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Road Rash (Windows)

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Description

This is a remake of the original Road Rash from the early nineties. For those who have not played the original, you are competing against thirteen other "Road Rashers" who will stop at nothing to win 1st, 2nd, or 3rd place. During the race, you have two options available to you: you can either do your best to cross the finish line, or use your weapon to bring the Rashers to the ground if they are giving you trouble. If you do the latter, your opponents will do the same to you during the next race that takes place.

There are five circuits to race: The City, The Peninsula, Pacific Highway, Sierra Nevada, and Napa Valley. Some of these circuits are dangerous. As well as the obstacles and traffic that you encounter along the way, there are also cops driving on bikes who will arrest you if you happen to crash or stop your bike near them, and you have to pay a fine in order to get in any more races. Your bike will be wrecked if you crash too many times, and you have to pay for damages, but the amount you have to pay depends on the bike that you are riding. Once you have completed the first five circuits, you have to race them again another four times - but at a much more difficult level. Manage to win all five circuits on all levels, and you win the Road Rash cup.

There are about five bikes to choose from, which are divided into three groups. Rat, Sport, and Super. You start the first level with a Rat bike, but as you proceed through the levels, it is important to pick bikes from a different bike class.

If you have no plans to win the Road Rash cup, you can choose the game's Thrash mode. The difference between this and the other mode is that there is no money involved (ie: you are not allowed to buy bikes), and you are competing against fourteen opponents. And if you wreck your bike or you get busted, you have to start all over again. Regardless of the mode you pick, you will always start in the last place.

The remake also contains FMV movies that usually depict the outcome of the races, as well as limited songs performed by various recording artists, including Soundgarden, Therapy?, Monster Magnet, and Swervedriver. These songs can be changed on-the-fly via the game's options menu.

Screenshots

Road Rash Windows You can't escape the long arm of the law!! Hmm... well actually you can
Road Rash Windows While I'm being pursued by the fuzz Axle tries to hit me with a bicycle chain
Road Rash Windows Title screen
Road Rash Windows Don't try this at home kids ;-)

Alternate Titles

  • "ロードラッシュ" -- Japanese spelling

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User Reviews

A healthy mixture of fast bikes and brutal violence. Steve Hall (322) unrated
Arcade-style Bikes and Bashing lamoxlamae (5) 4.25 Stars4.25 Stars4.25 Stars4.25 Stars4.25 Stars

The Press Says

PC Games Nov, 1996 A- 91
PC Games (Germany) Oct, 1996 81 out of 100 81
Adrenaline Vault, The (AVault) Apr 16, 1997 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
PC Player (Germany) Oct, 1996 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
PC Xtreme Oct, 1996 79 out of 100 79
PC Gameplay (Benelux) Jan, 1997 74 out of 100 74
PC Gamer UK Dec, 1996 73 out of 100 73
GameStar (Germany) Nov, 1997 70 out of 100 70
Power Play Oct, 1996 66 out of 100 66
Computer Gaming World (CGW) Jan, 1997 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60

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Trivia

Music

The 3DO version was one of the first games to license music from real bands. That was of course only possible since the introduction of CD-ROMs for games. Electronic Arts struck gold when they signed the college band Soundgarden for the game. By the time of the release in 1994, the group released the breakthrough album Superunknown that debuted at number one on the US Billboard charts and yielded two Grammy Award-winning singles.

Awards

The game received two awards in GameFan's 1994 "Megawards" (Vol 3, Iss. 1)
  • Overall Driving/Racing Game of the Year
  • Best 3DO Driving/Racing Game of the Year
It was also #22 in FLUX Magazine's (Issue #4) Top 100 Video Games of All-Time.
*Katakis* (37815) added Road Rash (Windows) on Apr 06, 2005
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