Released as a launch title for the PlayStation 2, Ridge Racer V brings the successful racing series to the 128-bit realm. Building upon R4: Ridge Racer Type 4, this fifth release features graphical and aural enhancements, taking advantage of Sony's next-generation technology. It also makes full use of the Dual Shock 2's analog controls with acceleration and braking based on the pressure placed on the buttons. While tearing down the adrenaline-pumping courses at high speeds, you can power-slide around corners and increase your heart rate!
Ridge Racer V's Race Mode will have you competing as part of a team; it acts as a career-type mode. Assuming the role as a member of the team, new engines, car designs and courses are unlocked as you complete various races. Additionally, there are five other racing options available including Grand Prix, Duel, Time Attack, Versus and Free Run. Grand Prix pits you against computer-controlled vehicles and drivers in a number of rounds -- you must achieve a high standing in order to continue to the next round where you'll unlock new courses and cars.
The Duel mode tests your skills against a high-performance car manned by the computer. When victory is achieved, you win the computer AI's car and a bonus prize. Time Attack and Free Run are available to hone your racing skills; while the former will have you racing against the clock, Free Run is included to familiarize yourself with course layouts. Ridge Racer V also contains the standard Versus mode -- let's face it, rubbing a victory in the face of well-programmed AI is never as rewarding as defeating a friend or sibling! In this split-screen mode, two human opponents can race alone or race against a field of computer-controlled vehicles.
Namco's Ridge Racer V is also compatible with various PlayStation 2 racing wheels and supports the 8 MB Memory Cards for saving game progress and unlocked goodies.