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Floor It! Ridge Racer Type 4 coming to PSN... in Europe

Posted by: Peter Skeritt at 2/16/2011 1:26 PM
There was a time when Ridge Racer wasn't just an internet meme. In fact, the series was once synonymous with the the PlayStation brand exclusively. The original PlayStation debuted with Ridge Racer in 1995 and Ridge Racer V was available at launch for the PlayStation 2 back in 2000. The games have generally been about arcade-style racing, with a balance between speed and drifting around corners. 

Thanks to Namco Bandai, one of the best entries in the Ridge Racer franchise is coming to the PlayStation Store soon. Ridge Racer Type 4 will see release this later this Spring for European territories, and it's expected that North American users will see the game at some point as well. Ridge Racer Type 4 was the best-looking game of the series at the time, and its story-based Real Racing Roots campaign is a big highlight. Players race for four different teams, and each has its own set of cars and its own unique storyline that evolves based on the player's progress. Once the storytelling ends and racing begins, the car that you pick sets the strategy for the event. Terrazi and Age models grip the track tightly, while Lizard and Assoluto vehicles slide around corners with style. 

The re-release of Ridge Racer Type 4 is promoting new games in the franchise's library. Ridge Racer 3D is coming for the 3DS and Ridge Racer Unbounded is in development for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. If you never got a chance to check out Ridge Racer Type 4 during the heyday of the original PlayStation, be sure to check it out when it becomes available on the PlayStation Store soon. 


LEGENDARY ‘RIDGE RACER TYPE 4’ COMING TO PLAYSTATION®NETWORK IN MARCH
 
PS one® Drift Racing Classic to be Re-launched for PlayStation®3 and PlayStation®Portable (PSPTM)
 
This coming March 2011, NAMCO BANDAI Games Europe will re-release the timeless drift-racing smash Ridge Racer Type 4 (also known as R4) via PlayStation®Network, bringing the game to PlayStation®3 and PlayStation®Portable (PSP™) for the first time. The re-release comes in advance of the launch of the new Ridge Racer 3D for Nintendo 3DS™, coming first half of  2011, and Ridge Racer Unbounded, the destructive new direction for the series recently announced for PlayStation®3, Xbox 360® and PC.
 
Originally released for PS one® in 1999 in Europe and North America, Ridge Racer Type 4 is a legend of arcade-style drift racing which garnered critical acclaim and a multitude of fans the world over.  With comments from critics including, “the best-looking PlayStation racer ever” and “incredibly fun to play,” Ridge Racer Type 4 is a game that any fan of the racing genre owes it to themselves to experience.
 
Featuring 48 unique cars, over 300 possible car variations, eight tracks, two-player split-screen, two different drift and grip driving models, and impressive visual fidelity, Ridge Racer Type 4 set the bar of PS one® racing games at its highest point in the history of the console and the series on its release.
 
Ridge Racer Type 4 is heading to PlayStation®Network in March 2011 for PlayStation®3 and PSP™.  Stay in touch with news and updates on the official Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/ridgefan.
 
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