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For as much as I loved Road Rash, it would be hard to go back to after playing Road Redemption. This feels like the worthy successor Road Rash has always deserved. It was a little gem of a series lost in time; the only thing missing is the corny FMV cutscenes.
Overall, Road Redemption is a brilliantly fun spiritual successor to the Road Rash series, and absolutely exceeded my expectations. Its exhilarating, and surprisingly tactical gameplay compensate for lackluster visuals and a few environmental collision issues. Road Redemption is an absolute blast to play, and I thoroughly recommend it.
Honestly, if you're a fan of Road Rash you really must check Road Redemption out. Fast, brutal and huge amounts of fun, it hits all the right notes to make it an unmissable slice of arcade racing with an abundance of combat.
It’s a shame that there isn’t an online community for matches as this would have carried the experience that much farther. But as it stands, there’s enough here to warrant a purchase if you’re looking for an ass-kicking good time on the couch.
Road Redemption is a spiritual successor of Road Rash, but it fights with it's own merit and proves it is still fun to play this type of arcade style game, even now in 2018.
There’s a lot of fun to be had playing Road Redemption, with its satisfying racing, sweet combat, and variety of environments doing more than enough to keep you entertained throughout each race. Sure, it has its imperfections with the AI being a bit too clever and the collision-detection a bit off, but overall it gets more right than it does wrong. Unfortunately, the single player campaign holds it back a little with the repetitive nature of playing the same events over and over growing a bit wearing over time, but with individual events outside of the campaign and multiplayer on offer there’s plenty to keep you coming back for more. It might be far from perfect, but Road Redemption will certainly scratch that Road RASH itch (…I’ll grab my coat).
Road Redemption is a violent, but wacky successor to the Road Rash franchise born in the 90s. It's an “over-the-top” biker beat'em up that has some buggy moments, but they make for some of the more entertaining points. If you like the pacing of rogue-likes in a beat'em up wrapper, Road Redemption is worth swinging a pipe at.
Road Redemption is a surprisingly sincere and brutal love letter to the past and its inspirations. It may look like a junker if you glance at its battle-worn chassis, but underneath the fairing is the heart of a surprisingly addictive and fun road warrior game.
Overall, in my eyes, Road Redemption is a success. It's a good, fun, spiritual successor to the old-school Road Rash games with the developers putting their own unique spin on the series, creating something fun and new. I think the visuals will hold it back from getting more people playing, which is a shame as the game is really good despite that.
This may not be the best classic revival around, but Road Redemption is a lot of fun with a pretty well implemented roguelike system. The inclusion of multiplayer is also sure to make this a great party game for some likeminded friends.
It’s an ideal game to dip in and out of through handheld as races don’t take long and you won’t lose any skill from taking a brief break. With a little patience, Road Redemption is a hell of a ride.
Road Redemption is not the average racing game - by combining racing and action with a few RPG elements when it comes to progression, Road Redemption got its formula right when it comes to gameplay, aided by a very healthy lifespan that will keep players around it for a good amount of time.
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Road Redemption comes full of entertainment and is a great Road Rash successor thanks to a local multiplayer mode and an online mode that gives us hours and hours of fun, although its difficulty could be too hard for a lot of people.
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All in all, Road Redemption is a solid enough experience that is pretty fun in small doses. The combat is the highlight here, but I also appreciate it when games drop in some light RPG elements to give some sense of progression along the way. Road Redemption is not going to blow anyone away with its technical presentation, but there is some good, fun arcade action that bubbles right to the surface and helps - at least for a time - to hide its relatively shallow story, modes and number of tracks.
While Road Redemption succeeds in a few ways, there are a lot of ways it doesn't excel. A repetitive campaign, lackluster online play, and difficult progression outweigh the simple quick play mode. Road Redemption may be fun for a short period of time, but it's not something I will find myself going back to play. It's not a bad game, it just doesn't stand out among the array of options available.
Road Redemption is punctuated by moments of absolute chaos: cars flying through the air and crushing bikes beneath them or using your attacks to smash one rider into another, sending them both flying off a bridge. The game finds a way to capture my attention, but it isn't polished enough to hold it. In trying to combine a variety of genres, Road Redemption ends up simply being a master of none.
