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Most of the objects look digitized, and the framerate keeps up pretty well as you careen down city streets at breakneck speeds. The gameplay is almost identical to the Genesis version; you can kick, punch, or smack your opponents with a club or chain. You can even beat up on the police and ride over pedestrians. Some of the advanced bikes feature a "nitro" speed burst. The video scenes showing gangs of bikers are entertaining and the music is fantastic, featuring Soundgarden, Hammerbox, and Paw, to name a few. The "Big Game" mode allows you to earn money, purchase bikes, and progress through five levels. The set of tracks in each level are the same, except they get longer and tougher. I've always been a big Road Rash fan, and I was very impressed with this.
If you don't own a 3DO, you won't regret the bucks you dish out to rent a system and this game. And if you do, you gotta get the Rash!
Retro Spirit Games
The new visuals were impressive at the time, but not mindblowing, though it retains a certain charm today thanks to the quirky characters and cutscenes, speedy action and use of sprites rather than the obnoxious 3D models that came afterwards. The courses, though limited in number, are always a joy to play and have many exciting twists and turns and constantly changing backdrops - one minute you are screaming through a town, the next you are racing past lakes and fields.
The game's only downfall is still the 3DO's cumbersome disc accessing time. The soundtrack - a varied collection of hard rocking industrial grunge, featuring bands like Soundgarden, Swervedriver and Hammerbox - is perfect for the title and the graphics are top-notch. Road Rash is an incredible effort from EA that's got to be played to be believed.
Video Games & Computer Entertainment
By far the best thing about Road Rash is the ability to race with a cold drink one hand and 3DO controller in the other. (I'd never try this in real life --- but now I can!)
Coming Soon Magazine
There are at least two common points among The Need for Speed, FIFA Soccer and Road Rash. First, they are among the best titles ever made for the 3DO console and second, they are all published by Electronic Arts.
Wer also ohne moralische Bedenken über die Pisten heizt, bekommt Fahrspaß allerhöchster Güte geboten. Die 3D-Engine verrichtet ihre Aufgabe mit Bravour. Photorealistische Landschaften bauen sich in Windeseile und sehr weich auf, mit einem schnellen Bike ist der Geschwindigkeitsrausch vorprogrammiert. Der Schwierigkeitsgrad nimmt kontinuierlich zu, wird aber niemals unfair, Ebenfalls keinerlei Wünsche offen läßt die Aufmachung. allein schon die Präsentation der verschiedenen Rennmaschinen ist ein echter Genuß. Abgerundet durch zahlreiche, zwar relativ derbe, aber witzige Full-Motion-Videos rast Road Rash ohne Zweifel in den Olymp der besten Rennspiele. Auch deswegen, weil es selbst nach mehrmaligem Durchzocken einen immer wieder wie magisch vor den Screen zieht und jedesmal aufs neue für maximalen Spielspaß sorgt.
That not withstanding, this is one of the best 3DO games I've had the privilege of purchasing and playing. I also believe this review contains the most hyphenated words I've used in a review thus far. A winning combination!
Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM)
I loved the Genesis version and I love this one even more. With the CD quality sounds and the 32-bit capability of the 3DO, this version is one not to be missed. The tracks are cool, but the one thing that I griped about is that this game can get repetitious and tiresome. You can get used to the controls the moment you pick it up. Great addition to the 3DO.
Die großzügige Kollisionsabfrage läßt Freiraum für waghalsige Manöver. 3DO-Biker machen Zwischenstop beim nächsten Videospielladen, halten den Titel allerdings vom zart besaiteten Nachwuchs fern.
Im Prinzip hat sich bei Road Rash seit den ersten 16-Bit-Versionen nicht viel getan, Ihr fahrt und prügelt Euch immer noch durch eine Strecke nach der anderen. Doch wenn die Kurse so aussehen wie bei der 3DO-Version, macht das Ganze gleich viel mehr Spaß. Fließend scrollen wunderschön detailliert gezeichnete Häuserschluchten an Euch entlang, bei der Landstraße wünsch ich mir endlich den Sommer herbei. Mir persönlich gefallen mir stundenlang anschauen. Neben Need for Speed ist Road Rash mit Sicherheit das beste Rennspiel fürs 3DO und nicht nur für Biker ein absolutes Muß.
All Game Guide
I can't remember a game that has lasted longer than Road Rash. I played it for weeks on end when I first got it and I still play it frequently. The impressive computer AI and random traffic patters mean that every sitting provides you with something different. Surely, a racing game not to be missed by an older audience.
Digital Press - Classic Video Games
Beating down other riders and crashing into oncoming traffic at 150mph is an experience you won't soon forget. The Saturn and Playstation ports of this game do sport a better frame rate, but it's only a mild increase at that. None of the games support 2-players. 3DO owners would rarely be happier than with a copy of Road Rash.
Game Informer Magazine
The 3DO version of Road rash may not have paved the way for the future racers with innovative mechanics (the controls are passable at best), but it did leave a lasting mark with the first game soundtrack feature licensed music; the lineup boasts acts like Soundgarden, Paw and Monster Magnet. Since pummeling racers into the pavement is an ageless act of aggression, it would be great to see a developer (like, say, Burnout creator Criterion) recreate Road rash for next-gen systems.