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Ridge Racer 2
05-10-2013, 07:00 AM
Post: #73
RE: Ridge Racer 2
So, after spending another two hours enjoying Ridge Racers 2 PSP and feeling overwhelmed with joy and excitement at the moment, I'd like to share some sincere comments with you about my history with this game, because man, never in a million years would I have thought I'd be playing this version of Ridge Racers 2 PSP on my PC with a wheel and on the big screen.


When Namco first announced this game back in 1993 I believe, I read all about it, looked at the screenshots and watched some vids. I eventually realized this was going to be a bittersweet game for me, filling my heart with both excitement and sadness. Excitement because from what I read of the game at the time, I knew this was going to turn out to be the greatest Ridge Racer game to date. I mean C'mon...damn near ALL the tracks from all the Ridge Racer games, a new nos system and a game that runs at 60 frames per second. What else can a die hard Ridge Racer fan ask for? It was heaven!!!!

On the other hand, all of this excitement was basically ruined by deep sadness. Why? Because Namco took it upon themselves to make this awesome game *ONLY* for a handheld system, and never even bothered to port it to the PS3. To me, that was absolutely CRIMINAL and was a bone headed decision. And yes, for the record, as much as I LOVE Ridge Racer 7 to death, to me this is the superior game still warranted a PS3 home port.

I am someone that grew up playing, respecting and adoring Japanese arcade racing games. Ridge Racer was the first arcade racing game series I took seriously and spent a significant amount of time with. I played RRR a lot in the arcade and spent a RIDICULOUS and ABSURD amount of time playing Rage Racer for PS1! I went out and bought my first steering wheel for home use for the PS1, and each Ridge Racer game I ever played was with a steering wheel, pedals and a gear shifter.

I have never EVER wanted to play a Ridge Racer game without those three driving instruments! To me, to achieve a true arcade racing experience, one must recreate the arcade cabinet environment. This requires obtaining the same driving instruments you'd find in a real arcade....steering wheel, pedals and stick shifter. So given that type of background, I loathed the thought of playing a ridiculously AWESOME version of Ridge Racer on a measly PSP handheld. To me, doing so was nothing short of blasphemy. This was the sadness I am referring to. I was quite bummed out and angry so what did I do, I simply boycotted the game. I didn't buy it at all.

Feeling further and further like any possibility of a home port was slipping away, I eventually let out a big sigh, caved in and about 3 years ago finally decided to purchase a PSP and Ridge Racers 2 Asian version.

Since then I have completed the game three times and I'm now on my fourth run on the little handheld. I have sunk so many hours into this game it's almost embarrassing. However, there has never been a time that I have fired it up on my PSP and not thought to myself "Damn....I love this game so much but it still pains me to play it on such a small screen and with a tiny little analog knob. What I wouldn't give to be able to play it on the big screen with enhanced graphics and on a wheel, pedals and shifter. Arrggh....DAMN you Namco!!!!"

Well, fast forward a few years later to 2013 and here we are....a PSP emulator. And a DAMN GOOD one at that! My dreams have come true thanks to Henrik and the rest of the PPSSPP coders! I can finally FINALLY enjoy playing what I consider the GREATEST Ridge Racer game ever made by a country mile, the way I've always wanted to...the *right* way....with a wheel, pedals and shifter on a large projection screen, just like in the arcade on a deluxe 50" cabinet.

