Ridge Racer Type 4 will be re-released on the PlayStation Network in March, meaning it will be available for the PS3 and PSP for the first time, and just before the release of two new Ridge Racer games – Ridge Racer 3D (for the Nintendo 3DS), and Ridge Racer Unbounded (PS3, Xbox 360 and PC – trailer here).
Ridge Racer Type 4 (Also known as R4) was originally released in 1999 for the first Playstation, and features 48 cars, 300 car variations, 8 tracks, two-player split-screen racing and two different drift and grip driving models. When it was released, the special edition of the game also came with the special Namco Jogcon controller. It also came with a bonus disc containing a new version of the very first Rdige Racer, called Ridge Racer Turbo (Ride Racer Hi-Spec Demo in Europe), which updated the game to 60 frames per second and gouraud shaded cars.
If you still remember the fictional manufacturers, such as Lizard and Terrazi, the teams such as Racing Team Solvalou and R.C Micro Mouse Mappy, and tracks like Helter-Skelter, Wonderhill and Out of Blue, then you’re the sort of person that Namco is obviously hoping to reach to capitalise on renewed interest in the Ridge Racer series.
And if those memories necessitate using a Jogcon, then it’s still possible to pick them up on Ebay if you happen to have a PSOne – we’ve found Ridge Racer Type 4 with a jogcon available now for either £8 from this seller, or £9.99 from this one, for example.