RIDGE RACER By: James William Ayton Jr. (JAyton@randomc.com) For the Sony Playstation Revision: 1 Last update: 10/09/1995 <><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><> <> Contents <> <><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><> Section 1: General Info Section 2: The Tracks Section 3: The Cars Section 4: Strategies Section 5: Tricks <><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><> <> SECTION 1: <> <> General Info <> <><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><> _______ The FAQ If you know something that is not in the FAQ that you can confirm yourself, I would love to hear about it and you will get your name in the credits section. Also, send Questions, Comments, Additions, and Corrections to me at JAyton@randomc.com. Thank You. _________________ Starting the Game When you insert the Ridge Racer disk into your Sony PlayStation, a game of Galaga will start which keeps you from being bored while the game loads. Then you will see the title screen. The title screen is a flag that says Ridge Racer on it and the wind is blowing it. To make it rotate in any direction, press and hold any two of the top four buttons and press any direction on the control pad. Press start whenever you have finished amusing yourself. After that, the Game Mode Selection Screen will come up. At this screen, you can choose a variety of play settings. ___________________ Game Mode Selection The items you can choose from at the Game Mode Selection are: Course Select, Transmission, Car Select, Sound Select, Start, and Options. -Course Select This is where you pick which track to race on. It will also display the info of the track and if you have won that race yet or not. To make the track rotate to the left, hit L1. If you want to rotate the track back to the right, hit R1. To make the track spin around faster and faster, hold down either L1 or R1, depending on which direction you want it to go. -Transmission Automatic Transmission - AT - The gears will shift automatically to match the speed. This is good for beginners. Pay attention to how the automatic transmission switches gears, so you can match it whenever you decide to play manual. Manual Transmission - MT - With the manual transmission, you can change the gears freely. This is for experts. You have more control over your car with a manual transmission. -Car Select This is where you pick which car you will use. It will also display the info of the car. To make the car rotate to the left, hit L1. If you want to rotate the car back to the right, hit R1. To make the car spin around faster and faster, hold down either L1 or R1, depending on which direction you want it to go. -Sound Select You can choose the music that runs during game play. Also, you can enjoy playing just the music by choosing the Music Player Option. One feature in this game that is probably one of the best, is that you can listen to your own CD's at ANY time while playing Ridge Racer. After the loading screen at the beginning with Galaga, the game will be completely loaded into your PlayStation and you can take the CD completely out for the rest of the time that you have your PlayStation on. You can then replace it with any of the music CD's that you enjoy to listen to while you race. However, you can only pick songs 1 through 6. It only starts at the beginning on song number 1. If you pick song 2 through 6, it will start in the middle of the song. It plays song Number 8 at the Menus before your race and in the replays when you finish each race. Number 7 is played during the demo. -Start By going here, you will (big surprise here) start your race with the options and modes you have selected. -Options --Fastest Laps This shows you the top 6 fastest finishers on the Time Trial Track. It shows the rank, the time, the initials of the driver, and the car they used. At the bottom you will see the best single lap time. There are also options here to load and save Fastest Laps onto Memory Cards. --Button Configuration This is where you can change what button does what. In every configuration, Up = Nothing Down = Nothing Left = Steers car to the left Right = Steers car to the right Triangle = Change View L1 = Shift Down L2 = Shift Down R1 = Shift Up R2 = Shift Up Select = Nothing Start = Pause Type - A Square = Brake X = Accelerate Circle = Nothing Type - B Square = Nothing X = Brake Circle = Accelerate Type - C Square = Accelerate X = Brake Circle = Nothing Type - D Square = Nothing X = Accelerate Circle = Brake --Music Player This is where you can sit and watch the demo and listen to any of the songs on the CD as long as they are Number 1 through 6. <><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><> <> SECTION 2: <> <> The Tracks <> <><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><> Beginner 2 Laps Maximum Speed - 100 mph The cars are slow, your car is slow, just perfect for a beginner. Mid-Level 3 Laps Maximum Speed - 125 mph This track is just the same as the Beginner Track, just that all the cars are faster and the other cars are more aggressive and your car is faster. There is also one more lap than in the Beginner Track. High-Level 3 Laps Maximum Speed - 125 mph On the High-Level Track, there is a huge section added to the Beginner and Mid-Level Tracks. All the cars go the same speed as they did on the Mid-Level Track. T.T. 3 Laps Maximum Speed - 138 mph The Time Trial Track is just you against the Rt Yellow Solvalou. If you pick the Rt Yellow Solvalou as your car, you will race against the F/A Racing Car. This is the same track as the High-Level Track, but the cars go a lot faster here, too. **Extra Tracks** **See Tricks Section** All of the Extra Tracks are the same as the normal tracks, just that you race around them backwards. Beginner Extra -2 Laps Maximum Speed - 100 mph You just about have to run a perfect race (don't run into the wall and don't hit any cars throughout the entire race) to win here. Mid-Level Extra -3 Laps Maximum Speed - 125 mph Same as Beginner Extra, just a little faster and a little harder. High-Level Extra -3 Laps Maximum Speed - 125 mph Same as regular High-Level Track, of course you race on it backwards but it is a little harder. T.T. -3 Laps Maximum Speed - 138 mph This race can get difficult and frustrating sometimes. This is where you first get to see the 13" Racing car. It stops on the track every lap, but it goes fast. You can't lose with the Rt Ryukyu Car. <><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><> <> SECTION 3: <> <> The Cars <> <><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><> Performance scales are from 1 - 5 with 5 being the best in whatever category. Cars are in order in which they appear at the car select screen. __________ 13" Racing Car #13 Here it is, the Black Lamborghini, the most powerful car in the game. To get it, you must win the Time Trial Extra Track. You think the Rt Xevious Green or the Rt Blue Solvalou is fast? You don't know what fast is until you have seen this car. Acceleration - 5 Handling - 5 Traction - 5 Maximum Speed - 5 __________ F/A Racing Car #3 The F/A Racing Car is all red with a white stripe on each side. It says Namco and Naviway on each side and Namco on the front and back. Looks like a European Sedan. An all around average car. Acceleration - 3 Handling - 3 Traction - 3 Maximum Speed - 3 _________ Rt Ryukyu Car #4 This car is red in the front and green in the back with a white stripe on both sides. Looks like a European Sedan. This car is recommended for racing on the Time Trial Extra Track. Acceleration - 3 Handling - 5 Traction - 5 Maximum Speed - 3 __________________ Rt Yellow Solvalou Car #2 This car is completely yellow. Looks like a Lamborghini or some other type of sports car. Acceleration - 5 Handling - 2 Traction - 1 Maximum Speed - 4 ________________ Rt Blue Solvalou Car #12 This car is completely blue. Looks like a Lamborghini or some other type of sports car. Acceleration - 3 Handling - 3 Traction - 1 Maximum Speed - 4 _____________ Rt Pink Mappy Car #15 *Secret Car, Read Tricks Section* This car is all pink. It says MAPPY in rainbow colors on each side and what looks like a little picture of Jerry from the Tom & Jerry cartoons dressed up as a cop. Acceleration - 3 Handling - 3 Traction - 4 Maximum Speed - 3 _____________ Rt Blue Mappy Car #5 *Secret Car, Read Tricks Section* This car is all blue. It says MAPPY in rainbow colors on each side and what looks like a little picture of Jerry from the Tom & Jerry cartoons dressed up as a cop on each side and on the hood. Acceleration - 3 Handling - 3 Traction - 4 Maximum Speed - 3 ________________ Galaga Rt Plid's Car #16 *Secret Car, Read Tricks Section* The Galaga cars are the most colorful cars in the game. This one is yellow on the front, hood, roof, and trunk. Orange is in the middle on each side while red makes up the back on each side. There is some type of red and yellow creature on each side, probably was a creature in the Galaga game. Acceleration - 3 Handling - 4 