They say the internet can be a terrible place with horrible and evil people. Well I'm here to say it can also be a FANTASTIC place with talented and generous people, who make other people's dreams come true and ask absolutely nothing in return. Henrik and the other developers and programmers behind PPSSPP are such people. My hat is off to them, for they have brightened my day with the work they've done with this emulator. I raise my glass to you guys! Thank you so very much and I will spending many more days and game sessions playing Ridge Racers 2 PSP....ON THE BIG SCREEN WITH A WHEEL!!!! Big Grin
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Ridge Racer 2 - sfageas - 04-21-2013, 10:15 PM
RE: Ridge Racer 2 - isamu - 04-22-2013, 08:21 PM
RE: Ridge Racer 2 - sfageas - 04-22-2013, 08:29 PM
RE: Ridge Racer 2 - isamu - 04-22-2013, 09:37 PM
RE: Ridge Racer 2 - vnctdj - 04-23-2013, 09:22 AM
RE: Ridge Racer 2 - isamu - 04-23-2013, 05:53 PM
RE: Ridge Racer 2 - ritesh - 12-06-2013, 04:21 AM
RE: Ridge Racer 2 - Henrik - 04-22-2013, 09:45 PM
RE: Ridge Racer 2 - sfageas - 04-22-2013, 09:48 PM
RE: Ridge Racer 2 - isamu - 04-22-2013, 10:05 PM
RE: Ridge Racer 2 - sfageas - 04-22-2013, 10:09 PM
RE: Ridge Racer 2 - isamu - 04-22-2013, 10:15 PM
RE: Ridge Racer 2 - sfageas - 04-22-2013, 10:18 PM
RE: Ridge Racer 2 - isamu - 04-22-2013, 10:22 PM
RE: Ridge Racer 2 - Razorback - 04-23-2013, 10:05 AM
RE: Ridge Racer 2 - Rishiraj - 04-23-2013, 02:08 PM
RE: Ridge Racer 2 - sfageas - 04-23-2013, 02:17 PM
RE: Ridge Racer 2 - isamu - 04-24-2013, 07:00 PM
RE: Ridge Racer 2 - sfageas - 04-24-2013, 07:09 PM
RE: Ridge Racer 2 - isamu - 04-24-2013, 07:31 PM
RE: Ridge Racer 2 - sfageas - 04-24-2013, 07:34 PM
RE: Ridge Racer 2 - VIRGIN KLM - 05-02-2013, 02:56 PM
RE: Ridge Racer 2 - sfageas - 05-02-2013, 03:18 PM
RE: Ridge Racer 2 - VIRGIN KLM - 05-02-2013, 08:26 PM
RE: Ridge Racer 2 - isamu - 05-02-2013, 06:27 PM
RE: Ridge Racer 2 - sfageas - 05-02-2013, 08:42 PM
RE: Ridge Racer 2 - VIRGIN KLM - 05-02-2013, 10:41 PM
RE: Ridge Racer 2 - isamu - 05-02-2013, 10:42 PM
RE: Ridge Racer 2 - sfageas - 05-02-2013, 11:07 PM
RE: Ridge Racer 2 - isamu - 05-03-2013, 12:48 AM
RE: Ridge Racer 2 - VIRGIN KLM - 05-03-2013, 11:19 PM
RE: Ridge Racer 2 - isamu - 05-05-2013, 12:55 AM
RE: Ridge Racer 2 - Razorback - 05-05-2013, 02:35 AM
RE: Ridge Racer 2 - VIRGIN KLM - 05-05-2013, 12:12 PM
RE: Ridge Racer 2 - Necriss - 05-05-2013, 02:13 PM
RE: Ridge Racer 2 - isamu - 05-05-2013, 06:36 PM
RE: Ridge Racer 2 - sfageas - 05-05-2013, 07:16 PM
RE: Ridge Racer 2 - vnctdj - 05-05-2013, 07:19 PM
RE: Ridge Racer 2 - sfageas - 05-05-2013, 07:22 PM
RE: Ridge Racer 2 - isamu - 05-05-2013, 07:30 PM
RE: Ridge Racer 2 - vnctdj - 05-05-2013, 07:30 PM
RE: Ridge Racer 2 - sfageas - 05-05-2013, 07:46 PM
RE: Ridge Racer 2 - vnctdj - 05-05-2013, 07:50 PM
RE: Ridge Racer 2 - isamu - 05-05-2013, 07:53 PM
RE: Ridge Racer 2 - sfageas - 05-05-2013, 07:52 PM
RE: Ridge Racer 2 - vnctdj - 05-05-2013, 08:01 PM
RE: Ridge Racer 2 - sfageas - 05-05-2013, 07:56 PM
RE: Ridge Racer 2 - isamu - 05-05-2013, 08:04 PM
RE: Ridge Racer 2 - sfageas - 05-05-2013, 08:07 PM
