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Road Rash

MobyRank MobyScore
Windows
73
3.7
SEGA Saturn
...
3.1
PlayStation
71
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User Reviews

A healthy mixture of fast bikes and brutal violence. Windows Steve Hall (322)
Hardcore racing where boys become men! PlayStation Indra is here (19706)
Arcade-style Bikes and Bashing Windows lamoxlamae (5)

Our Users Say

Platform Votes Score
3DO 6 4.5
PlayStation 9 3.5
SEGA Saturn 4 3.1
Windows 22 3.7
Combined MobyScore 41 3.7


The Press Says

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100
3DOThe Video Game Critic
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.
100
3DOGamePro (US)
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!
91
WindowsPC Games
Go ahead: drive angry. The superb Windows 95 translation of Road Rash preserves - indeed, enhances - all the lunatic speed and enthusiastic violence of the classic console motorcycle racing game, which first appeared on the 3DO.
90
SEGA SaturnRetro Spirit Games
Road Rash 3DO was later ported to the Sony Playstation, Sega Saturn and PC in 1996 and all three versions are great fun to play - despite some shonky graphics and the usual Road Rash gameplay irritations, including a truly heinous engine sound that will drive you mental - with the PC version being my favourite due to the much cleaner textures.
90
PlayStationRetro Spirit Games
Road Rash 3DO was later ported to the Sony Playstation, Sega Saturn and PC in 1996 and all three versions are great fun to play - despite some shonky graphics and the usual Road Rash gameplay irritations, including a truly heinous engine sound that will drive you mental - with the PC version being my favourite due to the much cleaner textures.
90
3DORetro 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.
90
3DOGame Players
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.
90
3DOVideo 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!)
90
PlayStationGamePro (US)
The gameplay calls for excellent driving more than heroic combat, but you still won't want to relinquish the controller. This Road's well worth the toll at the cash register.
90
3DOComing 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.
87
SEGA SaturnPlaymag
Enfin, Road Rash est désormais disponible sur Saturn et nous ne nous en plaindrons pas, même si cette adaptation comporte quelques petits bugs.
87
3DOMega Fun
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.
87
3DODefunct Games
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!
84
3DOElectronic 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.
81
3DOMAN!AC
Die großzügige Kollisionsabfrage läßt Freiraum für waghalsige Manöver. 3DO-Biker machen Zwischenstop beim nächsten Videospielladen, halten den Titel allerdings vom zart besaiteten Nachwuchs fern.
81
WindowsPC Games (Germany)
Vorsicht - tieffliegende Biker: Road Rash, das The Need for Speed auf zwei Rädern, verquickt beinharten Fahrspaß mit viel Zynismus, kernigen Hardrock-Soundtracks und pompöser HiRes-Grafik. In Kooperation mit der Papyrus Design Group (NASCAR Racing, IndyCar Racing) hat Electronic Arts das populäre 3DO-/Playstation-Motorrad-Rennspiel exklusiv für Windows 95-PCs umgesetzt.
80
PlayStationJeuxvideo.com
Cet épisode est incontestablement le meilleur opus d'une série qui n'arrivera jamais plus à briller malgré trois autres versions lancées ultérieurement par EA sur Playstation & GBA puis par THQ sur Nintendo 64. Road Rash n'en reste pas moins une série culte qui a ouvert la voie à de nombreuses productions et licences phares d'aujourd'hui. Espérons que la nostalgie la ressuscite un jour comme l’avaient annoncé les dernières rumeurs de 2009 évoquant un retour de la franchise sur les consoles Next Gen... Gaaazzzz EA !
80
3DOAll 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.
80
3DODigital 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.
80
WindowsPC Player (Germany)
Solospieler werden für ein paar Wochen gut unterhalten, und zusammen mit dem erheiternden Multiplayer-Modus, ein paar Freunden und einer Kiste Bier bietet Road Rash auch auf längere Sicht Spielspaß pur.
80
WindowsAdrenaline Vault, The (AVault)
I found Road Rash not only to be entertaining but fun to play. This is one of those games that has the flair to want to come back and play more. With the great graphics that put it on the same level as those seen in Need for Speed, Road Rash could stand on its own as a racing simulation. The Thrash Mode depicts the arcade version and is a must for anyone out there that loved to play that version. The in-your-face graphics and mature content found throughout the game make Road Rash stand out from other racing simulations. If you are looking for an exciting fast paced racing simulation that allows you to kick butt while racing, then look no further. Road Rash is the ticket.
79
WindowsPC Xtreme
Schräg aufgemachte Motorrad-Action ohne jeden Simulations-Anspruch. Fährt sich äußerst spritzig - ideal für Netzwerk-Schlachten.
79
WindowsPC Player (Denmark)
Man kunne godt ønske sig nogle lidt mere varierende baner, for det er nemlig de samme baner igen og igen, også på de senere levels. Det eneste der skifter, er trafikken og banernes længde. Udover disse små 'fejl' er Road Rash dog et sjovt spil, som man kan bruge mange timer på.
78
3DOGame 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.
74
WindowsPC Gameplay (Benelux)
De spetterende muziek die je krijgt in het menu, blijkt in het spel een sisser van formaat. De muziek lijkt wel voor adlib-kaarten geschreven. Grafisch is Road Rash dan weer wel een pareltje. Je scherm is in 640x480 in 16 bit, of in het Neanderthalers: SVGA en 65.000 kleuren. De schermopbouw gebeurt razendsnel. Doe daar nog eens een bijna reële wegligging bovenop en je hebt een knap racespel.
