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!
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Motorcycle Mayhem: Road Rash pits you against 14 other moto-maniacs in a five-course, obstacle-ridden, highly illegal circuit. Illegal means that cops are on the lookout for scofflaws like you. Get busted, and you could face a steep fine, not to mention a devastating delay. Illegal also means tilt no dirty tactic is off limits. Club- and chain-wielding opponents will attempt to knock you off course. Get to them first, and you can steal their weapons. Of course, brutalizing your opponents isn't your only goal. To become the champion road rasher, you've gotta finesse five levels of road-blocked, oil-slicked, cop-infested, traffic-ridden courses. And with conditions like dies, you're gonna need bike upgrades. Use your prize money to trade up — the shop stocks 15 all-new bikes. Assess the upcoming course, and choose carefully.
Finish among the top three racers on each course, and you advance to the next level. Then it's on to five more hair-raising races with higher stakes, rougher opponents, more cops, and stiffer fines.
Just when you thought the streets were cleaned up, Road Rash II comes skidding onto your Game Gear from Time Warner Interactive. This vicious sequel packs in more of everything that made the original an instant classic. More weapons. More bikes. More obstacles to send you sailing. And more twisted competition when two players hook up Gear-to-Gear. So what are you waiting for? Cable up with an opponent and wipe him off the road!
- Don't even think about racing the Alaskan track until you've mastered a couple of the easier courses.
- Check your rear-view mirrors for cops and opponents.
- You can upgrade your bike even before your first race, but hold off until you're comfortable with your starter vehicle - the others are tougher to control.
- You can go off road to avoid obstacles and opponents.
- Damage to your bike is cumulative. Damage to your body is not.
It's what you get when you drop a ginza rocket on blacktop doing 120 MPH.
It's also the name of the Electronic Arts hit motorcycle battle/rallv series.
Ruail Rush CD is the latest and greatest featuring tons of full-motion video, a sound track that'll make your ears bleed, and enough high-speed racing and bashing to satisfy the road-kill wannabe in all of us.
What do we like about a disc-based version ot Road Rash!
The hot new video and graphics; the thumpin' tunes by bands like Soundgarden, Swervedriver, and Paw; the option to play as one of the rashers or just jump into the game; and the ability to save games to the Sega CD RAM a RAM cart.
The game play is the same trusted, tried-and-true rashing, rat ing, punching, and kicking—with; weapons, if you can grabthem from your opponents.
I lies only drawback is the somewhat bitty quality of the full-motion video.
But the hilarious — sometimes brutally cruel — winning and losing scenes add enough color to even the scale.
Just remember that while vou don't have to flail on the aimpetUjon to win, it certainly helps.
And if you wipe out, at east jyou get to keepjrcur kidneys.
Hey Grommer! Don't Even Think About it!
In every Road Rash game, EA tells you (and in every RR review in Visions, we tell you) not to try anything shown in this game,'cuz it ain't real, and trying it would invariably see you dead, or worse.
So don't If you ride, do it responsibly.
They haven't figured out a way to donate brains.
But if they do, you can bet they'll want some-thing a little smarter than road-rashed gray matter from a kamikaze crotch rocketeer.
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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