RE: Ridge Racer 2 - isamu - 05-05-2013, 08:08 PM
RE: Ridge Racer 2 - VIRGIN KLM - 05-06-2013, 03:52 AM
RE: Ridge Racer 2 - isamu - 05-07-2013, 02:02 AM
RE: Ridge Racer 2 - Donel - 05-07-2013, 09:17 AM
RE: Ridge Racer 2 - xsacha - 05-07-2013, 09:55 AM
RE: Ridge Racer 2 - isamu - 05-07-2013, 10:09 AM
RE: Ridge Racer 2 - Donel - 05-07-2013, 11:24 PM
RE: Ridge Racer 2 - isamu - 05-08-2013, 12:25 AM
RE: Ridge Racer 2 - Donel - 05-08-2013, 06:28 AM
RE: Ridge Racer 2 - solarmystic - 05-07-2013, 03:40 AM
RE: Ridge Racer 2 - sfageas - 05-07-2013, 07:07 AM
RE: Ridge Racer 2 - Razorback - 05-07-2013, 12:21 PM
RE: Ridge Racer 2 - migcar - 05-07-2013, 05:19 PM
RE: Ridge Racer 2 - isamu - 05-08-2013, 09:29 AM
RE: Ridge Racer 2 - solarmystic - 05-08-2013, 12:13 PM
RE: Ridge Racer 2 - Donel - 05-08-2013, 09:33 PM
RE: Ridge Racer 2 - solarmystic - 05-08-2013, 09:56 PM
RE: Ridge Racer 2 - KingpinZero - 05-08-2013, 01:36 PM
RE: Ridge Racer 2 - VIRGIN KLM - 05-08-2013, 03:38 PM
RE: Ridge Racer 2 - Combone - 05-08-2013, 03:39 PM
RE: Ridge Racer 2 - Donel - 05-08-2013, 10:39 PM
RE: Ridge Racer 2 - KingpinZero - 05-09-2013, 06:11 AM
RE: Ridge Racer 2 - isamu - 05-09-2013, 05:25 AM
RE: Ridge Racer 2 - Donel - 05-09-2013, 11:39 AM
RE: Ridge Racer 2 - isamu - 05-10-2013 07:00 AM
RE: Ridge Racer 2 - Henrik - 05-10-2013, 11:04 AM
RE: Ridge Racer 2 - Necriss - 05-11-2013, 10:22 AM
RE: Ridge Racer 2 - isamu - 05-11-2013, 11:01 AM
RE: Ridge Racer 2 - Razorback - 05-11-2013, 12:25 PM
RE: Ridge Racer 2 - sfageas - 05-11-2013, 01:59 PM
RE: Ridge Racer 2 - isamu - 05-11-2013, 10:01 PM
RE: Ridge Racer 2 - sfageas - 05-12-2013, 04:59 AM
RE: Ridge Racer 2 - isamu - 05-12-2013, 11:40 AM
RE: Ridge Racer 2 - The Phoenix - 05-12-2013, 12:26 PM
RE: Ridge Racer 2 - isamu - 05-13-2013, 12:20 AM
RE: Ridge Racer 2 - Henrik - 05-13-2013, 06:15 AM
RE: Ridge Racer 2 - isamu - 05-13-2013, 08:38 AM
RE: Ridge Racer 2 - Donel - 05-14-2013, 12:32 PM
RE: Ridge Racer 2 - VIRGIN KLM - 05-14-2013, 02:08 PM
RE: Ridge Racer 2 - isamu - 05-15-2013, 10:59 AM
RE: Ridge Racer 2 - isamu - 05-26-2013, 02:46 AM
RE: Ridge Racer 2 - migcar - 05-26-2013, 01:12 PM
RE: Ridge Racer 2 - migcar - 05-26-2013, 04:51 PM
RE: Ridge Racer 2 - isamu - 05-26-2013, 11:11 PM
RE: Ridge Racer 2 - migcar - 05-27-2013, 02:38 PM
RE: Ridge Racer 2 - sfageas - 05-30-2013, 04:59 PM
RE: Ridge Racer 2 - Combone - 05-30-2013, 06:32 PM
RE: Ridge Racer 2 - isamu - 05-30-2013, 11:40 PM
RE: Ridge Racer 2 - Razorback - 05-31-2013, 01:23 AM
RE: Ridge Racer 2 - Combone - 06-01-2013, 05:02 PM
RE: Ridge Racer 2 - isamu - 06-01-2013, 10:41 PM
RE: Ridge Racer 2 - hdd60311 - 06-22-2013, 09:43 AM
RE: Ridge Racer 2 - isamu - 06-24-2013, 11:31 PM
RE: Ridge Racer 2 - Brian.F - 07-03-2013, 08:34 AM
RE: Ridge Racer 2 - isamu - 07-03-2013, 07:26 PM
RE: Ridge Racer 2 - GuilhermeGS2 - 07-10-2013, 04:18 PM
RE: Ridge Racer 2 - hdd60311 - 07-11-2013, 07:40 AM
RE: Ridge Racer 2 - Razorback - 07-10-2013, 10:51 PM
RE: Ridge Racer 2 - GuilhermeGS2 - 07-11-2013, 05:06 PM
RE: Ridge Racer 2 - isamu - 07-11-2013, 09:09 PM
RE: Ridge Racer 2 - Razorback - 07-11-2013, 10:47 PM
