It was one of the better racing games of the PlayStation era, and you'll soon be able to relive the good ol' days.
Namco Bandai has announced that R4: Ridge Racer Type 4 will release next month as a PSOne Classic on the PlayStation Network. Playable on the PS3 and PSP, it may tide you over until we get more information on the recently revealed Ridge Racer Unbounded for next-gen consoles. The game won't be available until 2012, though, so that old-school fix better last a while. You may have forgotten but when it first launched in 1999, it garnered plenty of widespread critical acclaim and the unique story-driven Grand Prix mode was a huge draw. The game follows the path of a rookie driver, features 48 unique cars with over 300 variations spread across 4 car manufacturers, and customization for drifting and "grip-style racing." It was one of the most entertaining racers of last generation; we wonder how well it holds up over time.
I still remember the original Ridge Racer ; it was one of my favorite games of the early PlayStation days.