Review: Road Rage (PlayStation 4)

Road Rage is an over-the-top, knock-down-drag-out motorcycle combat game that tests your skill on a range of badass bikes. Race, fight and hustle your way through the ranks of an insane outlaw motorcycle gang.

Pros:

  • Average graphics.
  • 1.82GB Download size.
  • Platinum trophy.
  • Road Rash inspired motorcycle fighting gameplay.
  • Open map design.
  • Earn cash and weapons as you progress.
  • Police wanted level. a 5-star system like GTA with Police presence increasing with the stars.
  • Varied mission types from elimination, Racing to circuit and stunt runs.
  • Customise your bike- Buy new parts and paint everything.
  • Twelve bikes to unlock and buy.
  • Multiplayer- Online, Quick online and split-screen.
  • A wide variety of weapons from bats to knives to fire extinguisher.
  • 18 Drivers to unlock and play as.
  • Easy trophies.
  • Multiple difficulties from easy to hard.
  • Story missions have to be driven to.
  • Free roam available from the off.
  • The whole map is open from the start.
  • Rock/metal soundtrack.

Cons:

  • No tutorial just occasional hard to read pop-ups.
  • Graphics look more at home on a PlayStation 2.
  • Bad hit detection.
  • Can drive through lamp posts.
  • Cheesy dialogue.
  • Overly sensitive wobbly controls.
  • Tedious cutscenes between events that play out as text conversations in an app.
  • Icons pop up over other icons making it all look messy and hard to read.
  • Respawning is a bit jank as you can spawn out of bounds, Inside a car and other weirdness.
  • Slow fighting animations meaning you have to plan to hit someone you cant see first.
  • Uninspiring soundtrack.
  • Swearing feels forced and only added to seem edgy.
  • Delay on button presses in the menu.
  • Long loading times.
  • Doesn’t explain things very well.
  • AI is really inconsistent and overpowered a lot of the time.
  • Until you finish the story you cant do any event you want.
  • The world is just dead. No people walking around, Few cars and it is just so barren and empty.

 

The Numbers:
  • 6/10
    Graphics - 6/10
  • 6/10
    Sound - 6/10
  • 6/10
    Accessability - 6/10
  • 6/10
    Length - 6/10
  • 6/10
    Fun Factor - 6/10
6/10

Summary

So what can I say here? I mean it tries to emulate the much loved Road Rash series and bring it to the next generation of consoles. It fails from the off, unfortunately. The handling is not good making simple overtaking or jumps a nightmare. The story is generic and has been done many times over. The world is just a big old empty space and feels like they forgot to populate it with people and cars. The Police are not a formidable force and you can lose them by just hitting a event icon on the map. Unlocking bikes and drivers is unrewarding as drivers are just different character models no stats or anything and bikes handle so badly it again just feels like a different skin of all the other bikes. I tried so hard to find merit in here or one thing to cling onto to keep me playing but I came up short, Stressed and tired of it all. road Redemption maybe a different approach to Road Rash but it at least has the basics of the core material nailed down. I suppose you could say it has easy trophies so there is that. Such a shame.

Jim Smale

Gaming since the Atari 2600, I enjoy the weirdness in games counting Densha De Go and RC De Go as my favourite titles of all time. I prefer gaming of old where buying games from a shop was a thing, Being social in person was a thing. Join me as I attempt to adapt to this new digital age!

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