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    FAQ by JAyton

    Version: 1 | Updated: 10/09/95 | Printable Version | Search This Guide

    By: James William Ayton Jr.  (JAyton@randomc.com)
    For the Sony Playstation
    Revision: 1
    Last update: 10/09/1995
    
    
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    Section 1:  General Info
    Section 2:  The Tracks
    Section 3:  The Cars
    Section 4:  Strategies
    Section 5:  Tricks
    
    
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    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.
    
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    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.
    
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    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.
    
    
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    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.
    
    
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    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.
    
    
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    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
    
    
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    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
    
    
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    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
    
    
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    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
    
    
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    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
    
    
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    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
    
    
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    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
    
    
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    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
    
    
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    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
    
    
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    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
    
    
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    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
    
    
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    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
    
    
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    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
    
    
    
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    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.
    
    
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    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!!!