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Road Rash 3 (Genesis)

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Description

Following the previous two Road Rash games, the player has conquered the US illegal motorcycle championship. But why settle for that when one can take over the World; racing in the peaceful streets of the UK, dodging the animals in Kenya, blaze through the night in Japan or jump in the hilly circuits in Italy?

Keeping the same spirit of the previous two games, Road Rash 3 adds all new digitized sprites (based on Sega-CD remake released an year earlier), bike upgrades, more weapons and meaner police. Most other aspects of the game remain unchanged: the player starts on the lowest division with a small amount of cash and a slow, hard to handle bike. To get more money (and get a faster bike) the player must beat as many of the other 15 racers to the finish line, using all means possible, even kicking and punching them into knockout. By clearing (finishing on the top three spots) all five races on a level, the player advances to the next, where opponents are faster and tougher, the police is more active and a longer race.

As for new gameplay elements in the final title in the series released for Sega's 16-bit console, bikes can also be improved by choosing cheaper upgrades (instead of simply buying new ones) such as tires (less skidding), engine (improves acceleration and top speed), suspension (allows better control while landing after jumps) and body (bike takes more hits before turning into smoking metal). Instead on relying on simple motorbike patrols, the police now has helicopters at their disposal (which try to land on the player) and patrol cars, which attempt to block the path of the bike, forcing it to stop or collide to get a bust. To make things easier (or harder), new weapons were added, some of which allow the carrier to stun an opponent for a few seconds, making him the perfect victim for an incoming vehicle. Also new, if the player finishes the race with a weapon, carries it to the next race.

Each track has its own features: in the UK, cars drive left on a rainy day, in Australia and Kenya animals wander into the road, in Brazil bikers can get themselves a close-encounter with a car on a crossing, in Italy the hills allow a lot of air-time for light and speedy bikes, Germany, where the icy roads and sharp turns make a deadly combination and finally in Japan the race goes during the night under the neon lights.

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Road Rash 3 Genesis Busted by a police officer
Road Rash 3 Genesis Select a racing track. There are five stages in total, with five tracks each.
Road Rash 3 Genesis Finish top 3 on each track in a stage to advance to the next one.
Road Rash 3 Genesis After each race, a rather funny animation is shown.

Alternate Titles

  • "RR3" -- Informal title

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The Press Says

GamePro (US) Apr, 1995 5 out of 5 100
FLUX Oct, 1994 A- 91
Consoles Plus Apr, 1995 89 out of 100 89
Sega Force Jun 20, 1995 85 out of 100 85
Retro Spirit Games Sep 18, 2013 8.5 Stars8.5 Stars8.5 Stars8.5 Stars8.5 Stars8.5 Stars8.5 Stars8.5 Stars8.5 Stars8.5 Stars 85
The Video Game Critic May 10, 2003 B+ 83
All Game Guide 1999 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Sega-16.com Dec 31, 2007 8 out of 10 80
Game Players Apr, 1995 77 out of 100 77
GameCola.net Jan 13, 2014 7 out of 10 70

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Sciere (245704) added Road Rash 3 (Genesis) on Mar 06, 2004