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Ridge Racer is known for supporting every system launch window under the sun, but this is perhaps a new low. Those titles are usually spare affairs that look to capitalize on early adopters' desperation for software. Ridge Racer on the Vita goes a step further by giving you even less content than your standard, already bare-bones launch title. It's built on the premise that you buy post-launch DLC to fill out its skeletal roster of three tracks and five cars (with an additional set available via a free download). Sadly, that might not even be the most unfulfilling part of this game.As if the scarcity of out-of-the-box tracks and cars wasn't galling enough, this game's hollow overall career structure means that even if it shipped with an acceptable amount of cars/tracks, it still wouldn't be enough. Everyone who turns on the game joins one of four race teams, with all accomplishments earning points that go towards the overall totals of their respective teams. The problem is that the races offer almost no variety to make them worthy of the endless repetition it takes to bolster your personal driver level or to contribute significantly to your team's total. Racing against ghost cars, one-off online races, three-lap jogs, and time trials are all you can do in this game.
I'm a big Ridge Racer fan. When I race fast cars around tracks, I like to do so sideways and with pumping Japanese techno screaming into my ears. Ridge Racer 3D was a highlight of an otherwise very uninspiring launch line-up for the 3DS, and following series tradition, Ridge Racer on Vita should have been a shiny show-pony for the new console's technical abilities. What it is, though, is a cut-price rush-job that struggles to offer the content and value of a demo. The fundamentals of Ridge Racer are there – the drift-heavy handling model, looping courses designed for speed and spectacle, the cool soundtrack and slick presentation – but there's barely any game in here, just a framework. Ridge Racer Vita is essentially the online mode of a racing game, but without any of the single-player content, tracks or cars to populate it. For the first hour I was convinced that I must have failed to notice a menu somewhere hiding all the stuff that's missing, but it turns out that the game really is as bare-bones as it looks. There are three tracks, and five cars that are identical in all but appearance and can be gradually upgraded over time. There are three more tracks and five more cars downloadable as DLC by redeeming the code found inside the box, but why they aren't on the cart in the first place is a complete mystery.
Being a video game fan can sometimes be a little frustrating. If it's not games saddled with archaic digital rights management or console manufacturers trying to figure out ways of killing the secondhand game market, it's publishers trying to squeeze more cash out of you with downloadable content. Most of the time, DLC is a great thing, giving you more of the content you love without having to shell out for another full-priced release. At other times, it's simply an excuse to gouge as much money out of you as possible. Case in point: Ridge Racer on the PlayStation Vita. Its twitchy, drift-happy racing is still as fun as ever, but in an effort to sell you more DLC, the core game is devoid of content. There's no single-player campaign, a mere five cars, and just three circuits--all of which have been lifted from Ridge Racer 7. Even if you pick up the first set of DLC (free with the initial batch of retail copies, or until March 31 for digital downloads), you gain just a handful of extra cars and tracks--again all already featured in Ridge Racer 7. This means that even with all the extras, there's still little here to engage all but the most hardcore of fans.
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