Sunday 6 August 2023

Road Rash (Sega CD review)

Developer: Monkey Do Productions, New Level Software
Publisher: Electronic Arts
Released: 1995

Road Rash is a vehicular combat racing game that was originally released on the Sega Mega Drive / Genesis in 1991.

+ Brisk gameplay keeps you on the edge of your seat and on tenterhooks as to what's lurking around the next corner.

+ Eases beginners into the short and simple tracks, while upping the ante for veterans with longer tracks and tighter chicanes.

+ Licensed music is a huge improvement and unlike the 3DO / PS1 / Saturn releases you can listen to the tracks while racing.

+ Can save your progress to the built-in memory, and the FMV cut-scenes enhance the game's tongue-in-cheek personality.

- Actual racing is no different to the 16-bit original, which is odd considering the hardware has sprite-scaling capabilities.

- Controls are hyper sensitive and it takes a while to adjust to simply tapping the d-pad in order to avoid over-steering.

- Frame-rate is extremely low and trying to carefully and precisely evade a collision is always a nerve-racking affair.

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