen in a racer... in fact the only game with more environmental destruction I can think of is Red Faction Guerrilla. (Split/Second's environmental destruction was all the rigged destruction, rather than say low concrete walls, parked cars, and the sort.)