Remembering Road Rash, Road Redemption Kickstarts For Classic Motorcycle Arcade Combat

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Remember Road Rash, the game where you zipped around on a motorcycle and fought other riders with kicks, punches, bats, chains, and the like? A gang of industry veterans formed DarkSeas Games and is developing a reboot of that sort of title with a game called “Road Redemption”. They say that a Road Rash-type game hasn’t existed anywhere for a decade, and they figure it’s high time somebody rectified that situation.

Road Redemption looks smooth and cool, and the realtime footage on the group’s Kickstarter page shows off what it can do. You can fight with hammers, ninja swords, chains, bats, pipes, clubs, shotguns, rifles, uzis, and so on; or, you can employ the good old-fashioned kick-a-guy-into-a-passing-semi trick.

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The game will offer online multiplayer capabilities, and users can form biker gangs and fight other groups. Another interesting angle is that you start the game as a recruit into a biker gang and have to work your way up the ranks. Locales include desert roads and congested cities, and there’s a variety of mission types, including combat races, police escapes, assassin, convoy assault, and more.

You can offer a suggestion for the game, and if they use it, the team will credit you (even if you don’t end up backing them on Kickstarter). After the game launches, DarkSeas Games will release Road Redemption’s “source code, art assets, and project files” so the community can use Road Redemption as a template for how to make a similar game, or improve upon it.

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Road Redemption is being built using Unity 4 game engine, and it will available on Macs, PCs, and Linux systems, with the possibility of console ports and Oculus Rift integration down the road.

If you want in on the ground floor, bang the Kickstarter page. They’re looking to raise $160,000, and so far they’ve reached almost $22,000.
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Johnny3D replied on Sat, Apr 13 2013 12:42 PM

Personally I would argue that the Grand Theft Auto series has had motorcycle mayhem handled quite nicely in at least the last three iterations of the series. Granted, it's not specifically "Road Rash", but still supplies that sort of fun.

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Shadizzle replied on Sat, Apr 13 2013 1:27 PM

Nice little trip down memory lane....

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RWilliams replied on Sat, Apr 13 2013 1:40 PM

Ahh, dat nostalgia. Had so much fun with Road Rash 3D.

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Dave_HH replied on Sat, Apr 13 2013 2:18 PM

Rob, I remember Road Rash on a monochrome panel, and pushing pixels in all it's 2D glory.... I think maybe it was a 386DX powering things back then. Doh!

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RWilliams replied on Sat, Apr 13 2013 2:20 PM

Wow, I had no idea the game went back that far. That's awesome.

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Clixxer replied on Sat, Apr 13 2013 3:47 PM

Oh the memories of playing this with my siblings when I was a kid. Love that Darkseas will let open the source to show other devs how to make something. I got a buddy trying to develop his own game. Hes actually been trying to decide if he wants to use the unity or unreal engine to make it. Ill definitely have to show this him to see if it helps.

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sevags replied on Sat, Apr 13 2013 6:47 PM

I used to play road rash on the original Genisis for hours until that horribly designed D-pad made my thumbs raw! Good memories

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Clixxer replied on Sun, Apr 14 2013 12:05 AM

sevags:

I used to play road rash on the original Genisis for hours until that horribly designed D-pad made my thumbs raw! Good memories

I miss my genesis with the sega channel or whatever it was called. That was the best thing about it was getting new games every month. This also happened to be the crappy thing also When the game you loved to play was replaced with something worse. That is when I first played road rash.

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Ahh road rash. So many good times with that old game.

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scolaner replied on Sun, Apr 14 2013 10:31 AM

sevags, I rocked that game on the Sega as well. :) Good times. Killer music, as I recall.

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OSunday replied on Sun, Apr 14 2013 2:43 PM

This actually looks pretty dang sweet... I remember playing Road Rash when I was like 7 or 8, I didn't even know that was the name until I looked it up now. I just had this nostalgic memory of a motorcycle game with weapons that was one of the funnest and coolest things I'd ever played before haha

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This is awesome. Can't wait for this one to be released. I still play Road Rash 64 for the Nintendo 64 using the N64 emulator. Still own the console and the game. I think one of the best weapons was a banana lol.

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Boner replied on Wed, May 29 2013 8:22 AM

Road rash is not just a game its giving us an amazing experience of motorcycle riding. Its the best place where we can apply things which we can't do during real world motorcycle riding. Even wearing most excellent Motorcycle Gloves best helmet and amazing boot can;t give us that satisfaction Which Road rash providing us.

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Boner replied on Wed, Jun 19 2013 7:31 AM

http://www.photovaco.com/

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Boner replied on Fri, Jun 21 2013 1:34 AM

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