Road Rash 3
I have to start by saying that Road Rash 3 is a fantastic game, but for me, it is the second game where this series really peaked. This was released in 1995 for the Sega Genesis, a time when we were all very excited for the Sega Saturn and Sony PlayStation. That perhaps is a reason why more people fondly remember the second game than this one? Still, this is a damn fine game and one I had a lot of fun with back in the day and again recently as I played it.
Racing And Fighting All Over The World!
Road Rash 3 features many different locations for you to race in. These are the UK, Germany, Italy, Australia, Kenya, Brazil, and Japan. You will need to take part in multiple races and you must finish in the top three in order to advance forward. It sounds basic stuff, but the game does have a few tricks up its sleeve to keep things interesting. One example of this is if you get busted by the cops and have no money, so you have to work for them in a mission which is pretty cool.
I feel that with Road Rash 3, EA tried to walk that fine line between being an arcade-style game and being more realistic. This is most evident in the way you look after your bike. You earn money as you race and you can flat out buy a new bike which is cool. However, you do also have to maintain your bike by repairing it. As well as this, you can upgrade your bike in several categories to make it faster, handle better, and so on. I liked this aspect of the game and thought it was a nice addition.
Ride, Punch, And Kick!
The core gameplay has not radically changed over Road Rash 2. You are still racing on your bike and as well as finishing, you have to fight other bikers. You can punch and kick them and as you do, their stamina bar will deplete. Once depleted they will fall, but watch out as you also have a stamina bar! One thing that Road Rash 3 kicked up several notches was the weapons as there are many more in this game. Some have a limited amount of hits such as the cattle prod.
The racing feels great and while your initial bike may not be anything to brag about. As you progress and get access to upgrades and better bikes things become even more fun. The game is rather challenging, especially when you are hauling ass and come off your bike and have to run what feels like 10 miles back to it! You can play the game in split-screen which is even more fun if you ask me!
Good Looking, But Where Is the Charm?
Remember how I said they were trying to be more realistic with this game? Well, that also translates to the presentation as well. This is a good-looking game, it really is. However, EA ditched the more “cartoony” look that the other two games had and went for something that is more realistic. To be honest I much prefer the style of the second game over this one, that goes for the soundtrack as well. This does not look or sound bad at all, but for my personal preference, I much prefer the presentation from the second game.
I feel that Road Rash 3 is somewhat of a hidden gem. Many people will sing the praises of the second game, but very few do for the third one. Granted, I do prefer Road Rash 2. However, I must admit that the way this game gives you more stuff to progress with in the form of the upgrades and new bikes is pretty cool. Make sure you give this one a try, especially if you have been put off by many people (myself included) saying the second game is way better!
- The game is a lot of fun
- Playing with a friend is an absolute blast
- I liked the progression system in the game
- It manages to be arcadey and also require some serious skill
- A great variety to the race locations
- It is very frustrating when you come off your bike
- I am not a fan of the more “realistic” art direction this game took.
Processor: PC compatible, P-200
OS: Windows 9x, Windows 2000 Windows XP, Vista, Win 7, Win 8, Win 10.
Game Features:Single game mode Multiplayer (Hotseat)