Road Redemption deserves praise for staying faithful to the core game play of Road Rash, but doesn’t have enough polish or weight (quite literally when handling the bikes) to make it a worthy successor to the old classic.
It’s fun for awhile but the thrills soon peter out as the scope of combat feels so locked down and restrained compared to what you can do in other games. The inherent limitations of the overall game concept really stand out and the one trick pony nature of a Road Rash game just doesn’t fly today.
Road Redemption feels like a PS2 arcade racer, for better and for worse. The high speed violence is fun to play in the decent roguelite campaign, online, and single races, and a cheesy tone keeps it down to earth. Visually, it's a generation behind, the controls take some getting used to, and there are undeniable performance problems, but there's a certain boldness and "screw you" vibe that somehow overrides these issues. If you're looking for a straightforward game to let loose in, this is a deeply flawed yet surprisingly enjoyable biker brawler.
While Road Redemption is far from perfect, it taps the popular rogue-lite experience to create an enjoyable spiritual successor to Road Rash. It’s very rough around the edges, but the cost of entry is on the lower side of things. If you’re itching for that classic motorcycle brawler experience, it's more than worth the purchase.
Road Redemption isn’t what I hoped it would be, and that may not be entirely the game’s fault. Nostalgia can be a cruel mistress. However, the flaws on show here do prevent the game from standing up on its own, and although it can be fun and engaging sometimes, I would recommend waiting for a price drop before picking it up.
While Road Redemption does have its issues, it did more than enough to keep me playing. Following in the tracks of Road Rash, it nails that one more go feeling that you can lose so much time to. However, while the core gameplay is entertaining, the surrounding package could have been better with basic online and and a roguelite structure that some may find uninspired. Road Redemption is a mixed bag that is fun to play, but it could have been so much better.
Road Redemption's combat is a good but short-lived bit of manic fun, but it didn't offer enough to keep me engaged through the majority of the 13 hours I put into it, and I'm honestly not sure if that would change even with the addition of more to do.
In particular if you were a bit fan of Road Rash and are itching for some of that unique satisfaction of taking people out as you go Road Redemption does have its moments and can be fun in bursts. With any amount of sustained play the formula’s lack of any real depth is difficult to miss though. In theory Online play could help to further sustain interest but two nights in a row at what I’d consider pretty prime time I’ve yet to see a single person to play with, aside from the fact that there being a sustained community for this title past the first week or two would be doubtful when there’s so much to play out there. As a bit of nostalgia or a quick burst of violent fun it may have some appeal but in general it runs out of gas far too quickly.
Road Redemption is a fantastic game to play when it works, when it does not it becomes the most frustrating game I have played in a while. The systems in place will at times not give the player a chance to recover or in some extreme cases races are lost before they even begin. I thoroughly enjoyed my time with Road Redemption but I cannot forgive some of its technical flaws and because of that I cannot see myself returning to play this title unless these problems are solved.
Road Redemption delivers exactly what it promises – an accurate recreation of decades-old racing games that maybe weren't all that hot to begin with. If you legitimately love and have continued to play Road Rash all these years, by all means, give Road Redemption a shot. You'll probably enjoy it. If the 16-bit era was before your time, or you haven't touched Road Rash since you returned it to Blockbuster Video in 1993, be prepared for a bumpy ride.
I'm sure there's something good at the core of Road Redemption, but over and over again the developers made some truly horrible decisions that let that core down. Coupled with an attempt to emulate the aesthetic of Mad Max without the slightest understanding on why Mad Max is such a revered series of films, Road Redemption comes across as a wild swing for glory that didn't even come close to connecting with the ball.
Road Redemption’s vehicular combat provides fleeting fun but repetitive objectives, limited gameplay variety and tedious progression make this ride feel like a slog.
Looking for an amazing racing game that involves combat, thrilling speed, stellar controls, and rewarding excitement? I'm sure there is a game out there that can offer that to you, but Road Redemption is just not it. With graphical and game play issues that frustrate more than exhilarate there are far more worthy titles of your time and money.
A shame, then, that Road Redemption falls a bit flat for this generation. Boasting graphics that wouldn’t challenge Motorcross Madness in any beauty pageants, combined with some flaky controls and handling, it becomes more of a challenge than enjoyment.