WHAT IS IT?
Released in 1991 on the Sega Mega Drive/Genesis - and later ported onto a number of other systems - Road Rash is a motorcycle racing game for the 16-bit generation. The object of the game is for players to compete in a series of illegal races in order to win cash. As the player progesses on each race, the levels become more difficult, so a player's winnings can be used to purchase a faster bike in order to win more races.
The game was developed by Electronic Arts and released to positive reviews. The original Road Rash is considered to be one of the best games of Sega's 16-bit era.
GOOD IDEA/BAD IDEA:
At first glance Road Rash looked like an ordinary racing game; fairly simple in design and just as simple to play. However, the beauty of Road Rash lay in the game's unique twist - something suggested in its Daily Mail biting title. As well as being able to ride bikes along the open highways of California, players could also fight their way to the finish line, either by punching, kicking, raming or bashing (with a club) other riders.
Yep, in order to win the game players were encouraged to (temporarily) knock other riders out of the race! Now if that doesn't make racing a little more fun then what does?! Heck Mario Kart revels in the fact that players can sabotage other players through a healthy nudge or two off the track and that's what makes the game so addictive!
Obviously, mindless violence does come with a bit of a price and players would often find themselves up against the long arm of the law - well, traffic cops anyway. Being caught by a police officer whilst off a bike would result in game over for players, and ultimately this was a nice reminder that even the most law abiding rider would have to pay for their disregard of the law.
If the game had any flaws it was simply that that the levels were pretty straight forward.
Ah, who cares. Road Rash was great!!!
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