Ridge Racer Unbounded has gotten a lot of heat so far since it’s what many consider to be a death of a once great franchise. It may not be totally fair for people to think the Ridge Racer series is dead with the imminent release of Unbounded, but the shift from stylish racing focused on drifting to a game where the main draw is to drive through walls does seem a bit odd and like more of an evolutionary leap than a video game series should take.
Namco has kept Ridge Racer Unbounded under wraps for the past few months as the game hasn’t been shown off a lot. That could in part be because of the minor delay the game received, but a new video has been released which details one aspect of Ridge Racer Unbounded that immediately trumps other games: the level editor.
Since user-generated content is slowly becoming the rage these days, the development team over at BugBear Entertainment has put together an extensive, and I truly want to put emphasis on the word extensive, course editor that allows gamers to build their own arcade course in a variety of ways. As seen in the video below, the Basic Editor allows gamers to put together already made blocks which include a city backdrop and feature different track layouts and link them together, thus an elaborate track can be made in a matter of minutes. The level of creative freedom isn’t high in the Basic Editor but the same can’t be said of the Advanced Editor which I think will be the main tool used by folks.
Somewhat reminiscent of TrackMania, the Advanced Editor in Ridge Racer Unbounded literally allows anything to happen as cars can be placed wherever it’s deemed suitable, massive loops can be placed to create lit tunnels, and it’ll likely be possible for fans of the Speed Racer movie to recreate tracks like ThunderHead which all around means good times are ahead for all.
Ridge Racer Unbounded wasn’t on the radar for a lot of people but after watching this video I think that may change. The general approach the game is going in may still result in core Ridge Racer gamers wanting to die on the inside, but the work that has been done with the Level Editor looks impressive for a console game and could give the game a cult status or merely boost the community since there could be a constant wow factor due to user creations.
We’ll find out shortly if Ridge Racer Unbounded has the goods or not as it’ll be coming out on the PS3 and Xbox 360 on March 29.