“ Amiga Games / Manufacturer: Electronic Arts / Genre: Driving & Racing / Release Date: 1993 „
Road rash 2 was a electronic arts game that came out in 1992-1993 depending if you lived in Europe, Japan or the USA. The game was a simple racer/beat em up which fun as burning it about on a motorbike is good enough but even better when you have either of the two weapons club/chain that had savage sound effects when it connects with an opponents head or the police officer.
The game had simple menus to work your way around and the option of single player, split screen or mano a mano which is just the two human players on their own with a choice of any bike,any starting weapon and and track whereas the single and split screen was the two human players start at the back of a pack at 14th and 15th.
The races took place in the U.S. states of Alaska, Hawaii, Tennessee, Arizona, and Vermont with each level you do getting slightly longer as you progress. All the tracks are just simple two lane roads with various car to avoid along with signs animals and trees if you venture off the road.
The game worked where you had to qualify in 1st 2nd or 3rd on each of the five tracks per stage to progress to the next level avoiding being arrested or wrecking your bike as that costs money which when you run out results in game over.
The first game was more generous allowing fourth place as a qualifying position and the club being the only weapon. The bikes for road rash 2 had a nitrous oxide section which allows them to have a temporary speed boost over the maximum they normally run at.
The weapon in the first game used to wipe out the player or opponents health in one amusing swipe but now each weapon plus fist strike has a pre set amount of damage it causes now but the amusing over the top sounds never get tiring. Even though the fighting was limited to simple left right fist strikes and backhands and the usual two kicks it kept me amused for ages as even waiting for the one per level policeman was worth it to see if you could kick him into an oncoming car or cave his head in with his own club.
The bikes handled badly the graphics were cheap but when you are only 8 years old 16bit graphics were my era's playstation3 and xbox 360. There were many more sequels to this game but it was one of the earlier and best games by the time 1993 rolled around and a sad omissions from the megadrive collection brought out a while ago. With its strangely addictive music to even the cheat for the 250mph unlimmited nitrous wild thing (hold a,c and left at the start) slightly less long password and a good boredom breaker road rash was a fun game for that time and i have rated it for what it was a 1993 game.
Released in 1992, the Mega Drive game Road Rash II is perhaps one of my favourites on the console - and that's saying a lot, considering.
The box proudly proclaims of the game's "spectacular new crashes including 'face plants' and 'air swims'", and that's exactly what the game is about: motorbike racing, with a level of violence and pain that all ages can enjoy.
There's no gore, no horror, just good, old-fashioned fun. So, what's the deal?
You place as a racer, a "Rasher", taking part in illegal races in the US. Well, in five US states. It's your job to be first, to win the best cash prizes and to upgrade your motorbike, and it's up to you to get there however you can. Punch and kick your fellow racers, steal their weapons (chains and whatnot), and out-run the law when the officers come to call. As you go up to the next level, by coming in third or better, your course will get longer, your prizes bigger, and your fines for breaking the law...well, they increase too.
What makes Road Rash II so brilliant is that you're not racing on a track, but on the streets of the US. Dodge cars that change lanes unexpectedly, and slicks of sand and oil on the road. If you crash, you'll be thrown off your bike and will have to run back to it. Crash too much, and you'll wreck your bike completely. Buy new bikes and upgrades from the shop to stay in with a chance of winning each race, and you could be the best Rasher in town, but don't spend all of your money because you never know how much those repairs will cost!
If you're lucky enough to get a boxed game, with manual, you'll be pleased to know that you'll receive a bit of a story about each of your potential players, and of course your enemies. An extract, for your entertainment:
"Public Enemy No. 1: She saw her first punk show at five years old. At thirteen she was tattooed black from the waist down. By her eighteenth birthday she had 143 piercings."
Those are the kind of people you're dealing with. Those and the cops, of course, like Marshall:
"An orphan raised in Los Angeles. All he talks about is his gun".
You get the idea.
Road Rash II is a fantastic game for one player, but also offers two-player split screen and alternating games. And, despite the fact that you can't save many Mega Drive games (including this one), you at least get passwords to start where you left off.
Much the same as its predecessor, Road Rash 2 is a simple but addictive motorbike racing game in which you compete in illegal racing matches across the highways of America on a range of supercharged bikes. As in the original you can punch other drivers from their bikes, or alternatively you can boot them into the path of oncoming traffic or club them over the head with one of several weapons, namely a kosh, a crowbar or a bikechain.
The colourful and well-designed graphics are much the same as in the first game, if slightly more polished, and manage to convey a strong sense of speed as you tear along the highways, whilst the controls are responsive and the maps varied and increasingly challenging, with later races being much longer and with far more twists and turns in the road. The music is great too, adding to the already tense excitement.
Aside from your fellow racers there are cops and traffic (both ways) to be navigated around, though one new feature Road Rash 2 presents is a nitro booster to help get you out of particularly tricky situations. As before prize money can be spent on upgrading to faster and faster bikes, all of which handle differently, and the game has a good difficulty curve that helps it remain engaging throughout.
