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Just Games Retro
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
All Game Guide
Road Rash 64 is the kind of game senators and cautious parents will hate, but one that gamers will really enjoy.
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.
All Game Guide
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.
Retro Spirit Games
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.
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.
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
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.