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ROAD RASH

Developer

Options

Distributer

Electronic Arts

1-2 Player

Game Type

Racing

Mem. Card

Review Date

July 1996

Setting the Scene

Ah, Summer is quickly approaching. Time to clean up that old motorcycle, put on your best leather jacket and go crusin. Don't forget your baseball bat, chain or other melee weapon of choice cause its a bitch on the freeway these days.

Some of you pre PSXers may recall this game on the Sega Genesis, if not don`t worry, the PSX version makes up for lost time.

Genre

3D racer

Graphics

The graphics are a straight port-over from the previous 3DO version and are reasonable, but hardly state of the art.

Sounds and Effects

The sound effects are adequate but the music is great in this 3D racer. One very nice touch is the jukebox option. You can listen to Hammerbox, Paw or Soundgarden as well as a few other popular groups, but not while your racing.

Playability

You get to chose between 12 (I think) different bikers in this race to fame or failure. You must qualify on five different tracks, that get progressively longer as you increase in levels, all the while trashing with other bikers, cars, the police and a moose.

Unlike other racing games, if you don't want to pull over when the cops flip on their sirens then don't. Just beat crap out of them and get the heck out of there.

If you can manage to finish the race you will receive a cash prize that gets higher as you place higher. After acquiring a heap of cash you can trade in your old bike and buy a faster and better handling one. If you finish in 1st, 2nd or 3rd you will qualify for that particular track. After qualifying for all the tracks you will move up a level (up to level five).

After finishing the race either in first place, last place, in a flaming heap or in the back of a cop car, a video will come on to let you know how the other bikers feel.

Like all good games there a few improvements that could make it a great game:
1. A split screen option or link option to race against a friend would be awesome.
2. The tracks get repetitive, very quickly.
3. The characters should be able to purchase weapons.
NOTE: Not all racers start off with a weapon, but you can steal one from other bikers, YOU CAN EVEN SWIPE THE COPS BATON!
4. I would love to reprogram the control pad. It`s a pain to kick other bikes, unless your left handed.
5. How about building your own bike, maybe with nitrous?
6. Character creation would add a lot more depth to the game. Sorry, that`s just my RPG side talking again

Don`t get me wrong this game is very cool. If you like Violent, fast and funny games then at least rent this one. Whoever said pedestrians had the right of way? Try running the people over in the street or kicking a fellow biker in front of on-coming traffic while doing 140 m.p.h.. Hee Hee I love doing that.

Value for Money

Don`t get me wrong this game is very cool. If you like Violent, fast and funny games then at least rent this one. Whoever said pedestrians had the right of way? Try running the people over in the street or kicking a fellow biker in front of on-coming traffic while doing 140 m.p.h.. Hee Hee I love doing that.

Opinion

CHRIS

GRAPHICS:

Average

After the innitial impact ,this game is gathering a bit of dust but I enjoyed the ride while it lasted.

SOUND:

Average

PLAYABILITY:

Good

VALUE:

Average

OVERALL
7/10

JIM

GRAPHICS:

Average

This game now looks and plays like a very old and tired game. Maybe some of the younger kids will enjoy its simplicity, but this holds no thrills for the experienced gamer.

SOUND:

Average

PLAYABILITY:

Average

VALUE:

Average

OVERALL
6/10

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