Reviewed by AKMooseMan
Lucky me! One day I was browsing through a used games/music
shop, and saw that I could buy three Sega games for $15. Not
a bad deal. Road Rash happened to be one of those games, one
I remembered playing when I was in second or third grade
over at my friend's house. Back then, I thought the game was
great. So I dust it off, stick it in the old Genesis, and
find out my opinion hasn't changed a bit.
Graphics: 8 out of 10. Very nice for the time the game was
made. You're not going to have trouble telling apart your
guy, your opponents, or the cops. All of the five levels
look different and are quite nice, from the trees in the
Redwoods to the sand in the Palm Desert to the... grass in
Sound: 10 out of 10. You probably think I'm crazy for this
one. But after several consecutive days of staying up until
past midnight playing this with my dad, I never got sick of
hearing the songs. They don't distract from the game, and
are pretty appropriate. I also enjoyed the sound effects,
from the sound of a head-on collision with an oncoming car
to punching some poor sap right off his bike.
Story: 4 out of 10. Right there, you're probably thinking
I'm nuts once again. "What story?!?", you ask. Well,
racing games don't usually have a story. But in this, you at
least get some little snippets of dialogue from other racers
inbetween, maybe even some lip from a cop once in awhile.
Add in the fact you've got to build up money and wins to buy
new bikes and go on to higher prize money, so there's at
least something other than "race until you win" in terms
of a goal.
Control/Gameplay: 10 out of 10. FUN FUN FUN! This is an
extremely fun game to play. Some guy getting in your way?
Ride up to him, and punch him off his bike. If you're lucky,
you'll grab a weapon to increase your chances of taking some
guy out. You have to avoid tricky turns, cars, and even the
police trying to bust you. Even if you do crash, sometimes
you go flying so far or it's just so awesome it's hard to
get upset. Unless, of course, you were in first place. Then
you tend to throw the control and curse as your racer seems
to casually stroll back to the bike.
Replay Value: 9 out of 10. You have to get through several
levels of the five races, each time geting longer and
harder. You need to save up for a few bikes until you get
the best one, without crashing or getting busted and losing
money. But it never really gets old. I put the game down
about a year ago, then just put it in again the other day,
and it's still fun. My only gripe is having to put in a
twenty digit password. Why not a save game option?
Overall Score: 8 out of 10. If you still have a Sega,
this is a game worth getting. The time it was made doesn't
make it any less fun, and I'm sure I'll be enjoying it a few
years down the line as much as I am now.