Ridge Racer 7

Ridge Racer 7
Developer(s) Namco Bandai Games
Publisher(s) Namco Bandai Games
Series Ridge Racer
Engine Ridge Racer 6
Platform(s) PlayStation 3
Release date(s)
  • JP: 11 November 2006
  • NA: 17 November 2006
  • EU: 23 March 2007
Genre(s) Racing game
Mode(s) Single-player, multiplayer

Ridge Racer 7 is the seventh console installment in the Ridge Racer series of racing games, released on PlayStation 3. The game has around 40 cars, many of which return from Ridge Racer 6 and the PSP incarnations of the game. There are also 22 courses, available in forward, reverse and mirror mode. The game runs at 1080p native resolution and 60 frames per second. It also features Dolby Digital 5.1 surround sound and free online gameplay via the PlayStation Network.

The game was first unveiled at the 2006 E3 event in a teaser trailer, and the first trailer of game footage was shown at the 2006 Tokyo Game Show. Like many other games in the series, it features a full motion video opening that stars Reiko Nagase.

The game received positive reviews from critics, and has since been re-issued under Sony's "Platinum" and "The Best" budget lines. A patch was made available in October 2010 titled "Ridge Racer 7 3D License Version" that enables Ridge Racer 7 to be played in 3D.


As in previous games within the Ridge Racer series, the gameplay centers on high speed circuit racing featuring "drift" handling, where the player slides the car around turns without great loss of speed.[1] New features in this iteration include car body and engine customization which can affect the performance, handling and nitrous boost system of the car.[2] Ridge Racer 7 also actively encourages players to slipstream other cars, whereas previous iterations did not mention that this technique increases speed.[3]

A global ranking system is used to rank players. It uses a combination of FP (Fame points), CR (Credits, the game's currency) and OBP (Online Battle Points, gained in the online races) to work out an overall number of RP (Ridge Points), which are displayed on the player's Ridge State ID Card.[4][5]

Game modes

Single player



On 22 March 2007, Namco released downloadable extras and content for Ridge Racer 7 through the PlayStation Network. This content includes extra events (the UFRA Special Events) and special decals for customizing the roof of the car. Players also have the option to purchase extra background music for their game. These add-ons were added to the US PlayStation Store on 1 June 2007. A patch for the game was released in October 2010 to make the game playable in 3D.[10]

The classic arcade game Xevious is unlockable in this game.[11]


Review scores
OPM (US)10/10


Ridge Racer 7 received the IGN Award for Best PlayStation 3 Racing Game of 2006.


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  3. Bramwell, Tom (November 23, 2016). "Ridge Racer 7". Eurogamer. Retrieved June 4, 2016.
  4. "Ridge Racer Preview". 1UP.com. Retrieved June 4, 2016.
  5. 1 2 3 Castro, Juan (November 14, 2006). "Ridge Racer 7 review". IGN. Retrieved June 4, 2016.
  6. 1 2 "Ridge Racer 7 Updated Hands-On: Going Online". GameSpot. November 2, 2006. Retrieved June 4, 2016.
  7. 1 2 "Ridge Racer 7 Detailed". GameZone. September 1, 2006. Retrieved June 4, 2016.
  8. Slate, Chris (November 17, 2006). "Ridge Racer 7 Review". Retrieved June 4, 2016.
  9. Nutt, Christian (November 9, 2006). "Ridge Racer 7 - online hands-on". GamesRadar. Retrieved June 4, 2016.
  10. "It's Ridge Racer 7 In 3D". Siliconera. September 17, 2010. Retrieved June 4, 2016.
  11. Gerstmann, Jeff (November 18, 2006). "Ridge Racer 7 review". GameSpot. Retrieved June 4, 2016.
  12. Play magazine review, issue 151, Imagine Publishing
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