Traction - 2 Maximum Speed - 4 ________________ Galaga Rt Carrot Car #6 *Secret Car, Read Tricks Section* This car is blue on the hood, the roof, and the entire back. Orange is on each side on the front and yellow and green are on each side on the middle. This car also has the same creature that is on the Galaga Rt Plid's car. Acceleration - 3 Handling - 5 Traction - 2 Maximum Speed - 4 ____________ Rt Eosconian Car #18 *Secret Car, Read Tricks Section* The hood and the trunk on this car is yellow with one red stripe up the middle. The top half of the rear is white and the bottom half of the entire car is red. Acceleration - 3 Handling - 3 Traction - 3 Maximum Speed - 3 _____________ Rt Neeulasray Car #8 *Secret Car, Read Tricks Section* The hood and the trunk on this car is yellow with one blue stripe up the middle. The top half of the rear is white and the bottom half of the entire car is blue. Acceleration - 3 Handling - 3 Traction - 3 Maximum Speed - 3 ______________ Rt Xevious Red Car #7 *Secret Car, Read Tricks Section* This car is completely red. Looks like a Ferrari or some other type of sports car. Acceleration - 5 Handling - 3 Traction - 1 Maximum Speed - 3 ________________ Rt Xevious Green #17 *Secret Car, Read Tricks Section* This car is completely green. Looks like a Ferrari or some other type of sports car. Acceleration - 3 Handling - 3 Traction - 2 Maximum Speed - 4 <><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><> <> SECTION 4: <> <> Strategies <> <><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><> Fish Tailing Fish Tailing can be very fun if you can do it right. Fish Tailing is where your rear wheels slide to the outside of a turn and the front slide to the inside. It makes it where you can easily go around the sharpest of all turns with no problems. To do a Fish Tail, wait till you are coming to a corner and let go of the accelerator, hit the brake and turn in the appropriate direction. Make sure not to go too far or you'll spin out. It takes experience to get it right every time. When you first learn how to Fish Tail, you will have problems with the car losing a lot of speed when your car regains traction. Try not to lose control and you will be able to avoid the slowing down. To make it where you don't lose speed, hit tap the Brake lightly as you are Fish Tailing. Sometimes you can gain speed out of Fish Tailing. To do that, release the accelerator again and tap the Brake again and just redo the entire process. Just experience Fish Tailing and you'll be able to zip through any turn every time. Fish Tailing is only needed with fast cars with bad traction and handling. Cornering If you haven't figured out Fish Tailing or you think you'll never be able to do it, just go ahead and learn how to Corner real well. With a slow car with good traction, you will only need to tap the brake on 2 or 3 turns throughout the entire course. With a fast car with not much handling, you should at least tap the brake on every turn. Some turns don't need the tap at all. The tap just sets you up on the turn to where you should be so you'll go through the turn afterwards easier. Always make sure you don't hold the brake too long or you may hit the inside of the turn, which would defeat the entire purpose of hitting the brake in the first place. <><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><> <> SECTION 5: <> <> Tricks <> <><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><> Secret Bonus Cars To get the 8 Bonus Cars, for a total of 12 to choose from, simply destroy every creature on the Galaga game at the loading screen. It will then say "PERFECT" and the game will start as normal. Extra Tracks To get the 4 extra courses, just simply win every race. The extra courses will be the same as the regular tracks, just that you will race around them backwards. Mirror Tracks This can be done on ANY track. To race on a mirror of a track, just turn around at the start of the race. On the normal tracks, turn just before you get to the part where the track meets the other track. On the extra courses, just turn around right before the first curve. Then you hit the gas petal and drive straight through the brick wall you will see. You will still go forwards around the track, it's just that all the left turns turn into right turns and vice versa. All the buildings that were on the left are now on the right an vice versa. THE END OF THE FAQ!!! *************************END of DOCUMENT****************************************************