If you grew up in the 90s and early 2000s and had a computer, you’ve likely played a game from the Road Rash series. The popular game was, in its essence, about racing bikes on highway circuits, and using some old-fashioned violence to make sure you win. This involved everything from punching and kicking, to pulling out crowbars and clubs to get ahead of the pack. As was the case with video games at the time, Road Rash wasn’t a very elaborate game, with a handful of tracks, players and bikes, and graphics that would be considered too simple today.
Cut to 2017, and a new game named Road Redemption is the hot topic for gaming today. With up-to-date graphics, game physics and a larger collection of tracks and bikes, the game calls itself the ‘spiritual successor’ to Road Rash. It isn’t a sequel; while the original Road Rash was developed and published by gaming giant Electronic Arts, Road Redemption has been developed by Pixel Dash Studios and EQ Games. However, the core gameplay remains the same, leading to the moniker of ‘spiritual successor’. It involves illegal bike racing at its heart, combined with a healthy helping of on-bike combat that now also involves guns. The original series combined these elements, but with a touch of simplicity to it.
The game is schedule to launch on October 4 on Microsoft Windows, Linux, OSX, Playstation 4, Wii U and Xbox One, and has come about through a fan-inspired crowd funding campaign. First announced in 2013 through a campaign on Kickstarter, the game exceeded its $160,000 target to raise $173,000, but missed the $198,000 target for a VR version.
PC Gamer had a chance to try out the game through its early access program, and found that ‘It’s got a rhythm to it that makes it fit in between other things but also worth concentrating on when I’ve got time, a ridiculous dream of smashing and crashing that’s easy to slot into an adult life in spite of how gleefully juvenile it is’. You’ll be able to get early access to the game from October 4.