Ridge Racer 7 is the seventh console installment in the Ridge Racer series of racing games, released on PlayStation 3. The game has around 40 cars, many of which return from Ridge Racer 6 and the PSP incarnations of the game. There are also 22 courses, available in forward, reverse and mirror mode. The game runs at 1080p resolution and at 60 frames per second. It also features Dolby Digital 5.1 surround sound and free online gameplay via the PlayStation Network.

The game was first unveiled at the 2006 E3 event in a teaser trailer, and the first trailer of game footage was shown at the 2006 Tokyo Game Show.

Like many other games in the series, it features a full motion video opening that stars Reiko Nagase.

The game has since been re-issued under Sony's "Platinum" and "The Best" budget lines.

A patch was made available in October 2010 titled "Ridge Racer 7 3D License Version" that enables Ridge Racer 7 to be played in 3D.

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amazing game! really love racing games. as with most
racing games the difficulty ramped up a looooot during end
game content

when the inevitable ps3 era of nostalgia arrives i hope people will realise how much this game owns. if you could add your own music it would be 4 stars

It's okay, I guess. Haven't played 6 to compare, but the drift handling feels wayyyy too slippery. One small nudge into a car or a wall and you will be sent spinning in circles. The tracks also feel kinda..... flat? I don't know how to properly explain it, but they all feel quite linear. Also, as impressive as the game running at 1080p 60fps was, especially for a launch game, but the scenery looks kinda generic and washed out compared to something like Ridge Racer V, a PS2 launch game that looked absolutely gorgeous at the time.
For 70% of the game, the difficulty doesn't exist. To get under 3rd place you either haven't played the game ever, or are trying to on purpose. The new boosting nitrous mechanic doesn't help either, as it's too easy to gain nitrous and just speeding past your opponents who don't stand a chance against you. The AI in this game are not a competition at all. Doing this through many grand prix(s?) can get boring very quickly.
One thing I love about this game is the customization. It's the second game in the series to give us some freedom with the car parts since Rage Racer, and gaining your own parts by doing (easy af) races around the world is a satisfying thing.
The multiplayer is also another really cool feature of this game. Somehow people are still playing this game today, and playing with people of the same skill level is really fun.
There's a lot more I could say about this game but overall, it's impressive for a PS3 launch title, but kinda disappointing as a Ridge Racer title.

Without question the best PS3 launch title, one of the best looking game's on a platform that spared no quarter in unlocking its graphical potential, and more then anything else, a hell of an arcade racing game. Still worthwhile to pick up now.

This is the The Irishman (2019) of videogames.

The best in the series and my favourite game not just in the franchise but the entire arcade racing genre, Ridge Racer 7 is a game I can find no fault with, other than the soundtrack just being kind of okay.
But really, with the sense of speed you get from the nitro and the plethora of different course and challenges on offer, along with a return of the customisation mechanic from Rage Racer, the music will be the last thing on your mind!