Clear the streets! Electronic Arts's mash motorcycle racing game, Road Rash 2, returns in an all-new, souped-up edition with new tracks, bikes, options, opponents, and more importantly, head-to- head action. Tired of the usual video game fare and looking for a driving simulation that really flies? Then tighten your chin strap and take this game for a spin!
The Need for Speed
Road Rash 2 plays exactly like its predecessor. You control a high-powered racing bike from a sharp third-person, behind-the-bike perspective. Your only controls are the brakes, throttle, and attack buttons. There are five levels (each with five tracks) set in different parts of the United States -- Hawaii, Alaska, Vermont, Tennessee, and Arizona. Finish in the top third on each track and you advance to the longer, and more treacherous, upper levels. Sound easy? Not! You face a field of 14 other racers, all determined to punch, slap, and kick you off the road if they get the chance. Watch out for nasty players carrying spiked bats and chains. However, if you time it just right, you can snatch away their weapons and use them yourself!
ProTip: Repeatedly hit C when opponents sneak up from behind, and they'll approach on the side you're punching.
In addition to your unscrupulous opponents, hazards and obstacles threaten to end your ride permanently. Regular traffic, oil slicks, gravel patches, rocks, and worker's barricades are to be expected, but watch out for wandering deer and cows. Hitting a bovine doing 120 mph nets you a year's supply of red meat!
- launch off the small rocks and stones on the sides of the road.
- Jumping straight nets the most distance.
- Jump over wrecks and fallen bikers.
- Ride through a cow and hear it "moo!"
Tearing through the picturesque countryside "slightly" over the speed limit isn't encouraged, so be on the lookout for squads of smokeys determined to nab you and your fellow racing enthusiasts. You can get arrested by taking too long to get back to your bike after a crash or by smashing into a police barricade. Get caught, and it's game over!
- Hug tight when going into curves.
- Hit the brakes immediately when you go into a skid.
- Follow the dotted yellow line for maximum safety. You can easily swerve left or right to dodge oncoming obstacles.
- It's OK to punch and ram police bikers! Just don't spill out near them!
- Take out opponents instantly by bumping them into signs and cars.
Don't Love Thy Neighbor
The one thing that kept the first Road Rash from achieving "instant classic" status was the lack of two-player competitive play. Road Rash 2 makes up for that and more by featuring great two- player, split-screen racing, and one-on- one split-screen action with the weapon of your choice. You can also take turns on the full screen to see who nets the best time and finish. Not to worry, the split-screen graphics and game play are just as nicely detailed and responsive as the full screen. Not only can you race against your buddy, but you can also punch his lights out!
The Price Is Right
Winning races nets the prize money you need to upgrade your bike into an even meaner machine. A whole bevy of bikes is available for trade and purchase. Ultra Lights, Super Bikes, and Nitros (three classes of bikes) present a ride suited for a specific strength and strategy. Ultra Lights are extremely maneuverable but lack in horsepower. Super Bikes are powerful but heavier and difficult to control. Finally, Nitros are immense bikes with massive horsepower and Nitro bursts that peel the asphalt right off the surface! Save up for the exact bike that's sure to fit your racing style. But remember, it's not the horsepower, but the driver!
- Since the screens in two-player mode are 50% smaller, the controls are 50% more responsive.
- Save up for the right bike for you instead of blowing your dough on the first new bike you can get.
Road Rash 2 is a noteworthy improvement on an already excellent game. The new tracks, hot game play, and two-player competitive play clearly set this apart from its predecessor. Sharp graphics, plus the smooth and believable driving simulation animation warrant an extra look. Different hip themes for each track and plenty of digitized sound effects add to the realism of the racing experience. If you're looking for a game that truly gets your heart pumpin' and keeps you on the edge of your seat every second of play, Road Rash 2 is your ticket to ride!
If you like Road Rash 2, try other games
Suzuka 8 Hours
Suzuka 8 Hours is an arcade game released by Namco in 1992 . It is similar in play to Final Lap, but with motorcycles instead of race cars.
Motocross Championship 32X
Feel the horsepower as you rocket out of the gate and battle through the first turn! Charge down the back stretch, through the whoops and launch over the triples to the checkered flag! Do you have the guts and skills to win on the Motocross Championship circuit? If not, you'll be left in the dust!
- Machine: Game Gear
- Manufacturer: Sega.
Join the Speed and Bleed circuit with Road Rash II, the ultimate motorcycle racing game. Scream around five tracks that become increasingly more difficult. Face opponents who get nastier as the race goes on. Challenge a buddy head-to-head with the Gear-to-Gear link, then add a pack of Rashers to make it really vicious. Upgrade to 15 different bikes to improve your ride. The only rule on this road is survival of the meanest!
- Machine: Genesis;
- Manufacturer: Electronic Arts;
Buyer's Guide: For the fastest - and roughest - ride on two wheels, hop on one of these bullet-bikes. Speed through five landscapes, punching and kicking your way to the top. But watch out for the long arm of the law!