The only real cricitism that can be levelled at Road Rash 2 is that it is pretty similar to the first game with just some well-executed tweaks and new features here and there and a new set of tracks to play with, but this is not bad thing, and the game remains good, violent, arcade racing fun.
Console: Mega Drive
Road Rash 2 was the second instalment out of six road rash games. The main aim of the game is to race in illegal violent bike races. The graphics for road rash at the time were second to none as the smoothness part of the game was uncommon in many games at the time.
The physics element of road rash was very realistic e.g. driving up a hill and being able to throw your motorcycle far into the distance. This game was one of the first games to introduce traffic. I particularly used to hate the slow moving vehicles and used to run into the back of these.
The game itself was set in a 16bit format and could be played on the Amiga or Mega Drive at the time. You are also able to play as many characters and my favourite was Axel as he was a bad boy. The game did use female characters and not just male.
To sum this game up it was one of the first classic biking games and was just as good as the first road rash game.
Great graphics and the smoothness of the pixels at the time were the best around.
The sound was quite good for this console, the only problem the bike used to sound like a bee humming in the wind.
The game controls were quite easy to pick up although trying to stay on the bike was quite hard and ofter used to see the niker fly for miles in the dirt.
Road Rash 2 was one of the greatest games I ever played on the Amiga or the Sega Megadrive. Having played Road Rash and enjoyed the high speed beat em up action, I could not wait to get my hands on Road Rash 2. It combined all the great features of Super Hang on with the beat em up thrill and story of Streets of rage. With the cosh, the chain or the crow bar, you can bash your fellow rashers from their machines. The introduction of the nitro boost added a special thrill, and when you are stopped by the cops, the cut scenes are varied and hilarious. In my book, the greatest of the road rash games, even better than rash 2 and could not be topped by rash 3. Upgrading your bike and trading in at the shop was another treat as the races you won earned you cash, and when you had the cash, you had the wheels!
Great retro game. Get a copy now for cheap. The action is copied but never equalled.
Once again I am returning to my youth with a review of a Sega Mega Drive Game (Note:Megadrive games are put in Amiga Section on Dooyoo!). On this occasion I will be reviewing Road Rash 2. When I was about 10years old I always remember visiting my cousins in Liverpool and like me they owned a Mega Drive and among their games collection was Road Rash, possibly the simplest yet one of the most addictive games around, so you can imagine my excitement while wondering around our local charity shop a few days ago when I see Road Rash 2 for the Megadrive complete with box and instruction manual for just £1! It was a must have purchase!
*** What is Road Rash 2? ***
Road Rash 2 is the sequel to Road Rash. It was released on the Megadrive in the early 90's. It is a motorbike racing game in which you race against 15 other riders through the streets, along your route you must avoid other traffic, animals and their droppings in the road, police and other riders who don't hesitate in throwing the odd kick or punch your way or even hitting you with a club or chain to knock you off you bike!
The aim of the game is to race your way through various US states on your bike and work your way up through the levels. To work your way up you must finish each race in 1st, 2nd or 3rd place; you will then be awarded prize money which you can use to upgrade your bike to better models.
The bikes are split into 3 categories: Ultra Lights, Super Bike and Nitro. All bikes have their individual strengths and weaknesses as well as different handling techniques. These can all be found from the main menu in the Bike Shop. As you progress though the levels you will find that you need to upgrade your bike in order to keep up with the competition.
There are 5 levels to complete each with 5 races. When you begin in level one the races are approximately 6 miles long with a few cars, animals and usually one police bike along the way, as you progress the traffic will increase along with the police presence and you may even find animals in the road as well as their droppings! So to stay on your bike you must keep concentration, remember to throw back kicks and punches to your fellow riders and try and avoid getting knocked off your bike.
If you get knocked off your bike and the police are nearby you will be 'Busted' and fined, the amount will depend on your level. If you are repeatedly knocked off but still lucky enough to avoid the police you may not be lucky enough to avoid wrecking your bike and having to pay for the repairs. If you have no money left to pay fines or repairs then your bike is seized and you return to level one with a basic bike and $1000.
*** Game play ***
I really enjoy playing this game, although it is pretty simple and almost the same thing on each race I still find the game very addictive and find myself going back for more.
There is a 2 player mode which my friend and I tried to play last night however we found that there was a delay between us pressing the buttons and the bike moving so we gave up and played singly instead. Two player mode can be played both singly and Split-Screen. Due to the delay problem we found that playing singly was better although it meant that we didn't have the excitement of playing together.
The graphics in the game are reasonable; they are basic with a static backdrop and a rolling road in front of you. The colours are clear and images are sharp and quite detailed.
The menus are easily navigated around and the controls are very simple to pick up and use.
I would recommend this game. I would say that as a game it would be pretty simple for children to pick up with the simple controls and ease of movement, however due to the slight violence of the punching and kicking I would say it is at parents' discretion as to whether their child should play it. The game doesn't come with any age restrictions and the violence that is present is not bloody or gory in any way.
*** Availability ***
Availability of this game will be extremely rare, I was lucky to find it in the local charity shop, so I would say eBay will be your best bet.
Thanks for reading. Lou.x
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