That's what's kind of funny about Ridge Racer. If you've been through a PlayStation launch (or two, or three - don't forget PSP) you definitely know the drill. This racing series is simply addictive and fun, and while RR7 makes concessions to street racing (you can modify your cars - big deal ) it's still an evolution of the slick, arcade-style racing the series is best known for. Having been addicted to the PSP version a little over a year ago, we're not complaining.
We got to try two entirely new tracks, and both were real lookers. While the game isn't pushing the PS3 to present a gritty world the way, say, MotorStorm seems to be, it's definitely a bright and inviting game, and it's a huge improvement over last year's "is this really next gen?" Ridge Racer 6 on the 360.