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Rage Racer (レイジレーサー?) is a semi-realistic, PlayStation racing game from the Ridge Racer series. The game was developed by Namco and released in Japan on December 3, 1996 and in North America on May 15, 1997. In June of 1997, Sony Computer Entertainment published the game for the European market. Rage Racer is a standard, 3–5 lap racing game, played against a field of computer-controlled competitors. It borrows heavily in style and artwork from the arcade game Rave Racer, also from the Ridge Racer series. The Japanese box art also contains the tag line, "Anyone can race, but only one can win. RAGE RACER."
Rage Racer has four tracks and four different vehicle styles, each car possessing a main attribute that helps in completing a specific course. The qualities upon which the vehicles and courses are based are handling, acceleration, speed and a catch-all "well-rounded" category. The player must rely on track knowledge and match the best car for the course. The top three finishers are awarded cash prizes (referred to as "eg" in the game), which can be used to upgrade cars. The player beats the game by successfully completing all five classes and the special, unlockable sixth class.