- Manufacturer: EA
- Genre: racing
- Players: 1 or 2
- Publisher: EA
- Developer: EA
Sequels are never as good as the original. Robocop 2 wasn't a patch on its predecessor, the fourth 24-inch "Meat-o-rama" pizza of an evening is never as appetizing as the first, and Road Rash 3 is a game that just ain't what it used to be.
Road Rash 3 is essentially a repackaged version of the same game that EA has been selling to Genesis owners for the last four years. The idea is still to race 15 other riders over a selection of courses, earning money along the way to buy bigger and faster bikes. OK, so there are some small tweaks and improvements, but not enough to make this a worthy purchase if you've got either or both of the other two versions.
So what's new? Well, first and foremost are the additions of three new weapons. Rashers are now able to zap opponents with a 50,000 volt cattle prod, blind rivals with a Mace can, or simply empty oil can in their path (great for that "Slip Slidin" Away" feeling). The cool thing is that these are in addition to the original selection, and you can carry all at the same time, alternating weapons as you go.
Another worthy addition is the "upgrade" department in the bike shop. As well as choosing between three different classes of bikes, you can now buy performance, protection, tire and suspension upgrades for smaller amounts of cash.
Add to these enhancements "Snitch" and "Repo Man" features (if you're busted or billed for repairs you can't afford, you have the option of going back out and collaring renegade riders for "The Man" in exchange of payment), more police trying to bust you for speeding and new race tracks around the world, and there's quite a lot here to gloss over the cracks of age.
So buy it if you don't have a previous version, but otherwise stay clear. And c'mon EA - show us something really new, won't ya?
- Graphics: 8
- Gameplay: 8
- Innovation: 5
- Music & Sound FX: 6
- Replay Value: 8