Ridge Racer Slipstream
A couple of years ago, Namco Bandai impressed iPad and iPhone owners with Ridge Racer Accelerated HD, a pricey but likable port from the popular arcade racing series. Now it's back with another entertaining driving affair, Ridge Racer Slipstream, which again mimics the drift-heavy arcade style that players have come to expect over the years.
Slipstream is the best mobile Ridge Racer yet. Although there are only 10 tracks, they all look great and provide plenty of opportunities to drift like crazy. The gameplay works wonderfully, with fun drifting tactics to master and a boost system. The garage is also full of numerous cars to unlock, so you can keep hitting the road and dominating your competition. Finally, the multiplayer leaderboard will have you racing against your friends to get the better of them - even if it's not direct head-to-head competition.
The lack of direct multiplayer is kind of a pain, as you're stuck racing with AI drivers. It's hardly a complete loss, but the lack of direct competition is a bit tough to get over. On top of that, it'll take a while to unlock some of the higher-end vehicles and upgrades, unless you're willing to fork over a few real dollars through in-app purchase. Finally, the female announcer annoys way too often. We know when someone's trying to pass us or riding in our slipstream, thanks.
Ridge Racer Slipstream is flat in a few areas, particularly with the strenuous earning system and the lack of online multiplayer. However, if you're a fan of the series or looking for an ideal racer for the holidays, this one will rev your engine.
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