73
PlayStationGame Players
But as much fun as Road Rash may remain, you can't help but feel the game is getting a little old. Sadly, the expanded memory capabilities of the CD-ROM seems to be filled with lame FMV sequences instead of innovative gameplay that has become expected from Electronic Arts. If you've never experienced Road Rash, there is certainly enough here to warrant a purchase. Otherwise, downshift and pass it.
73
WindowsPC Gamer UK
So is it any good? Well, it's a competent racing game but looks a little dated when compared to the likes of Screamer 2. And, though the trimmings are all very well, unless you're bit of a biker, they just leave you cold. Still, it's nicely done and will help you pass a few minutes affably.
72
WindowsGamezilla
Road Rash is a great concept carried to an extreme, both in hardware requirements and juvenile attitude. With the likes of EA and Papyrus behind this title, it should have had the best of both companies' impressive qualities; instead it seems to have carried over the worst mistakes of their past racing titles -- Papyrus' blocky graphics and EA's recurring hardware-compatibility difficulties. Still, even with its drawbacks, I did find myself playing it for quite a few hours and having quite a bit of fun. Overall I rate it a 72. So much promise ... it should have been so much better.
70
WindowsGameStar (Germany)
Die lustigen Zwischensequenzen und der coole Biker-Soundtrack erzeugen echte Rocker- Atmosphäre. Nichts für Formel- Fetischisten, dafür ist Road Rash eine erfrischende Abwechslung im ansonsten bierernsten Simulations- Genre. Es macht mir auch heute noch einen Heidenspaß, zuzusehen, wie die Nebenbuhler nach einem herzhaften Tritt den Laternenpfahl küssen.
70
PlayStationElectronic Gaming Monthly (EGM)
If you've seen the 3DO version you probably won't see any changes on this version except for the minor differences. The sounds have been changed for the better and graphics are smoother than before. Other than that, everything else is the same. Overall, the game needs some spicing up with more tracks.
68
PlayStationGameFan Magazine
I absolutely loved this game on the 3DO and this is essentially the same game. So I should love it, right?...Wrong! This is the PS. Where's the upgrade? Gex, Total Eclipse and especially Off World Interceptor got majorly better going from 3DO to PS. What gives here? Gimme Rash 2 and maybe we can talk. I got a 3DO.
66
WindowsPower Play
Da mögen die Zwischenbildchen noch so gut aussehen und der Soundtrack fetziger denn je sein, das eigentliche Spielgeschehen genügt technisch gesehen nur niederen Ansprüchen. Die Gebäude sind mit häßlichen Texturen versehen, querende Omis und entgegenkommende Fahrzeuge gleichen Pixelklumpen und sind noch dazu viel zu groß. Spontan fällt mir der Vergleich zu Psygnosis' „ESPN Extreme Games“ ein. Grafisch trotz SVGA leicht unterlegen, macht Road Rash mit seinem spannenden, actionreichen Spielablauf und perfekt zum Ambiente passenden Heavytracks den verlorenen Boden mehr als wett. Schottisch sparsam ging Electronic Arts allerdings mit den Strecken um, einige davon sind zudem selbst nach mehrmaligem Durcheilen kaum zu unterscheiden — was bleibt ist ein Fall für Lederkombifanatiker.
63
WindowsGameSpot
With the new Windows 95 version of Road Rash and its eight-player capability, the old standard now has the power to addict.
60
WindowsComputer Gaming World (CGW)
The most fun is playing it multiplayer. But a limit of five total circuits and the very simple driving model make for a questionable long-term proposition. Add in a hardware conflict between the game, Sound Blaster 16 sound cards, and Microsoft's Direct Draw that consistently kicked me back to the Win 95 desktop without warning, and ROAD RASH becomes even less intriguing. Still, ROAD RASH is fun, though it could have been a better game with a little more motorcycle flavor and a lot less tastelessness.
60
SEGA SaturnElectric Playground
Road Rash is, at its core, a fun game. If you'venever played a version before you owe it to yourself to give it a rent at least. That being said, I still think that this 32-bit port of the game is a major let down, considering what could have been. One only has to take a look at Need For Speed, with its better visuals, more solid gameplay, better in-game music and overall depth, to realize that Rash lovers got severely burned by the Saturn version. I know that EA was salvaging the work they put into the 3DO version of Road Rash from 2 years ago, but c'mon, games have changed since then! Sony's Extreme Games on the PSX is a better 32 bit version of Road Rash than Rash itself. And frankly, that's nobody's fault but EA's.
60
WindowsHigh Score
På det stora hela är dock Road Rash trevlig actionunderhållning för halvkorta spelsessioner när man inte vill använda hjärnan mer än absolut nödvändigt.
60
SEGA SaturnAll Game Guide
In the end, Road Rash is still a good game and will appeal to gamers who appreciate motorcycle racing. At least to those who haven't played the game before. Unfortunately, the lack of updates severely hurts the title, making it an unwise purchase for anyone who's already had their fill of Road Rash.
50
PlayStationAll Game Guide
This PlayStation version of Road Rash could have been great; give it some beefed up graphics, new options, and different bikers and you'd have a hit on your hands. While it's still a fun action/arcade racer, it's not terribly innovative and falls as an average PlayStation conversion.
50
PlayStationIGN
While Road Rash was cool for the Genesis, it hasn't made enough upgrades to make it on the PSX