RE: Ridge Racer 2 - GuilhermeGS2 - 07-12-2013, 02:58 AM
RE: Ridge Racer 2 - hdd60311 - 07-27-2013, 10:20 AM
RE: Ridge Racer 2 - Razorback - 07-27-2013, 10:26 AM
RE: Ridge Racer 2 - isamu - 07-27-2013, 11:37 PM
RE: Ridge Racer 2 - hdd60311 - 07-28-2013, 05:24 PM
RE: Ridge Racer 2 - hdd60311 - 07-30-2013, 10:10 AM
RE: Ridge Racer 2 - isamu - 07-31-2013, 09:05 AM
RE: Ridge Racer 2 - solarmystic - 07-31-2013, 12:22 PM
RE: Ridge Racer 2 - hdd60311 - 07-31-2013, 01:13 PM
RE: Ridge Racer 2 - cheap-o - 08-02-2013, 07:29 PM
RE: Ridge Racer 2 - solarmystic - 08-02-2013, 08:01 PM
RE: Ridge Racer 2 - cheap-o - 08-02-2013, 09:01 PM
RE: Ridge Racer 2 - solarmystic - 08-02-2013, 10:11 PM
RE: Ridge Racer 2 - cheap-o - 08-02-2013, 10:30 PM
RE: Ridge Racer 2 - solarmystic - 08-02-2013, 10:59 PM
RE: Ridge Racer 2 - cheap-o - 08-02-2013, 11:06 PM
RE: Ridge Racer 2 - solarmystic - 08-02-2013, 11:13 PM
RE: Ridge Racer 2 - cheap-o - 08-02-2013, 11:21 PM
RE: Ridge Racer 2 - solarmystic - 08-02-2013, 11:42 PM
RE: Ridge Racer 2 - cheap-o - 08-03-2013, 02:48 PM
RE: Ridge Racer 2 - solarmystic - 08-03-2013, 02:58 PM
RE: Ridge Racer 2 - isamu - 08-29-2013, 05:13 PM
RE: Ridge Racer 2 - isamu - 10-13-2013, 07:50 AM
RE: Ridge Racer 2 - globe94 - 12-06-2013, 05:33 AM
RE: Ridge Racer 2 - isamu - 12-06-2013, 01:09 PM
RE: Ridge Racer 2 - isamu - 12-15-2013, 05:45 AM
RE: Ridge Racer 2 - The Phoenix - 12-16-2013, 01:33 AM
RE: Ridge Racer 2 - isamu - 01-07-2014, 07:39 PM
RE: Ridge Racer 2 - Xterra - 01-30-2014, 12:25 AM
RE: Ridge Racer 2 - The Phoenix - 01-30-2014, 03:29 AM
RE: Ridge Racer 2 - Xterra - 01-30-2014, 12:34 PM
RE: Ridge Racer 2 - Aftershock - 04-04-2014, 11:25 AM
RE: Ridge Racer 2 - naeem_n7n - 04-04-2014, 12:10 PM
RE: Ridge Racer 2 - TheDax - 04-04-2014, 03:38 PM
RE: Ridge Racer 2 - Stevec - 04-05-2014, 09:42 AM
RE: Ridge Racer 2 - Henrik - 04-05-2014, 02:02 PM
RE: Ridge Racer 2 - Stevec - 04-05-2014, 07:44 PM
RE: Ridge Racer 2 - The Phoenix - 04-05-2014, 10:33 PM
RE: Ridge Racer 2 - Aftershock - 04-07-2014, 07:15 AM
RE: Ridge Racer 2 - FieryReign - 05-03-2014, 06:05 PM
RE: Ridge Racer 2 - Henrik - 06-23-2014, 02:56 PM
RE: Ridge Racer 2 - Combone - 06-23-2014, 04:02 PM
RE: Ridge Racer 2 - colorgram - 09-21-2014, 06:40 PM
RE: Ridge Racer 2 - Stevec - 06-24-2014, 02:36 AM
RE: Ridge Racer 2 - Laska - 06-24-2014, 07:56 AM
RE: Ridge Racer 2 - The Phoenix - 06-25-2014, 01:19 AM
RE: Ridge Racer 2 - Laska - 06-25-2014, 07:00 AM
RE: Ridge Racer 2 - opus10 - 09-26-2014, 05:25 AM
RE: Ridge Racer 2 - isamu - 12-02-2014, 04:42 AM
RE: Ridge Racer 2 - ClarkKent - 03-29-2015, 05:04 PM
RE: Ridge Racer 2 - isamu - 08-05-2015, 04:46 PM
RE: Ridge Racer 2 - Nick001 - 08-12-2015, 09:20 PM
RE: Ridge Racer 2 - isamu - 10-22-2015, 07:09 AM
RE: Ridge Racer 2 - isamu - 12-08-2016, 09:19 PM
RE: Ridge Racer 2 - isamu - 05-17-2017, 10:24 AM
RE: Ridge Racer 2 - Shadow Moon - 06-30-2017, 07:17 PM
RE: Ridge Racer 2 - Mancuser - 01-31-2018, 08:50 PM
RE: Ridge Racer 2 - DeadlyCarl - 01-26-2019, 04:30 AM
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RE: Ridge Racer 2 - Razorback - 07-01-2013, 11:44 AM

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