Driver's Ed: Pull alongside one of your challengers and continually slug him until he's a crumpled heap in your exhaust fumes. But don't keep your eyes on the rear-view mirrors for oncoming cars and competitors.
Outlaw racing without all of the speeding tickets? Don't just dream it - live it, with the long-awaited sequel to Road Rash from Electronic Arts! This game is packed with new features, including simultaneous split-screen racing for two players, five new courses, and 15 new bikes to choose from. Throw in a few chain-wielding bikers as well as state troopers after your license and things really get intense!
I loved the original which means I have to love the sequel as well since the game is virtually the same. Rash 2 serves up five new landscapes to motor across while the base game remains almost identical. The 2-player mode is a good draw, but execution falls short in the same way Sonic 2 did. Still good - but I had hoped for more.
The first Road Rash was a lot of fun to play. Now, the sequel, with the split screen, is even more enjoyable. It is Unfortunate that the two player version had to have reduced graphic detail but the game play is still solid and tons of fun with a second player. It's better than the first and worth buying.
EA is getting good at rehashing old titles and calling them sequels. There really isn't that much difference from the first. The split screen is cheesy and half of the graphics that show up in the 1 player mode don't exist in 2 player mode. The 1 player game remains fun as well as challenging and offers lots of sadistic humor.
If the split-screen mode had more detail, Road Rash 2 would be awesome! In one player mode, the detail is much better than Road Rash 1, with more cars, obstacles. and action. Wielding the chain is deadly, and the new sound effects really pop! I like the fact that the bikers now chase you ruthlessly once you're in front.
If you've got a twitch in your clutch, a need for speed, a thrill for spills, then you've probably got a healthy dose of Road Rash. Well, Electronic Arts has the remedy -- Road Rash II! Here's a quick hit on this motorcycle free-for-all, which is due out later this month.
II for the Road
Road Rash is a rock 'em, sock 'em, cross-country tour, sort of R.I.P. meets RPMs. Road Rash II will be more of the same -- only better. If you've never been initiated into the Road Rash Biker's and Bruisers Club, then first things first. This time around the track you get a wicked chain in addition to the standard club. As in the original, you hop on a bike and try to outrace a pack of fellow road warriors. It's important to lean into curves and hit top end on straightaways. It's equally critical that you kick, punch, club, and now, chain-whip your way up through the crowd, too!
In the new version, you'll get five new levels with five tracks, each through five states with lax speeding laws -- Alaska, Hawaii, Utah, Tennessee, and New England. Moreover, there are 15 motorcycles to choose from, including several super bikes equipped with tire-burning nitrous oxide injectors. The game will feature three modes of two-player competition.
You can look forward to souped up graphics based on digitized footage of real riders. Two-player games feature a cool split screen layout. Additionally, bloodthirsty bikers will be treated to spectacular new crash animations, including a smashing face plant and even headfirst dives. Jumps are also enhanced, so you can catch serious air off dips in the road or from obstacles on the roadside.
Crash with Rash
Just when you thought it was safe to go for a Genesis motorcycle ride, great news -- it ain't safe at all! When you got an itch, yah gotta scratch it, particularly when it's Road Rash.
Road Rash II is an arcade motorcycle simulation video game, coming as a follow-up for Road Rash I, published by Electronic Arts in 1991. Road Rash II was developed and released two years later after the first game, in 1993, for Sega Mega Drive. The game mostly works on the same engine as the first game, but it introduces several new features, such as nitrous oxide injection for motorcycles and different weapons.
The races are taking place in the US, in Alaska, Hawaii, Tennessee, Arizona and Vermont, to be more precise. As in the first game, the races are taking place on two-lane roads, and the length of it depends on the level played.
Players have to be placed on the first three places to pass to the next level. In the first version, the fourth place was counted as a qualifying place as well, but things changed with the second version. After all the five tracks are won, the player advances to another level, with longer tracks, better opponents and higher stakes.
Few other features the game comes with are at a gameplay level. The fighting system has been improved with the addition of another weapon, the chain. The damage is not the same regardless of which weapon is used, because each attack produces its own amount of damage. The nitrous oxide injection allows players to accelerate the motorcycle for a short time. This addition will be featured in the next games as well.
The menu is different as well, compared to the first game of the series. The navigation is easier and the passwords are shorter too. There is also a new mode introduced, called "Split Screen", where two players can compete in the same time. Another mode called "Mano a Mano" is introduced as well, with only the two players controlled by human users competing. The player can select any bike, length of track or weapon they wish.
The music featured is composed by Rob Hubbard, and was featured in NHLPA Hockey '93 as well, but it sounds a bit different on Road Rash II due to hardware differences.
The game is considered as maybe the best Road Rash game ever. However, the game had flaws as well. The addition of the two-player mode wasn't developed at its full potential and it created several problems, such as the small screen area or the frame rate slowdown. Still, the game was given a rate of 9 out of 10 on the HonestGamers website and a better one, of 9.3 out of 10, from GameFan Magazine. Sega-16 rated the game with 9 out of 10, while Sega Force offered 9.1 out of 10.