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Description

Road Rash is a remake of the original from the early nineties. For those who've not played the original, you're competing against thirteen other "Road Rashers" who will stop at nothing to win. During the race, you have two options available: you can either do your best to cross the finish line or use your weapon to bring the Rashers to the ground if they give you trouble. Do the latter, and your opponents will do the same to you during the next race.

There are five circuits to race: The City, The Peninsula, Pacific Highway, Sierra Nevada, and Napa Valley. Some of these circuits are dangerous. In addition to the obstacles and traffic you encounter along the way, there are also police motorcycle units that will arrest you if you happen to crash or stop near them. Get caught, and you'll have to pay a fine to get in any more races. If you crash too often, your bike will be wrecked, forcing you to pay for damages. The amount you have to pay depends on the bike you are riding. Once you have completed the first five circuits, you have to race them again another four times - but at a much higher difficulty. Manage to win all five circuits on all levels, and you win the Road Rash cup!

There are about five bikes to choose from, divided into three groups; Rat, Sport, and Super. You start the first level with a Rat bike. As you progress through the levels it will become increasingly important to pick bikes from different classes.

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 (i.e., you are not allowed to buy bikes), and you're competing against fourteen opponents. And if you wreck your bike or 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 3DO Alternate HUD mode.
Road Rash 3DO Crashed. This guy pulls us out of the way before getting back in his car.
Road Rash 3DO City track
Road Rash Windows You can't escape the long arm of the law!! Hmm... well actually you can

Promo Images

Road Rash Wallpaper
Road Rash Wallpaper
Road Rash Screenshot
Road Rash Screenshot

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. Windows Steve Hall (348)
Arcade-style Bikes and Bashing Windows lamoxlamae (5)
Hardcore racing where boys become men! PlayStation Indra was here (20839)

Critic Reviews

GamePro (US) PlayStation Apr, 1996 4.5 out of 5 90
PC Fun (French) 3DO Nov, 1994 17 out of 20 85
PC Games (Germany) Windows Oct, 1996 81 out of 100 81
Adrenaline Vault, The (AVault) Windows Apr 16, 1997 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Digital Press - Classic Video Games 3DO Jan 30, 2005 8 out of 10 80
Computer and Video Games (CVG) PlayStation Apr, 1996 78 out of 100 78
Gameplay (Benelux) Windows Dec 27, 1996 74 out of 100 74
Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM) PlayStation Mar, 1996 14 out of 20 70
All Game Guide SEGA Saturn 1999 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60
All Game Guide PlayStation 1999 2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars 50

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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.
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