I have to be honest, if a series feels like it’s sitting in a rut, going through the same motions over and over with hardly any evolution in gameplay, I actually cheer on the idea of revitalization. And, boy, was Ridge Racer in need of that. Ridge Racer V wasn’t a bad game in itself, and Ridge Racer 6 had its moments, but since that point, the series has sat in neutral with its over-drifting system and lack of anything fundamentally new. Even Ridge Racer on the PlayStation Vita felt like a half-finished retread, despite its online capabilities. But the second you pop in Bugbear’s Ridge Racer Unbounded, that mundane feeling fades away. This isn’t the same old ride around the block. It’s an entirely new beast.