There are racing games, and then R4: Ridge Racer Type 4. I can hardly put into words how important this game is to me, even though it is my job. Fortunately, Our Lawrence Hodge did the hard part and summed it up Of R4 mystery briefly back. We’ve never played the game on one of our live events before, so we’re making up today at 4pm ET at twitch.tv/jalopnikdotcom.
R4 not a racing game and more of a race movie that happens interactively. And while I know that doesn’t sound particularly appealing, you have to trust me on this one. This game cultivates a world of motorsport of its own, with makers, teams, and fictional circuits that actually make sense. They are not just a foothold for licenses that the publisher, Namco, cannot obtain. Every aspect of this universe is considered, calculated, and built into something greater in context when it all comes together.
Or not? I don’t know – maybe it’s just a talented arcade racer with original PlayStation style graphics, bangin’ acid jazz soundtrack, vivid drift handling, and an advanced audiovisual feel cool. Maybe that’s it R4 is, and if that is true, it is hardly unique; there are many other games like it. But a funny thing happened to me when I first played this game around the age of six: I couldn’t let it go.
Instead, I begged my parents to rent it out from our local video store, over and over again and end again. (It certainly would have been cheaper if we had bought it on day one.) Years later as a teenager, I simulated the user interface to see what the sequel might look like and created. one DeviantArt just to share it with the world, in the hope anyone else might be interested. There’s no doubt in my mind: I wouldn’t be who I am today, do what I am today, if it weren’t for R4. Exactly, I was not the only one The game has such a profound impact on someone.
So, please excuse me as I gush over it, though of course that’s not the only thing that’s going to happen this afternoon. As usual, I’ll be joined by my colleagues José, Andy and Steve to talk about anything and everything in Car Land, particularly the kills Dodge’s existing muscle lineup. Join us as the festival begins at 4pm ET on our Twitch channel.