Here’s a nice little retrospective by Digital Foundry focusing mostly on Ridge Racer V, a game which I never played on release as I was a latecomer to the PS2. I’ve seen plenty of love for the game online in the years since its release but the couple of times I’ve tried it myself as a retro title (once with the badly ported PAL version and again with the original JP version) I never really got into it. Not sure why exactly, I think probably due to it playing differently to Ridge Racer Type 4, which was the only other game in the series I had put a lot of time into (R4 is a personal favourite of the PSX era). The soundtrack, whilst containing some good tracks, was also inferior in my opinion. Regardless, the video highlights some of the great art design and graphical effects that Namco managed to pull out of the bag way back in 1999 for the PS2 launch. I particularly liked the colour of the skies and the clean lines of the city buildings. Sadly, the footage of R4 that also appears in the video looks a lot rougher than I remember. It was a beautiful game at the time, but I think that Ridge Racers on the PSP has spoiled me with its great graphics running on that lovely little screen.