It is pretty crazy to think that the original Road Rash is the better part of 30 years old! This was and is a real landmark title for their Sega Genesis and one of the big hits for EA (before they sold their souls) and it was a huge exclusive for the Sega Genesis which would see two sequels released before the series went multiplatform.
This first Road Rash game is set in California. You have five different races that you need to compete in, each one based on a different part of California. You need to finish from 1st to 3rd place in order to advance to the next race. While at first glance, Road Rash may seem like it is just another motorcycle racing game. It is actually, far, far more than that.
Cruising For A Bruising
While racing is, of course, the main aspect of Road Rash. This is illegal motorcycle street racing we are talking about! As a result, there are no rules and you are greatly encouraged to fight the other racers. You can punch and kick them when you are close enough and you can even take weapons from them such as clubs and chains and use them.
Be careful as they can hit you too! You do have a stamina meter which you have to keep an eye on. Also, you can crash and come flying off your bike, causing you to have to run back to it. You can even get hit by cars that are on the road. Road Rash is a rather challenging game as you have to really pay attention to what you are doing, but this is a really fun experience and one that is super addictive.
Ok so calling the original Road Rash an RPG is a bit of a stretch, but I do feel that it has somewhat could be described as RPG elements. You see, money plays a bit part in the game. You start off with just a grand in your pocket, but the better you do the more money you make and you will need more money!
You can purchase new and better bikes, but you also need money to pay for repairs and even fines if you get busted by the cops. If you run out of money and cannot pay for a repair after your bike is wrecked or if you cannot pay the cops, it is game over.
I love the original Road Rash and feel that it still holds up very well to this day. While I will always have a soft spot for the original Sega Genesis version of the game, it was ported to other consoles eventually such as the 3DO and the original PlayStation with better graphics, presentation, and sound so they are also worth checking out.
- The racing is a lot of fun
- The tracks are super long and intense
- Fighting other bikers is really cool
- It is kind of funny when you fly off your bike
- The way the game deals with money is kind of like an RPG
- The frame rate is a little erratic at times
- I do feel that the sequel is just a tad better
The best way to judge any racing game is this: what does it look like when you crash? Electronic Arts' Road Rash features the most spectacular bike crashes in any video game ever!
Processor: PC compatible, P-200
OS: Windows 9x, Windows 2000 Windows XP, Vista, Win 7, Win 8, Win 10.
Game Features:Single game mode
Road Rash Screenshots
Sega Genesis Screenshots
Sega CD Screenshots
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