Road Rash 64 (Nintendo 64)

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Category Description User Score
AI How smart (or dumb) you perceive the game's artificial intelligence to be 3.1
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work (player controls, game action, interface, etc.) 3.7
Graphics The quality of the art, or the quality/speed of the drawing routines 3.1
Personal Slant How much you personally like the game, regardless of other attributes 3.7
Sound / Music The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition 3.3
Overall User Score (17 votes) 3.4

Critic Reviews

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Just Games Retro (Jun 03, 2014)
Altogether, this is a very solid and enjoyable game. It’s an underappreciated title, to be sure, but it’s definitely on the better end of the N64 racing collection, and it’s exactly the type of stupid fun you need every once in a while. There’s enough variety in weaponry and tactics to keep the fighting aspect fresh, and it runs fast and handles smoothly enough to stand as a pure racer. Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to hop on a motorcycle and attempt everything I’ve seen on the game because it never told me not to.
Gaming Target (Nov 21, 2000)
This game has it's share of both the good and the bad, but if you and three of your friends are getting together for a night of videogaming with no real emphasis on socially redeeming values, then you should rent this game. If you do this quite often, then perhaps you should consider buying it.
GameSpot (Sep 24, 1999)
But Road Rash 64 does manage to prove the axiom that graphics and sound take a back seat to gameplay. It's a game worth completing, worth inviting your friends over to play, and worth owning. Yes, hitting people while driving a motorcycle is that much fun.
IGN (Sep 29, 1999)
Road Rash does a lot of things right, with the exception of looks, but it still seems like a title that's easy to overlook. It may not be updated enough for fans of the game when it was on Genesis and so the feeling may be "Hey, I've already played this." That's the feeling I had initially. It's a fine multiplayer game that can really keep you and a group of friends occupied, clamoring for "one more game" as soon as you finished that eighth or ninth "last game." Beyond this multiplayer aspect, there's not much to keep you interested for too long. Mastering the bashing skills is about as engaging as it was on older versions of the game. The bottom line is, Road Rash is fun, but you may want to rent it and get together with friends to get the most value out of it.
Gamezilla (Oct 07, 1999)
Being the long time Road Rash fan that I am, I walked away from this game satisfied. It is not the best ever version of the game but it offers up some new twists and still follows the old formula. Look, the graphics suck but don't let that discourage you. Actually, if the graphics bother you, call Nintendo and complain to them about their hardware because that is the problem. All in all, if you are a Rash fan, check it out. If not, give it a rental and see if it fits your gaming style.
HappyPuppy (Dec 02, 1999)
The only other complaint about the game is that these bikers continue to race with automatic transmissions--something no self-respecting biker would ever dare call their ride. There are enough racing simulations with manual transmissions, and it would be nice to have the option--some quick downshifting would allow the bad guy to race past you so you can accelerate and get behind him for the take down. However, Road Rash 64 isn't about being a serious racing sim. It’s about ass-kicking on the open road, and for that it does a good job even if the graphics could use an overhaul.
Road Rash 64 is the kind of game senators and cautious parents will hate, but one that gamers will really enjoy.
Mega Fun (Nov, 1999)
Road Rash 64 macht gerade durch die rabiaten Aktionen eine Menge Spaß, wenn auch die wenig detaillierte Grafikumsetzung diesen Eindruck etwas schmälert. Dennoch ein unterhaltsames Vergnügen.
Road Rash 64 isn’t the prettiest game on the N64, but in this case that’s OK. This game is about road rage, specifically: you, a bike, weapons, gangs, and a lot of people who want to make sure that you not only DON’T finish the race in 1st place, but that you don’t finish at ALL. With a few missed attempts to restart the popularity of this series on the PlayStation, Road Rash finds it’s way to the Nintendo 64. If old school Road Rash gameplay is what you are looking for, Road Rash 64 is your thing.
Video Games (Dec, 1999)
(PAL version)
Wie kann man denn trotz Expansion-Pak-Support eine derart lieblose und technisch schwache Strecken-Optik auf dem N64 präsentieren? Die Strecken gleichen sich mangels Details wie ein Basketballschläger dem anderen, und eine dicke Nebelwand wartet ebenfalls stets auf die Biker-Horde. Damit fehlt dem an sich spaßigen Gameplay ein bei Rennspielen dicker Standard-Motivationsfaktor: Die Neugier auf den nächsten Schauplatz. Das gute Handling der Bikes, die Massen-Prügeleien ohne jegliches Absacken der Framerate, die zahlreichen Multiplayer-Modi und der Klasse-Soundtrack können dieses schwerwiegende Manko nicht mehr wett machen. Mit einer stärkeren Grafik wäre Road Rash 64 nahe an die Classic-Hürde gekommen. So bleibt ein Genre-Mix für Rennspiel-Fans, die eine zünftige Hi-Speed-Schlägerei einer Top-Optik vorziehen. Also, THQ: Der Grafikabteilung einen kräftigen Rüffel verpassen!
Road Rash 64 isn't a huge improvement upon the series, but for those who haven't got access to a PlayStation it may be the cure for facing mental distress due to selling their prized Mega Drive or Master System consoles for a cheese burger and regular shake at McDonalds.
Video Games (Nov, 1999)
Da die Strecken wie gesagt alle gleich aussehen, bleiben für die Langzeitmotivation nur die guten 4-Player-Modi (Trash, Deathmatch, Tag und Ped -Hunt) übrig! Also THQ: Nochmal ins Labor zur Überarbeitung und eine knusprige Grafik drumherum backen (ohne Frameraten-Einbußen!), dann wäre RR 64 ein echter Knaller.
Retro Spirit Games (Sep 18, 2013)
To be honest, with the exception of Mario Kart, Wave Race and F-Zero X, the Nintendo 64 is one of the worst consoles for decent driving games, so this shoddy conversion didn't really come as a huge surprise - bar the early handheld ports of the original Road Rash, I consider this to be the worst game in the series.
Total! (Germany) (Dec, 1999)
Gestalten sich die Vierspieler-Sessions wenigstens für ein paar Minuten noch halbwegs unterhaltsam, so sind die Einspieler-Modi ein Jammer. Die träge Steuerung könnte einer Tieflader-Simulation entnommen sein, die Grafik einem Polygonsparprogramm und das fade Streckendesign einem Zufallsgenerator der ersten Stunde. Allein die Musik ist hochwertig und stammt von Thrash-Bands wie Sugar Ray und The Mermen. Steht ihr nur auf brachiales Gekloppe und die Tatsache. dass die Spielfigur auf einem Motorrad sitzt, dann mag Road Rash 64 vielleicht noch Spaß bringen. Alle, die Wert auf gutes Gameplay, Abwechslung und Spannung legen, sind hingegen nach ein paar Minuten eingeschlafen.
Gamekult (Nov 01, 2000)
Un jeu sans intérêt et mal réalisé, jouabilité exécrable, graphismes atroces, monotonie de jeu intense, etc.) qui ne satisfera même pas les fanas de la série des Road Rash. On est lassé au bout de 2 courses et on court vite au magasin pour le rapporter en criant c'était pas celui-là que je voulais !
The Video Game Critic (Dec 30, 2006)
The combat aspect of Road Rash 64 is equally lame. You can smack your opponent all day before he finally falls from his bike, and even hits with a spiked mace seem soft. The single-player mode is unbearable, so you know the four-player split-screen sucks. The muffled rock music soundtrack includes some old Sugar Ray, but it all gets lost in the buzz of the engines. Road Rash 64 is a monumental letdown. It took a classic high-octane racer and reduced it into a smoldering pile of manure.