Ridge Racer
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Last week, a soapbox on this very site voiced the opinion that Ridge Racer V is the best game ever, a viewpoint that perhaps only a select few people would agree with. However, it's made us ponder the question: which Ridge Racer game is the absolute best the franchise has to offer?

Namco may have neglected its arcade racing series in recent years, but there's no denying that, once upon a time, Ridge Racer was the franchise which would herald the start of a new hardware generation. The PlayStation port of the original coin-op arguably sold the masses on the power of Sony's 32-bit system, while the aforementioned Ridge Racer V kicked off the PS2's period of dominance. Later, Ridge Racers would become the PSP's killer app, and Ridge Racer 3D would accompany the 3DS when it arrived on the scene.

So, which of these titles is your absolute favourite? Vote in the poll below and be sure to leave a comment, too.

What's the best Ridge Racer?